UFC Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw will defend his title against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227. The showdown will serve as a rematch between Dillashaw and Garbrandt as their first outing saw Dillashaw win the title.
Prior to finalizing the fight, Dillashaw was actively pursuing a super fight with Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. The fight, however, did not materialize and Dillashaw feels that Johnson was too scared to accept it.
“As far as I was told, UFC said they wanted it. They keep telling me Demetrious Johnson was too scared to accept the fight. He might say differently, I don’t really know. When it comes down to it, I am not going to continue to push hard for something that is not going to happen. I can’t wait around forever to get paid,” he told during his recent appearance on the MMA Hour. (H/T MMA Mania)
Dillashaw then went on to say why he wanted to fight Johnson in the first place.
“I’d love to challenge the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time, but from the way it sounds, the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world is too afraid to step up. Once he comes out and accepts the challenge, then we can talk about that fight,” he added.
Garbrandt does not deserve the title shot
The champion then shifted his focus to Garbrandt and went on to say that his former teammate does not deserve a rematch so soon.
“I’m a company man, UFC wants the Garbrandt fight and I got no problem giving it to them. I don’t mind beating Cody up again. Bullys deserve to get put in their place. I’ve taken enough abuse and bullying from him and his team and it’s time for him to pay for it once again and I am going to ruin his career at 135.” He concluded.