TJ Dillashaw Says Cody Garbrandt Doesn’t Deserve A Rematch

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After coming from behind to shocking finish Cody Garbrandt in the co-main event of last night’s (Sat., Nov. 4, 2017) UFC 217 from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, UFC bantamweight champion continued campaigning for his oft-rumored super fight with dominant flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson.

It’s a potential bout that Dana White cautiously wants to see how the fight performs on pay-per-view, and it would also go in line with the UFC’s trend of so-called “money fights,” if it could even be called that.

But one fighter is staunchly against that possibility, and that’s obviously Garbrandt. The former champ appeared to have former teammate and archrival Dillashaw in trouble at the very end of the first frame, rocking and wobbling him with some big shots. Dillashaw recovered in between rounds, however, and dropped Garbrandt with a head kick before finishing him with a huge shot and follow-up onslaught of ground and pound in the second round.

Their rivalry was one that lasted for quite some time, and “No Love” wants to run it back. Yet Dillashaw isn’t so enthusiastic about that possibility, noting at the UFC 217 post-fight press conference (via that with only seven UFC fights, he’s still young in the promotion and had to work his way back up.

He referred to his example of when he lost the championship to all-time great former champion Dominick Cruz in a close split decision at UFC Fight Night 81 in January 2016 and had to win three fights to get another shot at the belt:

“I just finished him in the second round. He doesn’t deserve a rematch. He’s very new in this sport, he needs to work his way back up.

“I should’ve gotten a rematch after that (Dominick) Cruz fight (in Jan. 2016), a very close split decision that I thought I won, and I did not get it. It took me a year-and-a-half — well actually, almost two years — to get it. So yeah, I think he’s going to definitely (need to) build himself back up.”

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Although he unloaded a ton of personal insults including releasing an alleged knockout video, stating that Dillashaw ruined current TAM coach Chris Holdsworth’s MMA career, and claiming that he taught their team how to use performance-enhancing drugs, Garbrandt said that he respected Dillashaw as a fighter, but not as a person.

The newly-crowned champion said he also respects “No Love” as a fighter, but had lost a lot of his respect for the things he said in the months building up to the fight:

“I respect him as a fighter as well,” Dillashaw said. “I do not appreciate, me or my family — as you can see, my brother got very emotional after the fight — have not appreciated the accusations and just the crap talk, and trying to diminish my name and who I am. So, that’s one that I won’t ever forgive him for. But I do respect him for being a great competitor and I’m sure we’ll see him again. But yeah, he’s lost a lot of my respect. He’s lost all of the respect from my family.”

  • HeteroFriendly

    If he earns one, sure.
    He couldn’t be that far away from it earning it again.

    But he never even defended that belt.
    He didn’t really make that his division to the point of an automatic rematch just for his legendary status.

    People are saying Joanna did,
    and she did more then Cody,
    but I only really paid her any attention starting with her last fight or maybe the one before that. Mabey it was more legendary to people who pay WMMA more attention then I do.

  • I Train UFC

    You finished him in the second but he finished you in the first. But really, it wasn’t a wash out at all and wasn’t looking good for tj until the kick

    • Draven

      He was only stunned at the end of the first round. Garbrandt was left out cold by KILLASHAW.

      • Brad Vogt

        another few sec he would have been out he was saved by the bell, and cody stopped punching as he should have at the bell im thinking if they dont do a rematch maybe cruz and cody fight then winner gets tj

        • Draven

          Garbrandt is better off fighting the loser of Cruz vs. Rivera or another top contender.

  • All_Seeing_Eye

    I think TJ might be avoiding that rematch because he knows the 2nd fight will be different. TJ knows he was losing until that shot.

    • Draven

      TJ was winning actually prior to the finish. Dropped Cody with a beautiful head kick.