T.J. Dillashaw’s rivalry with Cody Garbrandt might have reached its conclusion at UFC 227, but the reigning bantamweight champion has already found himself targeted by another up and coming prospect – and he’s not even an MMA fighter.
Shortly after Dillashaw’s big knockout win over Garbrandt last week, two-time super featherweight boxing champion Gervonta Davis (20-0, 19 KOs), who fought on the undercard of last year’s MayMac extravaganza, called out Dillashaw on Twitter.
I wanna fight the dude that fought Cody yesterday
— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) August 5, 2018
After Davis clarified that he wanted to fight TJ in the Octagon, the two got into a bit of a spat on social media, with ‘Tank’ claiming that he would KO Dillashaw under MMA rules.
If he dares to step in the octagon I would love to show him how my shin taste! Think he’s a over rated boxer as well with that padded record and I beat him in the ring. @Gervontaa I ain’t scared https://t.co/6wgmsgCGEQ
— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 9, 2018
I kno I’ll knock TJ out
— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) August 9, 2018
Given Davis’ lack of MMA experience, it’s highly unlikely that Ultimate Fighting Championship would even consider booking a crossover fight vs. Dillashaw. But in the era of the money-fight, anything is possible. Last year, former UFC lightweight and featherweight champ Conor McGregor made his boxing debut against none other than Floyd Mayweather Jr., losing via 10th-round TKO at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
Dillashaw, however, is much more likely to defend his bantamweight title against a top MMA contender, with the defending champ teasing of a possible rematch with Dominick Cruz.