After T.J. Dillashaw successful defended the UFC bantamweight title at UFC 227, Dominick Cruz immediately called for a title shot. According to the former 135-pound champion, he is deserving of the fight because he was able to defend the title “more times than anyone in the history of the division.”
These comments did not sit well with Dillashaw, who issued his response on a recent episode of Brendan Schaub’s Below the Belt podcast.
“The one thing I have against Cruz is that he feels entitled to this rematch, he feels entitled to this title fight,” Dillashaw said (transcript via MMANYTT). “You haven’t been active. If you had been active, sure you deserve the title match. But you want to be sidelined for two years saying that you’re ‘injured’ and then all of a sudden I’m looking for a contender and you want to be like ‘I’m ready.’”
“You just want to pass murderer’s row up; you don’t want to have to challenge yourself whatsoever. To me it’s a little p—sy move.”
For Dillashaw, Cruz must first earn his shot at the belt by facing other top contenders in the division.
“Sure maybe you were hurt but get out there and prove yourself,” Dillashaw said. “Get out there and beat Marlon Moraes and let’s do this dance. He hasn’t proved himself at all. Two years, he lost his belt, hasn’t fought in two years, been sidelined, and now he just wants to pop up and be relevant and feels like he has this entitlement. Makes zero sense to me.”
“I have more finishes in the UFC than he has wins. Talk about who’s the greatest of all time in our weight class. I have more finishes than you have wins in the UFC.”
Cruz last fought at UFC 207 in December 2016, where he dropped the UFC bantamweight title to Cody Garbrandt. He has since been dealing with an injured arm, which forced him out of his scheduled fight against Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219 last December.