For newly crowned UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, Cody Garbrandt should work his way back up to a title shot again.
On Saturday night at UFC 217, the bad blood between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt had been momentarily settled. After a two-round fight, it was Dillashaw who emerged victorious to recapture the UFC bantamweight title.
Despite the loss, Gabrandt believes he is the better fighter between him and his former teammate, and already asked for a rematch. But for Dillashaw, the former champion is not deserving of an immediate title shot.
“I just finished him in the second round. He doesn’t deserve a rematch,” Dillashaw said during the UFC 217 post-fight press conference (via MMA Fighting). “He’s very new in this sport, he needs to work his way back up.”
“I should’ve gotten a rematch after that Cruz fight (in January 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.”
Garbrandt did tip his hat off to Dillashaw as a fighter, but refuses to set aside their personal differences. In the same manner, Dillashaw says the rift with Garbrandt had actually extended to his family.
“I respect him as a fighter as well. 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,” Dillashaw said.
“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.”
Dillashaw is currently aiming to drop down for a super-fight against reigning flyweight champion and top pound-for-pound fighter Demetrious Johnson.