UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw has been showing seemingly no interest in offering former title holder Dominick Cruz a title shot anytime soon. Now the champion has decided to double down.
T.J. Dillashaw headlined UFC 227 on Aug. 4 in a highly anticipated title fight rematch against former title holder Cody Garbrandt. Dillashaw ultimately earned a first round knockout finish over his opponent.
In his post-fight interview, Dillashaw stated that he will not be giving Dominick Cruz a title fight rematch. Cruz earned a slit decision victory over the fighter in their first match up.
Speaking to former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub on Below the Belt, T.J. Dillashaw has since come forward with some more words on the matter.
“The one thing I have against Cruz is that he feels entitled to this rematch, he feels entitled to this title fight. 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.”
“Sure maybe you were hurt but get out there and prove yourself. 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.”