Well, this ought to settle it.
Saturday night, UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw beat former teammate Cody Garbrandt once again. This time, it was to defend his title. Last November it took Dillashaw until the second round, but Saturday night it took him just four minutes and 17 seconds. Thus, he is still the UFC bantamweight champion.
And as we know, Dillashaw has never been short on confidence. Per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, this is what he had to say after the fight:
“I am the best bantamweight of all time. That’s it: Best bantamweight of all time. Here now.”
Potentially linked to a superfight with newly crowned flyweight champion Henry Cejudo, Dillashaw is all for it. However, he believes something else has to happen first.
“It sounds like a fun fight. I wouldn’t say it should happen. He probably has to give a rematch to Demetrious Johnson. But if they make that, I’m excited.”
He’s not wrong about Mighty Mouse. For starters, Cejudo took the flyweight belt via judge’s decision; add to the fact that they’re 1-1 against each other and a rematch just makes sense. Plus, Johnson had won his previous 13 fights. Something tells us this is the easiest, most straightforward rematch the UFC would ever have to make.
As for Dillashaw, Saturday night’s victory brings his record to 16-3. He’s won his last four fights, defeating Garbrandt in consecutive contests. Speaking of, it’s probably going to be tough for Garbrandt to pick himself up after this. After all, he held and 11-0 record before running into Dillashaw. He took the bantamweight title Dominick Cruz in December 2016 only to lose it to the current champ — then, lose the rematch. Maybe TJ simply has his number. Or, maybe he’s just as good as the man himself has been telling us.
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