Since losing his title to Dominick Cruz, T.J. Dillashaw has felt shut out in the bantamweight division. Not a fan of the UFC's current matchmaking, the former champ has lashed out at both the UFC and Cruz for allowing the division to become what he perceives to be a mockery of the sport.
Although former teammates with Cody Garbrandt, Dillashaw doesn’t feel that “No Love” is deserving of a title shot. Garbrant has impressed since joining the promotion, and is currently 5-0 inside the Octagon, 10-0 in his professional career. Currently ranked #5 in the UFC division rankings, Garbrandt was ranked much lower when the fight was announced, and it's that fact that seems to be the problem for Dillashaw.
Appearing on The MMA Hour to air his thoughts, Dillashaw didn’t hold back on his views.
“I don’t blame Cody for getting his title fight at all,” Dillashaw added. “Anyone in the UFC, that should be your goal, to get the UFC belt and to fight for that title. He should push for that as much as he wants. I blame Dominick Cruz and I blame the UFC for letting this happen. It’s kinda, I feel, making a mockery of the sport by letting a No. 8 ranked fighter for the title. Why’d he jump seven guys to be able to fight for the belt? It just doesn’t make sense at all.”
Of course, a title shot is the ultimate aim for every fighter. Cody Garbrandt has been making waves in the promotion since his debut in January of 2015. The UFC are keen to jump on the hype train that the twenty-five-year-old is building, especially after the recent performances of Paige VanZant and Sage Northcutt.
We can sympathize with #TJDillashaw, as it looked like he was set for another shot at the title following his win over Raphael Assuncao at UFC 200.
However, an explosive 48-second knockout win over Takuya Mizugaki by #CodyGarbrandt meant that the UFC handed Dillashaw another title eliminator against John Lineker.