After all the drama, the very fight that served as the whole reason behind the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter may be in jeopardy. Cody Garbrandt threw his back out, probably trying to be one of the boys, now he may not even be fighting T.J. Dillashaw. Luckily, Dillashaw has one helluva contingency plan. Back at the beginning of May, he talked about loving to fight Demetrious Johnson. If Garbrandt really can't fight at UFC 213, Dillashaw wants to take his frustrations out by ruining Johnson's record.
“If he can’t fight, T.J. Dillashaw called me this morning and said, ‘if Cody can’t fight, what I would love to do is stop Demetrious Johnson from breaking the record’. So that’s fun. There's something Anderson Silva might appreciate." — Dana White to Aaron Bronsteter and other members of the press.
While #CodyGrabrandt fighting #TJDillashaw is an awesome fight, sometimes the greatest battles come together when good match-ups fall apart. We would have never gotten Conor McGregor fighting Nate Diaz, had Rafael dos Anjos not stubbed his toe. This could be 2017's version of Johnson/Dominick Cruz, with both fighter's pursuing history: #DemetriousJohnson breaking Silva's record, or Dillashaw becoming a champion in a different weight class.