Cody Garbrandt: “UFC Wants Me To Be The Champion!”
Cody Garbrandt is very optimistic before the main event of UFC 227, where he faces TJ Dillashaw, who knocked him out cold last time.
After Cody Garbrandt was defeated at UFC 217, their social media war almost didn’t exist at all. But this week, No Love started taking shots of TJ Dillashaw at open workouts, accusing him he takes easy rivals and not the best fighters in the division. (via MMAFighting.com)
“The simple fact is, T.J. didn’t want this fight, [the UFC] had to basically tell him,” Garbrandt said at the open workouts Wednesday. “He wanted to go down and fight Mighty Mouse. Even if he didn’t want to fight me, you didn’t see him wanting to fight Dominick [Cruz]. Dom has a win against him. He wants the easiest style match-up. He didn’t want to fight me – lord knows he doesn’t want to fight me, he knows what I bring to the table – Dominick’s already in his head with a win over him so he says, ‘I’m gonna go after Mighty Mouse.’ For what? Mighty Mouse is 125 pounds.”
There were many rumors of the possible super fight between TJ Dillashaw and the current Flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson. However, Cody Garbrandt believes this fight will never happen because UFC wants him on the throne!
“That’s the thing, that was my whole idea,” Garbrandt said. “I ended up hitting up Sean Shelby and Dana White, saying I’m gonna knock T.J. out and then go down and fight Mighty Mouse. That was my original thought. T.J. stole that from me, stole everything from me. If the UFC wanted that fight to prosper, they would have made that fight happen. They don’t want that to happen. They already moved on. They want me to be the champ, that’s why the gave me the rematch. They called me and offered me the fight in March, T.J. turned it down and made all these excuses and I had to wait all the way until August to fight him. I was ready to go way before that. I told my manager, ‘I’m ready to fight. I don’t want to have my return postponed.’”
UFC Bantamweight division is currently overloaded with fresh blood and angry challengers – Dominick Cruz, Marlon Moraes, Rafael Assuncao… however, Cody Garbrandt has shocked the public with one more interesting comment – he plans to reclaim UFC Bantamweight title and demolish Demetrious Johnson right after that!
“New blood, it’s fine,” Garbrandt said. “I’m glad these guys are going out there and putting on performances but who are they really fighting? I’d rather fight a guy that’s stapled himself as pound-for-pound, Demetrious Johnson. I think that’s the next fight to be made after I demolish T.J. on Saturday.”
What do you think, has Cody Garbrandt really gone too far this time?