- TJ Dillashaw has responded to Dominick Cruz’s negative comment about his possible title shot
- The former champ is not interested in a rematch with “The Dominator”
The feeling in the UFC’s bantamweight division is that TJ Dillashaw is the favorite to get the next title shot against reigning 135-pound champion Aljamain Sterling. As expected, not all are pleased with how things are playing out, including former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz.
For Cruz, the UFC handing Dillashaw a crack at UFC gold after one win and coming off suspension “sounds like a hook-up,” something TJ did not appreciate at all.
TJ hits back
According to Dillashaw, Cruz is just being “jealous” simply because he wasn’t able to prolong his reign as a champion. More importantly, Dillashaw is convinced that his latest victory over Cory Sandhagen was enough to be the rightful title challenger.
“He sounds like a salty c*nt, to be honest,” Dillashaw told Submission Radio. “I just think he’s obviously jealous of me being able to stay in the top, you know – my layoff and how long I’ve been in the sport and me still be able to come back and prove that I’m still the best. And I did lose money, right? Me not fighting for two years while being a champion is a lot of money out of my pocket. (If I had) kept racking in the wins, getting title defenses, I mean, we’re talking about millions and millions of dollars that I let slip through my fingers because I made a f*cking stupid mistake.”
“So yeah, I paid my time, I came back and f*cking grinded to get that win on f*cking one leg and one eye, and there’s nothing you can do to deny me that it’s my shot,” he added. “So like I said, he’s just being salty, and that’s kind of his personality, anyways. He’s kind of an unlikable dude. I mean, I’ve always respected him and I think he’s got a good eye for stuff, but he’s got like this chip on his shoulder where he feels like everything’s owed to him, and he’s just like always complaining about sh*t.”
No rematch with Cruz
Dillashaw also made it clear that despite losing his title to “The Dominator” in 2016, a second showdown is not going to happen no matter what Cruz say about him. For the 36-year-old, there are a lot of other bigger names to take on in the division right now than Cruz.
“It’s just his personality, and of course he’s going to say that,” Dillashaw said of Cruz. “But it’s because he’ll never get there again. I don’t think he’ll ever have a shot to get the belt back, and that probably bothers him because at one time he was the best.
“I mean, I’ve got bigger fish to fry, to kind of be honest,” he added. “If all the chips line up, I get my belt back, (Henry) Cejudo is saying (he’s back), you’ve got Jose Aldo. I think there’s a lot more dangerous and notable guys to fight.”
Contrary to what Dillashaw believes in, UFC boss Dana White recently said that a title shot is not yet concrete at this point as they are “working on something” for him and it’s likely to be a title eliminator fight.