UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt got his title shot by calling out then champ Dominick Cruz. Now he appears to be calling our his first title defense. It happened during an appearance on the UFC Unfiltered with Jim Norton and Matt Serra podcast.
The fight has a natural story line. Garbrandt and Dillashaw were Team Alpha Male teammates. When the challenger and former TAM coach Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig moved to Team Elevation, the fiercely loyal Garbrandt was not impressed and got into a bitter public media debate with Dillashaw.
“I don’t mind whoopin’ T.J.’s ass,” said Garbrandt, as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “He was a cancer to our team and having what he tried to do – destroy it – to make that s*** personal too. I’ll spare everybody 60 bucks to buy the pay-per-view and put out the video of me knocking his ass out when I was 1-0. 1-0. He wasn’t saying that he made me cry in practice. That motherf***er never made me cry. I wasn’t the one looking at the ceiling, being on my back looking at the ceiling, knocked out. So he’s just trying to do anything – the guy’s a horrible trash talker. Horrible.”
“I would get satisfaction from whoopin’ his ass, that’s for sure. Just for what he did to the team. He sold out. He’s a sellout. He sold his friends, everybody that got him there. He forgot who got him to where he was at. Saw a little bit of money and f***in’ ran. Ran away. But there was me always there, the uncrowned champ. I was the uncrowned champ when he was there.
“He never even won the title because truly, Cruz never lost it. So T.J. really was never a world champion. They use that ‘former world champion,’ Cruz was the world champion, never lost his belt, and I’m the one that went out there and ripped it from him.”
“I’m gonna sit down with Dana, Sean, and my management team and coaches and see what’s the best fight for me. I just want to enjoy this but I’m the champion now and it’s my job and duty and my responsibility to defend it against what fight makes the most sense for me. I don’t know, we’ll see. I believe that T.J. will be a good fight, a good storyline… I’ve just got to weigh in with the UFC and my management team and make the best decision for us both, to make money for everybody.”