Several months ago, it was announced that UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt would be making his first bantamweight title defense against TJ Dillashaw following a season of coaching on The Ultimate Fighter.
Unfortunately, a back injury delayed the potential fight when Cody Garbrandt was flown to Germany by UFC President Dana White for a procedure on his back that would hopefully speed up his recovery. While the champ is currently back in the united States and recovering, he will be unable to fight TJ Dillashaw in July as initially planned.
This of course then prompted the UFC to go with their backup plan of having TJ Dillashaw drop down to flyweight to fight Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight title. While ‘Mighty Mouse’ isn’t too keen on accepting that fight, Cody Garbrnadt has a warning for TJ Dillashaw should he choose to drop down to flyweight.
He spoke on The MMA Hour:
“TJ, if you get beat, I will never fight you,” Garbrandt said (via MMA Fighting). “I’m gonna go down and fight Demetrious at ‘25. You lost that chance. TJ, you go in there and beat DJ, I’m gonna jump down to ‘25 and steal your belt. That’s what I told [UFC president] Dana [White].”
“I’m gonna finish him and then I want to go and fight Demetrious. That’s my legacy that I’m creating,” Garbrandt said. “TJ is a generic version of everything. He’s a generic version of Dominick Cruz. I wanted to fight Demetrious and now he wants to fight Demetrious.”
“That’s my goal. I’ve spoken to Demetrious numerous times,” he continued. “That’s my goal after the TJ fight. TJ, first and foremost, but I’m wanting to go down and fight Demetrious right after that.”
“They all know that I’m the money fight, and I’m the big fight at the lower weight classes.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/1/2017.