UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt was forced to pull out of a title defense at UFC 213 due to a back injury.
When the fighter does make his Octagon return, it will hopefully come against one of his two requested foes.
“I’m gonna go down and fight Demetrious,” Garbrandt said on The MMA Hour. “That’s my goal. I’ve spoken to Demetrious numerous times. 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.”
Ever since Garbrandt pulled out of UFC 213, the UFC has been trying to put a fight together between UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson and TJ Dillashaw.
If that fight were to come together, the UFC Bantamweight Champion has a prediction for who would come out on top.
“I feel like DJ will beat TJ,” Garbrandt said. “TJ is slow. TJ is very slow. I feel like, I went with him [in training]. I know that guy like the back of my hand. I feel like DJ will win that fight.”
There is no timetable set yet for the bantamweight champions return, but he is expected to return by the end of the year.