Cody Garbrandt became a former UFC Bantamweight Champion when he lost the title to longtime rival TJ Dillashaw in the co-main event of UFC 217.
The former champion not only believes he is still better than the new champion, but he wants another crack at Dillashaw.
“I am the better fighter out there and he was able to capitalize on a low left hand and a right hook,” Garbrandt said after the event. “Hats off to T.J. He battled back from losing his title and he was a hungry man, but I’m still the better fighter in there and I’ll show that in the rematch.”
Dillashaw has already stated after the event that the former champion isn’t getting an immediate rematch.
Despite suffering the loss to Dillashaw, the former champion says it wasn’t the new champion, but he who beat himself.
“He caught me tonight,” Garbandt said. “He caught me with a punch. I truly am the better fighter. It was me vs. me in there, I’m battling with myself. To throw more punches, to counter, to see all these openings, and I just didn’t pull the trigger. It’s always me vs. me. The only person that beat me is me and I didn’t throw my hands, I didn’t do what I was supposed to do and know how to do in there.”
These two started their feud a few years back when the new bantamweight champion left Team Alpha Male shortly after winning the title for the first time.