TJ Dillashaw Says Cody Garbrandt Doesn’t Deserve Rematch


UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw defends the gold in a rematch against former champion Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227.

The new champion isn’t exactly convinced that the former title holder deserves an immediate rematch.

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“I don’t think in any form does Cody deserve the rematch,” Dillashaw said on The MMA Hour. “But I’m happy to do it. The UFC obviously wants it. So I mean, if they want it, they’re going to pump this up. For whatever reason they want to put Cody in there. I think it’s a great fight for me. He doesn’t deserve it whatsoever on the sport side of it. But I’m a businessman and I’m going to go out there and put him away.”

Dillashaw and Garbrandt first met in the co-main event of UFC 217, where Dillashaw scored a second round knockout win to become the bantamweight champion for a second time.

One thing is quite apparent to Dillashaw, which is that he expects the second fight to be easier then the first encounter.

“Immediate rematches or rematches in general, I don’t know if they ever really do change,” Dillashaw said. “I see myself winning this fight even easier. Just like with the Barao situation, I went out there and won the second time even easier.”

UFC 227 takes place on Saturday, August 4 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California with TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.

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