T.J. Dillashaw is extremely confident he can beat the the best in the world, like Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor (he and the interim 145-pound champion almost came to blows back in February), and rightfully so.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight titleholder wreaked havoc over previous 135-pound king Renan Barao (twice) and Joe Soto during his reign at the top. Most recently, Dillashaw -- Thrillashaw, Killashaw -- toppled "The Baron" at the UFC on FOX 16 mixed martial arts (MMA) event last month via fourth-round technical knockout.
Now, and as we so desperately await this dream match up, the 29-year-old has picked a fight with the man who unified the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and UFC bantamweight titles, Dominick Cruz (via Bleacher Report).
Let's go @TheDomin8r heal that chicken leg up so I can kick your ass already. Let's sign a contract 4 @ufc New Years card. #TheBestNeverRest— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 27, 2015
Then, in a rebuttal, Cruz countered his boisterous rival's trash talk with a quip of his own (note to Cruz: You tagged the wrong John Dodson!).
.@TJDillashaw Ill be back in plenty time to school YOU "Silly Dilly"Dnt u worry.May jus send @johnDodson back up to take care my light wrk.— Dominick Cruz (@TheDomin8r) August 27, 2015
If "The Dominator" had it his way, he might propose a triple-threat UFC match between he, Dillashaw and the latter's head trainer Duane Ludwig because of this bold claim.
It was only a matter of time before the Team Alpha Male product spoke up and called out Cruz, seeing as the Alliance MMA stud has taken every opportunity to poke and prod both he and Ludwig.
At the moment, the soon-to-be 30-year-old is nearing the end of a long road of rehab, following January ACL surgery. Cruz has not fought since his blistering knockout of Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 178 in Sept. 2014.
However, ring rust should likely be a non-factor in a future title clash seeing as how he flattened the Japanese fighter in just 61 seconds. Cruz is indeed at the front of the line for a shot at Dillashaw because of continuous injuries to Raphael Assuncao (graphic pic here) and no other fighters possessing worthy resumes.
The UFC 195 pay-per-view (PPV) on Jan. 2, 2016, no longer possesses a title fight headliner, why not slot this high profile bantamweight bonanza in place of the previous Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm fight?
Do I have any takers?