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Cody Garbrandt willing to give ‘media whore’ TJ Dillashaw cut of purse to accept championship rematch at UFC 222

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After Max Holloway was forced out of his Featherweight title defense against Frankie Edgar — which was set to go down at UFC 222 on March 3, 2018 — Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) turned to Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw.

Unfortunately, only one half of the duo wasn’t as eager as the other to run it back, as Dillashaw -- the current Bantamweight champion -- wasn’t interested in taking time away from his newborn son in order to give someone a rematch who doesn’t deserve it in the first place.

Obviously, “No Love” didn’t take too kindly to the “excuse,” going as far as to say if T.J. wants more money to accept the do-over on a month’s notice, he will give him a cut of his purse.

“I’ll give him a cut of my purse if he wants it, if the UFC doesn’t want to compensate him,” Garbrandt said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “It’s not about money for me, it’s about principle. It’s about getting my title back. I’m healthy. OK, we both haven’t been training — OK, cool. Four weeks, we’re fighters at the end of the day. We’re gonna fight. If he wants a cut of my purse, I’ll give [it to] him. If it’s money for him, OK.”

Dillashaw defeated Garbrandt via knockout at UFC 217 to reclaim his 135-pound strap (recap). Cody vowed to work his way back up, but after the “Blessed” injury, there was no way he was going to turn down the unexpected opportunity.

“When the UFC calls and gives you can opportunity like that, you jump all over it,” Garbrandt said. “I don’t know, man. He wants to make a lot of excuses and bring fatherhood into it. It’s the same thing. I understand, whatever. But you’re gonna sit there and tell me you can’t train because you’ve got a kid?,” questioned Cody.

To hear him tell it, Dillashaw and his team simply don’t want the rematch, period.

“TJ already started planting it in the media,” Garbrandt said. “They’re media whores, him and Duane. They want to go there and talk. I never saw a coach who goes in the media and talks and does interviews more than Duane. It’s crazy to me. They know what it is. That’s why they say I’m gonna have a long road back. They don’t want that fight back with me and it is what it is,” he added. “It’s inevitable. It’s destiny for me to be a world champion again. That’s my goals and that’s what I’m training for.”

As it stands, Frankie Edgar is adamant he will remain on the UFC 222 pay-per-view (PPV) card. And while Dillashaw isn’t in a hurry to see Cody inside the Octagon again, he is still hoping a super fight between he and current UFC Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson goes down this summer.