There’s being a company man, then there is being a smart business man. T.J. Dillashaw prefers the latter. Indeed, the current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion recently shut down Cody Garbrandt’s request to run it back at UFC 222 on March 3, 2018, after Max Holloway was forced out of his title defense against Frankie Edgar.
However, “Viper” could be convinced to take the rematch, as long as the promotion makes it worth his while — monetary wise — to drop everything and step back into the cage against “No Love” after knocking him out at UFC 217.
“Yeah, absolutely,” Dillashaw told The Luke Thomas Show on SiriusXM (via Bloody Elbow). “If they were to come to me with some ideas of actually making this worth my while, then yeah, there’s always that chance .... If they come to me and they offer all this money, it’s something I would think about.”
However, if the promotion does open up its wallet to Dillashaw, he still wouldn’t be all that excited about giving Garbrandt an instant rematch just because he likes to run his mouth.
“Prove yourself,” he said. “Just because you’re a loud mouth and can run your mouth does not mean you can get a title shot. The squeaky wheels shouldn’t always get greased.” Aside from his personal disdain for his former training partner, Dillashaw says he isn’t in a hurry to step into a training camp and be away from his newborn son.
Plus, he isn’t exactly in the best of health at the moment.
“I’m on this seven-week physical therapy plan right now with some injuries I got going on,” he said. “I’m not healthy, but I’ve been keeping quiet. I’m doing some rehab, which I got checked out by their doctors. There’s multiple reasons why this wasn’t the right time. I’m not making excuses or anything, it just didn’t work out,” he concluded.
Garbrandt has gone on record saying he’d be willing to compensate Dillashaw for his troubles, but at the end of the day, the chances of him getting a chance to reclaim his title seems unlikely at the moment. Thankfully, UFC is no longer in need, as the promotion has booked Cris Cyborg to headline the card against Yana Kunitskaya, as well as a co-main event between Frankie Edgar and Brian Ortega.
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