A fight between current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and bantamweight titleholder, T.J. Dillashaw, was put on ice by company president Dana White after “Mighty Mouse” underwent shoulder surgery and negations stalled.
Instead, T.J. will rematch Cody Garbrandt at the upcoming UFC 227 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Aug. 4, in Los Angeles, Calif., inside the Staples Center (details). And since “Mighty Mouse” is too “scared” to step up to the plate, Dillashaw will stop pursuing the super fight.
“As far as I was told, UFC said they wanted it. They keep telling me Demetrious Johnson was too scared to accept the fight. He might say differently, I don’t really know. When it comes down to it, I am not going to continue to push hard for something that is not going to happen. I can’t wait around forever to get paid,” Dillashaw told The MMA Hour.
“I’d love to challenge the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all time, but from the way it sounds, the greatest pound-for-pound fighter in the world is too afraid to step up. Once he comes out and accepts the challenge, then we can talk about that fight,” he added.
A far as his do-over against Garbrandt, Dillshaw is adamant his former training partner is undeserving of a rematch after starching him back at UFC 217. But being the company man he is, he will gladly put the “bully” back in his place one more time.
“I’m a company man, UFC wants the Garbrandt fight and I got no problem giving it to them. I don’t mind beating Cody up again,” he added. “Bullys deserve to get put in their place. I’ve taken enough abuse and bullying from him and his team and it’s time for him to pay for it once again and I am going to ruin his career at 135.”
With another win over “No Love,” T.J. will finally be able to put his beef with Team Alpha Male in the rear-view mirror for the foreseeable future and look forward to other challenges within the division.
Should he come up short, then a trilogy fight will surely be in order, as “No Love” has already stated he will gladly give “Viper” an immediate chance to settle the tie.