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T.J. Dillashaw talks Cody Garbrandt: ‘I love getting rich for knocking Cody out’

UFC 217: Garbrandt v Dillashaw Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

T.J. Dillashaw will try to take care of business at UFC 227 on Aug. 4 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., when he meets rival Cody Garbrandt in a highly-anticipated bantamweight championship rematch.

Dillashaw, who captured the 135-pound title with a knockout win over “No Love” this past November at UFC 217, is looking to lock down his third career UFC title defense. The 32-year-old defeated Renan Barao and Joe Soto to retain his strap during his first title reign three years ago.

As “Killashaw” gears up for the biggest fight of his career, he’s able to reflect on his victory over Garbrandt seven months ago and what it means to beat an opponent who has provided such bad blood.

“I love getting rich for knocking Cody out,” Dillashaw said during a media lunch this week to promote UFC 227.

“I think there’s a lot of holes I didn’t show as well in his game when I finished him in the second round,” he continued. “I still believe those same openings will be there. I don’t think he’s an intelligent fighter to switch up what he does.”

Garbrandt, 26, was 11-0 when he encountered Dillashaw at UFC 217. The knockout artist was coming off a unanimous decision win over Dominick Cruz to claim the bantamweight crown and was pegged as the next best thing at 135 pounds. That was until “No Love” ran into an old training partner in Dillashaw.

With under two months left before the two bantamweights lock horns again inside of the Octagon, Dillashaw is adamant that the rematch offers a different feeling than his first showdown with Garbrandt.

“It’s a lot different this time,” Dillashaw said. “He can’t be such a jerk – he just got finished. For as much crap as he talked, he deserves to get his ass kicked again.”

Only time will tell if Garbrandt can make the necessary adjustments to avenge his only professional mixed martial arts (MMA) loss to date.

UFC 227 will also feature a co-main event title rematch between current UFC flyweight champion and pound-for-pound king Demetrious Johnson and former Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo.

Considering Dillashaw nearly dropped down in weight to fight “Mighty Mouse” earlier this year, he’s keeping a close eye on the co-main event before his battle with “No Love.”

“He’s got that spot,” Dillashaw said of Johnson. “I’m looking to take it. We’ve both got fights ahead of us to worry about, and we’ll talk about it after our fights.”

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