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TJ Dillashaw refuses immediate rematch with Cody Garbrandt.

UFC Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw has ruled out an immediate rematch with fierce rival Cody Garbrandt at UFC 222

After news broke that Max Holloway was out of his main event clash with Frankie Edgar at UFC 222, it seemed the second instalment of Dillashaw Vs. Garbrandt was set to take its place.

Though Bantamweight champion, Dillashaw, was quick to rule out the match up with his former team-mate.

“It took me two years to get a title shot back, now they want me to defend it on four weeks notice?” Said Dillashaw in a recent statement.

“I have a five-week old son. I’m not training. My camp is in California and I’m in Denver right now. And all this to face a guy who doesn’t deserve a rematch to begin with? I lost a split decision to Dominick Cruz when I lost my belt, the UFC told me they thought I won that fight and it still took me two years to get it back.”

“I had to wait through Cody’s back injury last year, all of TUF bulls**t. I told the UFC I’m not doing it. I’m shooting for the Demetrious Johnson fight in July.”

While many fans will be disappointed not to see the rematch between Dillashaw and Garbrandt, it would seem for now Dillashaw is prepared to wait for the return of pound for pound king Demetrius Johnson later in the year – for a champion Vs. Champion match up.

Who would you like to see Dillashaw fight next? Have your say in the comments below.

Lewis Smith

Welsh MMA writer with a passion for sport. Follow me on twitter @lew1s2


  • Matthew Peterson
    07/02/2018 at 6:02 am


  • Jefferson Keane
    06/02/2018 at 1:16 pm

    Cody lost his belt in his first defence. He doesn’t deserve a rematch.

    • Vim Fuego
      06/02/2018 at 1:30 pm

      Wants that Mighty Mouse payday. Ka ching!

    • Jefferson Keane
      06/02/2018 at 1:52 pm

      Not even that, just on his merits alone, Cody doesnt deserve an immediate rematch.

  • David Barr
    06/02/2018 at 5:17 am


  • Derek Wilson
    06/02/2018 at 2:06 am

    Good because Cody didn’t defend the title.

  • Randy Landrie
    05/02/2018 at 11:45 pm

    As he should. Cody needs to work his way up again.

  • Jeff Norris
    05/02/2018 at 11:19 pm

    Whats a fuckin tool Adam Doerksen

  • Scott MacLeod
    05/02/2018 at 11:09 pm

    Adam MacLeod Scott Macdonald

  • Aiden Davison
    05/02/2018 at 11:08 pm

    Good on him cody doesn’t deserve a rematch he has to earn it

  • Ciaran Branagan
    05/02/2018 at 9:12 pm

    Mick Walsh

  • Euan Campbell
    05/02/2018 at 9:04 pm

    Jamie McBride

  • Stuart Collinson
    05/02/2018 at 9:04 pm

    Fair play to him

  • Danny Carter
    05/02/2018 at 9:04 pm

    Good on him, he won dominantly, let him go after DJ

    • Jorma Niemi
      05/02/2018 at 9:29 pm

      He almost could not walk after the bell rang first time……..

    • Stephen Davidson
      05/02/2018 at 9:38 pm

      Who got ko’d again?

    • Jake Ambrose
      05/02/2018 at 10:15 pm

      Jorma Niemi lmao stretch much? he got knocked down and was fine

    • Rodriguez Ces
      06/02/2018 at 1:14 am

      And Cody wanted to be friends as Dillashaw was yelling in his face after dropping him. Almost only counts in horshoes and hand grenades 😂. And I like both fighters the same, but Cody got KOd and didn’t defend… An immediate rematch is not deserved.

    • Bradley Kaler
      06/02/2018 at 8:20 am

      Plus, when TJ lost a razorthin decision against Cruz, where was his immediate rematch? If TJ didn’t deserve one, Garbrandt clearly doesn’t.

  • Thomas E. Lee
    05/02/2018 at 9:03 pm

    i have to say i agree with TJ here, make’em wait like you did.