TJ Dillashaw has outlined his belief that he will be considered as the greatest bantamweight of all-time if he can once again defeat Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227.
Despite his 2016 split-decision loss to Dominick Cruz, TJ has been looking like an even better version of himself every time he steps into the octagon.
Whether it was his razor-tight chess match with Cruz, his complete and utter dismantling of John Lineker, or his successful attempt at revenge over Raphael Assuncao – Dillashaw just seems to improve in every facet of his game by the outing.
Working with famed striking coach Duane Ludwig was for sure the catalyst for his rise to the top of the bantamweight pile, but that very same move caused something of a chain reaction that has left him at odds with his old camp, Team Alpha Male.
With him now set to rematch Alpha Male standout and former-champion Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227 – TJ, despite having beaten ‘No Love’ decisively in the past, believes that a win here would set him up as the greatest 135lb-r to ever do it.
Speaking to Luke Thomas on The MMA Hour, Dillashaw had this to say on his legacy.
“It puts me at the top. I know I’m the best bantamweight ever. I’ve got a split decision loss to Dominick Cruz and that changed everything, a fight that I thought I won. That changed everything, but I am the best bantamweight in the world.”
“I get to continue to grow my legacy. Then I’ll move onto the next challenge and continue to be the best pound-for-pound fighter that I possibly can be.
“My performances speak for themselves. We’ve got to see if Dominick Cruz can even fight. The guy can’t even get in there anymore, so we’ll see if it comes up, but right now I’ve just got to worry about knocking Cody out in three weeks.”
Cody has made it clear that he believes that the fight will play out very differently than before but with the confidence that comes from winning by way of KO once, Dillashaw has other ideas.
“I don’t mind if [the fight is] going to be different. I’m just going to go out there and make Cody irrelevant at the weight class. I’m going to go out and finish him. He’s got no chin, he doesn’t have any technique and I think I’m going to prove to everybody in the weight class that he doesn’t belong in the top 10.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena