Bantamviktsmästaren Dominick Cruz fick aldrig veta exakt varför Cody Garbrandt blev den näste titelutmanaren istället för den forne mästaren T.J. Dillashaw, men han har några teorier om anledningen. Cruz försvarar titeln mot Garbrandt under UFC 207.
Dillashaw förlorade bältet via ett delat domslut mot Cruz i januari och har sedan dess uttryckt mycket frustration när den forne lagkamraten Urijah Faber fick titelchansen istället för honom. Dillashaw fick sedan möta Raphael Assuncao för att ta igen en andra förlust, då genom ett enhälligt domslut. Dillashaw hoppades sedan på att få sin returmatch mot Cruz, men efter att bråk uppstod mellan Cruz och Grabrandt blev en match bokad mellan de två istället.
Dillashaw blev istället bokad mot John Lineker under samma gala i december och borde vid seger få chans att slåss om bältet. Cruz tror dock att Dillashaw inte fått matchen eftersom han inte skapar mycket intresse hos fansen.
The new owners of the UFC, they’re a management company, they deal with high, elite-level stars, and if you really look at the background of the people who just spent $4.2 billion on the UFC, they’re going to make specific decisions according to making the business better. Dillashaw, in my opinion, doesn’t make the business better. Cody, with the emotional wreck that he is, people can grasp to that because they see the emotion in him, they see what he’s thinking, they see what he’s feeling. He lets it all out. Dillashaw is fake. Everything Dillashaw does is a lie. He can’t let his true self out.If he did let his true self out I think he would be much more interesting – but Dillashaw holds back. You saw it in our first fight, in our first interview, he holds back his emotion. Now, after I punked him, and then I beat him and took away his interim title and made him realize he never was the champion, he started talking.You’re hearing more talking out of T.J. Dillashaw right now than you ever heard not only when he was the interim champion, but ever in his entire career. You’re hearing more of Dillashaw now. I helped Dillashaw. I made Dillashaw more relevant. I made Dillashaw have a voice and I taught Dillashaw how to come out of his own shell. He can hate me for that all he wants, but this guy is talking more than ever. That being said, he’s doing that after he lost the opportunity by not letting himself out in the first place.
It was a desperation move and it was sad because really he’s undercutting himself. He’s showing why fighters have been hurt in the past. He doesn’t credit himself as a fighter by offering his own money to fight me. Why would you offer your own money to fight me? I’m not a gambler, I’m a professional athlete. I’m never, ever going to gamble on my own work ethic and the things I do and the things that I know that I am. I’m never going to gamble on that. He would gamble on that because he needs too because I have everything to lose and he’s trying to get everything that he thought he had that I had before he even had it, if that even makes sense. He never had the belt. He thought he was the champion, but he wasn’t. That’s why he had to fight me, then he lost to me and realized he wasn’t any more and he never was. After that he decided, ‘Here’s what I’m going to do.’ But we’re not a gambling organization. This is a professional athletic organization and you’re cutting yourself short by showing how fighters undercut each other by going their own way.
Instead of going with getting the most amount of money for each fight, he’s willing to offer his own $100,000 to fight me? You know what that would do to the landscape of the 135-pound division? It would hurt it. It wouldn’t built it. Champions are supposed to build the division, not break it down and take money from it. That’s what T.J. Dillashaw’s trying to do. He’s trying to break down the 135-pound division by offering up his own money to get a fight. Why would I ever do that? I’m a professional athlete and they’re going to pay me three times what you’re offering me. Who cares what you’re even offering me? And who cares what you think? This is about being a professional, showing up, doing the job according to who they put in front of me. That person is Cody Garbrandt. I don’t run this organization. Nobody does except for the head execs who are worth $4.2 billion. You think they’re going to let somebody else chose how this thing goes? Absolutely not.