TJ Dillashaw Says He’s 135-Pound GOAT With Win Over ‘No Love’

Is TJ Dillashaw the best bantamweight ever with a win at UFC 227?

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If TJ Dillashaw is able to best Cody Garbrandt for the second consecutive time at UFC 227 next month (Sat. August 4, 2018), the 135-pound champion thinks he should be declared the greatest titleholder the division has ever seen.

Dillashaw recaptured the UFC bantamweight title back in November when he knocked out his former Team Alpha Male teammate Cody Garbrandt in the second round at UFC 217. It extended Dillashaw’s win streak to three and handed Garbrandt the first defeat of his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

Now the pair will headline the UFC 227 pay-per-view (PPV) in their rematch. Dillashaw believes a second win over “No Love” makes him the greatest bantamweight of all time (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“It puts me at the top [of the list as the all-time greatest bantamweight]. I know I’m the best bantamweight ever,” Dillashaw said. “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,” he added. “Then I’ll move onto the next challenge and continue to be the best pound-for-pound fighter that I possibly can be.”

Dillashaw’s last defeat inside the Octagon came against Dominick Cruz in 2016. It was Cruz’s first fight back in the UFC in almost two years, and he won back the 135-pound title he never lost. Cruz’s victory came in the form of a split decision. Dillashaw, even two years later, still thinks he won the fight and was robbed on the judges’ scorecards.

Despite the defeat still being a thorn in Dillashaw’s side, he doesn’t think that he needs to rematch Cruz for his legacy to remain intact:

“I don’t think so,” Dillashaw said. “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.”

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TJ Dillashaw believes UFC 227 Win Makes Him Greatest Bantamweight Ever

If you ask T.J. Dillashaw, there is more at stake for his main event title defense against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227 than just the bantamweight title. He also believe the title of “best UFC bantamweight of all time” is his for the takingcome August 4th…

If you ask T.J. Dillashaw, there is more at stake for his main event title defense against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227 than just the bantamweight title. He also believe the title of “best UFC bantamweight of all time” is his for the takingcome August 4th when he looks to defeat Garbrandt for the second […]

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Gustafsson: I’ve Fought Guys Who Hit ‘Way Harder’ Than Daniel Cormier

Alexander Gustafsson isn’t so hyped on Daniel Cormier’s knockout power.

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Alexander Gustafsson isn’t exactly pumped about the current state of his light heavyweight division.

Thought to be the next rightful contender to champion Daniel Cormier’s throne, “The Mauler” saw a perceived title shot go up in smoke when it was granted to formerly surging challenger Volkan Oezdemir at January’s UFC 220. Cormier dismantled “No Time” with a quickness, and now Gustafsson will face Oezdemir at August 4’s UFC 227 for the expected top spot at 205 pounds.

Yet it won’t guarantee a shot at Cormier even if he does come out on top, because “DC” has teased granting former champ ‘Shogun’ Rua a shot if the Brazilian great can get past Anthony Smith at July 22’s UFC Hamburg before retiring after his heavyweight fight with Brock Lesnar. So Gustafsson may never get his rematch with “DC” after taking him to the limit in a narrow split decision loss at their classic first bout back in 2015.

He’s voiced his frustration with that on social media, but overall, “The Mauler” actually has high praise for his rival. After Cormier knocked out heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in the main event of last weekend’s UFC 226, Gustafsson expressed his respect for the new two-division champ to Luke Thomas on this week’s episode of The MMA Hour. He wasn’t sure who would win the closely-matched superfight but had a feeling it would be Cormier:

“He did great. I’m impressed. I was impressed by the way he finished Stipe and how he won the fight. I’m very impressed by the guy, he did great.

“I didn’t really have a prediction for that fight because I know it’s a very tough fight to predict, but I had a feeling [that ‘DC’ would win]. ‘DC’ is tough and he’s such a good athlete,”

And even though Gustafsson lost to Cormier at 205 pounds after nearly knocking him out with a hellacious knee, the Swedish star believes heavyweight is the best division for him, as he can eat and enjoy the benefit of his true power while not draining himself to make weight:

“I think he’s better at heavyweight than he is at light heavyweight. I think he’s stronger, he can eat and he doesn’t have to stress about the weight. I think he’ll do even better as a heavyweight. I had a feeling he’d win the fight, but just the way he finished [the fight] — it’s probably the wrong thing to say, but he made it look easy.”

The reason he believes that is because of his experience in fighting Cormier. When they fought at light heavyweight, Gustafsson didn’t believe he hit that hard, adding that he’s fought fighters who hit ‘way harder.’ To him, it was Cormier’s relentless will to keep pushing the pace, a characteristic Gustafsson believed to be the double champ’s best attribute:

“[Cormier’s punching power] wasn’t that bad [when we fought],” Gustafsson said. “I don’t remember him punching me that hard. I’ve been fighting guys that punch way harder, but he’s a very hard worker. He keeps pressuring and he keeps throwing punches. He’s really good with his wrestling and he doesn’t stop working in a fight — I think that’s his biggest strength.”

“The Mauler” hopes to move on and compete for the light heavyweight title soon, and believes an interim version should be created if not having Cormier vacate it outright if he’s going to fight at heavyweight next.

It will all depend on the result of his fight against Oezdemir, of course, so “The Mauler” still has work to do.

Do you want to see him get another shot at Cormier before the champ retires?

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Jose Torres vs. Alex Perez Booked For UFC 227

Jose Torres’ sophomore Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) outing has been set. Torres will go one-on-one with Alex Perez at UFC 227 on Aug. 4. ESPN first reported the match-up. “Shorty” Torres made it official through his Instagram …

Jose Torres’ sophomore Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) outing has been set. Torres will go one-on-one with Alex Perez at UFC 227 on Aug. 4. ESPN first reported the match-up. “Shorty” Torres made it official through his Instagram account: “Boom! Boom! My next fight is August 4th!! UFC 227 in LA. It’s going to be a […]

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Henry Cejudo Looking Forward To Shot At Redemption Against Demetrious Johnson

Henry Cejudo has a shot at redemption against Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227. The pair first met back at UFC 197 in April of 2016. Johnson defeated the then-undefeated flyweight via first round TKO with some devastating shots inside the clinch. “M…

Henry Cejudo has a shot at redemption against Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227. The pair first met back at UFC 197 in April of 2016. Johnson defeated the then-undefeated flyweight via first round TKO with some devastating shots inside the clinch. “Mighty Mouse” has gone on to shatter UFC records and become the most successful […]

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Matt Sayles vs. Sheymon Moraes Added To UFC 227

Matt Sayles won his UFC contract three weeks ago on Dana White’s Contender Series 10, and now he has his first official fight inside the Octagon. Sayles will fight under the bright lights of UFC 227 on pay-per-view in Los Angeles in 145-pound act…

Matt Sayles won his UFC contract three weeks ago on Dana White’s Contender Series 10, and now he has his first official fight inside the Octagon. Sayles will fight under the bright lights of UFC 227 on pay-per-view in Los Angeles in 145-pound action against Sheymon Moraes. The bout was announced yesterday prior to the […]

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