Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt has been aching to fight T.J. Dillashaw in a rematch. So much so that he is willing to take a pay cut, just to turn this matchup into a reality for UFC 222 on March 3rd in Las Vegas.
“I’ll give him a cut of my purse if he wants it, if the UFC doesn’t want to compensate him,” Garbrandt told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “It’s not about money for me, it’s about principle. It’s about getting my title back. I’m healthy. OK, we both haven’t been training — OK, cool.”
“Four weeks, we’re fighters at the end of the day. We’re gonna fight. If he wants a cut of my purse, I’ll give [it to] him. If it’s money for him, OK.”
Garbrandt went on to compare his former teammate to Dominick Cruz, whom he believes would jump right in if the opportunity was presented.
“If TJ grows a pair in these next few days, man, awesome,” Garbrandt said. “Then I’ll have some respect for him. Because I know if it was Dominick Cruz, Dominick Cruz would immediately answer the call and been like, ‘Let’s do it.’ He fought TJ on four weeks notice and actually beat him.”
“TJ, if you’re listening; Duane, I know you’re listening — you’re a weirdo,” he added. “Let’s make this fight. Let’s make this fight, let’s do this. Let’s save the card. Let’s get compensated. If you want some of my purse, I’ll give it to you. I don’t give a f--k about money. I want the title back and that’s it.”
From his end, Dillashaw already shut down the idea of the fight, saying he is currently focused on making a super fight against Demetrious Johnson happen in July. Over the weekend, “Mighty Mouse” announced through his Twitch stream that he is currently in negotiations with Dillashaw to co-headline UFC 226 on April 7th in Brooklyn.