To say T.J. Dillashaw is unhappy is an understatement, he’s been overlooked yet again for a shot at the UFC bantamweight championship at UFC 207 in December.
Instead, Dominick Cruz makes another defence of his title on the undercard of Ronda Rousey’s return against women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, and Cody Garbrandt is standing in his way.
There’s been plenty of bad blood between The Dominator and No Love, and it’s finally resulted in the two clashing inside of the Octagon after numerous callouts and trash talk.
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While it makes for great entertainment for us fight fans, it seems to be frustrating for Dillashaw who is ranked at number one in the official bantamweight rankings, and he’s forced to watch a sixth-ranked Garbrandt challenge for the title he believes he deserves.
Speaking to FanSided, the former champion has called the title fight a mockery of the sport, and also blamed Conor McGregor for the UFC’s revamped matchmaking process.
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He said: “It’s a mockery, it’s a mockery of the sport. The sport should be about the best guys on the planet (fighting each other). What’s the point of having rankings (if they don’t factor into matchups)?
“More power to the guys that can get away with making tons of money taking trash like Conor McGregor – he’s smart, he’s doing a good job – but it’s unfortunate what it’s doing to the rest of the sport. I want this s**t to be real; not about the sideshow promotion.”
PICKING AND CHOOSING
Even though Garbrandt played his part in calling out Cruz on numerous occasions, Dillashaw doesn’t actually blame the challenger.
Instead, he says the UFC and Cruz are to blame for allowing him to pick and choose his opponents.
He added: “Nothing against Cody Garbrandt; it’s not his fault.
“All of us should be pushing for the title – that’s the ultimate goal – but I blame Dominick Cruz and the UFC for letting this happen.
“I really don’t understand why the UFC is letting Dominick Cruz pick the fights he wants.”
Dillashaw’s frustration is understandable.
Having huge wins over Renan Barao and most recently, Raphael Assuncao to secure his position as the rightful number one contender, seeing somebody beneath him challenge for the gold may not be easy to watch.
It’s something we’ve seen before, though.
McGregor is yet to make a defence of the featherweight championship he picked up last year after knocking Jose Aldo out in 13 seconds, while Michael Bisping opted to defend his title against Dan Henderson, who was ranked outside of the top 10.
Whatever unfolds on December 30, you’d have to assume that Dillashaw is next in line for a shot at the title.
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