The main event of UFC 227 on August 4 will see T.J. Dillashaw defend the Bantamweight Championship against Cody Garbrandt.
The title holder is in his second reign after beating “No Love” back in November 2017 – but now aims to make sure it doesn’t fall back into his opponent’s hands.
AN ACCOMPLISHED CAREER
As well as beating Garbrandt once before, Dillashaw also boasts impressive wins against other bantamweight fighters.
His record currently stands at 15-3 and he first picked up the championship back in 2015, finishing Renan Barao in round four.
Dillashaw only lost the belt to Dominick Cruz in January of the following year on a split decision – and he’s since shown great character to win it back.
THE BANTAMWEIGHT GOAT
Now, most UFC fans consider Cruz, who handed Dillashaw his most high profile loss – as the greatest of all time in the bantamweight division.
The Dominator himself holds a brilliant record of 22-2 but is only currently ranked as the number two bantamweight fighter, behind Garbrandt and champion Dillashaw.
And ahead of UFC 227, T.J. believes that if he successfully defends his belt, then he should legitimately be referred to not just as the current best, but the G.O.A.T. – casting Cruz aside.
“It puts me at the top [of the list as the all-time greatest bantamweight]. I know I’m the best bantamweight ever,” the American told MMA Hour, per MMAFighting.com.
“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.”
In fact, Dillashaw doesn’t just have his sights set on becoming the greatest bantamweight of all time.
If he can get it done against Garbrandt in August, he then wants to stake his claim as one of the best UFC fighters in the history of the sport.
“I get to continue to grow my legacy,” Dillashaw continued.
“Then I’ll move onto the next challenge and continue to be the best pound-for-pound fighter that I possibly can be.”
He’s certainly setting his hopes high, but it’s not out of the question to expect Dillashaw to push on from a win at UFC 227 – just as he suggests he will.