T.J. Dillashaw scores first-round TKO victory against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227


If there's one thing fans knew heading into the UFC 227 main event, it was that neither T.J. Dillashaw nor Cody Garbrandt planned to let the fight go the distance.

It's a fight that many believed was too close to call, primarily because of what happened in their first encounter.


Dillashaw did pick up the knockout win the first time around at UFC 217 inside Madison Square Garden, but from Garbrandt's perspective, it was always a case of, 'what if?'

That all stems from the fact that No Love knocked his former Alpha Male teammate down at the end of the first round.

With the bell pretty much saving the current bantamweight champion, many have since assumed that Garbrandt would have finished the fight had they continued - so the rematch was going to determine whether or not Dillashaw genuinely was the better fighter.

This time, though, Dillashaw didn't let it go to the second round as he picked up a TKO victory over Garbrandt in Los Angeles, California.

As expected, Garbrandt came out all guns blazing as usual, dropping Dillashaw with a solid right hand - like he did during their initial contest back in November.

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However, Cody made a reckless error by rushing in for the kill, but this allowed Dillashaw to get back to his feet and test Cody's chin in return by dropping him.

Although both men survived the initial knockdowns, Garbrandt then ate a looping right hand and was dropped twice.


Dillashaw began to rain down some heavy punches as Garbrandt somehow managed to get to his feet, only to eat a vicious knee in the clinch along with more punches.

Referee Herb Dean then had no choice but to jump in and wave off the fight at four minutes at 10 seconds of the very first round.

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Following the loss, Garbrandt now moves to 11-2 after two successive defeats to Dillashaw in destructive fashion.

With Dillashaw picking up win number 16, he's firmly entered the conversation as perhaps the greatest bantamweight of all time, a sentiment he believed in his post-fight interview.

"I believe I’m the best of all-time at bantamweight,” said Dillashaw after winning for the eighth time in his past nine fights, per MMA Fighting.

Although he displayed an interest in fighting new flyweight king Henry Cejudo, the fight the majority seem to be talking about is a Dominick Cruz rematch.

Many believe The Dominator didn't do enough to win their first encounter, and it's a fight which could certainly prove who the UFC's greatest bantamweight really is.

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