Following TJ Dillashaw’s win over Raphael Assuncao, the former bantamweight champ’s boosters are calling for a rematch with Dominick Cruz, but the latter isn’t interested.
Dillashaw and Cruz fought this past January, and “The Dominator” took the belt from him via split decision. Since the bout was pretty competitive, Dillashaw called for an immediate rematch, but obviously that didn’t happen. Now that the former Team Alpha Male fighter has defeated Assuncao, however, calls for a second bout with Cruz have reached new levels.
Well, recently the vaunted fighter spoke with ESPN, and Cruz shot down talk of a second fight with Dillashaw. After arguing that he beat Dillashaw at “75%” and that he has “nothing” to prove against him, Cruz stated:
“Who knows? (McGregor) could get hurt in this fight against Diaz,” Cruz said, while referring to a potential bout with Jose Aldo. “They’d need someone to fight for the interim title. I’m willing to fight for the interim (featherweight) title and bring two belts together. Why not? I would do that in a heartbeat. That’s a much more fun, much bigger fight than anything near TJ Dillashaw. Nobody cares about that guy.”
“Or maybe Aldo gets hurt and I’ll fight Conor. Let’s go, you know what I mean? I can move up to 145 and be very competitive. I’m extremely hard to hit, I’m quick and I’ve fought at 45 before….It’s a fun, interesting matchup. That’s what people want to see right now.”
Obviously Cruz is looking for big money fights, and when you consider all he’s gone through in recent years, it’s pretty understandable. While a lot of fans likely want to see Cruz – Dillashaw II, there’s no doubt that Aldo – Cruz, or McGregor – Cruz would be bigger fights.
It will be interesting to see what the UFC does here. You could certainly make the case that Dillashaw deserves a rematch, and if not him, then who does get the next shot at the 135 title? Cody Garbrandt? Bryan Caraway?