Following Cody Garbrandt’s championship win at UFC 207, the consensus is the bantamweight star will face TJ Dillashaw next. But, it looks like the Team Alpha Male fighter wants to make some big time money for his next bout, and as a result, he’s not looking at Dillashaw.
Garbrandt ended the storied reign of Cruz on December 30th, by outscoring the latter with strikes and earning the UD win. Dillashaw also scored an impressive, UD win that night, as he outstruck and outwrestled John Lineker.
Since Dillashaw has won two straight, following his split decision loss to Cruz last January, the expectation is that he’ll challenge Garbrandt first. But, while speaking on “The MMA Hour” this week, Garbrandt said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I need to sit down with Dana [White] and Sean [Shelby], and find out the biggest money fight for me,” Garbrandt said. “I know I could go up and fight with Jose Aldo. He has wins over my teammates, he’s a legend, and I’d like to test his chin. I know I hit hard, and I’m just getting started. And I could also have the biggest fight with Conor [McGregor]. I could easily go up. My homie Nate Diaz choked him out, and I can’t believe he’s pound-for-pound No. 2 on the list, with, you know he got choked out.”
Garbrandt added that he’d meet McGregor in a catch-weight bout at 150 pounds. But when you consider Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov are knocking on McGregor’s door, not to mention the possibility of a fight with Tyron Woodley, one would think a fight with Garbrandt isn’t happening anytime soon.
Aldo is certainly more feasible, in terms of weight, but here again, Max Holloway is waiting to face the 145 champ.
Leading up to UFC 207, Garbrandt said he’d give Cruz an immediate rematch. But in the aforementioned interview, Garbrandt argued he beat Cruz “handily”, and is looking for a “bigger challenge”.