It looks like Cody Garbrandt will finally get his rematch against former Team Alpha Male training partner and current bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.
ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto broke the news first on Twitter.
According to both Dillashaw and Garbrandt, the Ultimate Fighting Championship were trying to book their rematch at UFC 222 in March this year after Max Holloway injured himself training for his featherweight title defense against Frankie Edgar. Dillashaw had rejected the fight, believing that Garbrandt needed to earn his shot at the title just like he did when he lost his title against Dominick Cruz back in January 2016.
“It took me two years to get a title shot back, and now they want me to defend on four weeks notice? I have a five-week-old son. I’m not training. My camp is in Calfornia, and I’m in Denver right now. And all this to face a guy who doesn’t even deserve a rematch? I lost a split decision to Dominick Cruz when I lost my belt, the UFC told me they thought I won that fight, and it still took me two years to get another title shot. I had to wait through Cody’s back injury last year, then all the ‘TUF’ bullsh*t. So I’m not doing it. I told the UFC I’m not doing it. I’m shooting for the DJ fight in July.”
UFC 227 is scheduled to take place on Aug. 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.