ESPN’s “Ariel Helwani MMA Show” this week turned into a bit of a showcase for a bunch of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight fighters eager to face reigning — and defending — division champion T.J. Dillashaw in his next fight. Raphael Assuncao made his case, as did new flyweight champ Henry Cejudo. But, no one did a better job than Dominick Cruz, whose position is bolstered by the win he already holds over Dillashaw. ”I’m still right there, very relevant regardless of the multiple injuries I’ve had over my career,” Cruz said. “I think everybody in the world knows I’m very relevant and probably the only guy in the world who would beat him in the division. ”Right now T.J. Dillashaw is speaking what he chooses to make relevant, which is trying to make his case as the best bantamweight,” he continued. “The problem is, I beat him already. You can’t be the best unless you beat the guy that beat you. It’s common sense, everyone in the world knows that including him. Let’s be honest: He does not want to deal with that right now, he would rather wait and see if he can get away from it.”
The unspoken way that Dillashaw would get away from it? Via Cruz retiring because of injuries. Unfortunately for Dillashaw, that doesn’t sound like it’s happening. In fact, Cruz sounds ready to return later this year.
“I feel 100 percent in training, I’ve been cleared for three weeks now,” he said. “I feel great and I’m looking for a fight toward the end of the fall, toward fall time.”
ebickmeyer wrote:People are too quick to jump bandwagons. Cruz still has a better resume than TJ. What with Cruz having already beat TJ fairly recently how can you argue TJ is truly better? They must rematch to claim the undisputed title of best BW.
dipset52 wrote:He should stfu with all of his smart ass analysis thinking he knows everything and has all the answers. I think fucking TJ torches him in a rematch.
FUCK DOMINICK CRUZ IN HIS MOUTH
mmafan559 wrote:Matt Brown Pride.
Tj had to beat assuanco and John lineker to get back to the title.
killashaw vs Marlon Moraes is the fight I want to see.
There’s Absolutely no reason why Cruz shouldn’t fight assuanco.