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TJ Dillashaw: Demetrious Johnson can't run from fight now

07 November 2017

TJ Dillashaw won the UFC Bantamweight Title when he defeated Cody Garbrandt in the co-main event of UFC 217.

Back in June, Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) expressed his problems with the idea of Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) - then the UFC's former bantamweight champion - cutting the line in front of the rest the flyweight division for a title shot. Garbrandt remained calm. TJ tried a clinch but Cody pummeled the body.

The former teammates met in the centre of the Octagon in Madison Square Garden on Saturday night and there was bad blood from the outset.

Dillashaw though, claims he was never knocked out, having previously touched upon the existence of Garbrandt's supposed footage. "I knew I was fighting a very unsafe opponent".

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Dillashaw stated during a post fight press conference, "It was awesome". Get out there, use your motion, don't go into his fight. "I got caught with a big right hand, but I bounced right back", said Dillashaw of the knockdown. I was fighting number one contenders.

White on Demetrious Johnson wanting $2 million for a possible fight with Dillashaw: "He's a partner in the pay-per-view".

The finish was made all the more impressive by the fact Dillashaw was badly hurt in the first round. "Stuff like when I'd a leg kick or something, like, 'You're too slow! I'm getting that belt at 125". Moments later, he dropped him again with a brutal right hook that landed squarely on Garbradnt's jaw. "I'll show that in the rematch". Landing a head kick was part of Dillahsaw's game plan. "He holds his hands a little bit low anyway, so I was looking to take advantage of it", said Dillashaw.

It is the first loss of Garbrandt's career.

TJ Dillashaw: Demetrious Johnson can't run from fight now