TJ Dillashaw
Dillashaw celebrates his win over Garbrandt at UFC 217 Getty


  • Dillashaw became a two-time bantamweight champion at UFC 217.
  • The American is now targeting Demetrious Johnson's flyweight title.

UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw is not looking to emulate current lightweight champion Conor McGregor by not defending his title.

Dillashaw defeated former teammate and heated rival Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217 on 4 November to become a two-time bantamweight champion.

Following his win, he called out current flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, having previously proposed a match-up between the two when Garbrandt was injured.

If the fight were to happen, Dillashaw is confident that he will win and then go on to defend both belts unlike previous two-weight world champion McGregor.

The Irishman won the featherweight belt in December 2015 but never defended it as he was stripped of the title a year later.

It has also been over a year since he won the lightweight title, being yet to defend it either with interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson still waiting on the 29-year-old.

"He's [McGregor] never defended a title. I have," Dillashaw said, as quoted on MMAFighting. "He's never defended a belt ever."

"I'm not one of those guys. I'm one of those guys who's a hard worker. I'm in the gym nonstop, I'm always in shape, so I'm willing to do what it takes.

"If they'll let me defend both (titles), I will. It's something that, I'm willing to work. I want to prove there's a way to be a champion and this is the way to do it."

The 31-year-old also had some not-so-kind words for former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, who beat Dillashaw for the title in January 2016 via split decision.

Instead of getting a rematch, Dillashaw had to wait nearly two years for a shot at the title again and he plans on giving Cruz, who is out of his UFC 219 number one contender fight with Jimmie Rivera, the same treatment.

"Cruz can suck it, man," Dillashaw added. "He's the one who made me wait forever. He knew he should've given me that rematch. He was scared."

"He thought he was cherry-picking by picking Cody. He was trying to hold onto that belt, get as much as he could. So if it's up to me, he can wait. He can wait as long as I did. I couldn't care less."

"I mean, I do want to beat that guy. I do want to smash because I know that I can, but I don't care what he says. I'm going for the fight that makes the most sense for me right now, and that's Demetrious Johnson, and I'll do whatever it takes to get it."