“I really believe that’s my fight, my belt and I want that. I don’t think anybody else deserves a shot over me. I think I’m still the champ… Hopefully, Cruz is healthy. I know his leg is a little bit messed up or his ankle or whatever and he can’t get right back in there. I’m scared that he’s going to be that champion that’s hurt all the time, be on the shelf and have to wait to fight him again. I’m just scared that he’s either going to retire or he’s going to be on the shelf forever and I’m never going to get that win back that I felt I had. I’m really pushing for this rematch as soon as possible before this guy continues to get hurt… [Faber] doesn’t deserve [the fight with Cruz]. Let’s be honest. He’s already had what seven or eight title shots? The guy hasn’t got it done. He hasn’t beaten anybody relevant to be getting a title shot. He’s got a big name and a story behind him, which brings in money, and that’s the only reason at all he’s being mentioned for a title shot.”
-T.J. Dillashaw talks to Fox Sports’ Great MMA Debate podcast about why he should get his rematch with Dominick Cruz over Urijah Faber or any other potential challengers.
Penick’s Analysis: Dillashaw has a very, very good case for a rematch, and he’s absolutely more deserving off that fight after a close title bout than is Faber. However, with Cruz wanting the Faber fight, and the UFC likely wanting to capitalize on Faber’s name one last time in a title bout, Dillashaw may wind up getting screwed on that front. It’s kind of a crappy spot for him to be in, especially when he’s going to have no control over the situation, but he’ll make his case, and maybe the UFC will come around.
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