SATURDAY NEWS DIGEST 9/24: Dillashaw offers a $100,000 bet to get Cruz to accept his challenge, Invicta, Poirier, Cyborg, Barao (w/Cervantes Analysis)

By Jonathan Cervantes, MMATorch contributor

T.J. Dillashaw (photo credit Bob DeChiara © USA Today Sports)


T.J Dillashaw is continuing his campaign for a title shot against Champion Dominick Cruz.

Bloody Elbow reports that in a post on Instagram, Dillashaw called for Cruz to grant him the next shot by placing a wager on the bout. “Yo, what’s up guys?” Dillashaw wrote. “First things first. I need to congratulate Dominick Cruz for making the comeback he did. But it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. Tired of all the drama no more campaigning or talking shit to get this title fight rematch. I’m willing to bet 100k that I beat you in a rematch. You win, I fight for free. You lose, you match my bet.”

Cruz had yet to respond, but fellow bantamweight and likely number one contender Cody Garbrandt saw the post and responded to Dillashaw, accusing him of PED use. “What?” Gardbrandt wrote. “Are we out here campaigning for title shots now? I’ll smack ya both around. T.J., you aren’t the same with @usantidoping in the game!”

In the latest MMATorch Rankings for September, released earlier today, Dillashaw is ranked no. 2 and Garbrandt is ranked no. 3 in the Bantamweight Division. While both fighters have staked a claim for a shot at the Bantamweight Title, the UFC has yet to announce a decision on who will fight Cruz next.
Cervantes Analysis: Both have legitimate arguments for a shot at the title, but Cruz has already expressed disinterest in a rematch with Dillashaw. The best way to settle this argument would be to have Dillashaw and Garbrandt fight to determine the number one contender for the belt. It would give Dillashaw a chance to make a statement against one of the more competitive fighters in the division and allow Garbrandt the opportunity to defeat a former champion and show definitively that he is next in line. On a another topic, Garbrandt should be more careful when making statements about PED use because, even though Dillashaw has been accused before, there has never been any evidence to prove it and the accusation prior came from Uriah Faber who has felt spurned by Dillashaw since his exit from Alpha Male.


-According to, betting odds heavily favor Cyborg (-1300) to win against Lansberg (+700)

-Julianna Pena turned down an offer to fight Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 205 in New York, according to MMAJunkie

-Per Bloody Elbow, Renan Barao says he thought he beat Jeremy Stephens at UFC Fight Night 88.

-Dustin Poirier said on Twitter he’ll “have to go back to the drawing board” after his KO loss to Michael Johnson last weekend.
-The following are the results from last night’s Invicta fights:
-Jennifer Maia def. Roxanne Modafferi via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46)-Ayaka Hamasaki def. Jinh Yu Frey via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) (R2, 4:38)

-Irene Aldan def. Faith Van Duin via first-round TKO (4:57)

-Kaline Medeiros def. Manjit Kolekar via unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)

-Kal Holliday def. Tiffany Van Soest via submission (rear-naked choke) (R2, 2:08)

-Julia Jones def. Stephanie Skinner via submission (armbar) at 2:38 of R1

(Jonathan Cervantes has been an avid fan of MMA since 2009 when he saw GSP vs. B.J. Penn 2. He has practiced tae kwon do, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling in the past and is currently a student majoring in entrepreneurship at the University of San Francisco.)

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