Dillashaw vows to make weight if he fights Demetrious next, but does he think that fight will happen?

By Wade Keller, MMATorch editor

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

On “UFC Tonight” on FS1 tonight, T.J. Dillashaw vowed to make weight if he drops down to 135 to meet Demetrious Johnson, but he’s not sure it will happen.

“As far as I know by talking to Dana, that’s the fight I’m training for,” he said. “I can’t go back. I’m changing my whole body to get down in weight. I’m a pretty lean 135 pounder as it is. I’m coming down to his weight class, I’m sacrificing so he can defend his title the record time.”

He said he will sacrifice his purse if he doesn’t make weight, but it won’t matter. “Yes, I said it. But I’m not going to miss the weight. It’s not going happen.”

He said if the Johnson fight doesn’t happen, it’ll take longer to get ready to fight Cody Garbrandt instead because he has to put weight back on. “I’m in this crazy position to figure this out.” he said. “It’s been frustrating, to say the least. I need to know sooner than later. I’m working my butt off.”

Dillashaw said he can relate to the frustrations Johnson expressed this week, but he said he’s an answer to the complaints Johnson has. “I’ve been frustrated before,” he said. “I’ve been trying to get my title shot for two years after I lost it, after Dana told me he thought I won the fight. Demetrious is complaining about being promoted and being paid, and this fight with me is going to do that. They’re giving him a fight that they can promote. Man up and do it.”

Not only is it a money fight, Dillashaw says he deserves the shot at Johnson, and a chance to thwart his goal of setting the title defense record in UFC. “The competition I’ve beaten,” he says is reason enough for him to be worthy of this title fight. “I was going to fight for the belt, but Cody got hurt. Joseph Benavidez was in line, but he’s hurt. Johnson wants a big fight. I’m not jumping in line. I’m ready to do it.”



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