TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt met for their anticipated rematch on Saturday night (Aug. 4) at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and it ended just like the first fight… with a knockout.
Back in November, TJ earned a KO victory in the second round. This time, at UFC 227, the referee stopped the fight in the opening round, giving the champ a TKO victory.
Dillashaw (16-3) knocked out Garbrandt (11-2), his rival and former teammate, at 4:10 of the opening round. It was an immediate rematch of their UFC 217 meeting, where Dillashaw took the batumweight title from Cody in his first defense… and handed him the first loss of his career.
“I am the best bantamweight of all time,” Dillashaw said in the post-fight interview. “That’s it: Best bantamweight of all time. Here now.”
During the co-main event, Henry Cejudo shocked the world, when he took a split decision over the consensus pound-for-pound best Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, who hadn’t lost a fight since 2011 and defended the flyweight title for a record 11 fights.
After, Cejudo demanded a shot at the batumweight title, moving up to the next division.
Dillashaw later said he would be up for the fight, but believes DJ deserves a rematch. “It sounds like a fun fight. I wouldn’t say it should happen. He probably has to give a rematch to Demetrious Johnson. But if they make that, I’m excited.”