If the cabbage is what TJ Dillashaw’s after, Cody Garbrandt might be able to help.
The pair of bantamweights were recently entertained as a potential last-minute main event for next month’s UFC 222 after featherweight champion Max Holloway withdrew from his date with Frankie Edgar due to injury, but Dillashaw quickly shot down the rematch in favor of a more lucrative summer bout with flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson – who claims negotiations for the clash of titleholders are underway.
Dillashaw later told SiriusXM radio he might defend his crown against Garbrandt on short notice if compensated accordingly, and Garbrandt stated he’d be willing to fork over some of his own fight purse when speaking with Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour.”
“I’ll give him a cut of my purse if he wants it, if the UFC doesn’t want to compensate him,” Garbrandt said. “It’s not about money for me, it’s about principle. It’s about getting my title back. I’m healthy. OK, we both haven’t been training – OK, cool. Four weeks, we’re fighters at the end of the day. We’re gonna fight. If he wants a cut of my purse, I’ll give (it to) him. If it’s money for him, OK.”
The pair of former teammates clashed in November at UFC 217, where Dillashaw reclaimed the crown with a second-round knockout. The reigning champ said this past weekend that training has since taken a back seat to fatherhood and deemed Garbrandt unworthy of an immediate rematch – adding he’d have to leave Colorado to enter training camp for the would-be bout in California. But the Sacramento-based Garbrandt was unmoved by his rival’s reasoning, as his own wife is soon due to give birth and his boxing coach resides in their native Ohio.
“When the UFC calls and gives you an opportunity like that, you jump all over it,” Garbrandt said. “I don’t know, man. He wants to make a lot of excuses and bring fatherhood into it. It’s the same thing. I understand, whatever. But you’re gonna sit there and tell me you can’t train because you’ve got a kid?”
UFC 222 – set for March 3 in Las Vegas – remains without a main event as of Monday afternoon, although Garbrandt claimed executive Hunter Campbell told him the promotion was still looking into booking the rematch.