Bantamweight T.J. Dillashaw Weighs In On Whether Or Not To Strip Dominick Cruz Of Belt
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.01.2013
What does he think?
In an interview with MMA Junkie, T.J. Dillashaw commented on if he thinks that the UFC should trip Dominick Cruz of the UFC bantamweight title. Cruz hasn't fought for two years thanks to multiple ALC surgeries after he blew out his knee on season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter. Renan Barao defeated Urijah Faber to win the interim title and has defended against Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland. He's currently waiting on word of a unification fight, which may not happen until 2014. Here are highlights of the Dillashaw interview:
On the pros and cons of stripping Cruz of his belt: "It definitely makes sense. It's hard for me because I wouldn't want to strip a guy for something he can't control. He worked hard to get that title, he's a great fighter (and) it's hard to just say, 'Take it away from the guy.' But on the other hand, it almost would help him out because coming back from that long of a layoff, he's got to fight Renan Barao, one of the top guys in our weight class. That's a tough fight to come back to off a two-year layoff. It would be nice for him to get a warm-up fight or something in his case."
On what he thinks the UFC should do: "Ultimately, I wouldn't want to strip it from him. It's something that he earned. It is tough, though, because Barao's been waiting forever to get that No. 1 spot. So I'm kind of up in the air with it. It's a tough decision."
On if it affects the bantamweight division: "It does (mess up the division). When I get that title shot, I want it to be the real thing. But it's been long enough, and he should be ready to come back."