Updated: Aug 9, 2018
This was the main event on the fight card and optimalmma.com reported on the build up to this fight. Check it out if you haven’t already:
The fight picked up where the last one ended, with both T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt meeting in the centre of the octagon, T.J. Dillashaw offered to touch gloves, but Cody Garbrandt made his feelings known by refusing.
From the start T.J. Dillashaw looked the better of the two fighters. Cody Garbrandt appeared to be sticking with the same game plan that failed him in the first fight. Whilst Cody Garbrandt was full of self-confidence that he would get his revenge, it was the bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw who was the more composed.
T.J. Dillashaw used brilliant foot and head movement to start opening up opportunities, but with two and a half minutes left of the first round T.J. Dillashaw threw a kick which was intercepted by Cody Garbrandt, sending the champion T.J. Dillashaw to the octagon floor.
Cody Garbrandt was unable to keep T.J. Dillashaw down and both fighters got back to their feet. Seconds after, T.J. Dillashaw caught Cody Garbrandt with a big right hand in an exchange putting Cody Garbrandt on the canvas.
T.J. Dillashaw got control of Cody Garbrandt’s back and started looking for a Kimora. After T.J. Dillashaw failed to secure the submission hold, he started to throw punches, but Cody Garbrandt managed to get back on his feet – still under back control from the bantamweight champion.
Cody Garbrandt did really well to shake off the back control from T.J. Dillashaw, with both fighters exchanging blows in the centre of the octagon again.
T.J. Dillashaw again caught Cody Garbrandt with a big right hand, knocking him back against the octagon wall with a follow up right hand sending Cody Garbrandt to the floor for the second time in the round.
Instantly, T.J. Dillashaw pounced on Cody Garbrandt’s back and started throwing more punches into the side of his head. Despite the punishment, Cody Garbrandt got back on to his feet twice before T.J. Dillashaw hit Cody Garbrandt with a huge knee from the clinch, which resulted in Cody Garbrandt crumpling up against the cage.
T.J. Dillashaw was relentless and continued to rain down punches with Cody Garbrandt not fighting back. Seconds later the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight. Cody Garbrandt seemed disappointed with the stoppage, but I don’t think he can argue.
Optimalmma.com ran a poll on twitter with the majority of readers thinking Cody Garbrandt would win, but T.J. Dillashaw has proven himself as the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion.
What’s next for both fighters?
With T.J. Dillawshaw defending his UFC bantamweight belt, it opens up the prospect of a champion vs champion fight with Henry Cejudo, after he solved the puzzle that is Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson – with T.J. Dillashaw accepting the challenge after he won. Alternatively, I wouldn’t mind seeing T.J. Dillashaw fighting Demetrious Johnson or even a re-match against Dominick Cruz.
For Cody Garbrandt I think it’s a case of going back to the drawing board as he was convincingly beaten twice by T.J. Dillashaw and doesn’t, in my opinion, deserve an immediate trilogy rematch. I think Cody Garbrandt will need to have a hard look at his losses and take on a few high ranking bantamweights to show he deserves another shot at T.J. Dillashaw’s UFC bantamweight championship belt.
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