Dominick Cruz calls T.J. Dillashaw “stupid” and a “meathead.” T.J. Dillashaw deems Dominick Cruz “one of those guys that talks s—.”
Thankfully, the pair rejects the civilized notion of reasoning away these differences and opts to settle them for our entertainment with a fight at TD Garden in Boston a week from tomorrow. It airs on Fox Sports 1 after the NFL playoffs on a loaded free card filled with pay-per-view-caliber fights, including Eddie Alvarez versus Anthony Pettis and Travis Browne versus Matt Mitrione.
Breitbart Sports asked Cruz on the UFC Fight Night conference call whether losing his bantamweight belt due to injury rather than defeat makes him believe he remains the man to beat in the division.
“Of course, I believe I’m the best in the world,” Cruz explained. “Of course, I believe I’m the man in the division. When it comes down to it, media puts us in an order. It’s our job to go out and prove that we’re better than the order that you put us in.”
The Dominator, who owns wins over Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Urijah Faber but boasts just one fight in the last four years, calls such questions loaded because every fighter believes himself the best.
“I believe I’m the best in the world and I believe that the order is incorrect,” Cruz contends. “I’m #1. TJ’s just the best at being #2.”
Dillashaw, who beat Renan Barao in impressive fashion twice, holds the belt that Cruz never quite lost. He entered the sport a wrestler but ultimately cultivated excellent boxing that relies, like Cruz does, on tremendous footwork.
“I was strictly a wrestler on The Ultimate Fighter,” Dillashaw told Breitbart Sports. “I only had four fights at that time and only been out of wrestling for a year. So, I was very new to the sport and I was only a wrestler. My growth has happened really fast and I owe it to a lot of people but I owe it mostly to Duane Ludwig.”
Dillashaw praised the man who lured him away from Team Alpha Male and lauded the move from just above sea level in California to altitude in Colorado. Cruz spent much of the call playing mind games by picking at the scab his opponent received from his bitter break with Faber and Team Alpha Male. The former champion insists the current beltholder is just “not very bright.” A bewildered Dillashaw sheepishly pointed out that he’s the guy with the college degree.
Breitbart Sports covers the action octagon-side when Cruz backs up his tongue with his fists or Dillashaw shuts his mouth a week from tomorrow.