New UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt has not been shy about who he wants to fight since winning the title. With the trend of fighters wanting big money fights in full effect, Garbrandt has put together a hit list to get his piece.
TJ Dillashaw, a former UFC bantamweight champion, will be a coach on the 25th season of The Ultimate Fighter along with Garbrandt, ultimately leading to an octagon showdown.
We’ve heard Cody on The MMA Hour lobby for a big money fight and throw some names out. Now he has given us his hit list in order, and it is definitely a who’s who of the sport:
The lightweight and featherweight divisions are all sorts of murky right now. Jose Aldo is the UFC featherweight champion and Max Holloway is the interim champion even though Aldo is fully healthy. Khabib Numragomedov and Tony Ferguson are fighting at UFC 209 for the interim lightweight title even though Conor McGregor is fully healthy.
All of this leaves one name on the outside looking in. Former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz appears to be totally absent from the new champ’s future plans. Suffice it to say, we would all gladly watch Cody take on any one of those names on the list.
No response from Dominick yet on being left off of the list but I’m sure he’ll have something to say about it.
TUF 25 will start filming this month and begin airing in April of 2017.