Cody Gardbrandt after UFC 217 defeat: ‘I’m the better fighter in there, and I’ll show that in the rematch’
Cody Garbrandt lost his title to T. J. Dillashaw this weekend at UFC 217 that took place at Madison Square Garden in New York.
He still believed he is the better fighter, and he doesn’t take back anything he said about new UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw before the event.
“I think I was being professional (heading into UFC 217) given the facts behind (the rivalry),” Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) said after his second-round knockout loss to Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC). “Still, I feel and think he’s a piece of (expletive) teammate. I stand beside my facts. He injured – he lies. Still. It doesn’t matter. Yeah, he won. Good for him.
“I’ll be back, and I’ll come with vengeance, and that belt’s going to be mine.”
“Hats off to T.J.” he said. “He battled back from losing his title, and he was a hungry man. But I say I’m the better fighter in there, and I’ll show that in the rematch.”
” … I stand behind everything that I said about T.J., but I give him respect for going out there and capitalizing on a mistake, but I truly am the better fighter, and I want that rematch. I’m willing to put in the work and do whatever it takes to get the title back because it was something I was born to do.”
“If I have to fight and wipe out the whole (expletive) division, I will,” he said.
“I’ve been here before,” he said. “I’ve lost a lot in my life. I feel like if this is the worst thing that happens in my life, I’ve got a pretty good life.”