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T.J. Dillashaw shoots down potential rematch with Cody Garbrandt at UFC 222

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Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw
Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw
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Here we go again.

The rivalry between bantamweight stars T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt was renewed on Saturday when reports surfaced that the two were being considered as a replacement main event for UFC 222 on March 3. Featherweight champion Max Holloway was originally scheduled for a title defense against Frankie Edgar, but an injury will force him to withdraw from the scheduled headliner.

According to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, Dillashaw’s camp would like to see Garbrandt earn another shot at the title after Dillashaw won it from Garbrandt with a second-round KO at UFC 217 last November.

That news started a fresh war of words between the two ex-teammates-turned-bitter rivals, starting with an Instagram post Garbrandt wrote shortly after rumors began to circulate that he and Dillashaw could land the UFC 222 spot:

It's destiny...

A post shared by Cody Garbrandt (@cody_nolove) on

A statement from Dillashaw was later shared by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, in which the champion confirmed that he is not interested in the rematch yet due to him recently having a child and because of the path that he had to take to get back to the belt after losing it to Dominick Cruz:

Garbrandt is expecting his first child soon and he was not convinced by Dillashaw’s reasoning:

Dillashaw then told Garbrandt to wait until he’s actually a father before speaking on the matter, which kicked off another exchange that saw bantamweight John Dodson (who just declined a fight at UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Anders after opponent Pedro Munhoz badly missed weight) get caught in the crossfire:

In related news, sources told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that Edgar is reportedly in talks to stay on the UFC 222 card against undefeated featherweight contender Brian Ortega, but that bout is not finalized.