The reigning, defending UFC bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw has no shortage of opponents lining up for their shot at him.
Newly crowned flyweight champ Henry Cejudo is angling for a superfight, old rival Dominick Cruz looms as a potential foil, and several other contenders at 135 pounds are jockeying for position.
But the past week has seen a new challenger emerge, at least in the realm of social media.
Super featherweight boxing champion Gervonta Davis must have been paying attention to Dillashaw’s successful title defense against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227, because the next day he issued a challenge to Dillashaw, though he did so without actually naming him. Even curiouser, the Mayweather Promotions fighter appeared to be open to entering Dillashaw’s world:
I wanna fight the dude that fought Cody yesterday— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) August 5, 2018
August 5, 2018
Dillashaw responded a few days later, taking a crack at Davis by implying that world class fighter Vasyl Lomachenko was the true champion of Davis’s division.
Bring it! I heard they were handing out belts after Loma left your division https://t.co/fNnHPqFKJQ— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 9, 2018
If he dares to step in the octagon I would love to show him how my shin taste! Think he’s a over rated boxer as well with that padded record and I beat him in the ring. @Gervontaa I ain’t scared https://t.co/6wgmsgCGEQ— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 9, 2018
More back-and-forth followed, with Davis eventually guaranteeing that he would knock Dillashaw out.
Let’s make it happen then pussy https://t.co/m43E2djkx4— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) August 9, 2018
♂️ Love it how you have to stay relevant by running your mouth instead of what you have accomplished in boxing. Your record is as padded as a push up bra and you are ONLY relevant because of your daddy Mayweather. Never heard of a champ not “ready” to fight another champ.— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 10, 2018
I kno I’ll knock TJ out— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) August 9, 2018
On Saturday, Dillashaw posted a photoshopped image of him delivering a head kick to Davis, which the boxing star didn’t take too kindly to.
Naptime pic.twitter.com/a1fM0gm1al— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 11, 2018
I will whip ya ass https://t.co/gXy4NYGr1p— Gervonta Davis (@Gervontaa) August 11, 2018
The parting shot (so far) saw Dillashaw agree to a UFC fight with Davis, so long as he is able to get the permission of Mayweather Promotions boss Floyd Mayweather. One of the most successful boxers in history, Mayweather knows a thing or two about crossover bouts, having recently teamed up with Conor McGregor and the UFC to put together a blockbuster event last August.
Come on over then. Ask daddy Mayweather for permission and come sign a one fight contract then. Actually, no need for a one fight contract, just sign a one round contract. That’s all I need. https://t.co/48i3m55vqu— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 11, 2018
It’s doubtful that a match between Dillashaw and Davis would come anywhere close to reaching the interest level and revenue that Mayweather-McGregor generated, but this exchange shows that both fighters are at least willing to look inside of the box in search of their next payday.