Former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz will be fighting current champion TJ Dillashaw at UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston later this month. To say that these two fighters do not like each other is an understatement. The two have been taking shots at each other leading up to this fight, and it has been taken to another level.
Cruz appeared on Wednesday’s episode of UFC Tonight to preview the fight and had some interesting things to say.
“Talking is just talking,” Cruz said on UFC Tonight. “The fight is what really matters, but I’m just having fun keeping it real. I wasn’t talking trash. I was talking the truth. People are saying I’m talking trash. I wasn’t making anything up. I wasn’t saying anything foul to the guy. I was just telling him the way it is.”
Cruz believes that Dillashaw is not smart and is just a “meathead jock.”
“I just know he’s not that bright,” Cruz added. “He’s just not the smartest. He’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. He’s kind of a meathead jock is what I learned from that exchange. He just wanted nothing to do with talking. Man, I don’t necessarily want to be here talking to your ugly face either, but I’m here so you might as well talk to me.
“But he wouldn’t do it. I don’t know what’s wrong with the guy. We’re here. He’s like, ‘I’m here to fight. I’m not here to talk.’ Man, we’re here to talk. That’s why we’re in front of this camera. Why else are we here? If we were here to fight, we’d be in the cage already. What’s wrong with you? It blew my mind.”
Cruz was on top of the division until 2011, when he suffered his first torn ACL. He then returned in September of 2014 with a first-round TKO victory over Takeya Mizugaki.
UFC Fight Night 81 takes place Sunday, Jan. 17 at TD Garden.
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