You call out my crew, I call out you! That’s how they do it in the mean streets of Sacramento. Well, at least that’s how UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw (pictured) does it.
After former 135-pound champ Dominick Cruz demolished Takeya Mizugaki on Saturday at UFC 178 – essentially reintroducing himself to the MMA world after a three-year, injury-plagued hiatus – Cruz said he looked forward to beating up more “Team Alpha Fails,” referencing bitter rival Urijah Faber’s Team Alpha Male, where Dillashaw trains.
While Cruz later clarified he has no beef with any Team Alpha Male members outside of Faber, Dillashaw took exception to “The Dominator’s” public slight of his squad.
“T.J. was very happy for him,” reporter Ariel Helwani said on this week’s edition of UFC Tonight. “He thought Dominick looked great. But he said, ‘I thought his Alpha Fail line was a little uncalled for since I’ve showed him nothing but respect, but I’d be happy to put him in retirement.”
UFC president Dana White has already anointed Cruz the division’s top contender, so Dillashaw won’t have to wait long for his opportunity – unless the injury-prone Cruz gets hurt again, of course.
On the flipside, Cruz won’t have to wait long to prove that despite his extended absence, he’s still the game’s top bantamweight.