Despite not being champion at 135-pounds, T.J. Dillashaw says that he has a target on his back.
Dillashaw made a successful return from a two year EPO ban last month when he earned a close decision win against Cory Sandhagen in what was his first fight in two and a half years. Given his profile, as well as his status in the rankings Dillashaw has received callouts from a host of bantamweights looking to align themselves for a title shot of their own.
One such fighter was Jose Aldo, who looked impressive in a recent win against Pedro Munhoz — and while Dillashaw says he is up for the challenge, he also says it won’t come before he has won back the world title.
“Yeah, I like the callout,” Dillashaw said to Submission Radio. “I would like to fight Jose Aldo. He’s a legend of our sport, and we can do it after I get my belt back.
“I’ve actually been called out I think by every fighter in the, for sure top five, if not top 10, after they won a fight before I came back and fought Sandhagen. I swear every fighter called me out because it makes sense. I mean, I’m the true champion of the division, and you’re trying to build your name off me, thinking that I’ve been out for two years, that I’m coming off all this drama, that I’m not going to be the same fighter. And Sandhagen made that mistake, as well, and now he’s having to go further back to try and get to a title.
“I mean, just Aldo’s name alone makes it interesting, right?” Dillashaw said. “Like, I would love that fight. So yeah, maybe it would be my first fight as champ beause Jose Aldo is a legend in the sport. I remember him in the WEC before I even had my first professional fight. He was fighting Urijah (Faber) when I was training there, so the guy’s been on top of the world for a long time. So it would be a dope fight.”