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T.J. Dillashaw tells Gervonta Davis to ask 'daddy Mayweather' for MMA fight

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T.J. Dillashaw’s second knockout of Cody Garbrandt has only made him more of a target.

Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) continues to goad WBA super featherweight champion Gervonta Davis to fight, hoping the boxer will take the step his protege Floyd Mayweather didn’t in stepping into the octagon.

The UFC bantamweight champ today tweeted he doesn’t even need a five-round title bout against Davis – he can win in five minutes (or less).

Via Twitter:

😂 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.

— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 11, 2018

The social media spat opens another competitive front for Dillashaw, who wasn’t overly anxious to meet new UFC flyweight champ Henry Cejudo’s (13-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) challenge after their respective wins at UFC 227.

Naptime 😴😴😴😴

— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 11, 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

— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 9, 2018

You wish it was someone else tweeting for me because you know you just put your foot in your mouth.

— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 9, 2018

Davis signaled his desire to face Dillashaw after UFC 227.

Bring it! I heard they were handing out belts after Loma left your division

— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) August 9, 2018

A fight with ex-champ Dominick Cruz (22-2 MMA, 5-1) also beckons for the current UFC bantamweight champ, with the former opponents exchanging barbs in interviews and on social media.

Dillashaw, 32, hasn’t committed to Cejudo or Cruz just yet, though he’s said he’s open to both. But a fight against a boxer likely offers an easy matchup and a potentially lucrative distraction if a deal can be made. As history shows, the chances of that are very slim.

So far, the only boxers of note to step into the octagon are Art Jimmerson of UFC 1 infamy and James Toney, who tapped out to Randy Couture when they met eight years ago. Former dual champ Conor McGregor made the leap into the squared circle for the blockbuster “Money Fight,” and earlier this year, Mayweather indicated he might return the favor in the octagon. But alas, the boxing kingpin decided to focus on other avenues.

Potentially arriving in his stead is Davis, a WBA and IBF super featherweight champion who’s 20-0 inside the ring. The 23-year-old made an appearance in the co-headliner of Mayweather vs. McGregor, but in May, he alluded to problems with his mentor and promoter.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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