T.J. Dillashaw wants Dominick Cruz in February or March

BY foxsports • November 19, 2014

UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw is currently on the mend after having elbow surgery, but he's already targeting his showdown with former bantamweight king Dominick Cruz for early 2015.

Dillashaw went under the knife recently to repair damage in his elbow, but he was able to remove the splint last week and is running already to begin getting back in fight shape according to his manager Mike Roberts when speaking to UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani.

Dillashaw most recently defended his bantamweight title against late notice replacement Joe Soto at UFC 177 in August. About a month after his win, former champion Dominick Cruz returned following a three-year absence from the sport dealing with knee surgeries where he finished Takeya Mizugaki in the first round at UFC 178.

Following the victory, UFC president Dana White declared that Cruz was now the No. 1 contender considering he never actually lost the bantamweight gold in the first place.  Dillashaw was more than happy to settle things once and for all to see who is the real champion at 135-pounds.

It seems with his elbow almost healed, Dillashaw is targeting a February or March date for his showdown with Cruz.

The fight will likely be one of the biggest in bantamweight history considering Dillashaw's recent dominance and Cruz's return to try and reclaim the division he ruled with an iron fist for so many years.

There will be plenty of opportunities to schedule the fight in either month because with a very ambitious schedule announced by the UFC just this week, both fighters will stay plenty busy in 2015.