During a recent sit-down interview session, Dominick Cruz and T.J. Dillashaw got heated with one another.

More so, it was the former champion – Cruz – trying to get the current champion to open up and engage in trash-talk.

Dillashaw wasn’t down for that.

The two will meet next Sunday at UFC Fight Night 81 for the belt which Cruz lost because of injury. “The Dominator” appeared on a recent edition of “UFC Tonight” to discuss his foe.

“You guys both know talking is just talking. The fight is what matters. I’m just having fun keeping it real. I wasn’t talking trash. I was talking the truth. I wasn’t making anything up. I know he’s just not that bright,” Cruz said. “He’s not the sharpest tool. He’s kind of a meat-head jock. He didn’t want to talk. I told him I don’t want to be here looking at your ugly face either so you might as well talk.

“He said I’m here to fight. I told him: No, we’re here to talk. Why else are we here? It blew my mind.”

A former WEC champion, injuries shelved Cruz for several years and forced the UFC to strip him of the belt. Dillashaw won it from Renan Barao and has since defended the title twice vs. Joe Soto and Barao.

Neither of those fighters, though, spark much hype from Cruz.

“I look at the tests he’s had to build him as a champion that makes him who he is and the things I’ve done make me relevant. The titles I’ve fought for and things I’ve faced make me who I am,” he said. “Fighting Joe Soto on two hours’ notice. Fighting Barao, who’s stationary opponent tailor made for a moving opponent. I’ve faced fast-moving targets who are still very relevant in the sport today. Those are the guys I’ve faced.”