According to UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, the impetus of his leaving Team Alpha Male in favor of Elevation Fight Team was that the Colorado camp will be paying him "big money" to train there.
Well, Chael Sonnen isn't so sure.
"T.J. left under the guise that he was going to be paid to train," Sonnen said on his podcast. "Do you guys understand how silly that is? Gyms don't succeed. Us in the business can tell you. Gym doors get locked up every week. The mats get sold, the ring gets torn down, the lease isn't paid. The gym business is a tough one. I love the sport but I understand that's a tough business.
"Now a gym without a long history is offering to pay T.J. Dillashaw? T.J, those checks aren't coming, brother. That was a really, really sucker move by you. You must not have an advisor."
Sonnen doesn't seem to care about the terms of Dillashaw's agreement with Elevation Fight Team, just that the champ should prepare himself for disappointment.
"If you want to move to Colorado, go move," said Sonnen. "Train with other people. No problems there. His beef with Urijah Faber comes from, 'Hey, we miss you.' That's what that is. 'Hey, we don't want to lose you, we miss you, our feelings are hurt.' But that's a chump move thinking those checks are going to cash. Now he's got Dominick Cruz, a fight he's likely to lose. He hasn't been 'Mr. Drawing Star,' anyway. Not a lot of stars down there. If he loses that fight to Cruz ... those checks aren't going to be coming.
"You heard it here first. T.J., you're not getting paid to train. I don't care what promises you've been made or who signed the contract. You're not getting paid a monthly salary to train. If you get that for five months I would be stunned. I'll tell you now, you're not getting it for a year. That's not even in the cards."
Dillashaw faces Cruz Jan. 17 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Another blow. Joseph Duffy has been forced to withdraw from his fight against Dustin Poirier due to a "mild concussion" suffered this week during training.
Of course. Conor McGregor offers to fight Dustin Poirier this weekend in Dublin and slams Joseph Duffy.
'Gutted.' Joseph Duffy apologizes to Dustin Poirier and fans for withdrawing from UFC Dublin. "Saturday will still be an amazing night for MMA in Ireland.
'A week is not long for a concussion to heal.' Duffy's head coach Firas Zahabi explains that the UFC lightweight suffered a concussion Saturday during the last sparring of training camp.
Sorry, Ben. Andrei Arlovski vs. Stipe Miocic set for co-main event of UFC 195.
Get to know your new main event in Dublin.
Andrei Arlovski says he's sorry for Ben Rothwell but excited to be fighting Stipe Miocic.
Quick stop at SBG Ireland.
Dustin Poirier reacts to the Duffy cancellation and McGregor's offer to step in against him.
Things get chippy on TUF 22.
Carlos Condit talks Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor.
#WHOACAST 53: The Road To UFC Dublin with Darren Till & 'The Hammer' Robert Whiteford
' @MMAFighting can Ireland get shit on any harder?!?! WTF I'm like sick now— Big Ben Rothwell (@RothwellFighter) October 21, 2015
Here @ufc let me help!! New poster for this week pic.twitter.com/xPgBemdVXG— Big Ben Rothwell (@RothwellFighter) October 21, 2015
Sorry to the fans that were looking forward to this fight. It's out of my hands. Hopefully we can get it rescheduled....— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 21, 2015
@andrewmcgahon_ @PaddyHolohanMMA @SevereMMA @SeanSheehanBA I was offered the fight..— STORMIN NORMAN PARKE (@norman_parke) October 21, 2015
@SevereMMA @andrewmcgahon_ @PaddyHolohanMMA @SeanSheehanBA I said yes but he refused, but then again more for him to lose, I'm still focused— STORMIN NORMAN PARKE (@norman_parke) October 21, 2015
I'll wait to reschedule. This is the guy I've prepared to fight for the last 10 weeks https://t.co/R7l54l6ANG— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 21, 2015
. @norman_parke this was my team's and management's decision to let the small fish go and fight Duffy when he's healthy.— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 21, 2015
Jan 2nd Las Vegas https://t.co/ubp98FlhAe— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) October 21, 2015
Just posted a photo https://t.co/wogXG43yPr— Joe Duffy (@Duffy_MMA) October 21, 2015
What a joke! @Duffy_MMA put a band aid on & have your mum kiss you better. I had a "concussion" the whole time I was on #tuf #glassfighters— Ramsey Nijem (@RamseyNijem) October 21, 2015
Absolutely gutted for my man @Duffy_MMA for the cancelation of his @ufc main event fight. I know he will recover and come back stronger— Chad Laprise (@ChadLaprise) October 22, 2015
WOW... Why would you be doing anything the week of the fight to jeopardize your fight. #Unprofessional https://t.co/ZmizXuxksH— Will Brooks (@illwillbrooks86) October 22, 2015
NEWS FLASH Joe Duffy has been booked to fight the winner of McGregor-Aldo, @DustinPoirier sidelined till next Spring— Big Ben Rothwell (@RothwellFighter) October 21, 2015
It's brown panty night over there right now.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 21, 2015
So many huckleberries.
I will give peanut another crack at the King no sweat. I'll take the gate. It's my gate anyway. A cool 7. Cash. See you at the weigh ins.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 21, 2015
Must be that Canadian air. It's fresh as fuck over here. Rock chins bred on this side.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 21, 2015
@danawhite Give me Porier, I will make it an amazing fight!!! Call me postman, because I always deliver!!! @ufc @TheNotoriousMMA— Artem Lobov (@RusHammerMMA) October 21, 2015
I will step up take the fight at 170lbs #SavetheNight @danawhite https://t.co/XQY1x8OYNA— Ross Pearson (@RossTheRealDeal) October 21, 2015
Just heard the #UFCDublin news im on weight ill step in tomorrow & beat Dustin Poirier pillow to post let me just finish this donut first..— John Maguire (@MaguireTheOne) October 21, 2015
@UFC @Sholler_UFC my bag is packed... Let me know if u need me. I've been trying— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) October 21, 2015
Hey @ufc, I know a guy willing to replace Duffy and fight in Dublin, Ireland this Saturday! Waiting on call back! #UFCIreland— Johnny Hollywod Case (@HollywoodCase) October 21, 2015
Someplace, somewhere, @BensonHenderson is taking the toothpick out of his mouth and picking up his phone. #UFCDublin pic.twitter.com/bcpB5aourd— Cathal Pendred (@Pendred) October 21, 2015
Hey @UFC if you guys need someone for #UFCDublin I'll be your huckleberry, thx for the heads up @Pendred...170 preferable but I can make 155— TheOnceAndFutureKing (@BensonHenderson) October 22, 2015
Just got some blood test done with USADA— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) October 21, 2015
So @USantidoping shows up on my doorstep at 6:45am this morning. Damn, rise and shine! They could at least bring me some coffee.— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) October 21, 2015
#NewDantas Test doping ✔️ All about control. #Wada #Doping #Test #USA pic.twitter.com/51Gy9TMmj0— Eduardo Dantas (@DuduDantasMMA) October 21, 2015
Bader responds to Rumble.
I have been out of the country on vacation with friends and family and off social media this past... https://t.co/QLh9o42l6i— Ryan Bader (@ryanbader) October 21, 2015
As my wife points out that we are eating venison for dinner I think oh shit will this cause me to miss weight like @JohnyHendricks ha ha ha— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 21, 2015
No I'm smart and professional not lazy and fat. https://t.co/JPrGazm8UZ— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 22, 2015
@mattmitrione they never offered me the fight. What the fuck is your problem pussy why did you talk so much shit for no fing reason— Big Ben Rothwell (@RothwellFighter) October 21, 2015
Watch your tone little boy and you won't have to worry about anything. Sorry bout your fight. Tough business. C ya https://t.co/thACbf2G24— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) October 22, 2015
@MairbekTaisumov my balls got me where I'm at.. Your jealous and your guna get smoked— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) October 21, 2015
@MairbekTaisumov physical Therepy is where I'm at and when I'm looking for a challenge I'll take one tougher than easy money— Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) October 21, 2015
@ALIAQUINTA you would never get a tougher opponent than a Chechen fighter. Whenever u r done with "therapy".... Anytime anywhere— Mairbek Taisumov (@MairbekTaisumov) October 21, 2015
Get well soon.
Getting that rehab in. https://t.co/NWIyb8fwgM pic.twitter.com/seVr5pS39N— michael (@bisping) October 21, 2015
Putting work in at physical therapy, i treat recovery like a job! Get out what you put in! @ufc pic.twitter.com/rxmoZOJOC8— Carla Esparza (@CarlaEsparza1) October 21, 2015
Just do the PRIDE gloves.
新グローブの開発MTGがありました！進化させたい。Developing new gloves!! I want them to be evolutionary. #rizinff #mma #mmajp #mmagloves pic.twitter.com/I3eYno4mhf— NOBUYUKI SAKAKIBARA (@nobu_sakakibara) October 21, 2015
Not liking this.... Somebody find me a hoverboard #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #BackToTheFuture #BackToFutureDay pic.twitter.com/5kDsqfHiWx— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) October 21, 2015
Announced yesterday (Oct. 21 2015)
cancelled Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier at UFC Fight Night: Holohan vs. Smolka
Andrei Arlovski vs. Stipe Miocic at UFC 195
Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder at UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz
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