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Morning Report: Cody Garbrandt says Joseph Benavidez, Lance Palmer are now training with 'the enemy'

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Don't count on catching Cody Garbrandt doing some cross-training at Team Elevation in Colorado.

The Team Alpha Male standout watched his teammate and former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw leave the camp and now more big names are testing the waters.

"F**k no. I would never go to Elevation," Garbrandt told Submission Radio. "No, I wouldn't, I wouldn't go there. You know, [Joseph Benavidez and Lance Palmer] are out there and training with T.J. They have previous relationships with him so it's whatever, but they're going to come back and train with us in the team? I don't know how well that's going to go over."

Garbrandt faces John Lineker Feb. 21 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but sees a date with Dillashaw sooner than later.

"I'll probably end up fighting T.J., so I guess I'll focus on this fight and I guess we'll have to talk about that when it comes," said Garbrandt. "You know, [Benavidez and Palmer] will continue to train with T.J., basically 'the enemy' and Duane Ludwig and all those guys, so I don't know. I don't really try to focus on that too much this camp."

The undefeated Ohio native sounds most disappointed in Palmer, who he's had in his corner for his past four fights.

"He's from Ohio, he's my boy," Garbrandt said of Palmer. "He's one of my good friends, but at the end of the day you're going to go out there and help that dude? You know what I mean? You're going to go out and help that dude that's not even on the team? I understand they have a friendship and whatever, this and that, but I don't feel comfortable with it. But hey, I'm focusing on myself. I'm doing what I need to do to win this fight and further my career, so that's all I have to worry about."

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Not Reebok.

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