It seems that Cody Garbrandt has "no love" for his former teammate TJ Dillashaw.
In an interview with Submission Radio, the UFC bantamweight prospect spoke about Dillashaw's departure from Team Alpha Male and subsequent comments made by the former UFC champion about Garbrandt wanting to train with Dillashaw at Elevation Fight Team.
"I heard him talking shit. No. See that's some f**ked up shit. I almost saw him at the Arnold Classic when I was there signing shit and had to go say some shit to him but on my better judgement, I didn't...Anyways, long story short, no that was f**ked up. What he was trying to do was recruit people. Go out there, take them from their teams to go and help him.'
Last October, then bantamweight champion Dillashaw separated from Garbrandt and the rest of his long time team members at Team Alpha Male to train with coach Duane Ludwig at Elevation Fight Team in Colorado. Some of the Team Alpha Male fighters were amicable about the split but Cody Garbrandt is not one of them.
"TJ, that motherf**ker tried to take some of our teammates you know...If our team ain't good enough for you motherf**ker then get the f**k out. Don't be trying to take our team, take our training partners if you don't believe our team is good. That shit pisses me off man. That's some f**ked up shit.'
In the aftermath of the split, several prominent Team Alpha Male fighters have been spending time at Elevation including Joseph Benavidez and Lance Palmer. Urijah Faber has reportedly banned Dillashaw from returning to Team Alpha Male which has lead to speculation that Palmer and Benavidez may be soon to follow Dillashaw's lead. This coupled with remarks made by Dillashaw about Garbrandt moving to Team Alpha Male bothered Garbrandt.
"Then he wants to say some shit about my uncle. Like ‘oh he left his family to come out here.' Hey stupid motherf**ker my uncle comes out here, trains me, comes to the fights, I never left him. I know what loyalty is dude...Don't ever say I left my family dude. That's some bullshit. You left your family and your friends here to go to Denver, Colo. and look what that got you. You got your ass beat."
It is possible that, as Dillashaw has speculated, the reason for Garbrandt's ire is the fact they are in the same weight class. Dillashaw is the top-ranked bantamweight contender and Garbrandt is No. 15. But Garbrandt is looking to make a run up the division and at the title when he headlines UFC Fight Night 88 on May 29 against No. 7-ranked Thomas Almeida.
"Yeah definitely. It'll put me right up there with a knock out win over Thomas Almeida. I think that I should get a title shot."
Almeida is undefeated and, like Garbrandt, one of the brightest prospects in the UFC but even with a spectacular performance, an immediate title shot seems unlikely for Garbrandt. However a win could set Garbrandt up for a title elminator, possibly even against Dillashaw. But whether or not such a fight materializes, Garbrandt made it clear that Dillashaw had crossed a line with him.
"I'm sure the next time I see him we are gonna have some f**king words for sure."
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Conor on the death of Joao Carvalho who died after fighting Conor's teammate on SBG Charlie Ward.
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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2013: The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen was held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Originally the card was meant to be headlined by a flyweight championship bout between Demetrious Johnson and John Moraga but the fight was scrapped when Johnson withdrew due to injury. Instead the main event was a bantamweight contest between Urijah Faber and Scott Jorgensen which Faber won via fourth round guillotine choke.
Elsewhere on the card, Kelvin Gastellum upset the surging Uriah Hall in the TUF middleweight finals and Cat Zingano finished Miesha Tate with a barrage of knees in the third round, cementing Zingano as a future challenger for the women's bantamweight belt.
2012: Bellator 65 took place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The event was headlined by a bantamweight championship bout between reigning champion Zack Makovsky and Eduardo Dantes which Dantes won via arm-triangle choke in the second round.
2007: Deep 29: Impact was held at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The event was headlined by former UFC middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante KOing former Deep middleweight champion Ryuta Sakurai.
1988: UFC strawweight Justine Kish was born.
1983: UFC welterweight Ben Saunders was born.
1982: Former Jewels strawweight champion Emi Tomimatsu was born.
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