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Morning Report: TJ Dillashaw on Cody Garbrandt TKO: ‘I said I’d ruin his career, I’m doing it’

TJ Dillashaw Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

T.J. Dillashaw may have knocked out Cody Garbrandt twice in a combined 11 minutes and 51 seconds, but it sounds like the beef between the two will last a lifetime.

At UFC 217, Dillashaw knocked out his former training partner to regain his bantamweight title. Despite the finality of the loss, the UFC chose to book an immediate rematch between the two, hoping to cash in on the bad blood between Dillashaw and his old camp. Dillashaw even said heading into the fight that he planned on ruining Garbrandt’s career, and after knocking out Garbrandt for a second time, his words have proved somewhat prescient. With two losses to the champ, Garbrandt is now in a state of limbo in the division.

Speaking recently with MMAJunkie, Dillashaw addressed his ongoing feud with Garbrandt and taking pride in doing what he said he’d do.

“Hell yeah I’m cool with how it unfolded,” Dillashaw said. “It’s exactly as I said it was going to go down. I told you I was going to knock him out in the first round, I did. I said I’d ruin his career, I’m doing it. The guy is screwed at 135. He should have went back to the drawing board and gotten better, but he talked his way into another ass-whooping.”

Dillashaw’s feud with Garbrandt and the rest of Team Alpha Male is well-documented. After rising through the ranks with TAM and winning the UFC bantamweight title, Dillashaw sided with his head coach Duane Ludwig when Ludwig and TAM Founder Urijah Faber split acrimoniously. Faber and many other TAM fighters viewed Dillashaw leaving the camp as a betrayal whereas Dillashaw has maintained that he was forced from the camp for wanting to continue working with the coach who took him to a world title. The fights with Garbrandt served as proxy battle between Dillashaw and the entirety of TAM, and now that those fights are over, Dillashaw is happy he doesn’t have to think about his former team anymore.

“I’m happy,” Dillashaw said. “It’s not only him, it’s the whole team. The whole team needed a f**king ass-whooping. They talked all that crap, they want to accuse me of a bunch of bulls**t. That’s the game. Karma’s a b**ch.”

Instead, Dillashaw is focused on what comes next. But despite the logjam of viable contenders at 135 pounds - Raphael Assuncao, Dominick Cruz, and Marlon Moraes - Dillashaw is instead concerned with chasing a second title by dropping down to 125 pounds to challenge the newly minted flyweight champion, Henry Cejudo. It’s a fight Dillashaw believes will get made and, despite Cejudo lobbying for the fight to be for Dillashaw’s 135 lb. title, one he thinks will be on his terms.

“I guarantee you Cejudo is just as big as me right now,” Dillashaw said. “I don’t want the excuse of me beating Cejudo’s ass and him being like, ‘Oh, it’s because he’s bigger than me.’ F**k that. I’m not. I’ll be at 125. There’s no excuses.”


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