On Wednesday, right as Cody Garbrandt was verbally sparring with T.J. Dillashaw about being ‘classless’, a series of old Garbrandt’s old Tweets resurfaced wherein the former bantamweight champion liberally used a racially charged epithet.
Cody Garbrandt might want to delete some of his old tweets. #UFC227 pic.twitter.com/pEqZhlJAaS— Borrachinha Depot (@FullContactMTWF) August 1, 2018
Initially, Garbrandt was unwilling to discuss the matter, putting it of as something that happened “when I was a teenager,” but yesterday, “No Love” addressed the controversy with MMAJunkie, explaining his mindset at the time.
“First and foremost, it shouldn’t be embarrassing,” Garbrandt said on Thursday. “I’m going to be a man and address it once, and that’s it.”
“It’s lyrics. I grew up hanging out with blacks, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, selling drugs. That’s a street word we would always say. It wasn’t like I was using derogatory words toward anyone. That’s how we grew up. It was kind of normal. That’s it. It’s a learning experience for a lot of people to not use that word in this day an age.”
Garbrandt, 27, put the controversy off to a relic from his youth but balked when it was noted that the dates on the tweet were from 2012, abruptly ending the interview.
“Everyone’s just trying to figure out some negativity,” Garbrandt said. “I’m so positive, and I have great things going on this week. Nothing’s deterring me from my focus. That’s that. It’s the last time I’ll address this question. And I’m actually done with this interview with you, as well.”
Garbrandt rematches T.J. Dillashaw this Saturday in the main event of UFC 227.
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DJ sticking to his guns.
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
Pumped about the big news.
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) August 2, 2018
This @NateDiaz209 vs @DustinPoirier match got me like pic.twitter.com/Mi5hC8ugtH— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) August 3, 2018
Dana and Donald.
.@POTUS @realDonaldTrump and @UFC’s @DanaWhite in the Oval Office earlier today at the @WhiteHouse.... pic.twitter.com/JC9jPsn4zm— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) August 2, 2018
Looks like Colby got what he wanted after all.
Like @POTUS @realDonaldTrump always says: Promises made. Promises kept. Pleasure to finally meet you Mr. President. Thank you for always putting America first! #maga #GreatAmericanWinningMachine pic.twitter.com/yYZWkdd5wS— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) August 2, 2018
May get announced today. Certainly being teased.
August 3, 2018
Something to keep an eye on.
Okay, so Conor McGregor's Ireland-based lawyer Graham Kenny posted this to his Instagram story yesterday evening. H/T to @FrontRowBrian. If true, 'The Notorious' will take on Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in a little over nine weeks time. #UFC pic.twitter.com/A8aH06NYAu— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) August 1, 2018
Derrick Lewis isn’t holding it against Cody.
It’s all good @Cody_Nolove you still invited to the cookout— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) August 2, 2018
And Aljo doesn’t seem to be either.
It wasn’t used it any racist way at all by Garbrandt. Again, it just looks and sound silly. Shit I barely use it anymore. When I was a young kid, it was every other word out of my mouth. Then I realized how ignorant I sound and looked, the older I got, and the more I learned. https://t.co/tSNNkdOv4L— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) August 2, 2018
Slaying Dragons in a Game of Thrones. The best way to solve a puzzle is to go at it with intention to finish and refuse to stop until it’s solved #ComebackSeason pic.twitter.com/kTRmKTSeCb— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 2, 2018
Well @martinksw are we doing London?? Who wants me to fight on @KSW_MMA in October ???— Rhys McKee (@RhysMcKee) August 2, 2018
Hopefully @mickmaynard2 and the @Ufc will give me a paid vacation to Australia for my bday. Let’s say Dec 1st??? Bet @DanKellyJudo would love to fight at home. Whatcha think? #ufc #Australia #mma #fight pic.twitter.com/d2yY7PoqNW— Zak Cummings (@ZakCummings) August 2, 2018
Aljamain with the question we’re all asking.
Where the heck is Moncton? https://t.co/CINBrfnFz2— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) August 2, 2018
Virna Jandiroba (13-0) vs. Janaisa Morandin (10-1); Invicta FC 31, Sep 1.
Pearl Gonzalez (8-3) vs. Daiane Firmino (9-2); Invicta FC 31, Sep 1.
Volkan Oezdemir (15-2) vs. Anthony Smith (30-13); UFC Moncton, Oct. 27.
Nate Diaz (19-11) vs. Dustin Poirier (25-4, 1 NC); UFC 230, Nov. 3.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2008: Carlos Condit stopped Hiromitsu Miura to defend his welterweight title at WEC 35. This event featured Steve Cantwell knocking out Brian Stann to win the light heavyweight title and Jamie Varner stopping Marcus Hicks to defend his lightweight belt.
2013: Chang Sung Jung suffered a shoulder injury in his title challenge against Jose Aldo at UFC 163. This event also featured the UFC debut of Amanda Nunes who stopped Sheila Gaff.
I think Mighty Mouse’s decision to stay focused on his division will age very well. Winning a title in multiple weight classes is one hell of an accomplishment, but it’s also not as exclusive a club as it used to be. In the last three years, we’ve added three more people to the list. In the future, we will have a number on champ champs, and maybe even some champ champ champs but DJ’s record of title defenses is unlikely to be matched anytime soon. Just feels like one of those things we might be frustrated with now but in 15 years we’ll look back and be like, ‘Damn, that is honestly just incredible that he was able to have a stranglehold on the division for that long and never slip up once.’ Just my two cents.
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