The war of words between former Team Alpha Male training partners Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw continues.
In December, prior to the bantamweight pair’s separate assignments at UFC 207, Garbrandt claimed that Dillashaw lacked both the punching power and the chin to give him a real challenge. ‘No Love’ suggested that experiences sparring T.J. in the gym informed him of the latter.
In response to those claims, Dillashaw told members of the media that he had reduced Garbrandt to tears on more than one occasion while they were teammates, such was the level of punishment he dished out to the younger man in sparring.
Unsurprisingly, that didn’t sit well with Garbrandt and during an appearance on a recent episode of UFC Unfiltered the brand new UFC bantamweight champion fired back once again. He denied that there is any truth to Dillashaw’s teary tale, before adding that he possesses footage which will prove the legitimacy of his own assertions.
“I’ll spare everybody 60 bucks to buy the pay-per-view and put out the video of me knocking his ass out when I was 1-0,” said the 25-year-old titlist. “1-0. He wasn’t saying that he made me cry in practice. That motherf**ker never made me cry. I wasn’t the one looking at the ceiling, being on my back looking at the ceiling, knocked out. So he’s just trying to do anything – the guy’s a horrible trash talker. Horrible(via BloodyElbow).”
Garbrandt vs Dillashaw seems like the logical next fight to make at the summit of the bantamweight division. Dillashaw has won two in a row against top contenders Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker since he dropped the belt to recent Garbrandt victim Dominick Cruz last January. With those wins, he has done more than enough to warrant a title shot. There is also an intriguing backstory to the Garbrandt/Dillashaw bout which will make it an easy one to promote.
However, on last Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Garbrandt seemed to be eyeing glamorous super-fights with featherweight champion Jose Aldo and even lightweight kingpin Conor McGregor rather than tough defences at 135lbs.
Still, if a bout with Dillashaw makes financial sense, Garbrandt is perfectly happy to trade leather with his one-time teammate over bantamweight gold.
“I would get satisfaction from whoopin’ his ass, that’s for sure,” said Garbrandt. “Just for what he did to the team. He sold out. He’s a sellout. He sold his friends, everybody that got him there. He forgot who got him to where he was at. Saw a little bit of money and f**kin’ ran. Ran away. But there was me always there, the uncrowned champ. I was the uncrowned champ when he was there.”
“I’m gonna sit down with Dana [White], Sean [Shelby], and my management team and coaches and see what’s the best fight for me. I just want to enjoy this but I’m the champion now and it’s my job and duty and my responsibility to defend it against what fight makes the most sense for me. I don’t know, we’ll see. I believe that T.J. will be a good fight, a good storyline… I’ve just got to weigh in with the UFC and my management team and make the best decision for us both, to make money for everybody.”