A video that surfaced online a couple of weeks ago, which shows UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt joking around, wrestling and a wrasslin’ with training partner Danny Castillo has placed doubts in the mind of one T.J. Dillashaw.
Garbrandt and Dillashaw had been scheduled to meet for the title at UFC 213 in July, but the fight was scrapped when the champion withdrew with a back injury. However, having seen the aforementioned footage, Dillashaw is now sceptical of Garbrandt’s story.
“It’s just the fact that I’ve seen him drunk and wrestling around with his buddies while his back is supposedly hurt doing rehab. There’s some posts that I got tagged in or got sent to me when I woke up one morning, of him getting all drunk with his buddies and him getting into a full blown wrestling match on the ground with Danny Castillo. It’s kind of crazy.
“If it was hurting you to walk, and you couldn’t take the title fight, then you should probably be doing some rehab.”
Former training partners at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Garbrandt and Dillashaw have long been embroiled in a very heated personal feud that stems from the latter’s acrimonious departure from TAM in 2015. Their dirty laundry was recently aired for all to see on The Ultimate Fighter 25, as the pair featured as opposing coaches on the reality show to help drum up further hype for their subsequently aborted meeting.
It seems inevitable, however, that this fight will come together eventually. There is too much interest in the feud for it not too. For the moment, Dillashaw is hoping to land a shot at another belt, the UFC flyweight title currently held by Demetrious Johnson. But even if he is to claim the strap from ‘Mighty Mouse’, it’s likely that Dillashaw will ascend to featherweight once again for a super-fight with Garbrandt. Or perhaps, Garbrandt, who has spoken in recent months about wanting to face Johnson at flyweight, will make the drop to 125lbs in pursuit of a second title.