TJ Dillashaw isn’t too fond of either of the men that compete for the UFC bantamweight title he once held on Friday night at UFC 207.
The former Team Alpha Male fighter lost the belt to Dominick Cruz back in January after a heated and often extremely hostile build up. While he and one-time TAM teammate Cody Garbrandt have exchanged a host of unpleasant remarks through the media since Dillashaw left the Sacramento-based fight team last year.
Aside from all this personal and professional animosity, Dillashaw feels as though Cruz, a man he has branded a “powder puff champion”, is ducking him and that the relatively inexperienced Garbrandt is undeserving of a shot at the belt, even going as far as to say that this fight makes “a mockery of the sport.”
In a recent interview with Fox Sports, however, Garbrandt attempted to make a mockery of Dillashaw’s reputation, claiming that the The Ultimate Fighter alumnus lacks both the punching power and punch-resistance to present him with any problems.
These are things Garbrandt said he found out whilst sparring with the 30-year-old California native at TAM.
“TJ doesn’t have a chin,” said Cody ‘No Love’. “I’ve seen that first hand and see that out here in training.”
“He’s got no power,” he added. “It takes until the fourth or fifth round to knock people out.”
Just days later, Dillashaw responded to those comments and he did so in pretty brutal fashion.
“I made him cry multiple times after practice,” Dillashaw said recently(via MMAFighting). “So, he can say as much as he wants, but he knows it’s not true. I remember him getting ready for the (Marcus) Brimage fight (at UFC 182) and he just lost it because I just beat the sh*t out of him. So, he can pump himself up like a politician and think he’s this big, bad man, but everyone’s got their weaknesses.”
If Garbrandt pulls off the upset against Cruz and TJ Dillashaw manages to overcome the stern test that John Lineker will undoubtedly present that same night, we will likely see these ex-teammates battle it out for 135-pound supremacy.
Then we will really find out who knows what about the other man’s weaknesses.