NEW YORK – The rivalry between former coaching companions Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw has reached a boiling level, with the present UFC champ and ex-champ going forwards and backwards a number of occasions on the UFC 217 press convention.
Sitting at reverse sides of the dais, Garbrandt (11-Zero MMA, 6-Zero UFC) doubled down on an accusation Dillashaw (14-Three MMA, 10-Three UFC) injured a former teammate in follow and ended his profession. He once more accused Dillashaw of utilizing performance-enhancing medicine, declaring, “You’re the one who showed everyone how to do it on Team Alpha Male.”
Dillashaw fought to stay above the fray however was drawn into a number of exchanges with Garbrandt. When the 2 confronted off for cameras, the pair needed to be held at bay by UFC President Dana White as they jawed at one another.
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The battle represents the end result of a long-simmering feud between Dillashaw and his former coaching companions at Team Alpha Male, which he left in 2015 with a contract supply from a sponsor. Since then, Garbrandt has been amongst his most vocal enemies. Tension boiled over when the UFC forged them as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter 25,” with Garbrandt as soon as badaulting Dillashaw earlier than cooler heads prevailed.
Asked by MMAjunkie whether or not the title or settled rivalry is extra vital on Saturday, once they meet within the pay-per-view co-headliner at Madison Square Garden, the fighters shortly devolved into name-calling.
“He just needs the money – that’s why he’s here,” Garbrandt instructed MMAjunkie. “He wanted to fight (Demetrious) ‘Mighty Mouse’ (Johnson). That’s why. He’s the money fight.”
“I don’t understand the animosity coming from him,” Dillashaw countered. “It’s a little bit ridiculous. Do I need to hold his hand and tuck him in at night? Why’s he so mad?”
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“You’re a liar and a cheap-shotter,” Garbrandt interrupted. “You heard it from the horse’s mouth.”
“I’m not your daddy. (Team Alpha Male founder) Urijah (Faber) is your daddy,” Dillashaw replied. “He’ll be there to hold your hand, baby. There’s never been any drama on my side as you can tell.”
Much of the current drama is centered round Dillashaw’s previous with the staff. Garbrandt claimed the ex-champ injured Team Alpha Male fighter and “The Ultimate Fighter 18” winner Chris Holdsworth throughout a follow, inflicting a concussion with a knee. Holdsworth backed Garbrandt in an interview on “The MMA Hour.”
Dillashaw denied injuring Holdsworth and implied the story was manufactured to advertise the occasion and get in his head.
“It’s all happening at the perfect time – the week of the fight,” he mentioned. “Like, c’mon, man, this is all super predictable.”
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“There’s truth to it, just like I knocked him out and have a video of it,” Garbrandt mentioned. “How many times did I (expletive) you up in practice?”
“Zero, mother(expletive),” Dillashaw shot again. “We’re going to find out.”
“Saturday, you’re going to find out, mother(expletive), how baddbad I am,” Garbrandt interrupted.
“You can talk all you want, show your insecurities, show who you really are,” Dillashaw continued. “We’re going to get out there. I’m going to have a smile on my face, and I’m going to break your bad.”
“How many times did Holdsworth make you cry?” Garbrandt replied. “How many times did Duane Ludwig come up to Holdsworth and go, ‘Hey grbadhopper, take it easy on T.J. today?’”
“How many times did you quit practice? All the (expletive) time,” Dillashaw mentioned.
“I’m going to make you quit,” Garbrandt concluded. “You can do all the conditioning in the world with your new coach. But you can’t condition that (expletive) chin of yours.”
One of Garbrandt’s most explosive allegations earlier this month was that Dillashaw used performance-enhancing medicine. Today in the course of the press convention, he made the identical accusation and implied Dillashaw had conspired to badist different Team Alpha Male fighters dope.
As pre-fight speak goes, it’s not unusual to listen to fighters name one another out for PED use. But for Dillashaw, it was one other unwelcome subject to handle.
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“The guy’s on everything,” Garbrandt mentioned. “He’s done everything.”
“Yeah, I’m on everything,” Dillashaw sarcastically replied. “They test me every day, so I’m on everything.”
“You’re the one who showed everyone how to do it on Team Alpha Male,” Garbrandt mentioned.
“Yeah, I’m the one that’s now bringing it in,” Dillashaw countered.
“I speak the facts,” Garbrandt mentioned.
For Garbrandt, the battle is an opportunity to show as soon as and for all he’s the higher fighter. Not solely that, he will get to have the final phrase for Team Alpha Male after accusing the ex-champ of abandoning the staff and mendacity concerning the circumstances surrounding it.
Garbrandt mentioned his time on the fitness center served as a highway map for his rise to the title.
“I came out there at 1-0,” he mentioned. “I was a kid with a dream. He was at his pinnacle. He was interim champion at the time. He gave me the supreme confidence to chase this goal, that I knew I was going to be a world champion working with this fool. So I have supreme confidence that I’m going to go in there on Saturday and knock his bad out early in this fight.”
Asked whether or not the feelings surrounding the battle are useful or detrimental, Dillashaw conceded the drama with Garbrandt has been a problem. But it’s additionally helped him enhance as a competitor.
“My emotions are always in line,” he mentioned. “It’s something I’ve had to learn how to control, though.”
Garbrandt couldn’t let his former teammate have the final phrase, although.
“Exactly, he had to learn how to control after he injured his training partners,” the champ mentioned.
“I’m always learning, brother,” Dillashaw replied. “Always getting better.”
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