Dillashaw: I Used to Beat Up Cody Garbrandt
UFC 207 features two spotlighted matchups in the men’s bantamweight division, and the winners will likely be on a collision course. That means that former champion T.J. Dillashaw could be rematching Dominick Cruz — or facing off with former training partner Cody Garbrandt. Once teammates, there is now no love lost between the two.
Ahead of his fight with Cruz, Garbrandt has repeatedly said that Dillashaw (or John Lineker, who T.J. will need to defeat at UFC 207 to earn his title shot) is an easier matchup for him than Cruz is. That statement did not sit well with Dillashaw, who fired back by bringing up training with Garbrandt at Team Alpha Male. According to Dillashaw, those sparring sessions did not go well for Cody.
"He knows that’s not true because I made him cry multiple times after practice,” Dillashaw told 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."
Dillashaw’s departure from Team Alpha Male received an unexpected amount of public scrutiny last summer. He and former mentor Urijah Faber had a nasty falling out, but Dillashaw was able to maintain strong friendships with a number of his former teammates. For that reason, he does not look forward to engaging in a war of words with Garbrandt.
“I don’t want to, man. I have a lot of friends at Alpha Male still,” Dillashaw said. “I still have a lot of guys I stay in touch with. Chad Mendes, I’m hunting with all the time. Lance Palmer, I’m always talking with. Danny Castillo. Justin Buchholtz is one of my best friends. So that’s something I wouldn’t really want, having to be a rival with those guys, because I love all those guys. So it’s a tough one."
If Cruz can defeat the Alpha Male contender as Dillashaw expects him to, then that confrontation can be avoided altogether. But were Garbrandt and Dillashaw to both emerge from UFC 207 victorious, that matchup would be inevitable.