Garbrandt: I’m Going to Knock Dillashaw Out
Cody Garbrandt’s "No Love" nickname is no facade: the recently crowned bantamweight champion has carried an intense demeanor with him into every one of his UFC fights so far. He won’t struggle to conjure up animosity for his next opponent, ex-teammate and former champion T.J. Dillashaw.
Garbrandt and Dillashaw have been in Las Vegas filming the 25th season of The Ultimate Fighter, where they will serve as opposing coaches. It is an interesting dynamic, as Dillashaw is a product of Team Alpha Male, where Garbrandt is now one of the top talents. Dillashaw’s departure from the gym last year led to a public, ugly falling out with his former teammates, and now the ex-champ is set to face one of them in the cage.
Speaking to MMAFighting during filming of the show, Garbrandt gave a preview of what fans can expect from the dynamic between he and Dillashaw during the course of the season ahead of their eventual title fight.
“I take it as just me being real, just confronting problems,” Garbrandt said of his aggressive approach to Dillashaw. “That’s what I think fake people don’t do. That’s T.J. He’s the fakest person I ever met. From the beginning.”
“He’s trying to play the victim on the show,” Garbrandt said. “He’s trying to be the nice guy. I already know who T.J. is.”
Though Dillashaw came up at Team Alpha Male, he and Garbrandt reportedly never had a friendly relationship. Now that Dillashaw has been cast as a traitor for leaving the team, Garbrandt is taking the matchup personally and believes he will end the feud in violent, decisive fashion when they face off this summer.
“It’s a fight that I’ve wanted for so long, especially with the animosity and hatred towards T.J. for what he’s done and how he’s acted — not as a fighter, but as a man,” Garbrandt said.
“I know I will knock out T.J. — 100 percent I’ll knock out T.J.,” he said. “I don’t have to go out there and get the knockout. I’m gonna go out there and perform. I’m gonna go out there and have fun. I’m just finally hitting my stride.”