There is no love lost between TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt.
Dillashaw got a lot of flack for leaving Team Alpha Male in 2015, which is owned by Urijah Faber, for a more lucrative contract to train at Team Elevation in Colorado.
For fighters, the gym fees to train at that said gym can be costly. For a UFC champion one would think it would not be, but in fact, it is.
Some think that he made the smart and business savvy decision while some disagree with that theory and think he should have stayed at the gym that transformed him into a champion.
When Garbrandt won the bantamweight title at UFC 207, it set up a rivalry fight for one of the hottest feuds in MMA over the past couple of years. The two fighters had been jawing at each other publicly since Dillashaw left Alpha Male.
They both coached the 25th season of The Ultimate Fighter in order to build interest in their title fight at UFC 213 in 2016.
However, that bout never took place due to the fact that an injury forced Garbrandt out of the bout.
After waiting a little bit, the UFC rebooked the fight for UFC 217 where Dillashaw finished Garbrandt to win back the bantamweight title.
Now, the promotion has booked the rematch between these two fighters for the upcoming UFC 227 event.
Dillashaw plans to ruin the career of his arch-rival and elaborated on it in a recent interview to promote the fight.
“You kind of prepare the same for every fight,” Dillashaw told Bloody Elbow. “You add a few tricks to try and keep your opponents guessing, but that’s about it. I love rematches, though. I’ve always done great in rematches. The more I can figure out my opponent the better and I’m going to know Cody like the back of my hand. It’s going to be a good night for me.”
“You always train for your opponent to be the best possible opponent no matter who it is,” Dillashaw explained. “You obviously look for their strengths and weaknesses. I know the technical difficulties [Garbrandt] has. I know where he’s good, where he’s not. But you always train for the best. You train for everything.”
“He knows I’m the better fighter,” said Dillashaw. “He’ll pump himself up. He’ll talk; that he’s great, that he’s better, and all this stuff, but he knows. He knows the truth. I’m the better all around fighter. I’m the smarter fighter. And this is a bad situation for him, to go right back into a rematch for the title.”
The UFC 227 pay-per-view event is set to take place on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The main card will air on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.
“I’m going to ruin his career,” Dillashaw said. “I’m going to ruin his career at this weight class. He’s already getting his second shot, he should of worried about getting better, but I don’t know if he really can. I don’t know if he’s that smart of a fighter, but I plan on ruining his career at 135.”
“This sport’s crazy, obviously anything can happen,” continued Dillashaw. “You’ve always got to be ready for it and be nervous for that fight, but he doesn’t have a chance. I’ll be ready for anything he can bring to the table. You’ve always got to expect the toughest fight, but he doesn’t have a chance.”