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Stann: Dillashaw made right decision, 'In this sport you’ve got to be selfish'

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Brian Stann supports T.J. Dillashaw's decision to leave Team Alpha Male.

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On Tuesday, T.J. Dillashaw announced his decision to leave Team Alpha Male in favour of training with Duane Ludwig at Elevation Fight Team.

The reigning bantamweight champion said it was an offer he couldn't refuse, as Dillashaw will be getting paid to train with the Colorado-based team, but many still feel as though tensions between Ludwig and TAM caused the split.

"Bang", who has helped to mould T.J. into the champion he is today, parted ways with TAM in 2014 to establish his own gym: BANG Muay Thai. Dillashaw continued to train under the tutelage of Ludwig while still maintaining a relationship with his Californian teammates.

T.J.'s full attention will now be centred on training in Colarado with Ludwig, and Brian Stann thinks the 29-year-old made the right decision.

"I think that TJ's making the right decision, and here's why, first and foremost in this sport you've got to be selfish," Stann said Sirius XM Fight Club. "It is something that held me back a little bit in my career and at the end of the day this is about how much money you can make over the longest period of time you can do it. If TJ Dillashaw feels like that is the better environment for him to go to and make as much money as he can and maximizes opportunities then he's got to do it, whether it hurts some friend's feelings or not. His family and paying his bills to take care of his family come first, ahead of all else."

T.J. Dillashaw is scheduled to defend his bantamweight title for the third time against former champion Dominick Cruz at UFC Fight Night 81 on Jan. 17 at the TD Garden in Boston.