Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw were once friends and teammates, but things turned ugly when Dillashaw split from Team Alpha Male in 2015.
Garbrandt, who is currently celebrating his bantamweight championship victory over Dominick Cruz at UFC 207, called his former teammate an ‘enemy’ of TAM last year and was quick to respond to Dillashaw’s claims that he made ‘No Love’ cry during training practice.
The newly-crowned 135-pound champion said he’d rather release video footage of his KO over Dillashaw in the gym than grant him a title shot.
“I don’t mind whoopin’ T.J.’s ass,” Garbrandt said on UFC Unfiltered (h/t Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). “He was a cancer to our team and having what he tried to do - destroy it - to make that s**t personal too. I’ll spare everybody 60 bucks to buy the pay-per-view and put out the video of me knocking his ass out when I was 1-0. 1-0. He wasn’t saying that he made me cry in practice. That motherf**ker never made me cry. I wasn’t the one looking at the ceiling, being on my back looking at the ceiling, knocked out. So he’s just trying to do anything - the guy’s a horrible trash talker. Horrible.”
Dillashaw, who lost the bantamweight strap to ‘The Dominator’ last year, has rebounded with two consecutive wins over top contenders. The Elevation Fight Team representative beat Raphael Assuncao in July and outclassed the No. 3 ranked John Lineker at UFC 207.
Garbrandt says that he would enjoy ‘whoppin’ his ass’ again and will have a sit down with the UFC brass to determine if that fight makes the most sense for his first title defense.
“I would get satisfaction from whoopin’ his ass, that’s for sure,” said Garbrandt. “Just for what he did to the team. He sold out. He’s a sellout. He sold his friends, everybody that got him there. He forgot who got him to where he was at. Saw a little bit of money and f**kin’ ran. Ran away. But there was me always there, the uncrowned champ. I was the uncrowned champ when he was there.”
“I’m gonna sit down with Dana, Sean, and my management team and coaches and see what’s the best fight for me. I just want to enjoy this but I’m the champion now and it’s my job and duty and my responsibility to defend it against what fight makes the most sense for me. I don’t know, we’ll see. I believe that T.J. will be a good fight, a good storyline... I’ve just got to weigh in with the UFC and my management team and make the best decision for us both, to make money for everybody.”
Although Garbrandt made his MMA debut in 2012, the 25-year-old really burst onto the scene when he knocked out the highly touted Thomas Almeida in a battle of the bantamweight prospects at UFC Fight Night 88.
The Ohio-born talent really proved his worth when he outclassed and dominated Cruz to win the title last month, and is now ranked as the No. 5 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.