Sometimes in MMA, the enmity between two fighters disappears after they punch each other in the face inside a cage for a while. In the case of former training partners Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
After Dillashaw won the UFC bantamweight title by stopping Garbrandt in the second round at UFC 217, he stood up and did some barking. And at the post-fight press conference, Garbrandt stated that while he respects Dillashaw as a fighter, he stands behind all of his pre-fight talk about Dillashaw as a person:
“He had a lot of sh-t he was carrying on, with all of the drama. And I stand behind everything I said. He’s still not a good person, but I respect him as a fighter. And that’s that.”
”I stand behind everything that I said about T.J., but I give him respect for going out there and capitalizing on a mistake. But I truly am the better fighter, and I want that rematch. I’m willing to put in the work and do whatever it takes to get the title back because it was something I was born to do.”
“I think I was being professional given the facts behind it. Still, I feel and think he’s a piece of sh-t teammate. I stand beside my facts. He injured, you know he lies still. It doesn’t matter. Yeah, he won. Good for him. I’ll be back and I’m gonna come with vengeance, and that belt will be mine.”
Dillashaw talked about going to 125 to fight Demetrious Johnson next, which might leave the bantamweight division held up a bit. For his part, Garbrandt says he just wants to fight:
“If I have to fight and wipe out the whole f—king division, I will.”