Former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw appeared recently on the Fight Society podcast and discussed his rivalry with division champ Cody Garbrandt. The two are opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 25, and will fight later this year. And they were once Team Alpha Male teammates, but Dillashaw moved to Team Elevation, a step Garbrandt has repeatedly criticized.
Dillashaw is not impressed.
“Urijah is Cody’s daddy,” said T.J. as transcribed by Jed Meshew for MMA Fighting. “Cody can’t make any decisions without Urijah. Urijah’s involved with everything. That’s why Urijah was mad when I left. He likes to be in control. He wants to be the top dog. I hardly even know Cody. It’s kind of comical that Cody wanted to get mad about this whole thing cause I hardly even know the guy. He was on his way in when I was on my way out.
“He was on the team when everyone was making fun of him for who he was. Now everyone’s got his back cause he’s doing great. He’s doing good for the team and getting a good name out there. But really the beef with Cody is just comical because it shouldn’t concern him at all. Just because it involves Urijah, he wants to get all riled up and fluff out his feathers and act like a tough guy. I expected this from Cody. He’s a hothead and just for him to not really be able to express himself mentally but just get all worked up.”
Various members of TAM have teased video of Garbrandt knocking out Dillashaw in practice, but T.J. has a simple response.
“It’s f***ing practice! Who really even cares?” asked Dillashaw. “They can release that video. I could care less because, for one, I don’t even think it happened, and two, it’s freaking practice and I don’t really care. They should just take the hours and hours and hours of footage of me whipping Cody’s ass and making him leave practice crying.
“The kid’s tough, don’t get me wrong. But when it comes down to it, being a well-rounded martial artist and sparring, sure Cody had some good days but to say percentage-wise, I’m getting 75 percent of those good days. I’m on top. I definitely felt like the top dog while I was there.”
Dillashaw said he didn’t learn much new about Garbrandt from coaching against each other on TUF.
“It’s not so much learn but just reinstated what I’ve known about the guy that he’s a complete idiot,” said T.J. “He’s not very smart and he’s hot headed. That’s it. There’s not much more behind that other than getting your haircut, making sure your eyebrows are lined up and being a hot head. That’s all he’s really got.”