For all the bad blood Cody Garbrandt carry for teammate T.J. Dillashaw who left the Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California.
UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt is in the co-main event of UFC 217 against TJ Dillashaw at Madison Square Garden on November 4.
Garbrandt who years ago arrived in Sacramento and joined the Team Alpha Male to begin his journey with the thought in mind to become the best in the world.
Both teammates have different versions of what happened during the sparring session at TAM. Dillashaw now trains at Elevation Fight Team in Colorado. TJ claims that he used to beat the hell out of Cody during training, despite that the current UFC bantamweight champion Garbrandt said he has a video footage that shows Dillashaw knocked out particularly in one brutal sparring session where drops down to the mat.
No video footage was released, but Cody knows he had beaten him up in training and more confident ever in heading for UFC 217 bantamweight bout.
“I’m supremely confident against TJ. He’s actually given me the most confidence I’ve had in my career to really push forward and give it all I had,” Garbrandt told Damon Martin of MMA Weekly in a recent interview. “When he was world champion, I was 1-0 and working my way up. I was training with him [thinking] this guy’s the world champion? I know I’m going to be a world champion.
“I don’t feel TJ’s any more of a threat. I know him, I’ve trained with him, I’ve beat him up in practice. I know that’s practice, but with a guy like TJ, he doesn’t like to lose an inch, a round, a submission, anything. So I know it was full-on fighting. So I’m supremely confident going in there Nov. 4.”
Whatever happens during practice sessions, doesn’t define what will happen in the actual bout. Cody is confident and said, Dillashaw, can’t hold up his chin longer on November 4.
“I’m better than him everywhere and I guarantee it — he doesn’t have a strong chin,” Garbrandt said about Dillashaw. “He will not be able to take a strike, a blow from me with four-ounce gloves on. He wasn’t able to do it with a 16-ounce glove and he won’t be able to do it in a four-ounce glove. So if TJ makes it all five rounds, goes the distance, that’s a win for him.
“I honestly think where I [said I would hit] [Takeya] Mizugaki with the first hard punch, he’ll go out. The first hard punch I land on TJ, he’ll go to sleep. He’ll go to sleep and I’ll rain down punches on him.”
Cody learned few valuable lesson during sparring sessions, that how much Dillashaw hated eating punches. Garbrandt said he just need one good shot to land him down to finish the fight. The blockbuster pay-per-view features the headliner Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping for middleweight champion next week on November 4.