With all the bad blood UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt brew for former teammate TJ Dillashaw. In the co-main event of UFC 217, Cody Garbrandt and fellow opponent Dillashaw will be finally facing each other to settle down there score. Both fighters are no stranger to each other, have shared the same gym mats at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento.
Before there highly anticipated showdown both fellow mate spit lots of trash on each other. Especially bantamweight champion Cody and his team try to downgraded Dillashaw by suggesting he is more of an athlete than a fighter. Hence, Dillashaw took that comment as a compliment then offense. Recently talking with MMA Hour, sharing his feelings on Garbrandt’s trash talk:
“I find that hilarious because it’s actually more of a compliment, I’d rather be an athlete than a fighter,” Dillashaw told host Ariel Helwani (h/t MMAMania). “An athlete’s going to go out there and figure out ways to win, see the holes in the game. I do treat myself more as an athlete than I do a fighter, as a fighter you’re a street thug. Going out there trying to knock someone out, being really aggressive. I’m going to go out there as an athlete just as he said, and pick him apart using that.”
“Don’t get me wrong, he’s very athletic. He’s quick, he’s got some great athletic attributes. I think yeah maybe his downfall is that he’s more of a fighter. He could be more of an athlete; I just don’t know if he’s smart enough to be that way.”
In July both mates suppose to fight at UFC 213, which scrapped of due to off Cody’s back injury. Dillashaw shifted his focus on potential super-fight with Demetrious Johnson. Being said that, he is focusing on current assignment with Cody, but open to the future possibility of going down to weight and compete a current pound-for-pound fighter.
“I would love that. I wanted it when it should have happened,” Dillashaw said. “He’s the pound for pound kingpin, he’s the guy that’s top of the world right now and I think he’s a winnable fight. I think that I could have stopped him from breaking the record and it could have been something great, a big money fight for himself.”
“And yeah, that’s something I’d love to do, especially knowing that I can make the weight, knowing that 125 is a very doable thing.”
Watch his full interview as follow:
What is your opinion on the outcome of Cody and Dillashaw’s showdown at UFC 217 on November 4?