Urijah Faber watched his former friend and teammate TJ Dillashaw knockout his star pupil Cody Garbrandt in the co-main event of UFC 217 last night in New York.
After being rocked by “No Love” late in round one, Dillashaw was able to turn the tide with a big head kick in round two. Moments later TJ would drop Cody with a punch and then put Garbrandt away with some viscous ground and pound. (Watch the finish here).
With the victory, TJ Dillashaw reclaimed the UFC bantamweight title while handing Garbrandt the first loss of his professional mixed martial arts career.
Shortly following the conclusion of last night’s UFC 217 event the Team Alpha Male founder, Faber, took to Instagram where he posted the following message in support of his friend and teammate Cody Garbrandt.
“Water off a ducks back wins and losses evoke emotion. Life is about relationships and always moving forward. Proud of of the warriors in the cage tonight. @cody_nolove @sanchez__145 @tylerd1amond” – Urijah Faber
Although a rematch between Dillashaw and Garbrandt will very likely happen down the road, the newly crowned champion is now focused on a super fight with current flyweight title holder Demetrious Johnson.
Get the full Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw UFC 217 fight recap below:
Round one begins and Cody comes out quickly. Dillashaw switches stances. Cody throws a low kick. Dillashaw catches Cody with a nice knee to the body. Garbrandt circles out. TJ with a low kick, Cody responds with a left hand over the top. TJ fakes a spinning back fist. Cody comes forward with a head kick that is blocked. TJ presses forward. He misses with a head kick. Cody circles out and then lands a nice kick to the body. TJ is using a lot of movement. Cody presses forward with a combination that lands. TJ fires back with a wild right. Garbrandt tells him to bring it on. Both men are throwing wildly now. Cody with a beautiful left hook. TJ leaps in with a front kick and then follows that strike up with a low kick. Both men are having trouble finding their range. TJ with a right hand. Cody replies with a jab. Another nice right hand from Dillashaw. Cody circles. TJ comes forward but Cody catches him with a right hand. TJ hits the deck. Cody charges in with punches but the horn sounds to end round one.
Round two begins and TJ just misses with a high kick attempt. Dillashaw is looking for some big strikes now. He throws a body kick and then a low kick. Cody is smiling at TJ. Dillashaw catches him with a high kick and Garbrandt drops. TJ rushes in but Cody pops back up to his feet. Garbrandt with a nice combination. He seems to be ok. Cody with a low kick. TJ paws with a jab. Dillashaw with a massive right and Cody goes down. He leaps on him with punches. It is all over! WOW!