Cody Garbrandt on Joseph Benavidez and Lance Palmer: They are training with ‘the enemy’

By Russell Ess - February 9, 2016

More of Team Alpha Male has been training with the Elevation Fight Team in Colorado after T.J. Dillashaw jumped ship. The members of Team Alpha male including Dillashaw basically had to choose sides between coaches Urijah Faber and Duane Ludwig after their falling out.

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Team Alpha Male fighter Cody Garbrandt spoke with Submission Radio recently on the split between some of the team and if he would ever go to train with the Elevation crew (transcribed by MMA Fighting):

“F**k no. I would never go to Elevation,” Garbrandt told Submission Radio. “No, I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t go there. You know, [Joseph Benavidez and Lance Palmer] are out there and training with T.J. They have previous relationships with him so it’s whatever, but they’re going to come back and train with us in the team? I don’t know how well that’s going to go over.”

Garbrandt is already eyeing a fight with Dillashaw, his former teammate and the former UFC bantamweight champion.

“I’ll probably end up fighting T.J., so I guess I’ll focus on this fight and I guess we’ll have to talk about that when it comes,” said Garbrandt. “You know, [Benavidez and Palmer] will continue to train with T.J., basically ‘the enemy’ and Duane Ludwig and all those guys, so I don’t know. I don’t really try to focus on that too much this camp.”

The undefeated rising star is a bit upset with Palmer who knows very well and has had in his corner for his last few bouts.

“He’s from Ohio, he’s my boy,” Garbrandt said of Palmer. “He’s one of my good friends, but at the end of the day you’re going to go out there and help that dude? You know what I mean? You’re going to go out and help that dude that’s not even on the team? I understand they have a friendship and whatever, this and that, but I don’t feel comfortable with it. But hey, I’m focusing on myself. I’m doing what I need to do to win this fight and further my career, so that’s all I have to worry about.”

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