The UFC recently revealed that bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt would be defending his UFC bantamweight title this summer against TJ Dillashaw in a highly anticipated grudge match following ‘TUF Redemption’.
Unfortunately, this week, it was revealed that Dillashaw’s plane ticket to the UFC Summer Kickoff event was cancelled, since Garbrandt was flying to Germany to receive treatment for a tear in his back. TJ Dillashaw was quick to take to social media to taunt Garbrandt for potentially pulling out of the fight. Which of course brought more attention to the situation.
When UFC President Dana White was asked about the situation, he expressed total confidence in Garbrandt, but had a pretty intriguing backup plan if Cody Garbrandt was ultimately unable to fight:
“No, it’s not off,” White said in a subsequent media scrum. “Cody Garbrandt is having back issues, and we sent him to a place for (stem cell treatment), and apparently, that didn’t work. So we’re putting him on a plane and sending him to that place in Germany that I go to.
“If this doesn’t work, he’ll be the only athlete I’ve ever known of that it didn’t work. It worked for for Kobe Bryant. It works for (Alex Rodriguez) and soccer players (throughout the world). I mean, every athlete I’ve ever know that’s gone there has come out healed.”
“Cody’s not confident because when you’re in the type of pain he’s in, you don’t believe you can be fixed that easily,” White said. “But I know the credentials of these guys in Germany, and I’m 100 percent confident he will be better and he will fight on July 8.”
“If he can’t fight,” White said with a sly smile, “T.J. Dillashaw called me this morning and said, ‘If Cody can’t fight, what I would love to do is stop Demetrious Johnson from breaking the record.’
“So, that’s fun, right?”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 5/13/2017.