Just days ahead of UFC 217, Cody Garbrandt finally shared some long discussed footage that showed him dropping his UFC 217 opponent, TJ Dillashaw, in a training session from many years ago.
Speaking on the most recent episode of BJ Penn Radio – just days after he knocked Garbrandt out to win the UFC bantamweight title – TJ Dillashaw discussed this infamous video. In his opinion, it’s just footage of one of his bad days – bad days every fighter occasionally has.
“It’s like… that’s practice,” Dillashaw said on the show. “You know what I mean? Like everyone’s got good days, everyone’s got bad days, you know. There’s tons of sparring footage from the six years of me being there with every single fighter there having a good day and a bad day. That’s how you get better. You know, if you don’t have those situations, and you don’t get better from them, you’re not gonna be where I’m at. You know, you gotta take your licks, and you gotta learn from ’em.”
“And you gotta have guys that are gonna push you, you know, that’s why I’m building my own team to bring in world-class athletes,” Dillashaw continued. “Trust me, this last camp too. You know, I had my days where, you know, I’m not putting everything together. You know, that happens and then you go home, and you say like, ‘Alright, I didn’t do this. I didn’t do that. I didn’t do this.’ You write it down in your notebook, and then you freaking fix it the next day, you know?”
“So for those guys to be as immature as they are and release that footage, it just shows even more so what I’ve been saying the whole time, their true colors.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/11/2017.