Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw used to train together at Team Alpha Male. Now, they don’t. Instead, they seem to share a real, reciprocal disdain for one another – a disdain that will come to a head when they battle for the divisional title at UFC 213 this July.
Much of Dillashaw and Garbrandt’s beef can be attributed to Garbrandt’s frequent claims that he has footage of himself knocking Dillashaw out in a training session. This alleged video recently started generating headlines again when Garbrandt suggested he’d sell it and give the profits to charity.
“I told him to go for it, release it,” he said. “Because for one I don’t believe it. And even if he did, I think it’s petty. I think they’re reaching. We put this time and sweat and tears into the gym, and he’s got this one clip of him doing good? What about the 70% of the time that I was doing awesome that [Justin] Buchholz has footage of. I could care less what happened then. I get to make, on pay-per-view, some footage of me beating Cody’s ass that the world’s going to see. I’m going to make a lot more than him selling [the KO footage] to TMZ.”
Dillashaw then suggested that, if Garbrandt sells the video and donates the profits to a charity, it should be a charity for kids without fathers – so they don’t end up like Garbrandt. Ouch.
“Release the footage,” he said. “The charity should be something for kids without fathers so they don’t grow up to act like Cody.”
What do you think of this verbal onslaught from the challenger TJ Dillashaw? Do you think this footage will ever see the light of day?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/25/2017.