Former UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen does not believe that current UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw will be cashing any checks from training at the new ‘Elevation Fight Team’ gym in Denver.
“The American Gangster” made the statement on his Podcast:
“T.J. left under the guise that he was going to be paid to train,” Sonnen said on his podcast. “Do you guys understand how silly that is? Gyms don’t succeed. Us in the business can tell you. Gym doors get locked up every week. The mats get sold, the ring gets torn down, the lease isn’t paid. The gym business is a tough one. I love the sport but I understand that’s a tough business.”
“Now a gym without a long history is offering to pay T.J. Dillashaw? T.J, those checks aren’t coming, brother. That was a really, really sucker move by you. You must not have an advisor.”
Sonnen also warned Dillashaw to prepare for disappointment, as he believes that T.J. will lose his title to former champ Dominick Cruz this January in Boston:
“If you want to move to Colorado, go move,” said Sonnen. “Train with other people. No problems there. His beef with Urijah Faber comes from, ‘Hey, we miss you.’ That’s what that is. ‘Hey, we don’t want to lose you, we miss you, our feelings are hurt.’ But that’s a chump move thinking those checks are going to cash. Now he’s got Dominick Cruz, a fight he’s likely to lose. He hasn’t been ‘Mr. Drawing Star,’ anyway. Not a lot of stars down there. If he loses that fight to Cruz … those checks aren’t going to be coming.”
“You heard it here first. T.J., you’re not getting paid to train. I don’t care what promises you’ve been made or who signed the contract. You’re not getting paid a monthly salary to train. If you get that for five months I would be stunned. I’ll tell you now, you’re not getting it for a year. That’s not even in the cards.”
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