In a bit of surprising news, UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw will now be joining a new team in Denver, where he will be doing his full training camp for his fight against Dominick Cruz.
The news first came from a report put out by Globo. After that, both Dillashaw and Urijah Faber released comments on the situation. The report also stated that Dillashaw would still be working with striking coach Duane Ludwig, who resides in Denver.
The champ confirmed the news on Tuesday, telling MMAFighting:
“In regards to my upcoming fight camp, I will be doing my training in Colorado. The last six years at Team Alpha Male have been irreplaceable and my brothers there will forever be family to me. I thank each and every one of them for helping me along the way and being a part of this journey we’ve shared. This is not the end of being a part of the Team Alpha Male family, but a new chapter in my career.
“I will be spending my next full training camp with Team Elevation as they’ve offered me an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up, with an incredible coaching staff and state of the art facilities.
“I want to thank everyone for the continued support as this has not been a decision I’ve taken lightly.”
Team Alpha Male’s Urijah Faber also commented on the situation. The UFC bantamweight and former WEC featherweight champion recently spoke to MMAFighting and when asked about the move by TJ, had this statement to make:
“We are sad to see [Dillashaw] go, but we’re excited about the next set of champion being developed at Team Alpha Male.”