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TJ Dillashaw Responds to Cody Garbrandt’s Claim he KO’d Him in Sparring

Kelsey Mowatt

TJ Dillashaw

Cody Garbrandt has called for bouts with Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, over one with TJ Dillashaw, but the former teammates continue to battle through the media.

Recently the new bantamweight champ claimed that he KO’d Dillashaw during a sparring session at Team Alpha Male, when Garbrandt was only 1-0. The heavy handed fighter, who decisioned Dominick Cruz at UFC 207 to grab the 135 title, even claimed he has footage of the sparring session.

Well, recently the former champ appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and not surprisingly, Dillashaw was asked for his side of the story. Here is what the former TAM member said (quote via MMA Mania):

“Don’t get me wrong, Cody is a tough kid,” said Dillashaw. “But, it’s funny for him to start talking about him knocking me out before. For one, I’ve never been knocked out. The closest was when Jon Dodson clipped me at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Finale. And he keeps talking about that he has footage on it, and it’s hilarious because he’s digging himself a hole because if you have footage on it then put it out. It has not happened.

“I think that was the biggest mistake by talking about he has footage of it,” he continued. “If he doesn’t, put it out there because it didn’t happen. And if it did, I guess I did get knocked out because I don’t remember it. Why would I be afraid for him to put it out there if it didn’t happen?”

That’s a fair question. Perhaps they have a different take on what constitutes being knocked out?

All this aside, it’s going to be interesting to see what happens next, in terms of the 135 title. Garbrandt has made it clear that he wants a big money fight, and that he doesn’t think Dillashaw can deliver that. But, considering Dillashaw is coming off wins over top contenders in Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker, and that he only lost the title to Cruz via split decision, one would think he’s got a title shot locked up.

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