Yes, it was back in the fall of 2015 that all the drama between Dillashaw and TAM really kicked off, when he elected to train in Colorado and with former TAM coach, Duane Ludwig. The decision prompted TAM founder Urijah Faber to ban Dillashaw from the renowned gym, and that rift, is still front-and-center, as UFC 217 approaches.
As you know, Garbrandt will face his former teammate on November 4th, at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Although Dillashaw seems ready to move on from his split with TAM, during a recent a recent media call, Garbrandt said the following (quote via MMA Fighting):
“He regrets it every day of his life,” Garbrandt said. “But his ego won’t let him admit that. Let’s be honest, T.J.”
“All my teammates, they built T.J. up to where he’s at,” Garbrandt said. “They know T.J. like the back of his hand. They got me ready for Dominick Cruz, they went countless hours, 27 rounds with Dominick Cruz, so they knew him, they taught T.J. everything. I had Justin Buchholz in this camp the whole camp the last year preparing for T.J., getting ready for this guy, and Justin taught him how to throw a punch, so I’m extremely confident when I get in there.”
There you have it. Now, it’s hard to say whether Garbrandt truly believes that Dillashaw still regrets his decision to go train in Colorado. But, chances are Garbrandt does believe he has an advantage, since the TAM coaches and his teammates worked with Dillashaw for so long. Of course, it remains to be seen if that plays a key factor in next Saturday’s scrap.
Since Dillashaw’s departure from TAM, he’s gone 2-1. In January, 216, he lost the 135 title to Dominick Cruz by split decision, and since then, he’s defeated Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker.