T.J. Dillashaw has repeatedly dismissed allegations from Cody Garbrandt and Urijah Faber that he was a bad teammate during his run with Team Alpha Male, and that he injured sparring partners. But, now another member of the Sacramento team is accusing Dillashaw of the same thing.
Faber and Garbrandt have been publicly critical of Dillashaw since his bitter split from TAM, and have claimed that the former bantamweight champ was too aggressive in training. More recently, Garbrandt claimed that Dillashaw hurt Chris Holdsworth with an illegal knee, when the two were sparring. Dillashaw, however, denied that he did so.
Holdsworth was a guest on “The MMA Hour” on Monday, and he was asked about the alleged incident. Here is some of what the UFC vet had to say (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“T.J. has always been a great fighter, he’s a great athlete, but he’s always had, I don’t know, some type of competitive feud with me ever since I came to the team. I don’t know if it was because of envy or jealousy or whatever it was, but I just kinda always brushed it off as him being competitive and being, just, ultra-aggressive. I was always up for the fight, but there was multiple occasions where T.J. got a little bit too aggressive, he went overboard in training. He’s kneeing you while we’re boxing. He’s throwing elbows while we’re doing jiu-jitsu. And I remember that instance that’s out in the public — yeah, it’s definitely true.
“I shot in on T.J. and I was on all fours, he was sprawled out and he kneed me on top of the head. And that was before The Ultimate Fighter. I remember I was kinda jarred up and everyone was watching, and I took like 30 seconds off and I kept going, I kept going through the rounds and I finished practice. But after that practice, I was concussed, and that was my first concussion. And it just kinda kept happening from there.”
Holdsworth, however, didn’t stop there. The BJJ black belt also said “it comes to where I hear he’s on some special supplements and stuff, and I just lost respect for the guy. There’s no hard feelings, it’s whatever it is, but he’s a cheater.” Holdsworth wouldn’t elaborate on the comment about “special supplements”. Faber has claimed Dillashaw looks physically different, now that USADA is testing fighters regularly.
It will be very interesting to see what Dillashaw has to say about Holdsworth comments. The renowned fighter will battle Garbrandt at UFC 217 this Saturday in New York City.