There’s been plenty of times in UFC history when rivals have squashed their beef after battling in the Octagon, but it doesn’t sound like that’s going to happen in the case of Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw.
If you’ve followed all the drama between Dillashaw and Garbrandt over the last year or so, then you know that the latter has repeatedly accused the fighter of being a liar and a dirty teammate. The accusations came forward after Dillashaw’s well documented, split from Team Alpha Male.
Last night at UFC 217, Garbrandt’s reign as bantamweight champ ended at the hands of Dillashaw, who put him away with a series of punches in round two. After the memorable bout, which saw Dillashaw dropped in the opening round, Garbrandt had this to say about his former teammate (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I think I was being professional (heading into UFC 217) given the facts behind (the rivalry),” Garbrandt said, before referring to allegations that Dillshaw injured teammates during his time at TAM (the champion has denied he did so). “Still, I feel and think he’s a piece of (expletive) teammate. I stand beside my facts. He injured – he lies. Still. It doesn’t matter. Yeah, he won. Good for him.
“… I stand behind everything that I said about T.J., but I give him respect for going out there and capitalizing on a mistake, but I truly am the better fighter, and I want that rematch. I’m willing to put in the work and do whatever it takes to get the title back because it was something I was born to do.”
So, clearly Garbrandt isn’t ready to restore any bridge here. But, considering what he’s said about Dillashaw in recent months, that’s likely not a surprise.
The now former champ also called for a rematch with Dillashaw, but the latter says Garbrandt needs to score some more wins, before that happens. When you consider that Garbrandt never defended the 135 title, chances are the UFC will look at someone else next.
Dillashaw wants to fight flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson, and then of course, the winner of the December 30th bout between Dominick Cruz and Jimmie Rivera is also an option.