"I think that TJ's making the right decision, and here's why. First and foremost in this sport you've got to be selfish. It is something that held me back a little bit in my career and at the end of the day this is about how much money you can make over the longest period of time you can do it. If TJ Dillashaw feels like that is the better environment for him to go to and make as much money as he can and maximizes opportunities then he's got to do it, whether it hurts some friends' feelings or not. His family and paying his bills to take care of his family come first, ahead of all else."
That's retired UFC veteran Brian Stann's view talking on Sirius XM Fight Club about the switch of fight camps for bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, who confirmed he's leaving Team Alpha Male (TAM) to follow his coach Bang Ludwig at Elevation Fight Club in Colorado. Urijah Faber, founder of Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Calif., said this week that Dillashaw "walked away from the family that brought him up, the guys who were a big part of his success." Leister Bowling, a coach at Elevation, responded to accusations made by Faber that he's trying to poach members of TAM by saying he never tried to persuade "Killashaw" to leave. He says he simply told the UFC champion to make a choice between one camp or the other to get the "focus" he needs to stay on top. Dillashaw is scheduled to defend his bantamweight title for the third time against former champion Dominick Cruz at UFC Fight Night 81 on Jan. 17 at the TD Garden in Boston (fingers crossed).