It's become increasingly difficult by the day to fend off verbal assaults from former master Urijah Faber and upcoming opponent Dominick Cruz for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight titleholder T.J. Dillashaw after the latter split with Team Alpha Male (TAM) earlier this month.
Opting to go where he could be paid to train, as well as be reunited with current striking coach Duane Ludwig, "Killashaw" has apparently hit a point of no return, especially now that his previous teacher "The California Kid" has waived his no-fight clause.
However, we'll save all that drama for another day because it seems that there's another familiar face, Cody Garbrandt, waiting in the wings for his crack at the Californian.
From The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting):
"He wants to be in the media saying that he's the victim and he's not allowed at the gym to show his face, it's like Faber said you walked away from your family. If you're not with us, you're against us. That's kind of how it has to be. I'm looking forward to a fight with him. Faber's looking forward to a possible matchup with him. That's just being real with the guy and the whole situation. You left our gym because you didn't think our gym was good enough for you to retain your title and to excel and go to the next level in your fighting career. So why would you come back to us if you didn't think that was the best thing? You can't have the best of both worlds."
With a public divorce from the camp he's called home for the last six years unfolding before our very eyes, things just got even more interesting at 135 pounds.
The next big money fight for Dillashaw could be Faber; the TAM leader and former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight champion, or a potential rematch with injured contender Raphael Assuncao may be on tap in the new year.
Maybe even a little hand-to-hand frenzy with a certain "Hands of Stone?" Garbrandt, while talented and undefeated at 7-0, has yet to even sniff out an opponent in the Top 15.
First thing is first for Dillashaw and that's ridding himself of the former champion Cruz at UFC Fight Night 81 on Jan. 17, 2016.