"We're all still going to be buddies with TJ. He made the decision to leave and he believes that's what he needs to be able to stay on top. And he's a grown ass man so he can make his own choices. He's going to be missed though. But we've all got to just remain focused and keep working towards our own goal: to become champions."
I'm not sure what's worse: UFC Bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw's ongoing divorce and feud with his former brothers at the Team Alpha Male (TAM) mixed martial arts (MMA) camp, or ABC's line up of soap operas.
"The Viper," who was declared he was "not training with the enemy" after being labeled a "snake in the grass" by TAM rival and interim Featherweight champion Conor McGregor, recently shipped out to Elevation Fight Team, where he's been awarded with a home and free training alongside fighters like Matt Brown and Clay Guida.
Dillashaw will also be reunited with TAM castoff and striking coach Duane Ludwig out near his new base camp in Denver, Colorado.
Now in an interview with Fighters Only (via Bloody Elbow), three-time title challenger Chad Mendes is refraining from spewing the same disdain towards "Killashaw" that teammate Urijah Faber has regurgitated.
"Money" might be alone on this one as he doesn't speak for the whole Sacramento, California collective, but there is a former UFC fighter and FOX commentator that would agree with him.
Whether the locks are changed, should and if Dillashaw decides to return to his old stomping ground, remains to be seen.
In the meantime, he will have to settle into his new digs fast if he wants to make a third successful title defense over former 135-pound kingpin and rival Dominick Cruz in the main event of UFC Fight Night 81 on Jan. 17, 2016.
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