Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw will finally let their fists do that talking as they are set to bang it out in the co-main event of this weekend’s (Sat., Nov. 4, 2017) UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) event inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.
It will be a culmination of a back-and-forth rivalry that grew after Dillashaw left Team Alpha Male a few years ago, leading to a war of words between T.J. and the famed camp, which intensified after a heated stint on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) between Dillashaw and Garbrandt.
And though “Viper” now has yet another new team, Cody hasn’t forgotten all the drama he caused at TAM, saying he will make his former training partner pay for biting the hand the fed him when he need it most.
“Look how I showed Dominick Cruz what was up. That’s the same thing I’m going to do with T.J. He’s in for a world of hurt on Saturday,” said Garbrandt during a recent interview with TMZ Sports.
“He can sit there and say that Uriah is this and that, but, T.J. you're a piece of shit. The guy (Faber) literally, this guy sheltered you, gave you food and water. He gave you the shirt off his back, and this is how you did him. You sold out for a couple thousand dollars a month from a guy that gave you shelter and food. He bit the hand that fed him."
Dillashaw lost the Bantamweight title to Dominick Cruz back in 2016 in a title fight T.J. believes he actually won. It’s that thought process Garbrandt says proves T.J. is delusional and has been brainwashed by his new coaches into believing he’s better than he actually is.
"Dude, this guy is delusional as fuck. He thought that he beat Dominick Cruz. If you watch that fight, he got taken down five times, he was swinging at air. Man, he's a buffoon. The guy, he's manipulated. His coach, who rides off his nut sack, Duane Ludwig, has him manipulated that he's the greatest thing since sliced bread. I'm going to chop that guy up like, oh, man. I can't wait.”
Cody, meanwhile, dethroned Cruz to win the 135-pound strap with relative ease (video highlights here), going as far as dancing during the fight just to prove how easy the fight was. And while he’s predicted a violent knockout win over Dillashaw, he isn’t opposed to channeling his inner-Michael Jackson to dance on his foe just to add insult to injury.
"Like I said, it's all business, I'm going to go out and knock T.J. out, but if he gives me the chance to dance on him, I'm going to make him act like a fool, too. I’ve been working on it a little bit. I got some other moves, I don't know. We'll see how the fight plays out, but I got some Michael Jackson in me."
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