T.J. Dillashaw reclaimed his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight title after knocking out former teammate Cody Garbrandt in the co-main event of UFC 217 last weekend (Sat., Nov. 4, 2017) in New York City.
In the process, T.J. scored a huge win in his ongoing battles with his old gym, Team Alpha Male (TAM), as the two sides have been embroiled in a war of words over the last year due to Dillashaw’s preference to train elsewhere.
That said, Dillashaw did give his old camp a little credit for helping him get the victory over “No Love.”
“I walked back to the corner and I heard their cornermen being jerks, just like they’ve been the whole camp, saying they’ve got my number,” Dillashaw explained Monday on a recent episode of The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting) after getting dropped by Cody at the end of round one.
“‘We’ve got your f’ing number, Dillashaw! We’ve got your f’ing number!’ I heard that. As soon as I heard that, I turned back to my corner and was like, ‘Alright, let’s get our sh*t together,” he added. “I kinda hit my hands together and I was like, ‘Alright, I’ve gotta change it up.’ So I sat down in the corner and just listened to (coach) Duane (Ludwig). He’s the one looking from the outside in. That’s why he’s in my corner, he’s got great eyes and we changed up the tempo. We decided to come out for the second round a different fighter,” said T.J.
Afterward, Cody and Dillashaw embraced inside the cage, but the love was short-lived, as Garbrandt stated during the post-fight presser that he was still the better fighter of the two and that “Viper” was still not a very good person.
As for how the rest of the team treated Dillashaw backstage, he revealed that only one man from the famed camp took the time to shake his hand, while everyone else seemed bitter about having their dreams utterly destroyed.
“In the back, the one guy who was willing to come up to me and shake my hand was (Team Alpha Male coach) Justin Buchholtz,” Dillashaw said. “All of the other guys still seemed pretty bitter. They put a lot on this. They put their whole legacy of Team Alpha Male behind Cody. They put a lot of pressure on that guy to live up to what they wanted him to be, and I didn’t feel like that was really fair to him either. But they put all of their eggs into Cody, and I smashed them. I smashed their dreams. I smashed who they were, and they’re all bitter about it.”
Perhaps the ring leader of Team Alpha Male can get one back on his former protege.