It looks like things are going to get physical between new bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter: “Redemption.”
A screenshot taken from a new promotional video for the 25th season of the UFC reality show that aired during UFC 209 seems to display Garbrandt grabbing Dillashaw violently by the neck, pushing him backwards. Just to add a little extra flavor to the image, Julian Lane of "Let me bang, bro!" fame can be seen in the background smiling.
Who knows what led up to the altercation, but Dillashaw has been persona non grata over at Garbrandt's Team Alpha Male camp since leaving with striking coach Duane Ludwig to start Elevation Fight Team back at the end of 2015. For several months Dillashaw tried to play off the split as amicable, but as time went on more Team Alpha Male fighters spoke out dissing the former bantamweight champion. Cody went so far as to call TJ a snake and a cancer and claimed he had video footage showing him knocking Dillashaw out during training.
It's all rather unusual behavior from a camp that is typically known for its shirts off bro love environment, fostered by team leader Urijah Faber. Some even suspected it might all be part of a fake feud designed to sell wolf tickets. We’ll let you decide whether Garbrandt throttling Dillashaw on The Ultimate Fighter is just the latest part of this well executed conspiracy.
Season 25 of The Ultimate Fighter is dubbed "Redemption" and features Garbrandt and Dillashaw as coaches and an interesting cast of former TUF contestants seeking a second chance in the UFC. Standout fighters include Joe Stevenson, Jesse Taylor, James Krause, and Ramsey Nijem. It premieres on April 19th on FOX Sports 1.
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