Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight kingpin Cody Garbrandt was forced to withdraw from his first 135-pound title defense, previously scheduled for the upcoming UFC 213 pay-per-view (PPV) event in July.
“No Love” was suffering from a debilitating back injury, severe enough to cancel his T.J. Dillashaw grudge match, which the promotion used as a backdrop for The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 25 on FOX Sports 1.
But Dillashaw is not convinced the injury was severe enough to pull out.
“I’ve seen him drunk and wrestling around with his buddies while his back is supposedly hurt doing rehab,” Dillashaw told Fight Society (via MMA Fighting). “There’s some posts that I got tagged in or got sent to me when I woke up one morning, of him getting all drunk with his buddies and him getting into a full blown wrestling match on the ground with Danny Castillo. It’s kind of crazy.”
“If it was hurting you to walk, and you couldn’t take the title fight, then you should probably be doing some rehab,” he added.
Garbrandt has been flying around the world for various back treatments.
That left Dillashaw with nowhere to go but down, but unfortunately for the former Team Alpha Male standout, there was no champion to be found there, either, after Demetrious Johnson declined his invitation to bang.
Maybe it’s time to jump up to featherweight?