As soon as the rematch between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt was announced for UFC 227 on Aug. 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif., you knew the heated trash talk between the two former training partners would pick right back up.
Though it’s not like it ever really cooled down.
After “Viper” knocked “No Love” out at UFC 217 last November (see it here), he was quick to shut down talks of Cody deserving an immediate rematch, seeing as how it took him a while to get his own chance to reclaim the strap he lost to Dominick Cruz.
According to Cody, Dillashaw has never really had to overcome any real adversity in his privileged life, so anything he says is simply him selling wolf tickets.
“T.J. wants to go in there and talk all kinds of shit saying that I don’t deserve this and that, and he worked two years to get it back. He feels like he’s entitled because he’s been living with a silver spoon, getting spoon fed with that thing,” said Cody during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour.
“He’s never had to overcome any adversity. Hats off to him for being able to come back and get me in the fight, but (we’ll see) come August 4. He can talk all the shit he wants, I’m focused on my book doing well, hopefully it inspires and motivates people around the world.”
Since his loss to Dillashaw, Garbrandt became a father, which he says has helped him become mature and focused, which won’t be good for T.J. come fight night.
“I’m watching my child grow, my family grow, me progress as a fighter. I’ve gained so many strides in my life, more mature, everything. It’s going to be a different fight this time, while he thinks it’s going to be easy,” he added.
“I want him to keep thinking that, like it’s going to be the Barao fight. I will tell you now, I am no Barao and he knows that. He knows I can keep it up from the first round to the fifth round, the way I whooped his ass like that. He is going to be in for a long night.”
And come fight night, Cody says not even his “yes men” are going to be able to save him after setting him up for failure.
“He’s kind of a mental midget, he’s got to have those coaches around him, people like that are ‘yes men’ to fill his head. I’m excited for this fight.”