Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion, Cody Garbrandt, was no doubt anticipating a slew of media questions this week as he gears up for his TJ Dillashaw rematch in the UFC 227 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, taking place this Sat. night (Aug. 4, 2018) inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Though I’m sure he was expecting said questions to be about his championship title fight, not some offensive tweets he made back in 2012. But, this is the new world we live in, where people target a celebrity and start digging through their social media history to extract any sort of impropriety.
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“That was when I was a teenager,” the ex-champ told the combat sports media.
Garbrandt, 27, was actually 21 at the time.
“It’s lyrics,” Garbrandt said (via MMA Junkie). “I grew up hanging out with blacks, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, selling drugs. That’s a street word we would always say. It wasn’t like I was using derogatory words toward anyone. That’s how we grew up. It was kind of normal. That’s it. It’s a learning experience for a lot of people to not use that word in this day an age.”
It doesn’t seem like “No Love” will be spending much time perseverating on his old tweets, as Dillashaw is going to try to take his head off when the cage door closes this weekend in the “City of Angels.”
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