Cody Garbrandt became the UFC Bantamweight Champion at UFC 207, at the very same event, former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw defeated John Lineker by unanimous decision.
Garbarndt and Dillashaw are no strangers to each other, as they used to train together at Team Alpha Male before Dillashaw left the team. Garbrandt isn’t too fond of his former training partner, a man he has labeled a cancer during his time with Team Alpha Male.
“I don’t mind whoopin’ T.J.’s ass,” Garbrandt said on UFC Unfiltered. “He was a cancer to our team and having what he tried to do - destroy it - to make that s**t personal too. I’ll spare everybody 60 bucks to buy the pay-per-view and put out the video of me knocking his ass out when I was 1-0. 1-0. He wasn’t saying that he made me cry in practice. That motherf**ker never made me cry. I wasn’t the one looking at the ceiling, being on my back looking at the ceiling, knocked out. So he’s just trying to do anything - the guy’s a horrible trash talker. Horrible.”
Garbrandt, who is a part of Team Alpha Make to this day, says he will find a lot of satisfaction in beating his former teammate.
“I would get satisfaction from whoopin’ his ass, that’s for sure,” said Garbrandt. “Just for what he did to the team. He sold out. He’s a sellout. He sold his friends, everybody that got him there. He forgot who got him to where he was at. Saw a little bit of money and f**kin’ ran. Ran away. But there was me always there, the uncrowned champ. I was the uncrowned champ when he was there. He never even won the title because truly, Cruz never lost it. So T.J. really was never a world champion. They use that ‘former world champion,’ Cruz was the world champion, never lost his belt, and I’m the one that went out there and ripped it from him.”
Dillashaw defeated Renan Barao to win the title in 2015, but he lost it in his third defense to Dominick Cruz in January 2016.