Former UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw was the first member of Team Alpha Male to win a championship in the UFC.
Dillashaw is no longer the champion or a part of Team Alpha Male, but he believes that it’s Team Alpha Male leader Urijah Faber’s fault that there’s still a problem between himself and the remaining members of the unit.
“Cody should have no involvement in this at all,” Dillashaw said at the TUF 25 media day. “He was coming in, I was on my way out, for the most part. We were never friends. It wasn’t like I did anything to dishonor him or whatever. I think it’s more Urijah pumping these guys up and continuing to push this trash and build this team, which is money in his pocket. Every guy that fights from there pays him. I think it’s him being the mastermind behind this whole thing.”
Dillashaw will be coaching opposite current UFC Bantamweight Champion Cody Garbrandt at UFC Ultimate Fighter 25. Once the season concludes, Dillashaw and Garbrandt will collide for the gold, but Dillashaw knows he needs to maintain his cool for now.
“I gotta stay cool, calm and collected,” Dillashaw said. “Really, [Garbrandt is] just gonna make himself look like an ass. He’s looking so hard for a fight. He goes out of his way to be a dick, really. He has to choose which one — either be a nice guy or be a complete jerk. He’s like hot headed. He’s not smart enough to put some sentences together to try to tell you what you’re doing, rather he’ll just try to fight you. It gets aggravating and annoying. Just gotta keep your cool and stay professional. I’m a professional athlete. I got hired to do this job as a coach and I’m gonna hold myself this way, lead by example.”
UFC Ultimate Fighter 25 airs on Fox Sports 1, starting on April 9 and the final will be taking place this July.