Former UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw is a coach on the UFC Ultimate Fighter 25, the other coach is UFC Bantamweight Champion and longtime rival Cody Garbrandt.
The former bantamweight kingpin is happy to be a coach on TUF because it allows him to show the MMA fans his true colors.
“I get to really show the world some true colors,” Dillashaw said on The MMA Hour. “I get to show, you know, what’s really been going down. And it’s kind of nice. I’ve always wanted to coach The Ultimate Fighter, I thought it would be something I’d really enjoy. But, when I got the call and they asked me to coach against Team Alpha Male and Cody Garbrandt, of course, there was a hesitant of thinking, like ‘damn, I don’t really want to deal with all this drama.’ I’ve done everything I possibly can to avoid this drama in my life and now I’m going to put it back in. So, it’s something I’ve been trying to avoid, but ultimately, I knew the best decision was to take the fight and take the show, and show people who I am, and tell my side of the story once again and be done with it.”
Once the season is complete, Dillashaw will challenge Garbrandt for the bantamweight title at UFC 213.
Dillashaw does admit that when he was concerned about how he would be portrayed when TUF 25 began filming.
“When I was on the show, you’re always worried about how you’re going to come off, and so far it’s been portrayed the way it’s really gone down, you know?” Dillashaw said. “So, I mean, there was so much drama and so much going on with the show that they didn’t have to add anything or add a storyline, because it was already there. The drama and the storyline of me and Team Alpha Male and them so worried about me and my life was already there, you know? Their insecurities and them being worried about me created the plotline for The Ultimate Fighter, so, it’s gone the way it went down.”
This coming Wednesday, May 10 is when the next episode of TUF 25 will air and that is going to be on Fox Sports 1.