“He Knows His Dad Was a Cheater”- Cody Garbrandt Gets Personal With T.J. Dillashaw

Published 06/10/2020, 6:29 AM EDT


Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw have a lot of history between them – both personal and professional. After a successful return at UFC 250, Garbrandt laid out his plans for the future. The former champ Cody is not chiding away from a trilogy against his former teammate.

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Grabrandt knocked out Raphael Assuncao in the second round of their fight last weekend. The win marked his successful return to the Octagon after fifteen months. Moreover, he snapped a three-fight losing skid. Garbrandt had earlier planned to move to Flyweight after his fight with Assuncao. However, it seems that he has changed his mind. He is now willing to stay at Bantamweight and fight for the belt.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 06: (R-L) Cody Garbrandt punches Raphael Assuncao of Brazil in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 250 event at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Both Cody and T.J. were former training partners at Team Alpha Male. Following a rather ugly split, Dillashaw left the team. He and Cody have had two fights so far. Dillashaw turned out on top both the times. However, his legacy was later tarnished when he tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO). Subsequently, he is serving a two-year suspension handed out by USADA.

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Dillashaw will be eligible for a return to the Octagon in January 2020. Meanwhile, Petr Yan and Jose Aldo will fight for the title next month. The winner will face Aljamain Sterling. Hence, Garbrandt will have to wait for a while to get the title shot. Therefore, a fight with Dillashaw makes a lot of sense for him.

Cody Garbrandt says he felt bad for T.J. Dillashaw

“That’s a fight I’d like to get back,” Garbrandt said at the UFC 250 post-fight press conference. “We all knew what he was on. We all knew what he was doing. It took so many times for him to skate by USADA unfortunately. But, you know, he’s serving his sentence. He’s gonna always have to live with that for the rest of his life. He has a child that has eyes on him, that knows his dad was a cheater.”

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(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Garbrandt and Dillashaw met for the first time in November 2017 at UFC 217. Dillashaw knocked out Cody in the second round. The two met again in 2018. However, the outcome was the same this time around as well. Things were about to get much worse for Dillashaw who would fail both his pre-fight and post-fight drug tests in the fight against Henry Cejudo.

Garbrandt slammed Dillashaw for not having confidence in his abilities.

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“The whole world looked up to him, a lot of young kids. It’s sad,” Garbrandt said. “I kind of feel bad for the guy. He has no confidence, that he has to use those kinds of aids to be a fighter. We’ll see. I’m gonna be at the world championship, I’m gonna be at the top, so if he works his way back up there, open door. Let’s get it.”

Who do you think will emerge as the winner in the trilogy between Dillashaw and Garbrandt?

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Rishabh Singh

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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