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Cody Garbrandt Defends Urijah Faber’s Decision to Close TAM Doors on TJ Dillashaw

Kelsey Mowatt

Cody Garbrandt

Recently Urijah Faber relayed that TJ Dillashaw will not be welcome to train with Team Alpha Male moving forward, and the gym’s Cody Garbrandt clearly agrees with the decision.

After Dillashaw announced he is leaving TAM to go train with the Elevation Fight Team in Colorado, the UFC bantamweight champ expressed an interest in training at the Sacramento gym in the future. Faber, however, quickly punted that idea, as the TAM founder argued that it “doesn’t make sense” for Dillashaw to train at the gym. Faber also accused the champion of hurting people in practice.

Garbrandt recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and during the segment, the rising bantamweight had this to say about Dillashaw (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“I talked to TJ before, and I said, ‘I wish you nothing but the best, but when and if we come down to fight, I’m going to look forward to it,'” Garbrandt said. “You’re the world champion. You have what we all want…We’re going to be fighting each other. There are possible matchups, (so) why would you be in here watching and working with each other when you’ve already announced that you’re leaving and going to Denver and you have your coach out there?”

No one should be shocked to hear Garbrandt say this, particularly since he also competes at 135, and wants Dillashaw’s belt. Garbrandt is widely considered to be one of the UFC’s top bantamweight prospects, but he has some work to do yet, before facing Dillashaw is a possibility. But, now we’ve had two TAM members say they’d fight Dillashaw–the other being Faber.

Garbrandt¬†has gone 2-0 since arriving in the UFC, and is coming off a decision win over Henry Brione at UFC 189. The accomplished striker isn’t currently ranked in the top 15 at 135.

Dillashaw, meanwhile, is scheduled to fight former champ Dominick Cruz on January 17th.

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