The new season of The Ultimate Fighter recently aired and it produced some extremely entertaining and explosive moments. TUF 25 Redemption, features bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw as opposing coaches who try and guide their team of former TUF fighters to a shot at fighting in the UFC.
The first thing that hits you about the new season of TUF is the animosity that the two coaches have for each other and how aggressive they are around each other. Dillashaw who was a former training partner of Garbrandt’s, left Team Alpha Male to go and train with Duane Ludwig creating a feeling of betrayal among the Alpha Male faithful who now refer to Dillashaw as a “snake”.
After a heated argument on the show, Garbrandt and Dillashaw got face to face before tensions boiled over and Garbrandt grabbed Dillashaw by the throat and pushed him back. There were some words exchanged between the two fighters before they composed themselves and continued on with the show but the level of tension has not and I think will not decrease until they fight each other.
Speaking on Fox Sport’s TUF Talk, Garbrandt explained his side of the story:
What happened was that Gilbert [Smith] and Seth [Baczynski] got into it,” explained Garbrandt. “Gilbert was in his team room with T.J. and his team, and and Seth was in the other room by himself, and that’s what happened. Now, they were talking crap about Seth, and Seth confronted them and said, ‘hey, I’m not disrespecting you guys, you guys don’t have to talk bad about me, we’re going to fight,’ and Gilbert ended up coming to our training session, so I was pretty upset about that. He [Gilbert] want back into the room and told T.J., ‘watch this fighter,’ and this was our training session, so that kind of unfolded with the walk out to do the face-off for the weigh-ins.
“Me and T.J. had a couple of words back-and-fourth, so I just let him know what he is fake, that he’s got these guys portraying something that they’re not and that he’s the fakes person on this show. And he came back with the, ‘you’re fake’ and said it to my face, so I grabbed him by his throat. That’s the only way to handle a snake, go out there and grab them by the throat.”
Dillashaw believes that Garbrandt is only acting up in front of the cameras and believes that “Cody found whatever reason he could to create even more drama.”
“The whole thing got blown out of proportion for no reason,” Dillashaw explained. “Cody found whatever reason he could to create even more drama. I think that guy likes that insecurity and just that anger to fight someone, he wants it.
“He’s coming at me, but he’s only doing it when everyone’s there and it will get split up in a second. He doesn’t have the words to come back and put things together and do it on the spot. All he can do is lash out physically.”
The two Bantamweights will finally come face to face inside the octagon at UFC 213 on July the 8th where they can settle this feud inside the octagon.