The video we’ve all been waiting for is finally here…
The story behind Cody Garbrandt and TJ Dillashaw’s rivalry is a big one, to say the least. Formerly close training partners at Team Alpha Male, a well publicised rift was started when Dillashaw left TAM.
When all this went down, Urijah Faber was still fighting, and had helped ‘The Viper’ win UFC gold against Renan Barao. After his May 2014 title win, Dillashaw would go on to defend the title twice, before relinquishing the belt to Dominick Cruz.
During his title reign, in fact before his first defense, Dillashaw left for Colorado, taking head coach Duane Ludwig with him.
Dillashaw’s Rivalry With TAM
Fuelled by Faber’s beef with Dillashaw, social media exploded, blasting ‘The Viper’ as a ‘snake in the grass.’ Once he’d lost the belt to Cruz, the rivalry died down, but only temporarily.
The new hot prospect from Alpha Male was Cody Garbrandt, and he clowned Cruz at UFC 207 to win the title formerly held by Dillashaw.
Here’s where it got interesting.
Garbrandt’s Assault On TJ
Using his new found fame, ‘No Love’ went after Dillashaw for abandoning Team Alpha Male. Naturally TJ wasn’t taking these verbal barbs lying down, and so an intense rivalry was formed.
Now coaching opposite each other on TUF 25: Redemption, the two will get their chance to throw down at UFC 214 in New York. One image of what appeared to be an on-set fight surfaced some months ago, sending fans in to a frenzy.
Now, the video has emerged of that crazy moment, check it out:
OK…This Is Gonna Be Good
TUF 25 started last night with a bang, here’s the cast:
Seth Baczynski – 20-14, 35, Gilbert, Ariz.
Julian Lane – 11-6, 29, Mansfield, Ohio
Mehdi Baghdad – 11-5, 31, Los Angeles, Calif.
Dhiego Lima – 12-5, 28, Dacula, Ga.
Justin Edwards – 9-5, 34, Bellefontaine, Ohio
Ramsey Nijem – 9-6, 28, Salt Lake City, Utah
Tom Gallicchio – 19-9, 30, Temecula, Calif.
Gilbert Smith – 12-6, 35, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Eddie Gordon – 8-4, 33, Freeport, N.Y.
Joe Stevenson – 33-16, 34, Victorville, Calif.
Hayder Hassan – 6-3, 34, Coconut Creek, Fla.
Jesse Taylor – 30-15, 34, Temecula, Calif.
James Krause – 23-7, 30, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Hector Urbina – 17-10, 29, Coconut Creek, Calif.