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T.J. Dillashaw claims he’s going to ‘ruin’ Cody Garbrandt’s career at UFC 227.
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UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw spoke about his rematch with former champion Cody Garbrandt
Last November, after a year-long and very public war of words, Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw finally locked horns at UFC 217 for the UFC bantamweight crown. And after the two former teammates dueled, it was Dillashaw who was the last man standing.
A right hook spelled the beginning of the end for Garbrandt, who was finished by Dillashaw by ground-and-pound in second round. It was first loss of Garbrandt’s professional career. For Dillashaw, the victory secured UFC gold for the second time in his career; the first coming at the expense of Renan Barao in 2014.
In his first run as champion Dillashaw defended the belt twice, once against Joe Soto and once against Barao, before losing the title in a razor-thin split decision to Dominick Cruz in early 2016. The first title defense of his second championship run will be against the man he just beat.
Bloody Elbow caught up with the 135 lb champion to talk about how he was preparing for his clash with Garbrandt, currently scheduled for the main event at August 4th’s UFC 227 in Los Angeles, CA. Asked whether the fact this was a rematch, versus a fight against a fresh opponent, factored into his plans, the champion said, “Nah.”
“The more I can figure out my opponent the better and I’m going to know Cody like the back of my hand. ”
“You kind of prepare the same for every fight,” he said. “You add a few tricks to try and keep your opponents guessing, but that’s about it. I love rematches, though. I’ve always done great in rematches. The more I can figure out my opponent the better and I’m going to know Cody like the back of my hand. It’s going to be a good night for me.”
Dillashaw’s knowledge of Garbrandt extends further back than their fight last year. The pair trained together for years at Team Alpha Male, before Dillashaw moved to Colorado to continue working with former TAM coach Duane Ludwig. When asked if there was a risk of knowing too much about your opponent and whether this could lead to a dangerous surprise, Dillashaw said he didn’t think so.
“You always train for your opponent to be the best possible opponent no matter who it is,” answered Dillashaw. “You obviously look for their strengths and weaknesses. I know the technical difficulties [Garbrandt] has. I know where he’s good, where he’s not. But you always train for the best. You train for everything.”
Even though he is preparing for the best version of Garbrandt possible, Dillashaw said he believed his TKO victory at UFC 217 has to have had an impact on his opponent.
“He knows I’m the better fighter,” chirped Dillashaw. “He’ll pump himself up. He’ll talk; that he’s great, that he’s better, and all this stuff, but he knows. He knows the truth. I’m the better all around fighter. I’m the smarter fighter. And this is a bad situation for him, to go right back into a rematch for the title.”
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