Cody Garbrandt will fight TJ Dillashaw at UFC 227 for the UFC Bantamweight championship. The last fight between these two saw Dillashaw come out on top and in turn, capture the Bantamweight title from Garbrandt.
While the fight itself was a huge talking point, the build-up also created many headlines as Garbrandt and Dillashaw were involved in some heated exchanges on and off social media platforms. Though the fans are expecting a similar route to the UFC 227 fight, Garbrandt revealed that he has a different game plan altogether.
“For me, I think that from the whole outside looking in, the whole dynamic of it, I’m not gonna relight any of the fires. What’s been said is done you know, that’s a different chapter. I went to the press conference and you know, he and I were s*** talking and I saw him at the press conference and said ‘it looks like you’ve been working on your s*** talking, that’s good.’ I’m just gonna focus on training. He can do that sell those tickets because he’s the champ now, go ahead. For me, it’s a completely different fight, different focus and I’m not going to waste my energy on all the bad blood.” He said. (quotes via MMA Nytt)
The extra motivation
Garbrandt might be focussing on himself but he still remembers the last fight and draws motivation from it. The post-match shenanigans in particular where Dillashaw screamed in the face of Garbrandt will apparently be an extra motivation for the former champion.
“I shook his hand after the fight and told him ‘good job. you got me.’ He then got in my face when I was coming back to and one of his cornermen was flipping me off. It’s cool. When I train I see all that s*** and I know for a fact that if that ref wasn’t there he would never do that and get in my face like that. He’s fake and I stand behind everything that I said in the past, but I’m not going to focus on that. I’m just going to focus on myself and I’m just going back to doing what I do and that’s going out there, performing and then getting my title back.” Garbrandt said.