UFC 227 or the night of the rematches features a heated rivalry as bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw takes on Cody ‘No Love’ Garbrandt on August 4.
The duo met for the first time at UFC 217 in November last year at the historic Madison Square Garden. Garbrandt hurt Dillashaw in the final seconds of the first round which put Dillashaw on wobbly legs. However Dillashaw bounced back in the second round with a mighty head kick putting Garbrandt on the canvas before a vicious lead hook to dethrone Garbrandt.
However their rivalry has a history further back. The duo trained for four years before Dillashaw moved to work with former Team Alpha Male coach Duane Ludwig. This created a feeling of betrayal further leading to animosity.
Dillashaw believes Garbrandt will not only carry the thoughts of his past defeat but also the emotions of their beef which will lead to further problems for the challenger.
“I’m going to ruin his career,” said Dillashaw, while switching his convivial tone to one that was dead serious. “I’m going to ruin his career at this weight class. He’s already getting his second shot, he should of worried about getting better, but I don’t know if he really can. I don’t know if he’s that smart of a fighter, but I plan on ruining his career at 135.”
“This sport’s crazy, obviously anything can happen,” continued Dillashaw, with more levity. “You’ve always got to be ready for it and be nervous for that fight, but he doesn’t have a chance. I’ll be ready for anything he can bring to the table. You’ve always got to expect the toughest fight, but he doesn’t have a chance.”