At UFC 227, T.J. Dillashaw proved that his knock-out victory over bitter-rival Cody Garbrandt earlier at UFC 217 was not a fluke. He again knocked-out Garbrandt and this time in the very first round. Some people were shocked by the fact that the UFC gave Garbrandt an immediate rematch, while previous champions like Dillashaw and Cruz had to wait in line. However, in lights of his recent knockout loss, Cody has also been dealing with a lot of negativity from MMA fans as he failed to deliver and live up to his trash talk.
According to teammate and mentor Urijah Faber, Garbrandt continues to train and spend time with his family but has seemingly chosen to avoid the negativity and hate from fans.
“Cody is enjoying being a family man right now. He was in the gym the other day and he was in good spirits. I know he’s been working out still,” Faber told MMA Fighting.
“This is a mean world, and everyone likes to jump in and kick people when they’re down. Cody is someone who wears his heart on his sleeve, there’s no pretenses with him. I don’t know if that has something to do with it, if it was negativity he was paying attention to.”
Faber adds that Garbrandt is still figuring out what he plans to do next, as far as his career goes.
“I spent some time with Cody directly after the fight. And I wasn’t necessarily the one that was in the corner for him for that fight, I’ve got some great perspectives for him, I said I’ve been in this a real long time I’ve got some good perspective for you, so, he seems open to that, we’re going to have a conversation about his path forward yet but it just hasn’t happened yet.”