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Is TJ Dillashaw The Lance Armstrong Of UFC?

When Lance Armstrong said he was “cycling” back in 2005, I was naive enough to think he meant pedaling those skinny-little Lance legs up and down the French mountainside. Turns out he was coming off Erythropoietin (EPO), the red blood cell booster that may have contributed to his wins in the Tour de France.

What does that have to do with mixed marital arts (MMA)?

Well, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has seen its share of EPO in drug test suspensions of Chael Sonnen and Gleison Tibau, among others, and now former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt has another name he’d like to add to the list.

Ostracized teammate and current 135-pound titleholder TJ Dillashaw.

“UFC told me how many excuses you made not to fight me,” Garbrandt revealed on social media. “I’m talking about the March fight and then you said you were hurt, must be all that EPO going to your head! Have a safe camp see you in August!”

Dillashaw ignored the charge and instead accused “No Love” of having no brains. Probably because of dumb moves like this.

Hopefully this score will be settled when they rematch at the upcoming UFC 227 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Aug. 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Dillashaw won their first go-round by way of second round knockout.

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Henry Cejudo Believes Demetrious Johnson Could Easily Defeat T.J. Dillashaw

Former flyweight title challenger Henry Cejudo has weighed in with his thoughts on the outcome of a potential superfight between the current Ultimate Fighting Championship 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson and bantamweight ace T.J. Dillashaw.
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Demetrious Johnson: TJ Dillashaw not on my level in pound-for-pound conversation

Ultimate Fighting championship (UFC) Flyweight champions has had a firm grasp on the No. 1 pound-for-pound ranking for quite some time thanks to his terrorizing reign over the division, which includes 11 straight title defenses.

And as a potential super fight between he and UFC Bantamweight king T.J. Dillashaw gets closer to becoming a reality, “Mighty Mouse” doesn’t even want to hear about “Viper” being close to him in the P4P discussion.

“I think the reason I’m the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world is I beat everyone in my division,” Johnson told ESPN. “He’s had close fights with guys in his division, like Raphael Assuncao. Dominick Cruz beat him. His last fight, against Cody [Garbrandt], he got dropped,” he added.

As it stands, Dillashaw is ranked No. 7 on the list.

”It’s a little different, especially when you’re talking about a bigger guy going down to fight a smaller guy. I think the reason people put that label on me is I’ve beaten every single type of style and skill set that’s come to me. I beat John Dodson twice — TJ lost to Dodson,” said Johnson.

T.J. has been pining for a shot at Johnson’s title after he reclaimed his 135-pound strap by knocking out Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217. If the fight comes to be — which Johnson is very interested in — and if T.J. scores a win, Johnson says no way he should he be considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

Because at the end of the day, it’s all about longevity, says Johnson.

“If he were to beat me, and everyone would say, ‘Oh, he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world!’ and the next thing you know, he gets knocked out in a bantamweight fight, I would say that ‘reign’ would be cheap. It’s not warranted,“ he added.

”The reason I have that label is my longevity as a champion and dominating higher competition. His fight against Cody wasn’t a blowout, they exchanged and his punch landed. It wasn’t like he dominated him in wrestling or jiu-jitsu. That’s my personal opinion.”

Indeed, Johnson — who hasn’t tasted defeat since 2011 in a 135-pound scrap against Dominick Cruz — has had his way with the 125-pound weight class and has made it look effortlessly.

Should he beat the current champion in a weight class above, then his lead in the pound-for-pound race extends even further.

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T.J. Dillashaw lost a lot of respect for Cody Garbrandt, doesn’t deserve rematch after knocking him out at UFC 217

T.J. Dillashaw once again became the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion after knocking out Cody Garbrandt in the second round of their co-main event title fight at last night’s (Sat., Nov. 4, 2017) UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) event in New York City (recap).

Shortly after suffering the first loss of his professional combat career, “No Love” declared he was still the best fighter of the two, saying he would right his wrongs in a rematch. Dillashaw, though, says Cody now has to work his way up for a do-over seeing as how the win was pretty convincing.

“I just finished him in the second round. He doesn’t deserve a rematch,” Dillashaw said Saturday at the UFC 217 post-fight press conference (video replay here) via MMA Fighting. “He’s very new in this sport, he needs to work his way back up. I should’ve gotten a rematch after that (Dominick) Cruz fight (in Jan. 2016), a very close split decision that I thought I won, and I did not get it. It took me a year-and-a-half — well actually, almost two years — to get it. So yeah, I think he’s going to definitely (need to) build himself back up.”

Indeed, T.J. never got an immediate rematch against Dominick Cruz after many felt “Viper” should’ve gotten the nod at UFC Fight Night 81. Instead, the promotion gave Garbrandt the title fight and he defeated “The Dominator” to become the 135-pound king.

Now that T.J. scored a huge win over his former Team Alpha Male Squad in their on-going rivalry, “Viper” says the respect level for “No Love” is there as a fighter. But as a person, T.J. says he lost a lot of respect for his former teammate.

“I respect him as a fighter as well,” Dillashaw said. “I do not appreciate, me or my family — as you can see, my brother got very emotional after the fight — have not appreciated the accusations and just the crap talk, and trying to diminish my name and who I am. So, that’s one that I won’t ever forgive him for. But I do respect him for being a great competitor and I’m sure we’ll see him again. But yeah, he’s lost a lot of my respect. He’s lost all of the respect from my family,” he added.

After the fight, Dillashaw took to the mic to call for a Flyweight title fight against division king Demetrious Johnson. But, Jimmie Rivera or Dominick Cruz could have something to say about that once they do the dance at UFC 219.

“We’ll see what happens with Dominick Cruz and (Jimmie) Rivera (at UFC 219),” Dillashaw said. “That’s a tough fight. I think Cruz has his hands full with that fight,” said T.J. “But Demetrious can’t run from this one. This is too big. He broke his record. He got to pat himself (on the back) and break his record. Now let’s make some money. He’s talking about how he wants those seven-figure fights — well, this is it. Step up, be a man of your word, and let’s get this fight going. He’s a very cerebral fighter. He’s smart, him and his coach, because they know it’s a very tough fight against me,” concluded Dillashaw.

And he may just get his wish, as UFC president Dana White is indeed very interested in setting up a super fight between T.J. and “Mighty Mouse,” giving Garbrandt plenty of time to work his way up the 135-pound ladder.

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Midnight Mania! Garbrandt claims Dillashaw showed Team Alpha Male how to do steroids

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Cody Garbrandt is known for his lethal fists, not his savvy trash talk. Today he may have inadvertently admitted too much while exchanging verbal barbs with TJ Dillashaw at the UFC 217 pre-fight press conference.

Garbrandt: Oh, yeah, the guy’s on everything.

Dillashaw (sarcastically): Yeah, I’m on everything. They test me every day. I’m on everything.

Garbrandt: Funny, you’re the one who showed everyone how to do it on Team Alpha Male.

If true, it means that “everyone” at Team Alpha Male learned how to do steroids from Cody… implying that several fighters at the California-based gym are or have been on steroids. Fighters and insiders often claim “everyone is on steroids”, but admitting your teammates are too, at an official UFC press conference, isn’t exactly the best look.

TJ took to Twitter to respond:

That wasn’t the end of the exchange, of course. TJ and Cody also went back and forth on who got the better of whom in the gym. This may be the exchange that prompted Garbrandt to finally release the footage that shows him dropping Dillashaw in a sparring session.

Here’s that infamous clip, looking like Cody took a video of a computer screen on his phone. It looks a little like that one time Cody got knocked out, before he turned professional in MMA.

This KO was referenced by Dominick Cruz before Garbrandt schooled him in their bout:

Garbrandt claimed his knockdown of Dillashaw would indeed have been a KO in a fight

The memes have already been updated:

“We ain’t talkin’ bout the fight” shoutout @justhere4aday for the idea

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Paulie Malignaggi, who will never ever let it go:

How times have changed indeed.


Insomnia

I can’t wait for this Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas go to war, either. What a treat UFC 217 is.

The icy cold stare of Rose is the perfect foil to the pathological aggression of Joanna.

I can honestly say this does nothing for me.

The Ali Act could change the MMA landscape for the better. Congress has a hearing on it November 9th! Also, it looks like Kajan Johnson needs to charge his phone.

I’ll say it now: Derek Brunson would knock Luke Rockhold out cold.

All time great tweet from the Greatest Tweeter, Tito Ortiz


Quick Hits


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Team Alpha Male’s Lance Palmer with the win over UFC veteran Steven Siler:

Top notch commentary from Bas Rutten

When the clock doesn’t keep track.

Crunchy knees

Spinning shite done right

The classic faceplant KO

“Pitbull” knocks out “Whiteboy” in a battle of classic MMA nicknames

Always a fun spot to find yourself in


Podcasts and Video

Native MMA Mania analyst and TAM insider Andrew Richardson and I preview UFC 217, especially Garbrandt-Dillashaw. At 16:20 we start discussing the knockout footage (before it was released) and Richardson explains why it doesn’t matter.

Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel!

The best trash talk between Bisping and GSP

Andrew Richardson and Andrew Coyne break down Bisping’s wrestling defense:

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Random Land

This was amazing. An employee who was leaving does for 11 minutes what Twitter should have done months ago.

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Video: Cody Garbrandt releases footage of alleged KO of TJ Dillashaw in training ahead of UFC 217

You can add yet another layer of drama in the ongoing rivalry between Ultimate Fighting championship Bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw. Garbrandt had previously teased leaking a video showing him knocking out his former trainer partner during training but never actually showed the footage.

Until now.

“No Love” took to Instagram to leak the video that shows him clipping Dillashaw with a vicious strike that put him down in what is some rather grainy footage.

Satisfied?

Tensions ran high again between the two men earlier today during the UFC 217 press conference (video replay) and Cody once again brought up the knockout.

Apparently, Cody had enough of T.J.’s so-called “lies” after he refuted the claim — as well as denying that he injured Chris Holdsworth during training, an allegation that has since been confirmed by Chris himself — prompting him to publish the video.

On the heels of this revelation, their upcoming title fight at this weekend’s ( Sat. Nov. 4, 2017) UFC 217 event in New York just got a whole lot interesting.

Sorry, Mike.

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UFC 217 Primer: The Garbrandt vs. Dillashaw Countdown Vid

It was an impressive ascension for Cody Garbrandt, with the bantamweight speed demon taking the top slot after utterly dismantling temporary king Dominick Cruz. And man of man was that a dismantling. If you’ll recall, Garbrandt was literally dodging Cruz’s punches and pausing to dance. It’s been almost a year since that performance, and only […]

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Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw Official, Three New Bouts Announced for UFC 217

The rumored Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw bantamweight championship bout is now official for UFC 217.
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Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw Official, Three New Bouts Announced for UFC 217

The rumored Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw bantamweight championship bout is now official for UFC 217.
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Jimmie Rivera Says He Beat Up TJ Dillashaw in Training

It’s been a steady and calculated climb, but finally Jimmie Rivera can claim membership among the elites of the bantamweight division. Unfortunately, nowadays winning isn’t enough to get the big fights – you have to talk a little trash – so that’s what Rivera is doing. After beating Renan Barao, Rivera called out TJ Dillashaw. […]

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