T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt are coaching opposite each other at the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter, and the former teammates’ rivalry will surely be played up to build on their bantamweight title bout. While the former champ in Dillashaw says there’s definitely some “tension” between them, he claims that Garbrandt puts on an act during filming, and behaves completely different behind the scenes.
“Off-camera, not on interviews, things are fine. Things are perfectly fine,” Dillashaw told Submission Radio. “We’re in rooms together and things are nothing, but as soon as the camera’s on and doing interviews, he’s the tough guy because he wants to look cool.
“For him it’s all about looking cool and getting his social media followers up,” he said with a laugh. “It’s a lot of petty stuff. He’s getting his hair lined up and his eyebrows waxed and looking as cool as he possibly can, but really I think it makes him look just kinda dumb, you know, to buy into all that. He really doesn’t have the wits behind him. He can talk, but really it’s just him getting angry. You saw with Cruz as well, he just kinda gets angry and loses it. He really doesn’t have any valid points.”
Garbrandt has been critical of Dillashaw since he left Team Alpha Male, and T.J. says those issues just stem from insecurities.
“I’m not really allowed to talk about how (TUF) goes down, but yeah, there’s definitely tension. What it comes down to is some insecurities that he has and him just being obsessed with me, really,” he said. “I mean, I could care less what he’s doing and they’re just so intrigued by me. I think it comes from some insecurities. And I’ve made the right choices in my life and I’m proud of it.
“He’s just worried about what I’m doing. Why is another grown man worried about how I live my life? I was never close with him, I was never friends with him and he’s just obsessed with what I’m doing and how I’m living and what’s going on in my life. I don’t question anything of what he’s got going on cause that’s him. I could care less. You know, I just kind of feel like they’re just obsessed with what I’ve got going on.”
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