T.J. Dillashaw says UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt hasn’t released the footage of his gym KO because it never happened.
Last month, newly-crowned UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt teased at releasing video footage of a knockout he scored over T.J. Dillashaw at Team Alpha Male (TAM).
‘No Love’ says he knocked out Dillashaw in sparring practice when he was just 1-0 as a professional fighter, but his former training partner says it never happened.
Dillashaw, who left the Team Alpha Male squad in 2015, says Garbrandt won’t be releasing any knockout footage because it doesn’t exist.
“He keeps talking, he has footage on it,” Dillashaw told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, per MMA Fighting’s Dave Doyle. “I think that’s hilarious because he’s digging himself a hole. If you’ve got footage on it, put it out. It has not happened. If he does, put it out there, because it didn’t happen.”
Although Dillashaw acknowledges that Garbrandt has serious power and says they went at it in training, the 31-year-old asserts that he was never knocked out.
“We’ve definitely thrown down,” Dillashaw said. “Don’t get me wrong, Cody is a tough kid. It’s funny for him to talk about how he’s knocked me out before. The closest I’ve been to being knocked out is in the John Dodson fight when he clipped me.”
Dillashaw, who now trains out of Colorado’s Elevation Fight Team, lost the 135-pound title to Dominick Cruz last year but is still considered one of the best bantamweights in the world. The California-born fighter rebounded with two straight wins over Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker and is slated to challenge Garbrandt in the second half of 2017.
Dillashaw once again reaffirmed that he doesn’t recall any knockout in training, and challenged the 25-year-old Garbrandt to release whatever footage he has.
“Put it out there,” Dillashaw said. “And if it did [happen], I must not remember it because I got knocked out. It didn’t happen.”
The two bantamweight rivals are currently coaching opposite each other on The Ultimate Fighter 25, with the season debut expected to broadcast April 19 on FOX Sports 1.