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5 Biggest public disputes between MMA fighters and their training camps

Johny Payne
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 17:33 IST

#4 TJ Dillashaw and Team Alpha Male (TAM)

TJ Dillashaw (right) has been involved in a long-running saga outside the Octagon with TAM
TJ Dillashaw (right) has been involved in a long-running saga outside the Octagon with TAM

TJ Dillashaw is the reigning UFC Bantamweight Champion of the world--a title he won against former pound-for-pound great Renan Barao in 2014, defended against Joe Soto in '14 and Barao in a rematch in 2015.

Dillashaw lost the title in a razor-close decision to Dominick Cruz in January of 2016, only to find his way back into title-contention with a couple of wins over Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker. Meanwhile, Cruz dropped the title to Cody Garbrandt in a one-sided decision loss--following which, Dillashaw knocked out Garbrandt at UFC 217 last year.

Dillashaw knocked Garbrandt out once again at UFC 227 earlier this year, however, what's fascinating is that the two bitter rivals were once team-mates. Both fighters trained at Team Alpha Male (TAM)--a gym helmed by UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber--only for Faber to ban Dillashaw from the gym in 2015.

Apparently, several heated exchanges on social media as well as confessions on the JRE podcast by both parties have revealed that after Dillashaw and his head coach Duane "Bang" Ludwig parted ways with TAM to train in Colorado, Dillashaw paid little to no heed to his team back at TAM in California.

Furthermore, Faber and Garbrandt alleged that Dillashaw ended the career of TAM fighter and sparring partner Chris Holdsworth by delivering a knee strike to the latter while he was down and not expecting it.

Faber and Garbrandt also claimed that Dillashaw, in general, chose to go unnecessarily hard in sparring sessions--even against relatively inexperienced opponents. Dillashaw, on the other hand, has taken shots at TAM--asserting that fighters from the gym will never evolve in today's MMA landscape.

Published 03 Sep 2018, 01:34 IST
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