Former teammates at Team Alpha Male, Dillashaw quickly became public enemy No. 1 for the entire gym after parting ways in 2016 to further train with Duane “Bang” Ludwig. However, it was Garbrandt who played the lead role as Dillashaw’s arch-nemesis during his second title saga.
Two successful wins over Raphael Assuncao and John Lineker secured Dillashaw a title shot after dropping the belt to Dominick Cruz earlier that same year. The champion by that point, Garbrandt had his first challenger set.
With a season of The Ultimate Fighter laid out before the fight, it gave the two plenty of time to let their bad blood boil over, which it certainly did. In the end, Dillashaw got the last laugh, dethroning Garbrandt via second-round TKO before putting him away again in their instant rematch — that time in the opening frame.
Dillashaw has since suffered a setback when challenging for flyweight gold and then testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. This past July, he returned from a two-year suspension to pick up a closely contested split decision win over Cory Sandhagen, seemingly positioning him as the next title challenger for the current champion, Aljamain Sterling. Meanwhile, Garbrandt has had a much tougher stretch results-wise, having lost three of his last four fights since facing Dillashaw.
“He’s a pretty freak athlete,” Dillashaw said on The Schaub Show when discussing Garbrandt’s recent results. “He’s fast. He’s the fastest guy I’ve ever sparred or fought, by far the most speed, but I’m not trying to be a complete a**hole, but he’s not the smartest human being inside that cage. To be able to stay on the top, you’ve got to change who you are and fight to fight to fight, he’s the exact same fighter. He’s a wrestler. He knows how to wrestle. Why not learn some jiu-jitsu and stop relying on your chin and hands because your chin is not there.
“So change up who you are as a fighter, and he’s just not willing to do that. He’s gonna keep his head in the same spot, his hands are gonna be low, and he’s gonna throw hard, fast hooks. So after everyone sees where his weaknesses are at, and his left hand is in his pocket as he throws the right hand, just keep your left hand high and smoke him with the right. I mean, game over. We’ve seen it like five fights in a row.”
Like Dillashaw, Garbrandt too has unsuccessfully tried his hand in the 125-pound weight class. Making his divisional debut in his last outing opposite Kai Kara-France at UFC 269 in Dec. 2021, “No Love” was on the receiving end of yet another first-round stoppage via strikes.
“The guy is dangerous too, but I think Garbrandt is too fast for that s***,” Dillashaw said of Yahya vs. Garbrandt. “Garbrandt’s hard to take down. He’s gonna be too fast, and Yahya’s standup is very pathetic. I mean, 40 fights and no finishes on your feet, but on the ground, he’s a ninja. I just don’t think he’ll get it there. I think Garbrandt is too fast for it.”
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