The two men have been interlocked in this feud for well over a year now, dating back to December 2016 when they both reigned supreme at UFC 207. From that night onwards it seemed almost certain that they’d throw down at some point in the near future, and whilst it’s almost taken twelve months to get it done, we’ve finally arrived at the final countdown.
On one hand you’ve got the clean cut newcomer in the form of Garbrandt, who is looking to expand upon his decisive title victory over Dominick Cruz at the back end of 2016. Then, you’ve got former champion TJ Dillashaw, who knows full well that he has the abilities necessary to reclaim his most prized possession.
But we all know that isn’t the main story at hand here. The main story rests with the fact that these two men once trained together with Team Alpha Male, right up until Dillashaw decided to abandon ship and take comfort in the arms of Duane Ludwig.
It was a decision that surprised many (excluding Conor McGregor), and whilst we can understand both sides of the argument, we aren’t going to pretend like it hasn’t made for enjoyable viewing.
In particular, the most recent season of The Ultimate Fighter was bolstered greatly by the fact that Cody and TJ were coaching opposite one another. Sure, some of their scuffles seemed a little bit contrived and childish, but at the end of the day that’s the kind of thing that is going to sell a pay per view.
According to Paddy Power, Garbrandt is far and away considered to be the favourite with odds of 8/13. On the other hand, the former king of the division Dillashaw is at 6/5 – which many will consider to be a bargain.
Whatever happens next weekend we can all but guarantee that these two will meet again somewhere down the line, because let’s face it, this rivalry is just too good to finish after just one showdown. Of course there’s always the third wheel of Dominick Cruz looming in the background, with the likes of Jimmie Rivera and Aljamain Sterling also lurking not too far behind.