The struggle between TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt was. Although it lasted less than eight minutes, everybody who watched it knew the rematch was coming sooner rather than later. Dillashaw, who won the first bout through TKO, started as a -125 favorite with Garbrandt coming back at -105 for their rematch in UFC 227.
Bad blood between former teammates
For some background to the animosity between the two fighters, Garbrandt and Dillashaw used to train at the same gym, Team Alpha Male. Dillashaw left the gym to train with Elevation Fight Team. That split was amicable and tensions between both sides have been high ever since.
Breaking vs garbrandt down Dillashaw, who has won seven of the last eight fights, mixes an superb mixture of aggression and footwork to completely conquer his opponent in the striking game. TJ is also an accomplished wrestler at the high school and college level.
Garbrandt, who had been undefeated before his reduction to Dillashaw, is experienced beyond his years, since the Ohioan was a state wrestling champion in high school and also an accomplished amateur fighter. You can really see the boxing acumen, as he’s a patient counterpuncher who throws every attack with fight-ending intentions.