Soon after beating his former Team Alpha Male teammate in the octagon, T.J. Dillashaw was in no mood to talk about another bout with Cody Garbrandt.
“I just finished him in the second round. He doesn’t deserve a rematch,” Dillashaw said after the fight on Nov. 4, 2017, according to MMAFighting.com. “He’s very new in this sport. He needs to work his way back up."
He repeated the sentiment to ESPN's Brett Okamoto in February.
Seems that mood has changed.
A rematch with the bantamweight title at stake will take place during UFC 227, ESPN reports. The match, scheduled for Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, is expected to be announced by UFC this week.
The first match was held during UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Dillashaw (15-3) won the title for the second time after defeating Garbrandt (11-1), who took the belt from Dominic Cruz in 2016.
Despite the loss to Dillashaw, Garbrandt's confidence wasn't shaken.
“I still am the better fighter out there,” Garbrandt told The Associated Press after the fight. “I'll show that in the rematch.”
Dillashaw, an Angels Camp native, and Garbrandt used to train for Sacramento's Team Alpha Male at the same time, but when Dillashaw left for Denver in 2015, it led to some bad blood.
“It’s been a real rivalry ever since T.J. left,” Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber told The Bee's Ailene Voisin leading up to the UFC 217 match. “Him leaving is one thing. But the way he left, and the things he said, rubbed a lot of our guys the wrong way.”
Dillashaw will defend his title while Garbrandt looks to avenge his only UFC loss.