Garbrandt gets pep talks from Kobe, Tyson before UFC fight

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Former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw will try to recapture what was once his when he faces champion Cody Garbrandt in the UFC 217 co-main event on Saturday. But Dillashaw, referencing criticism of his chin made by Garbrandt at Thursday's news conference, had the last laugh. "This isn't the end of Cody Garbrandt", he said. Dillashaw tried to get inside, but was met with a left hook. Garbrandt swarmed for the finish, but time was up, and Dillashaw stumbled to his feet before regrouping in the corner. "But I'm the better fighter in there and I'll show that in the rematch".

Victor: T.J. Dillashaw, TKO, round 2. "Still, I feel and think he's a piece of (expletive) teammate". Dillashaw left Garbrandt's Alpha Male training camp and has feuded with the members of Alpha Male since. He's still not a good person, but I respect him as a fighter.

The bantamweight champion admits that if he were to fight at flyweight, dropping the ten pounds would require a lifestyle change. It was a testament to Garbrandt's blazing hand speed and punching power.

Dillashaw with a head kick and it briefly drops the champion, though he gets right back up and manages to get away as Dillashaw looks for more offense. There's a lot of people calling me out when I'm the champion, just because I have a little setback - I'm still here, I'm still hungry. "I was still there the whole time". "I'm getting that belt at 125".

TJ Dillashaw has returned to sit atop the UFC's bantamweight throne.

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"Demetrious Johnson - I'm coming for you", Dillashaw added. I kept my diet since 'The Ultimate Fighter.' I've been on a new diet with a new strength and conditioning coach, and he keeps the muscle on me, because that's what I need. "You got that record and it's fake".

California native Dillashaw reclaimed the belt he lost to Dominick Cruz in January 2016 earlier this morning in the main event of UFC 217, which took place at Madison Square Garden in NY.

"I don't", he said.

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