Former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw got a lot of flack for leaving Team Alpha Male in 2015, which is owned by fellow UFC fighter Urijah Faber, for a more lucrative contract to train at Team Elevation in Colorado. For fighters, the gym fees to train at that said gym can be costly. For a UFC champion one would think it would not be, but in fact, it is. Some think that he made the smart and business savvy decision while some disagree with that theory and think he should have stayed at the gym that transformed him into a champion.
Welterweight MMA fighter Adam Corrigan, who trains at Team Alpha Male, spoke with Bloody Elbow and went off on Dillashaw.
“T.J. was probably one of the worst training partners of all time, no matter who you were,” he said. “We have a lot of kids that are 18, 20 years old — they love MMA and just want to train with a teammate. They pay for it, and it’s the experience. You also get some serious fighters that come and train.
“[Dillashaw] would spar with the kids that were there just to have fun and learn and be part of an experience. And he would beat the living sh-t out of them — like, till they’re crying on the mat. And I’m like, ‘What the f-ck are you doing man, just chill out. These aren’t the people to be beating up on right now.’ That’s just the person he was.”
Corrigan explained that Dillashaw just wanted to train with Ludwig and picked what he did and didn’t do while training.
“T.J. wanted to train with [former Team Alpha Male head coach] Duane [Ludwig],” he said. “They have a really good relationship. Very tight, very good, they understand each other. The same kind of psychotic brain, ‘Who cares about the world? Let’s focus on each other,’ type of thing. Having him gone, I didn’t really care. I got along with him as a mate but it didn’t really bother me or hurt me at all. He left and I was like, ‘Cool.’ It’s better for the younger guys at the gym because they’re not getting concussed every weekend.”
“If he had done it the right way, T.J. would probably still be in the good books with us,” Corrigan said. “But he lied about it for a long time. He said, ‘No, I’m not doing this, no, I’m not doing this.’ It was pretty tough because the team was like, ‘Hold on a second, you’re kind of just stabbing us in the back.’ He just lied about it.
Corrigan believes that Dillashaw made a mistake by leaving the gym just because of money.
“And that’s the thing. He should’ve just said, ‘Hey, this is what I’ve been offered, they offered me to do this, and offered me to do that.’ I think MusclePharm offered him $60,000 a year to train,” he said. “In the long-term of things, that’s not a lot of money. You’re sacrificing all the training partners you’ve got — all the top guys in the world — to train with a bunch of guys you don’t know. And you don’t know if they’re going to push you or not.”
You can listen to the entire interview here: