Reigning UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw has been at the center of a heated debate this week. Against all expectations, Dillashaw decided to leave his longtime training partners at Team Alpha Male to train in Colorado full-time.
Naturally, Dillashaw’s decision created two sides: those who thought he was making a wise decision, and those who felt he was being selfish for turning his back on the talented fighters who groomed him into the champion he is today.
Former UFC middleweight contender Brian Stann is part of the former. He said on Sirius XM Fight Club (h/t BloodyElbow):
“I think that T.J.’s making the right decision, and here’s why: First and foremost in this sport you’ve got to be selfish. It is something that held me back a little bit in my career and at the end of the day this is about how much money you can make over the longest period of time you can do it. If T.J. Dillashaw feels like that is the better environment for him to go to and make as much money as he can and maximizes opportunities then he’s got to do it, whether it hurts some friend’s feelings or not. His family and paying his bills to take care of his family come first, ahead of all else.”
Dillashaw will showcase what skills came from his decision on Jan. 17, 2016, when he takes on former champion Dominick Cruz in a highly anticipated bout at the TD Garden in Boston.