Chris Holdsworth Claims T.J. Dillashaw Was Too Aggressive in Training, Concussed Him With Illegal Knee
By FCF Staff
Cody Garbrandt and Urijah Faber have accused former teammate T.J. Dillashaw of injuring sparring partners in the past, and now another member of Team Alpha Male has done the same.
The accusations initially started after Dillashaw’s well documented split from the Sacramento team. Dillashaw, however, has denied the claims.
During the latest episode of “The MMA Hour”, Chris Holdsworth was asked to comment on recent statements from Faber, who said Dillashaw injured the fighter with an illegal knee. Holdsworth said the following (quote via MMA Fighting):
“T.J. has always been a great fighter, he’s a great athlete, but he’s always had, I don’t know, some type of competitive feud with me ever since I came to the team. I don’t know if it was because of envy or jealousy or whatever it was, but I just kinda always brushed it off as him being competitive and being, just, ultra-aggressive. I was always up for the fight, but there was multiple occasions where T.J. got a little bit too aggressive, he went overboard in training. He’s kneeing you while we’re boxing. He’s throwing elbows while we’re doing jiu-jitsu. And I remember that instance that’s out in the public — yeah, it’s definitely true.
“I shot in on T.J. and I was on all fours, he was sprawled out and he kneed me on top of the head. And that was before The Ultimate Fighter. I remember I was kinda jarred up and everyone was watching, and I took like 30 seconds off and I kept going, I kept going through the rounds and I finished practice. But after that practice, I was concussed, and that was my first concussion. And it just kinda kept happening from there.”
Holdsworth, who hasn’t fought since 2014, also accused Dillashaw of using “special supplements”. But when pressed to confirm whether he was talking about performance enhancing drugs, the TAM coach wouldn’t say. Holdsworth only told host Ariel Helwani to “put two and two together”.
Dillashaw is scheduled to fight Garbrandt this Saturday at UFC 217.