T.J. Dillashaw is moving on to a new chapter in his career. | Photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com
UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw on Tuesday announced that he has left his longtime home at Team Alpha Male.
Dillashaw confirmed his departure in a statement to MMAFighting.com following a report from Brazilian outlet Globo.com that the 135-pound ace will spend his next training camp with Denver’s Elevation Fight Team.
“In regards to my upcoming fight camp, I will be doing my training in Colorado,” Dillashaw told the site. “The last six years at Team Alpha Male have been irreplaceable and my brothers there will forever be family to me... I will be spending my next full training camp with Elevation Fight Team as they’ve offered me an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up, with an incredible coaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities.”
The 29-year-old has been part of Team Alpha Male since the start of his MMA career, when he was recruited by Urijah Faber to join the gym after wrestling at Cal State Fullerton. Dillashaw spent portions of his previous two camps in Colorado, working in part with former Team Alpha Male head coach Duane Ludwig, who has feuded with Faber and other members of the team since departing in 2014 to start his own gym, Bang Muay Thai.
Dillashaw is set to defend his belt against former champion Dominick Cruz on Jan. 17 in Boston.