Early footage was released from the upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption” and it looks to be utterly chaotic.
“TUF 25” features a cast of 14 fighters who have either competed in the UFC or on the long-running reality series as they get a shot at “redemption” inside the octagon. It features a coaching showdown between UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and former titleholder T.J. Dillashaw.
Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) have a tenuous history after being teammates for several years at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Calif. Dillashaw unceremoniously left the gym to train with striking coach Duane Ludwig in Colorado, and the disdain with former teammates such as Garbrandt and Urijah Faber has grown thicker ever since.
With just snippets of footage from the first official “TUF 25” preview, it’s clear the tension between coaches boils over at least once. There’s a scene where Garbrandt clearly grabs Dillashaw around the neck with his right hand and pushes him backward, which would be one of the more unpleasant acts between coaches on the show short of the all-out brawl between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva on an edition of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.”
Garbrandt and Dillashaw will face off for the 135-pound belt at the conclusion of the season. Though the exact date and location are still unknown.
Watch the video above to see the “TUF 25” preview ahead of the April 19 season debut on FS1.
Credit to MMA Junkie.