Former Team Alpha Male Head Coach Justin Buchholz discusses the UFC 227 headliner between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt. Courtesy of Slip’n Dip Podcast
“I feel like Cody…to reach the level that he was when he won the belt…he was the best martial artist on the planet then because of the amount of training and work he did and it showed in his performance,” said Buchholz. “I feel like he hasn’t been able to reach that level again. I feel like he has all the talent. T.J. doesn’t have his number at all, but with proper training it’s anyone’s game.”
“In the fight last night, he just hit him with a right hand. He just rolled with the right and came back with the right. He did a lot of boxing for this fight and he was prepared for that inside fight range. He knew when Cody was throwing hard he would be exposed and he was right, it was pretty masterful game plan.
“I feel like Cody Garbrandt properly conditioned is…because the hands down are something he got away with for a long time because of his speed and his reflexes. I feel like that’s based a lot on conditioning as well. To be able to know where you’re heads at and to be able to have reflexes the more tired you get. I think the defensive thing is a technical issue for sure, but it’s also a training issue; a cardio issue.”
At the time Buchholz was Head Coach at TAM it was one of the camps most successful runs after coming out of a bad spell at the time where Duane Ludwig had departed the team, following that Martin Kampmann took over and left soon after.
Buchholz has previously spoken to MMAFighting about what the situation was like when he took over at TAM.
“When I was in charge of the program, from the beginning of last year, [we won] 17 f**king belts in one year, from unranked to bantamweight champion, 3-4 new guys in the UFC, belts up the ass, 56 fights cornered by me, 20 of them being UFC fights. . .
“When I took over the program [in December 2015], it was in terrible shape. We had four fights and we went 1-3. It was a pretty disastrous end to the year. We weren’t used to taking these losses so to have that record was kind of disheartening. T.J. had left the team and Duane had left. We had Martin Kampmann as head coach for less than a year. . . That’s when I took over the program. I said hey I’m gonna be coach and I put everyone in a position. . . I put the whole program together and made sure that everyone had different procedures in class. We were all together on the same page.
“I changed up the program, I was in charge there. Urijah was fighting. We had a successful comeback as a team when we were written off by a lot of people. It’s easy to forget when we were in a hardship and what we accomplished as a team and what I accomplished as a head coach in 2016. It hasn’t really been done by anyone else. I really understood where I was at and what I had done as a head coach on Dec. 30th when Cody won the title. . .