Watch The Ultimate Fighter 25 Series
The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption” is still more than a month away from its launching, but the early video footage from the upcoming season of the truth series looks to be entirely disorderly.
“TUF 25” includes a cast of 14 fighters who have either completed 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 in 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 rare history after being colleagues for a number of years at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, Calif. Dillashaw unceremoniously left the fitness center to train with striking coach Duane Ludwig in Colorado, and the ridicule with former colleagues such as Garbrandt and Urijah Faber has actually grown thicker ever since.
With simply bits of video footage from the very first official “TUF 25” sneak peek, it’s clear the tension between coaches boils over at least once. There’s a scene where Garbrandt plainly grabs Dillashaw around the neck with his right-hand man and pushes him backwards, which would be among the more unpleasant acts in between coaches on the show except the full-blown brawl between Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva on an edition of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil.”
Garbrandt and Dillashaw will take on for the 135-pound belt at the conclusion of the season, though the exact date and place are still unknown.
Watch the video above to see the “TUF 25” sneak peek ahead of the April 19 season debut on FS1.