Chael Sonnen on T.J. Dillashaw Being Paid to Get Training: “Do you guys understand how silly that is?”

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Mixed martial arts champ T.J. Dillashaw revealed that the reason why he left his mother team, Team Alpha Male; it’s because he cannot say no to a very good deal given to him by the Elevation Fight Team. Apparently, Dillashaw will receive compensation if he will agree to train in the said gym.

Not everyone is buying this ‘offer’ though.

“T.J. left under the guise that he was going to be paid to train. Do you guys understand how silly that is? Gyms don’t succeed. Us in the business can tell you. Gym doors get locked up every week. The mats get sold, the ring gets torn down, the lease isn’t paid. The gym business is a tough one. I love the sport but I understand that’s a tough business. Now a gym without a long history is offering to pay T.J. Dillashaw? T.J, those checks aren’t coming, brother. That was a really, really sucker move by you. You must not have an advisor,” Sonnen said.

Chael SonnenIt looks like Sonnen doesn’t have much comment about the details of the agreement that Dillashaw had with Elevation Fight Team. However, he said that MMA fighter Dillashaw should prepare himself and be ready for disappointment, in case things don’t go as planned.

“If you want to move to Colorado, go move. Train with other people. No problems there. His beef with Urijah Faber comes from, ‘Hey, we miss you.’ That’s what that is. ‘Hey, we don’t want to lose you, we miss you, our feelings are hurt.’ But that’s a chump move thinking those checks are going to cash. Now he’s got Dominick Cruz, a fight he’s likely to lose. He hasn’t been ‘Mr. Drawing Star,’ anyway. Not a lot of stars down there. If he loses that fight to Cruz … those checks aren’t going to be coming,” he said.

Sonnen also added that getting paid to train sounds like a very shady deal. According to him, it would be very surprising if Dillashaw lasts for five months.

“You heard it here first. T.J., you’re not getting paid to train. I don’t care what promises you’ve been made or who signed the contract. You’re not getting paid a monthly salary to train. If you get that for five months I would be stunned. I’ll tell you now, you’re not getting it for a year. That’s not even in the cards,” Sonnen added.

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