In early December, former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt appeared on the “Real Quick With Mike Swick Podcast” when he recalled a sparring session with martial arts legend Jean-Claude Van Damme.
According to Garbrandt, Van Damme was showing him techniques ahead of his title fight against TJ Dillashaw at UFC 217 in early November.
While showing off one kick, Van Damme ended up kicking Garbrandt in the head and the former champ was not pleased.
“He was like, ‘I want to show you this kick.’ It was kind of a variation on the teep and you twist it at the end. So I do it like three or four times on him. I put it down and then got in this fight stance and I saw in his eyes like, ‘You wanna go?’ And I was back against the cage,” Garbrandt recalled, as transcribed by FloCombat. “So he started playing with me, acting like he was going to throw some kicks, and he started throwing hands like slapping at me.
“I was like, ‘What the hell?’ Then he f*cking kicked me with that hook kick right in the teeth and I was like, ‘Motherf*cker.’ I was pissed, I was so mad. I looked over at Rob, then I looked over at Jean and I was like, ‘Rob, keep this motherf*cker away from me.’ He kicked me in my teeth, dude. He kicked me in my teeth just playing around. Like how many times have we punched at each other and we can pull our punches? This dude just straight kicked me in my teeth. I’m not going to lie, he has some fast ass kicks, but I was demonstrating the kick he showed me to get it right. Then I put my foot down and he kicked me right in the teeth. I went black.
Well, now we have video of the incident.
You can see Garbrandt was immediately pissed off by the kick, staring at Van Damme before walking off.
However, after cooling off, the two ended up hanging out and settling their differences.
“Urijah had a catered dinner the next night and we went, me and my wife, I had my brothers in town actually, so we went and Jean came in he was apologizing and I’m like, ‘Whatever, you know. It’s all right.’ But I was so mad that time he almost kicked my teeth out,” Garbrandt said.
Luckily, everyone kept their teeth and enjoyed a good dinner.