TJ Dillashaw Comments On His Title Win And Future
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.02.2014
His coach also comments...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, TJ Dillashaw and his coach Duane Ludwig spoke about Dillashaw's win over Renan Barao at UFC 173. Here are highlights:
On Ludwig knowing Dillashaw could win: "That's how I saw the fight going. There were one or two things that we knew [Barao] does when he gets pressured. They're things that I don't think he or his camp knew or had realized, so we just had to make sure we made him do those things inside the cage. When we did, it was expected for me."
On being the underdog: "I've only been fighting for four years, and the guy's been undefeated for nine. I expected to go into a fight against the champion of the world as an underdog. But I never had fear, because I had nothing lose. I had to go in there and show that I belonged there, rather than going in there with the pressure of being the favorite where everybody thinks you have to win."
On dominating Barao: "I made a conscious effort to do that. I knew I was faster than Barao, and if I used my footwork well, I could be in and out. I felt like that was style to beat him, but it's not the style to beat everyone. Some guys you need to move left. Some you need to come straight in. With him, I needed to get out of the way of his big strikes, and I knew they were coming. I just couldn't stand in front of him and play the game he wants to play. He wants to slow everyone down, get them to stand in front of him and not push the pace. That's when he goes for the big punches and finishes it. I knew my footwork had to be on point."