Barao: Dillashaw just thinks he's a striker


Renan Barao will defend his UFC bantamweight title against Team Alpha Males TJ Dillashaw at this weekend's UFC 173. Dillashaw earned a title fight by winning five of his last fights and because of an injury to Raphael Assuncao who couldn't take the fight. 

Dillashaw has looked great in those wins and has been winning mostly with his striking, which Barao believes could be a mistake for him if he tries the same strategy:

"I believe T.J. [Dillashaw] thinks he is a striker now, and he isn't," Barao told Bleacher Report through the assistance of a translator. "I think he will mess up and make mistakes in this fight, and this will present the chance for me to finish him. I'm very calm and ready for this fight, and I believe I will win this fight because I'm the better fighter."

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DoomFarmer site profile image  

5/25/14 12:29 PM by DoomFarmer

Well I completely underestimated TJ.Never again.

Doc T site profile image  

5/25/14 12:19 PM by Doc T

VU. Yessir

VitorpeepeetasteStrongTRT site profile image  

5/25/14 12:00 PM by VitorpeepeetasteStrongTRT

TJ is a 135 lb monster that gives me nightmares.

FTUGTT_Mix6APlix site profile image  

5/25/14 11:13 AM by FTUGTT_Mix6APlix

I wasn't. I said I thought Barao would take his lunch money. I didn't have faith that TJ could beat up Barao standing, but his striking shouldn't be discounted. I was sure he was improved standing, just underestimated how greatly improved he was.

DoomFarmer site profile image  

5/21/14 2:38 PM by DoomFarmer

You better not look past Barao

FTUGTT_Mix6APlix site profile image  

5/21/14 2:31 PM by FTUGTT_Mix6APlix

Barao better not be looking past his stand up. Bang has helped TAM a ton.

SQUEEZIE site profile image  

5/21/14 1:19 PM by SQUEEZIE

id take 3 flyweights over tj and haphael any day.

1inchpunch site profile image  

5/21/14 1:05 PM by 1inchpunch

He won more rounds tho

Wilson_20 site profile image  

5/21/14 12:54 PM by Wilson_20

Dillashaw was very impressive in his last fight an I think he beat assuncao. Also there isn't a strong list of contenders at bantamweight

forever anonymous site profile image  

5/21/14 12:26 PM by forever anonymous

Dillashaw only won round 1 convincingly in the Assuncao fight.