Dillashaw: Cardio key to beating Barao

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The UFC recently announced that Renan Barao versus TJ Dillashaw would serve as the main event of UFC 173 after the Weidman/Machida bout was moved to UFC 175.

Dillashaw knows going into the fight he wasn't the first choice for a bantamweight title shot and that he'll be a big underdog, but believes superior cardio will help him defeat Barao. Dillashaw was a guest on a recent episode of the MMA Hour and discussed the fight:

“I've never been the underdog in any of my fights, so it takes all the pressure off. I have nothing to lose and everything to gain … It's going to be a barnburner and I'm going to upset Barao and shock the world. Everything's going to change from there.”

“Absolutely, I mean I've always been impressed with him before he was even the champ. He's very well rounded, he's explosive, he's huge. He's big for the weight class, you know, but I also think that's his downfall. I don't think he's going to have the cardio.”