UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao has done some talking and some more talking. Now it’s time for his challenger, TJ Dillashaw to do some talking.
His thoughts on his fight with Barao at UFC 173: “If I didn’t believe I could win, I wouldn’t be doing it,” said Dillashaw, in an interview on UFC Tonight. “Being an underdog is better for me because you don’t have expectations and you get to prove everyone wrong.
“I don’t feel the pressure at all.”
“I’m more prepared now than I’m ever going to be,” Dillashaw said. “It’s a perfect storybook ending for me. I feel like I’m the best fighter I could be right now.”
TJ Dillashaw (9-2) has three knockouts, 3 submissions and 3 decisions MMA victories in his MMA career. He is 3-1 in his last four fights. He beat Issei Tamura via 2nd Rd KO at UFC 158 – St. Pierre vs. Diaz on Mar / 16 / 2013, then beat Hugo Viana via 1st Rd KO at UFC on Fox 7 – Henderson vs. Melendez on Apr / 20 / 2013. However, he lost to Raphael Assuncao via split decision at UFC Fight Night – Maia vs. Shields on Oct / 09 / 2013. In his last fight he beat Mike Easton via Unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Rockhold vs. Philippou on Jan / 15 / 2014.
Working with Urijah Faber for his upcoming fight with Barao: “Urijah prepared for some things that didn’t happen (in their fight),” Dillashaw said. “Barao is an offensive fighter. I have to get him going backwards. I have to be aggressive while being safe.”
UFC 173 goes down next Saturday night on PPV.