TJ Dillashaw has already relayed he’s certain he can defeat Dominick Cruz, and now his coach says he has the game plan to ensure a stoppage win for the bantamweight champ.
Since Dillashaw took out Renan Barao for a second time at UFC on FOX 16 last weekend, there’s been a ton of talk about how a Dillashaw-Dominick Cruz fight might play out. The latter is the former champ, of course, and before he was sidelined for over two years due to knee injuries, Cruz was widely considered to be one of the planet’s best P4P fighters (and many believe he still is).
Recently Dillashaw said he’s not impressed with Cruz’s punching power, and that he would “definitely” defeat the bantamweight. The champ’s striking coach, Duane Ludwig, appeared on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour”, and of course, he was also asked to weigh-in on Dillashaw-Cruz. Here is some of what the retired fighter had to say (quote via MMA Mania):
“The things he does well and is successful with other guys he is not going to be able to do with TJ. That’s the thing. What TJ is very good at, and I am serious, TJ can knock him out in the second round. He can even knock him out in the first round, but I see him stopping it in the second round. Once he finds the timing and accuracy of the round, in the second round he is going to take him out. It’s the different things Cruz does that is going to give TJ the opening to stop it. There is something specific, very specific, and it’s pretty easy. I’ve been seeing it for years, he’s been doing the same thing for years.”
How about that huh? And no, Ludwig reportedly did not say what that “specific” thing Cruz is doing is….
Of course, first things first, and Cruz needs to get healthy before he can face Dillashaw for the belt. “The Dominator” has said he hopes to fight again in January, but the UFC could look to Raphael Assuncao as an opponent for Dillashaw in the interim. They fought before in 2013 and Assuncao won via split decision.