Fight Preview: Dillashaw vs Assuncao
T.J. Dillashaw, I feel for you, buddy.
Dillashaw is an animal who lost his belt to Dominick Cruz in a controversial split decision, and in my mind, he is still the champion.
I saw the fight; he shouldn’t have lost.
I love T.J. Dillashaw. He specializes in this fighting style called “Monkey” Kung Fu, which is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a type of Kung Fu where the fighter utilizes monkey-like movements.
Of course, that’s not all he does. Dillashaw can wrestle, he can kickbox, and practices Muay Thai.
Assuncao has a great ground game and very quick hands.
Dillashaw has a one-inch reach advantage over Assuncao.
Both of these guys have fought each other once already, with Assuncao winning via split decision.
Assuncao comes into this bout, not having lost since 2011. It’s been five years. But, he is undefeated in the Bantamweight division.
Dillashaw is a great, tough fighter. He was on TUF, so he’s very popular amongst UFC fight fans. Well, maybe I shouldn’t say popular. He’s well known.
Dillashaw is most known for pulling off one of the greatest UFC upsets ever, beating Renan Barao in 2014 to claim the Bantamweight title, which he held onto for two years.
At the time, fight announcer Joe Rogan called it the best fight he has ever seen.
There’s a reason T.J. Dillashaw’s nickname is “Killashaw”. He’s a knockout artist.
Assuncao is a ground game guy.
We’ve got two very different styles, and styles make fights. We saw that, especially with Diaz and McGregor. We’ve got a hard hitter vs. a BJJ guy.
So, my prediction for this fight?
First and foremost I think it will be a grind-it-out fight.
I believe that it will go the distance. With that being said, it’s tough to win judges decisions if you spend most of the fight being taken to the ground.
My gut says, Dillashaw. I know he’s hungry, and he wants that belt back. He also has a revenge motive against Assuncao.
However, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Assuncao won this fight. He’s done it before and, like I said, he’s not losing if he takes Dillashaw to the ground. If he can avoid Dillashaw’s arsenal of punches, he’s got a great shot to win this fight.
The winner of this bout will most likely earn a title fight against Dominick Cruz, so the implications here couldn’t be any bigger.