The fight hasn’t started yet, but the war of words has long been underway between UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and former titleholder Dominick Cruz.
The top bantamweights have been paired to fight in dream scenarios since Dillashaw disposed of former champion Renan Barao at UFC 173 last May. The Team Alpha Male standout exhibited superbly improved striking and footwork.
His footwork caught the eye of many, with most comparing it to Cruz’s famed style of constant movement coupled with never-ending stance-changes. But if you ask Dillashaw, that’s where the comparisons end.
“The only thing, the difference between me and Cruz is, like, yeah he’s got footwork but you don’t have to be scared of the guy, he hits like a little b—h,” Dillashaw said on the Stud Radio Show. “If you watch any of his fights, except for his last one, which was like his only finish ever, which is why he’s all excited now. Dude you finished one dude.”
“He’s trying to talk s–t about what I’m doing, but it’s like yeah you can have footwork but you do nothing but hang out to get a decision. I’m going to knock him the f–k out.”
Dillashaw is making reference to Cruz’s seven TKO finishes in 20 professional victories. Prior to stopping Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 178, Cruz had gone four years of seeing all four of his fights go to a judge’s decision.
The champion’s verbal attack comes just days after Cruz took to the mic to drop a few unfavorable words of his own, calling Dillashaw nothing but a “wanna-be” on The MMA Hour.
Cruz is currently mending a surgically repaired ACL, but has hinted at a December return.