Barao vs Dillashaw, Who will win?
On the other hand, at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale, Dillashaw (9-2) won six outstanding since yielding to John Dodson. Dillashaw is a serious threat to the champion’s reign. He is coming very motivated and inspired, fighting for his teammate and mentor, Faber. His only loss was against Raphael Assuncao, who wanted to challenge Barao for the belt.
Now, the Brazilian sensation will meet Dillashaw, in an explosive and dangerous fight on 24 May 2014.
Fighting style: Barao vc. Dillashaw
Renan Barao, the current UFC Bantamweight Champion, holds one of the longest unbeaten streaks in MMA history: 33 straight fights without a loss, in 9 years. Renan Barao’s fighting style includes Muay Thai moves, even if he started as a martial arts fighter. His moves include strong leg kicks, but he also has a powerful combination to go along with his long limbs/reach. Barao has also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, which makes him a very difficult person to defeat. Many opponents admitted they don’t feel safe near him.
Barao had three great victories in his fights, against Urijah Faber – unanimous decision; Faber was kept at a distance the entire night during the fight, due to Barao’s long punches and leg kicks, Brad Pickett – defeated by first round rear naked choke, and Anthony Leone, defeated in the third round by stoppage.
Meanwhile, TJ Dillashaw is a professional MMA competitor since 2010. He is a professional mixed martial artist that in 2009 teamed up with Faber, joining Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California. He had 9 wins and just 2 losses. In the last fight, he faced Mike Easton – he won via unanimous decision on January 15, 2014. He was expected to fight with Takeya Mizugaki, but Dillashaw moved up to the card and he will meet the champion, Renan Barao, in the main event.
Barao vs. Dillashaw Prediction
Barao is an amazing fighter and he will use his legs and hands effectively in this game. He can hurt his opponent with low leg strikes, but do not forget about his hands, that he really knows how to use. Frequently, Barao hits with hard knees. On the other hand, he is really hard to hit and difficult to take down. Even if his opponent manages to take Barao down, things will get dangerous. He is a nightmare for his opponents; there is a reason why he owns the bantamweight belt.
However, TJ Dillashaw is a former wrestler, which makes him a guy with outstanding takedowns and takedown defense. He has really good ground control. In the previous fights, he proved he is a cardio machine, able to go all out all night, without getting tired. In the past, striking was his weakness, but he trained and became a solid powerful striker. In the last fights, Barao met Urijah Faber, who was a trinket by outpointing, and Michael McDonald and Eddie Wineland, who were dominated the entire fight. In February, he was scheduled to unify the belt against Dominick Cruz, a long time bantamweight ruler, but Cruz was forced to withdraw for unification bout
Even if Dillashaw improved his striking skills, he is going against Renan Barao, the champion, who hasn’t lost in 32 fights. Barao remained undefeated in the last nine years and probably he won’t give his belt now. Dillashaw’s awesome cardio will help him and maybe he will stay in the game for a long time. But Dillashaw is just not ready to stand up against Barao and he will see in in Las Vegas. That being said, Renan will defeat TJ Dillashaw by second round TKO. If you would like to bet, for each $1 bet on Barao you can get $100, while if you bet on Dillashaw, for every $100 you will get $1.