The chances of Jose Aldo and TJ Dillashaw fighting any time soon are slim and none, but the latter has been busy, making his case, as to why he could defeat his fellow UFC champ.
Dillashaw is expected to defend the bantamweight title versus Dominick Cruz next, but since Aldo decisioned his teammate Chad Mendes in October, the Team Alpha Male has been fielding lots of questions about the featherweight champ.
Last month, Dillashaw relayed he wants to fight Aldo “so bad” and also contended he could defeat the Brazilian star. In a follow up interview with Submission Radio, Dillashaw discussed the prospect of fighting Aldo again, and here is some of what he had to say (quotes via Bloody Elbow.com):
“You know watching his style, he’s very similar to Barao, and I feel like I have the right style to beat him. And it’s just, me you know just playing with the confidence, and that obviously I know I need to hold my belt for a few more fights and look dominant once I’m done with Cruz, and make sure I’m dominant at 135 before I even think about going to a different weight class and try and capture another belt. But once I got the UFC belt I had to set to set some goals, and that was maybe be the first one to have two belts at the same time. And looking at Aldo fighting, I just know that I could beat him.”
“My foot work and my style of fighting, I have a certain style that I worked on for beating Renan Barao and I feel like it could be very effective against Jose Aldo. I think almost, I wouldn’t say easier; don’t get me wrong that’s a really, really, really tough fight, but Jose Aldo in my mind is a very predictable fighter. He does the same thing every time he comes out and fights, and I just have the belief to be able to come out and beat him. And that will take you a long way.”
Of course, Conor McGregor has also made similar statements about Aldo, by arguing that his Muay Thai based approach leaves him too flat footed, and open to get hit. Aldo did take a lot of punishment from Mendes in their rematch, but was able to outscore the powerful wrestler and earn the UD win.
Now, one could argue that it’s much easier to say Aldo’s too predictable, when you’re doing so outside the Octagon, and far away from the champion. After all, we are talking about not only one of the sport’s best fighters, but one of MMA’s greatest ever.
Sure, everyone would love to see Dillashaw face Aldo down the line, and the bantamweight’s speed and power could very well present the featherweight a lot of trouble. But, Aldo has repeatedly talked about moving to lightweight at some juncture, and fighting lightweight champion Anthony Pettis.
And, if Dillashaw gets by Cruz, Barao is still on the hunt for a rematch. The former bantamweight champ will face Mitch Gagnon this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 58.