UFC Fight Night 81: TJ Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz

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BANTAMWEIGHT TITLE MATCH
January 17, 2016 (Sunday) Boston, MA

Fighter Information

TJ Dillashaw

Country: Denver, Colorado
Height: 5’5 or 152cm
Weight: 135 lbs.
Current Rank: Champion Bantamweight
Record: 13(Win) – 2(Losses) – 0 (Draw)
Age: 29

Fighting Technique

Analysis was based on his previous match.

Dillashaw was faster, stronger, and had more energy in the tank than his recent competitor Renan Barao. On the previous match he used his lead left hand to relentlessly batter his opponent. In addition he also pressured and relentlessly pursued his opponent to cut off the angle from which his competitor likes to throw his kick.

In the fight you can notice that Dillashaw seemed to mocked Barao, as he kept his hands low for much of the fight.

Dillashaw, circling away, with his hands by his waist, darted in and drilled an unsuspecting Barao with a right hand that seemed to break his will. His opponent receives a technical knockout on the fourth round.

Dominick Cruz

Nickname: The Dominator
Country: San Diego, California
Height: 5’8 or 152 cm
Weight: 135lbs
Current Rank: #1 Bantamweight
Record: 20(Win) – 1(Losses) – 0 (Draw)
Age: 30

Fighting Technique

Analysis was based on his previous match.

Cruz is a case study not merely in the continued evolution of mixed martial arts, but in actually helping to push those boundaries and developments himself with an entirely unique system of footwork that helped him go from respectable if ordinary professional to highly-respected world champion.

When you hear the term ‘footwork’, what does that mean to you? How do you personally define it?

For me, it’s just an expression of how I fight because every step that you take to hurting somebody, to trying to win a fight, the first step taken has to be with your foot. It has to be a movement with your steps, where you move your feet. It has nothing to do with what your arms do, your hands, your head, nothing. It’s all about where your feet go to set you up for punches, kicks, everything else.

Why footwork is critical?

It starts with your feet and then it goes to your hips. Once you use your feet, the power goes to your hips. Then it goes from your hips to your shoulders and arms and stuff. The bottom line is, in order for you to be able to do anything in a fight, you have to move your feet. It’s everything. It’s your mode of transportation. It’s like having a car to go to work every day. If you don’t practice moving your feet the same way the rest of your body, it doesn’t coincide together well.

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Reference: www.mmafighting.com

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