When it comes to confidence, UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw is oozing with it.
Dillashaw, fresh off a dominating four-plus round performance vs. Renan Barao, will rematch the Brazilian this Saturday night at UFC 177.
Most were left stunned when Dillashaw (10-2) controlled the action against Barao (32-2) earlier this year at UFC 173 before stopping him in the fifth. For the Team Alpha Male Fighter, competing with him a second time is of no concern.
“I’ve got his number,” said Dillashaw, in an interview with TheSHOOT!, which you can view below. “I’m in his head. Now, I just have to go back and push repeat.”
Dillashaw has won six of eight fights inside the Octagon, including two in a row. Since falling in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 14, the 28-year-old has only lost a split decision to Raphael Assuncao.
When they first met in May, Barao was on a seven-fight UFC win streak and the odds-on favorite to retain his title. In fact, Dillashaw only got the opportunity when Assuncao had to decline due to injury.
“I don’t mind rematches,” he said. “With Barao, it’s a little different situation. I’m getting the rematch because of the fact he was such a great champion for so long.”
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