TJ Dillashaw Thinks He’d Beat Renan Barao In ‘Ten Out Of Ten’ Fights

On May 24 of this year (2014), TJ Dillashaw shocked the world when he resoundingly defeated bantamweight champion Renan Barao at UFC 173 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Needing less than the full 25 minutes of the match, Dillashaw impressively dominated Barao over all four rounds, finally putting his opponent away in the early part of the fifth stanza with a TKO head kick.  

Yet, for as stellar as Dillashaw looked, the win failed to earn him a new challenge. As such, Dillashaw’s first title defense will be against the very man that he defeated to earn the title, Renan Barao.

Dillashaw vs. Barao II is set to transpire in San Jose, California, this coming August 30 at UFC 177 and for Dillashaw, he’s confident that he’ll retain his belt.

Speaking with the Brazilian press, the 28-year-old Dillashaw stated that he had expected a “little tougher fight” with Barao and that next time they meet he (Dillashaw) will be a “better” version of his UFC 173 self.

Indeed, Dillashaw is so confident in his skill set that he believes that he would beat Barao “ten out of ten times.”

For hardcore Barao fans that might be difficult to take. The 27-year-old Brazilian stands a record of 32 – 2 – 1 (NC) and except for a debut decision loss in April of 2005, and his TKO defeat to Dillashaw at UFC 173, Barao has been perfect in his career. As such, Barao’s fans are likely to believe a rematch will go their way and that Barao just had an off night against Dillashaw in Las Vegas.

However, if it was an off night for Barao then it was a heck of an off night, because Dillashaw didn’t just beat the Brazilian, he embarrassed him. And if he is to have any hope of getting his belt back then he’s apt to need the greatest performance of his life to do it, because Dillashaw is sending clear signals that he plans on holding onto his title for a while. 

For his thoughts on it all, here’s TJ Dillashaw.

Video courtesy of Sexto Round


12 Comments

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    D

    July 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I know he's improving rapidly…but come one man. Dillashaw has never won 10 out of 10 fights ever at any point in his career. To think he could do it against Barao is ridiculous. Dodson proved that he doesn't exactly have an iron chin, and Barao is nothing if not a finisher.

    TJ is deservedly the favorite going into the rematch after the beating he put on Barao in the first fight, but in 10 matchups, Barao undoubtedly clips him a couple times and puts him away.

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      SpaceJam

      July 22, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      It depends if Barao stayed at Nova Unao, if he moved to a legit camp he would MAYBE be able to get one win out of 10. I can still see TJ destroying Barao every single fight they have.

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        darejz00

        July 23, 2014 at 3:13 am

        What's wrong with Nova Uniao?

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          ljense8

          July 23, 2014 at 6:48 am

          I was thinking the same thing. Nova Uniao has some serious talent to train with, and it has obviously worked. That is a pretty successful team.

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          SpaceJam

          July 23, 2014 at 7:38 am

          The talent and coaching their are great but the actual gym in Brazil is a shit hole. For one its fucking tiny and there are like 30 guys in there at certain times. A massive part of the Dillashaw vs Barao fight was how well TJ used the distance and the entire cage, Barao is use to training in small confined spaces. Plus we have seen heaps of fighters change up training camps and it has worked wonders for them. Go watch some videos of the gym Barao trains at compared to the massive, top quality gym TJ trains at.

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    Brasil

    July 23, 2014 at 12:30 am

    Cool kid but with JDS on the background I could not pay attention to the bulshit he was vomiting….

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    falcon4917

    July 23, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I would give Barao a little more credit but this is a BS rematch. Barao needs to win a couple fights first. Unfortunately the rediculous is often the story within UFC.

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    sbond

    July 23, 2014 at 4:52 am

    This is a stupid comment. I think he done amazing well in the first fight, seemed to have broken Barao, BUT I do not feel it will be the same twice.

    How can you say your beat a guy 10/10 against a guy that was undefeated since his mma debut.

    I also want to point out that I did wasn't Barao to fight one more time at least before a rematch, but Im still looking forward to finding out what happens.

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      ljense8

      July 23, 2014 at 6:56 am

      It really just depends on how the loss affects him. It could light a fire under his ass and turn him into a monster, or it could nag at the back of his mind, constantly undermining his confidence. The rematch will be very telling about Barao's mental strength. Another lopsided loss could send his career spiraling, as we have seen with great champions in the past, while a dominant win will put him right back on top of the world.

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      ljense8

      July 23, 2014 at 6:56 am

      It really just depends on how the loss affects him. It could light a fire under his ass and turn him into a monster, or it could nag at the back of his mind, constantly undermining his confidence. The rematch will be very telling about Barao's mental strength. Another lopsided loss could send his career spiraling, as we have seen with great champions in the past, while a dominant win will put him right back on top of the world.

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    grandslam

    July 23, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Cute. Very Cute. Another big mouth in the making!

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