Despite submitting Kid Yamamoto at UFC 144, T.J. Dillashaw thinks Vaughan Lee's grappling is "overrated." Photo by Esther Lin for MMA Fighting.
Well, that's a ringing endorsement if I've ever heard one.
Former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 finalist T.J. Dillashaw has the scouting report on his opponent for tomorrow night's (July 11, 2012) UFC on FUEL TV 4 event, which emanates live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
"He’s got this grappling background that everybody’s hyped up on, but I think it’s a little overrated. He submitted Kid Yamamoto with nothing fancy. He just threw it on there and Kid defended the wrong way. I watched some guys like [Chris] Cariaso outgrapple him and [Brad] Pickett outgrapple him when they fought back in the day. I think his cardio’s not always there. I think it’s a really good fight for me. I feel like I can win the fight anywhere. I think, like I said, his BJJ’s overrated and I think my wrestling will be able to take advantage of that. I’m not afraid to take the fight anywhere and I’m planning on finishing it. He’s definitely aggressive. He comes straight forward. I wouldn’t say his standup’s real dynamic or fast, but he knows what he’s doing. He throws power, but I feel like I’m way faster than him, way more dynamic on my feet. I can pick him apart on my feet."
Dillashaw better come out and put on a clinic after that evaluation.
After coasting to the finals of TUF 14, Dillashaw (5-1) met John Dodson in the center of the Octagon last December, where "The Magician" promptly made his consciousness disappear. He was able to rebound with a unanimous decision win over Walel Watson back in February and could move on to bigger and better things within the division with a win tomorrow night in San Jose.
Easier said than done.
Like Dillashaw, Lee (12-7-1) is 1-1 inside the Octagon, but his loss to Chris Cariaso at UFC 138 was a close split decision and he was able to secure a finish against longtime veteran Norifumi Yamamoto at UFC 144 earlier this year. 11 of his 12 wins have been by way of (T)KO or submission.
Anyone think Dillashaw can put his money where his mouth is?
For an extensive breakdown of the UFC on FUEL TV 4 bout between T.J. Dillashaw vs. Vaughan Lee click here.