T.J. Dillashaw may have an upset on his mind heading into this weekend's (Sat., May 24, 2014) title fight against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion Renan Barao at UFC 173 in Las Vegas, Nevada, but it's not going to work out the way he plans, according to Ian McCall.
Team Alpha Male -- Dillashaw's camp -- simply doesn't have the system to defeat Brazilian fighters like Barao, according to "Uncle Creepy," who spoke to Rick J. Lee about the championship fight.
He breaks it down:
"Barao versus Dillashaw is interesting. Dillashaw has made some serious improvements with Duane. I don't know all of the drama with Duane. It seems like the only drama is with Duane and Urijah because everybody else is getting along. I don't know, it's not my business. But, T.J. is going to try and stand with Barao and he's going to get knocked out. Alpha Male does not have the system to beat those types of Brazilians. They don't. Look at the track record, I hate to say it, but, it's not going to work, dude. And, not taking anything away from T.J., he's great. He's really good. I think as far as MMA goes, he is the least effective wrestler out of the bunch. I don't know how his grappling is, you never see it because all he wants to do is stand and trade. But I think he has become the best kickboxer out of Alpha Male. Of course, anyone can knock out anyone on any given day, but i think Barao is just a better striker. It's going to come down to a kickboxing fight, match, and I don't think it will go well for T.J."
What are those stats McCall speaks of?
It dates back to the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) days when Urijah Faber -- leader of Team Alpha Male -- was battered and bruised for five rounds by Barao's Nova Uniao stablemate, Jose Aldo, at WEC 48.
Flash forward two years later to UFC 142 where Aldo knocked out Chad Mendes, another Team Alpha Male product, in the very first round.
Things didn't go too well for "The California Kid" when he faced the aforementioned Barao on two separate occasions inside the Octagon, losing a unanimous decision at UFC 149 back in 2012, and getting knocked out by Renan in round one at UFC 169 earlier this year.
T.J. looks to get one back from his comrades down in Sacramento, California, when he battles the scrappy 135-pound champ, Barao, in "Sin City."
But according to McCall, T.J, will suffer the same fate as his training partners before him because at the end of the day, even under the tutelage of Duane Ludwig, his camp simply doesn't have the proper gameplan to get the job done.
Anyone (dis) agree?