This Saturday, Renan Barao attempts to defend his UFC Bantamweight title again. This time against an up and coming fighter in TJ Dillashaw. Renan Barao hasn’t lost an MMA fight in 9 years! TJ Dillashaw is good, but is he running into a buzz saw? Let’s take a closer look at these fighters and then I’ll make my UFC fight pick. I’m 13-1 in the last 14 UFC Main Event fight picks. I’ve been doing these UFC fight picks for a few years now and I’ve been the most accurate of any MMA sports website or writer. I plan to be right again!
TJ Dillashaw is 9-2 overall with 5 of those wins coming in the UFC. Dillashaw is a strong wrestler who has picked up the striking game nicely. He’s been able to mix things up strategically and has finished 6 of his opponents, 3 by KO/TKO and 3 by submission. Dillashaw was on a nice UFC winning streak with 4 until he lost a split decision to Raphael Assuncao. He got right back to winning and showcased his ever improving striking with a dominant unanimous decision over Mike Easton. Will Dillashaw’s wrestling and sharpened striking skills be enough to beat Barao?
Renan Barao comes into this UFC title defense with an amazing overall MMA record of 32-1. His only loss came in his MMA debut fight 9 years ago! Barao isn’t just a winner, he finishes! He’s finished almost 70% of his fights, 14 coming via submission and another 8 via KO/TKO. Even his decision victories tend to be dominant, 8 of his last 10 have all been unanimous! Barao is most definitely in the conversation when it comes down to pound for pound best MMA fighter in the world! Will Dillashaw be a threat to his winning ways?
TJ Dillashaw is good, but Barao right now is great! Barao has a complete MMA toolbox plus plenty of experience using it. Experience is what will make the difference in this fight! Look for Barao to pepper and confuse Dillashaw with his striking. Dillashaw will attempt takedowns but Barao will be able to shake them off and continue domination with strikes and an overall better MMA game.
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