In this weekend’s UFC 177 main event, the world’s top two bantamweights will collide once more for the UFC’s world-title.
FOX analysts Daniel Cormier and Brian Stann broke down the highly anticipated rematch and pointed out each guys keys to victory.
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UFC TONIGHT Guest Host Daniel Cormier on TJ Dillashaw’s title fight against Renan Barao: “I think fight starts even before Barao goes into the Octagon. I was on his last card and he had the plastic on Tuesday before the fight. He has to manage his weight before the fight. In the fight, he needs to cut Dillashaw off and not follow him around. For Dillashaw, he needs to use his footwork, be fast, and mix in some takedowns this time because now Barao is ready for a striking battle with him.”
UFC TONIGHT Guest Host Brian Stann on what Barao needs to do against Dillashaw: “He has to cut off TJ and punch with him. He’s slower, but has heavier hands. He needs to strike first. He’s got to slow down Dillashaw – punch with him, not wait for him. And he needs to land the kicks. For Dillashaw, he has to take away the confidence of Barao right away. After being dominated last time, Barao will have doubt in the back of his mind. If TJ can land some punches and do it again, it will make Barao doubt himself again. We could see another dominant victory by Dillashaw.”
UFC TONIGHT Host Kenny Florian on how Barao can improve his performance: “He’s more of a counterstriker. He’s a power striker. In the first fight, TJ was landing shots and getting out back out quickly. Barao needs to do direct attacks, right down the middle, with leg kicks and feint a little more.”