Cody Garbrandt may have scored a clear cut, decision win over Dominick Cruz, but Duane Ludwig believes the latter was a tougher fight for TJ Dillashaw, then “No Love” will be.
Dillashaw will be the first man Garbrandt has faced, since he took the 135 title from Cruz back in December, via a unanimous decision. In January, 2016, however, Cruz ended Dillashaw’s reign as champ, by grabbing the belt via split decision.
Recently Dillashaw’s striking coach, the aforementioned Ludwig, appeared on “UFC Tonight“. While doing so, “Bang” had this to say about Dillashaw and how he matches up with Garbrandt versus Cruz (quote via MMA Mania):
“Cody is great if he’s right in front of you. So, how about let’s just not let him be in front of us? It’s gonna involve a lot of footwork. TJ just needs to be TJ. He doesn’t need me to be the champion again. He will be champion again.”
“The Cruz matchup was a tougher fight because of the footwork and lead up to the fight. With this one, I’ve trained both guys. They know our system from two years ago but we’ve evolved the system. It’ll be the new BMT system against the old BMT system from two years ago.”
That’s an interesting take. Cruz is one of the most elusive and unorthodox fighters in the game, no question, but he was unable to consistently tag Garbrandt in their memorable bout.
Dillashaw should prove to be a very stiff test for Garbrandt, although, most folks didn’t think the latter was going to defeat Cruz either. It’s a fascinating fight, which will go down on July 8th at UFC 213.