T.J. Dillashaw Insists Aljamain Sterling Presents ‘Easy’ Title Fight: ‘His Striking Is Pathetic’

    ByRoss Markey

    Apr 26, 2022
    T.J. Dillashaw

    T.J. Dillashaw envisions quite straightforward bantamweight title success against current UFC titleholder, Aljamain Sterling – insisting the Uniondale native presents no danger on the feet, labelling his striking as “pathetic”. 

    Dillashaw, a former two-time undisputed bantamweight champion himself, returned triumphantly to the Octagon back in July in a rescheduled UFC Vegas 32 main event opposite Cory Sandhagen, handing their common-opponent a close, split decision victory over the course of five hard-fought rounds. 

    The Angels Camp native would suffer a catastrophic knee injury during an opening round scramble with Sandhagen, however, forcing a surgical procedure and an extended sidelining. 

    On-site at UFC 273 earlier this month at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida – Dillashaw was the subject of a call out from Sterling, who had just successfully unified the bantamweight titles with a rematch, unanimous decision win over Petr Yan. 

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    Welcoming an immediate return against champion Sterling – who has also since flirted with a title outing against former featherweight king, Jose Aldo, Dillashaw claimed a title fight with the Uniondale native would be relatively “easy” for him.

    “I’m not too worried about (Aljamain) Sterling, that call out, (it’s) a pretty easy fight for me to be honest,” T.J. Dillashaw said during an interview with ESPN MMA. “And maybe I’ll just to my training camp here on the beach with drink in hand and get the job done, you know.” 

    “I think it’s gonna be real good,” T.J. Dillashaw explained. “Congratulations to him (Aljamain Sterling) in implementing his game plan in the fight, and he showed some weaknesses in (Petr) Yan. But, yeah, stylistically that fights perfect for me. He can say anything he wants, but he ain’t gonna be champion for much longer.”

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    T.J. Dillashaw had some choice words for the overall striking prowess of Aljamain Sterling

    Dillashaw, who has enjoyed a run of five straight victories at the bantamweight limit in between his brief flyweight excursion against Henry Cejudo in January 2019, also claimed that in terms of striking arts, Sterling presents a quite “pathetic” display of such. 

    “I mean, he’s good – don’t get me wrong,” T.J. Dillashaw said. “He’s got some attributes. He wouldn’t be were he is if he wasn’t good, but he’s definitely not champion calibre. The guys that I’ve fought already in the past – much better than he is, more dangerous. There’s no danger fighting Sterling… there’s no way he’s going to be out-grappling me, his striking is straight pathetic. I’m surprised he is where he is. And stylistically, it’s a good fight for me.”

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    Before his win over Sandhagen and flyweight title challenge loss to Cejudo, Dillashaw successfully captured the bantamweight title for the second time with a second round knockout win over former teammate, Cody Garbrandt – before stopping the Ohio native in an immediate rematch with first round strikes.