By Farah Hannoun |
February 23, 2021 8: 50 am
The aged two-time UFC 135-pound champion will certainly grasp his eyes peeled at the upcoming title combat between champion Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling on March 6 whereas he gears up for his return.
Despite the very fact that he’s beginning to facing any top-ranked opponent in his first combat support, Dillashaw (16-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) has made it determined he has his sights space on regaining the title that changed into once stripped from him when he served a two-year U.S. Anti-Doping Company suspension for EPO.
Dillashaw expects Yan (15-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) to retain his title, but doesn’t mediate this may possibly be simple for him when he faces a submission specialist in Sterling (19-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC).
“I mediate it’s a tough combat for Yan thanks to the form of the fighter,” Dillashaw told Mike Swick on the “Staunch Rapidly with Mike Swick” podcast. “I mediate Yan’s the greater, (extra) properly-rounded fighter. He’s got extra of the abilities and further parts of combating. But Sterling’s wrestling is very aggressive.
“(Sterling’s) striking is staunch unhappy. He doesn’t truly space anything up – he upright extra or much less bombs kicks non-stop, extra or much less got that distance. But then he can take grasp of a support of you. He’s got great wrestling and his jiu-jitsu is astonishing, too. I watched him appreciate (Cory) Sandhagen out in 45 seconds. We watched him attain plenty of great grappling in some of his fights. So I mediate it’ll be a tough combat on narrative of I attain mediate Yan, possibly his biggest weak point is his wrestling.”
Yan’s lone loss in his pro MMA occupation came to Magomed Magomedov in 2016, when he changed into once taken down once or twice and changed into once edged out in a split determination. Nonetheless, Yan avenged that loss to grab the ACB bantamweight title in a unanimous determination grab.
No matter the loss being nearly 5 years ago, Dillashaw thinks wrestling could quiet be a chink in Yan’s armor that Sterling could potentially exploit. But Dillashaw quiet is leaning toward the champion.
“He misplaced in the past to a man that’s in Bellator upright by getting outwrestled, so we’ll contemplate the gains he’s made in his MMA wrestling,” Dillashaw stated. “I’d quiet potentially place my money on Yan upright on narrative of he’s a little bit of further properly-rounded, structurally and , on the feet. I mediate he’ll be ready to retain the distance lawful adequate. But that you may possibly additionally’t underestimate a tough-nosed wrestler. So he can’t be counting his chickens sooner than they hatch on narrative of he’s making an attempt to call me out, but he’s got to get past Sterling and address it up top.”