T.J. Dillashaw is in the final stages of his training for a UFC Fight Night matchup with Raphael Assuncao,
and apparently he’s quite confident of a positive outcome. So
confident in fact, that he’s looking ahead to other
The two top 10 bantamweights seem to be an evenly matched
pairing going into the bout. Dillashaw is ranked No. 9 while
Assuncao is four slots ahead at No. 4, but that’s not
stopping Dillashaw from designing a grand plan.
With Team Alpha Male getting a veritable home game at UFC On FOX
9 in Sacramento, Dillashaw wants in on the action.
“I want to run through Rafael and get thrown into that
card,” he said during a recent Google+ Hangout with FOX Sports.
“Go get a quick victory in Brazil and head back and get put
into that Sacramento card.”
If he does, he’ll join three teammates already occupying
slots on the Dec. 14 show at the Sleep Train Arena. Urijah Faber is
set for a major scrap with rising bantamweight star Michael
McDonald, Chad Mendes is paired up with Nik Lentz, and Danny
Castillo will face Edson Barboza.
Dillashaw joined the UFC with just about one year of pro fight
experience, losing in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter season 14, but has since
rebounded to win four straight, including consecutive knockouts of
Hugo Viana and Issei Tamura.
That’s been part of an amazing team run that has
corresponded with the addition of former UFC fighter Duane
“Bang” Ludwig as Alpha Male’s head coach. In the
team’s last 11 UFC bouts, they’re 11-0 with eight
finishes. It’s no wonder then that Dillashaw has such grand
plans for the next few months.
“I’ve never been more confident than I am
now,” he said.