Dillashaw looking past Assuncao

T.J. Dillashaw is in the final stages of his training for a

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target="_blank">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

options.

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

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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

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target="_blank">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

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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.