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UFC Fight Night 81 fight card: TJ Dillashaw vs Dominick Cruz full fight preview

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TJ Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz will go to war TONIGHT (Jan. 17, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 81 inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. In a match up of champions, what adjustments must be made for either man to claim victory? Find out below!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight standouts TJ Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz will clash TONIGHT (Jan. 17, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 81 inside TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dillashaw’s improvement has been both rapid and devastating. He captured the title in just his eighth UFC fight and has finished each of his opponents in title fights via knockout.

Meanwhile, Cruz has struggled with injury for the last four years, which cost him his strap. He’s fought just once in that time frame — a blistering knockout victory over Takeya Mizugaki — and will look to replicate that victory here.

Let’s take a look at the keys to victory for both athletes:

T.J. Dillashaw
Record: 12-2
Key Wins: Renan Barao (UFC on FOX 16, UFC 173), Joe Soto (UFC 177), Mike Easton (UFC Fight Night 35)
Key Losses: Raphael Assuncao (UFC Fight Night 29)
Keys to Victory: Dillashaw is a devastatingly effective kickboxer, as evidenced by his string of recent knockout victories. Prior to that, Dillashaw relied more upon his D-1 wrestling background and quick submission skills, which could make a return in this bout.

In this bout, Dillashaw’s main objective should be to pressure Cruz and force him to exchange. Cruz loves to dart in-and-out with his strikes and throws at a high-volume, but he’s far less comfortable in straight up exchanges. In fact, the last person to successfully prevent Cruz from circling freely was Demetrious Johnson, who found a great deal of success on the feet with “The Dominator.”

One of the main ways Dillashaw can effectively pressure Cruz is to cut him off with ….View full article

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