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UFC Fight Night 81 Hot Picks: Staff Predictions for T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz

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I love it when title fights happen on free TV, don’t you? Especially when it’s two elite fighters who have each been champion as is the case with the bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz. This is Cruz’s chance at redemption after being forced to drop his title due to inactivity. It’s the kind of fight where the fans are the real winners, no matter the outcome.

The co-main event is sure to be fire, a bout between two men looking to prove they still matter in the lightweight division. So take our advice and lay some money down on these expert picks.

T.J. Dillashaw (c) (12-2) vs. Dominick Cruz (20-1)

Erik Fontanez: When T.J. Dillashaw started busting up bantamweights on his way to beating Renan Barao for the division title, there was a sense that I had seen his style before. I told myself, “Why’s this guy remind me so much of Dominick Cruz?” The answer was in the footwork, and Dillashaw looked like had matched the former champ’s dance moves, step for step. Combine that with the Jedi teachings of Duane Ludwig and you have a guy who is wise in the ways of caged fisticuffs. But there’s always that thing about the originator of a style always having the upper hand over those who mimic his methods. I’d apply that to this fight and pick Cruz to regain that belt he never lost as a result of a UFC bout. Winner: Cruz via unanimous decision.

Matthew Roth: This is a great fight to put on free television. T.J. Dillashaw has developed into a complete fighter with explosive striking under the tutelage of Duane Ludwig. When he first debuted on “The Ultimate Fighter,” he was a wrestler with rudimentary boxing. Now? ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly