Duane Ludwig Still Wants To See TJ Dillashaw Challenge For The UFC Flyweight Title


UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw recently defended the title against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227, defeating the longtime rival by first round TKO.

Duane Ludwig serves as Dillashaw’s coach and he still wants to see the bantamweight kingpin drop a weight class to challenge for the UFC Flyweight Title.

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“I would like to see T.J. drop down to 25 and take that title and then go back up to 35,” Ludwig said to MMA Fighting. “I think if you want to look at the division, statistically speaking, Cruz should fight Moraes and then that winner should fight T.J. after T.J. claims the 125-pound belt. As far as following an honest approach to have some respect for the belt and the rankings and how everything is set up.”

New UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo did challenge Dillashaw for the 135 pound strap at UFC 227, but Dillashaw didn’t seem to interested in that bout.

Ludwig doesn’t care who Dillashaw faces in the long run because he knows that Dillashaw is the best fighter in the UFC.

“He just has so many ways to finish the fight,” Ludwig said. “A lot of people say that, but they’re not on T.J.’s level. He’s literally at another level of martial arts. His martial arts skillset is the highest any human as ever had — ever. That’s what he is. He is the man. He is the current, modern-day, real-life Bruce Lee.”

Dillashaw had challenged then UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson on multiple occasions, but the bout never came to fruition.

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