The UFC’s colour-commentator broke down exactly why TJ Dillashaw poses a very real threat to the seemingly unbeatable flyweight champion, Demetrious ‘Mighty Mouse’ Johnson.
In a day and age where the very presence of super-fights it often met with waves of disgust and disbelief, after UFC 217 earlier this month, one fantasy matchup emerged that makes sense on virtually every level possible.
We’ve seen people question the idea of a Tyron Woodley/Conor McGregor matchup or even a showdown between the welterweight champ and Georges St-Pierre but when it came to light that the newly-crowned bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw was looking to make the drop down to flyweight to take on the near-indestructable force that is the champion, Demetrious Johnson, the fans collectively voiced their enthuasiasm for what would be one of the most interesting stylistical matchups the sport has ever seen.
Dillashaw brings size, power and a fluid and precise striking system coupled with a very unique style of movement to the table and his wrestling is among the very best at 135lbs right now.
Johnson, on the other hand, just doesn’t appear to have any flaws in his game.
That’s not to say that Dillashaw does, per se, but we’ve seen him in trouble on several occasions in recent times, with the most recent instance being his aforementioned UFC 217 win over Cody Garbrandt.
What makes this fight so compelling on paper is that Johnson’s supposed physical inferiority will put him at a disadvantage we have not seen from him so far at 125lbs. The extent of his mastery of the technical skills he has used so flawlessly to date as the reigning flyweight champ will dictate how he gets on in this, his ultimate test.
The UFC’s colour-commentator Joe Rogan spoke on a recent edition of his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience – and specifically – a new segment devoted only to MMA, about his views on the fight and the very intruiging challenge that Johnson will face when he takes on the bantamweight kingpin.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena