The war of words between bantamweight studs T.J. Dillashaw and Dominick Cruz has officially kicked off. 'The Dominator' fired the first shots on The MMA Hour when he referred to the reigning champion as a 'wannabe'. Both Cruz and Dillashaw stifle their opponents with movement, feints, and stance switches, but the Alliance MMA standout feels his Team Alpha Male rival offers a cheap imitation of his unique style.
T.J. fired back on the Stud Radio Show on Tuesday, where he mocked Cruz's punching power.
"The only thing, the difference between me and Cruz is like yeah he's got footwork but you don't have to be scared of the guy, he hits like a little b*tch," Dillashaw said. If you watch any of his fights, except for his last one, which was like his only finish ever, which is why he's all excited now. Dude you finished one dude."
"He's trying to talk sh*t about what I'm doing, but it's like yeah you can have footwork but you do nothing but hang out to get a decision. I'm going to knock him the f*ck out."
Prior to his stunning first round TKO of Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 178, Cruz's last stoppage came under the now defunct World Extreme Cagefighting banner, where former champion Brian Bowles was unable to continue due to a broken hand. The 29-year-old reigned as the UFC bantamweight champion for a year before a string injuries forced the Californian to vacate the title.
T.J. Dillashaw now sits atop the 135 lbs. throne as the undisputed champion. The Ultimate Fighter finalist thrashed Renan Barao for the second time at UFC on FOX 16, and it's expected that his next title defense will be against Dominick Cruz.