Tränaren Duane Ludwig står fast vid att T.J. Dillashaw blev rånad på sin titel när han mötte Dominick Cruz under UFC fight Night 81 och förlorade via delat domslut. Han anser nu att en retur mot Cruz eller match mot forne lagkamraten Urijah Faber skulle vara aktuell, för att göra upp om de saker som de tidigare bråkat om under det gångna året.
Det här hade Ludwig att säga om matchen och domarnas beslut, via ”MMAJunkie”:
I felt we won the fight. We won the first round, the fourth round and the fifth round. Three rounds to two, we won. It was a bad call.
Tony Weeks doesn’t know what the (expletive) he is doing. These judges have to earn a blue belt in jiu-jitsu and for one or two years Thai box – not cardio kickboxing at the UFC gym, so they know exactly what the (expletive) they’re doing. Lives and livelihoods are on the line when they make these (expletive) up calls, and it’s not right.
But that aside, we should have finished the fight. I’ll accept responsibility. Maybe we need to adjust the game plan a little bit. Cruz was pretty tricky.
The leg kicks, the kicks to the head, all the clean, power shots. Just the overall quality strikes. I know Fightmetric’s out there saying T.J. missed a bunch of shots. We throw shots on purpose to make you move, to create other openings.
Some of the shots we legitimately missed, 100 percent. But a lot of those shots are shots that we train in our system, that we throw to create other openings. It’s just coming from an uneducated standpoint.
Det är oklart vem Cruz kommer att få försvara bältet mot i sin nästa match och Faber har tidigare önskat en returmatch mot honom. Ludwig skulle dock vilja se Dillashaw i retur mot Cruz eller Faber.
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I would like to see either an immediate rematch, because I know T.J. jacked (Cruz’s) leg up pretty good, so I know he’s going to be out for awhile. And if they want to put us with Faber? I’m OK with that fight. I know Faber’s looking for a payday, so let’s go sock up Faber, stay busy, and when Cruz’s gets healthy, let’s do it again. That’s fair and just.
(Faber) barely beat a tough journeyman in his last fight (against Frankie Saenz). He doesn’t deserve to fight a top-five guy. There’s a great emotional drama to get that shot, (though), so let’s give it to him. Go kick him in the face, put it behind us, and get the rematch with Cruz. That scenario is fair and just.
But if Cruz is healthy to get back to it during the summer, let’s do that. It depends on Cruz’s health issue.