The two will rematch at UFC 186 on April 25 in Montreal, and the titleholder, Dillashaw, says he’s more confident than ever heading into their second fight.
“I’m facing a monster again, Renan Barao, but I’m more confident than I’ve ever been. I’m getting better as a fighter still. I’m going to prove again on April 25 that it wasn’t a fluke,” said Dillashaw during a recent press conference in Los Angeles.
Not only does Dillashaw predict a victory over the former champion, he expects to dominate Barao.
“I’m going to be able to dominate him with my speed, and I’m just a better fighter all around,” said the champion.
“I’m really excited about it. I’m pumped to have this fight. He’s the No. 1 contender,” Dillashaw added. “He’s the guy that I’ve been wanting to beat and put behind me anyways, so now it’s time to do it.”
Despite Barao’s dislike of Dillashaw, the Team Alpha Male trained champion has nothing but respect for the former titleholder.
“I don’t hold anything against him. Actually, I have a lot of respect for the guy,” he said. “He’s been a great fighter for a very long time, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to beat him up.”