Dillashaw (17-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC), a former two-time UFC bantamweight champion, will face Aljamain Sterling (21-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) in the co-main event of Saturday’s show, which takes place at Etihad Arena and airs on pay-per-view after prelims on ESPNNews and ESPN+.
“I’m going to finish him,” Dillashaw said.
“I’m going to break him. He doesn’t have the gas tank. He doesn’t have the full, well-rounded … he’s going to rely on some small skills that he’s good at that I don’t think are going to be an issue for me, and I’m going to break him by just being on him at all times, that constant pressure and then finishing him.”
“That’s the name of the game with our sport, is drama,” Dillashaw said.
“Some more than others. I think a big turning point for me is when I fought Dominick Cruz. I won the belt against Barao, defended against (Joe) Soto, defended against Barao, and I fought Dominick Cruz and there’s some media behind it, and he’s talking mad trash, and I hadn’t had to deal with that yet. The first time he got under my skin and I went out to that fight – still believe I won that fight – but tried to knock him. From the get-go tried to kick his head off, and I kept the fight too close because of it and learned through that fight that I’m a better fighter when I have fun.
“I’ve never been a guy that’s held on to it or had the animosity to want to like fight someone in the street. I’ve always been the guy that like, ‘I’m going to fight when I get paid.’ I’m a professional. I’m going to do it when I’m supposed to do it, and he can run his mouth all he wants. To be honest, I think it shows some insecurities, and it’s really just – he’s too into social media. It’s kind of a joke.”