Looks like the super fight between Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw might happen in summer. This is the fight many people are hoping for. Especially president Dana White and TJ’s coach, Duane Ludwig. Duane Ludwig believes TJ Dillashaw, his star pupil, is the best fighter in the world regardless of the weight class. (via MMAmania.com)
“We’ve trained from day one to be the best. Now we’re at the point. I keep saying we, I’ve put a lot of time into T.J., but I don’t want to take anything away from him, but since I have been helping T.J., my main goal and our main goal is to see how good we could get him,” said Duane Ludwig on a recent edition of the MMA Hour.
“Right now, he is the best mixed martial artist that has ever walked this earth at 135 pounds. Demetrious is the best mixed martial artist that has ever walked the earth at 125. So, it’s time to meet in the middle and we will meet at 125 to see who is the best mixed martial artist,” he added.
“Because for me personally, I am super fascinated with the development and the evolution of the human species and specifically in the subject of martial arts. So I want to find out exactly how much I know by testing that against Demetrious Johnson, utilizing T.J.’s skill set as a martial arts enthusiast. But as T.J.’s coach, I just want to make sure T.J. is doing all that he can to be the best he can be.”
When he was asked whether TJ Dillashaw is the best in the world regardless of the weight class, Duane Ludwig had no doubts at all.
“Yes,” he said, adding that his star pupil is improving every fight. “Each and every session are goals are to improve and he improves each and every day. Who knocked Cody out in the second round? Who ran through Renan Barao twice? T.J. is on another level,” proclaimed Duane.
TJ Dillashaw retained UFC Bantamweight Title by knocking out Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217. It was Cody’s first defeat and, as Duane Ludwig claims, TJ stopped Renan Barao’s 32-fight winning streak at UFC 173, knocking him out again one year later.
Despite there are extremely good names in UFC like Georges St-Pierre, Stipe Miocic, Daniel Cormier, Demetrious Johnson etc., the proud Duane Ludwig still believes in his star pupil.
“When his mind is right, and he’s got some really good people around him now that he did not have around him before that are making a drastic difference and I don’t know if they are getting the credit they deserve like Sam Calavitta from the Treining Lab, who is a genius and he has T.J. in the best shape of his life and it translates over to our sessions.”
If TJ Dillashaw defeats “Mighty Mouse” and end his 11-title winning streak, Duane Ludwig will get the confirmation. On the other side, Demetrious Johnson doesn’t believe TJ Dillashaw is his level, and he can accept he is the best only if he is able to repeat what “Mighty Mouse” was doing in the last seven years. What do you think, who will win this super fight?