<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=453372" target="_blank"> Bang: TJ would KO Cruz, Conor </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=453372" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=56&q=75&x=6&y=1&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=tj-dillashaw-09-01-2014-11-39-46-170.jpg" /></a> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <p>Top MMA coach Duane 'Bang' Ludwig did multiple media appearances recently and discussed the prospects of protege UFC bantamweight T.J. Dillashaw vs. former division champ Dominick Cruz, and vs. interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor.</p>
Ludwig thinks Cruz would be lose in two.
"I want that fight to happen, 100 percent," said Ludwig to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour, as transcribed by Adam Guillen Jr. twitter.com/AdamGuillenJr for MMAMania http://www.mmamania.com/2015/7/27/9048593/ufc-duane-ludwig-sees-t-j-dillashaw-stopping-dominick-cruz-in-two-rounds-mma. "I think he matches up well. I see TJ knocking him out within two rounds, stopping the fight within two rounds. It will be because of something that we'll train, specifically. There's things. I think differently and I know my athletes. There is another level to martial arts available now. He looked great against Mizugaki. He looked phenomenal, then he gets hurt again.
"But if the fight gets booked, we would have to have another guy on the back burner, as was the case with Aldo vs. McGregor having Chad Mendes. If they give Cruz a tune-up fight, that would be fair. But this fight needs to happen because Cruz never lost his title. He was stripped. So, you have to do what is ethically right, and that fight needs to happen anyways because it's a big fight and to make sure that it's truly undisputed. Obviously TJ is the champion now, but there is a little bit of gray area now, just because of Cruz."
"The things he does well and is successful with other guys he is not going to be able to do with TJ. That's the thing. What TJ is very good at, and I am serious, TJ can knock him out in the second round. He can even knock him out in the first round, but I see him stopping it in the second round. Once he finds the timing and accuracy of the round, in the second round he is going to take him out. It's the different things Cruz does that is going to give TJ the opening to stop it. There is something specific, very specific, and it's pretty easy. I've been seeing it for years, he's been doing the same thing for years."
Ludwig also appeared on InsideBJJ http://www.insidebjj.com/2015/07/26/190-duane-bang-ludwig-javier-vazquez-rose-gracie/ and had a similar discussion about McGregor.
“I think that would obviously be a very entertaining fight,” said Ludwig. “Conor can barely make 145. TJ is not a big bantamweight. I would like the fight with TJ and Conor. I already know how the fight would play out. TJ would knock him out.”
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