“He was emulating me for all his teammates. Then decided, ‘Wow, I’m beating up all my teammates here at ‘Team Male with Dominick’s style so maybe I should use this to go win a title while he’s hurt.’ Really, the one who’s been talking is Duane Ludwig for T.J. Ludwig has a lot to say. I think Ludwig’s living his life through T.J. and it’s sad… So you’ve been beating up your coach. He’s been pimping you out wearing ‘Torque’ for how long? That’s exactly what Ludwig’s doing. Now you’re wearing ‘Bang.’ People are just pimping you out and you just let it happen. It’s pretty sad.”
Penick’s Analysis: What’s great about Cruz is how much he likes to play the antagonist. He’s on this narrative that Dillashaw has copped his style, and is nothing more than a cheap facsimile. Dillashaw will be out to show he’s a more improved version of what Cruz had been in the past. Dillashaw’s been taking a lot of heat about the Ludwig association of late, and the split with TAM hasn’t helped things on that front. Hopefully for his sake it doesn’t become too big of a distraction into what should be one hell of a fight on Jan. 17.