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    UFC's T.J. Dillashaw wants short rest, open to fight with 'name' Brad Pickett | News

    Dillashaw believes Viana was an underrated opponent.

    "He doesn't have a huge name behind him, but he's a very tough fighter, and people are going to start to realize that," Dillashaw told MMAjunkie.com Radio (MMA Radio, UFC Radio - MMAjunkie Radio).

    He hopes that's not the case with his next opponent. Dillashaw believes he deserves a Top 10 opponent, and preferably it'll come against someone with an already-established name.

    He mentioned No. 6-ranked Brad Pickett and fast-rising prospect Erik Perez as possibilities. Pickett, especially, would give Dillashaw a big name on his resume, which he knows is crucial when it comes to earning title shots.

    "It's different when you're fighting a guy with a name," he said. "Pickett's definitely a name.

    " ... I think I'm headed to a title run. I definitely feel like I should be fighting a Top 10 guy. I mean, I was supposed to be fighting a Top 10 guy last December before I got hurt. I was supposed to fight Mike Easton. So they were going to shove me that direction anyway."

    Dillashaw actually knocked out Issei Tamura on March 16 before his win over Viana just 35 days later. He said he left the Viana fight fairly unscathed, and he's ready to step in as a replacement if the UFC needs him for a big-name opponent. Otherwise, he's looking forward to a small break.

    "I'm healthy," he said. "I had another first-round finish without really getting touched. So yeah, I could definitely take another fight. But yeah, it's also nice to let you body rest when you've been in a comp so long. Maybe something in between."

    Dillashaw also is anxious to show the continued improvement of Team Alpha Male under new head coach Duane "Bang" Ludwig. In addition to Dillashaw, teammates Urijah Faber and Joseph Benavidez also picked up quality wins over the weekend. All the winners credited Ludwig, a UFC vet, for their improvement.

    "It's cool to show off what he's been doing for us, showing what we practice with him everyday working in the cage," Dillashaw said. "He's only been here since January, and he's making some big improvements in the team already just by paying attention to details with what we do and having a game plan for each fighter and knowing what works for each fighter.

    "I feel like we had a great team already ... but now we're putting the little things together."
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    I really think TJ has earned a step up in competition. Not sure if Pickett is the right matchup but he's definitely earned a top ten fighter.

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    TJ is one of those fighters who you'd probably want to fight right now, as opposed to a year from now, because I really think he's constantly progressing and evolving into a bigger and bigger threat and even right now, if I'm a relatively top guy at 135, Dillashaw is one of those guys who's a helluva risk....

    That said, I think Faber gets Pickett because they're both really hot right now, and Dillashaw probably draws a rebounding McDonald or maybe Assuncao.

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    ^Assuncao is fighting on the Brazil card I believe.

    McDonald sounds good though. Either way, somebody higher ranked than the fighters he's been getting would be nice.

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