Beatdown: Dillashaw, Rivera

Mar 6, 2013

Wednesday brought another edition of "Beatdown" to the Sherdog Radio Network. Joining hosts TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood were UFC fighters Francisco Rivera and T.J. Dillashaw.

With UFC 158 just a week and a half away TJ and Jeff caught up with Team Alpha Male product T.J. Dillashaw. The Sacramento based fighter joined the program to chat about his featherweight bout against Issei Tamura in Montreal. Dillashaw makes his return to mixed martial arts for the first time since July of 2012. "The Ultimate Fighter" finalist talks about the road back to active competition, his new coach Duane Ludwig, and how he feels he has gotten better without competing.

If anyone thinks bantamweights don't have knockout power show them a fight that features Francisco Rivera. The CSW product joined De Santis and Sherwood to talk about his contract extension with the UFC. The WEC vet shares his story about nearly retiring from the sport to work full time as a city employee of Buena Park, what made him return to mixed martial arts, and why he feels being cut from the UFC at one point was a good thing.

The guys take listener calls, emails, and tweets. They also take a look at if transgender MMA fighters should be allowed to fight fighters of their new sex. One transgendered listener even calls in and shares her thoughts on the topic.

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