Late last month, UFC bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw boldly dropped down to the flyweight division to challenge local champ Henry Cejudo in a bid to become a two-division champion. Unfortunately for Dillashaw, he lost in less than a minute — though he certainly didn’t agree with the stoppage.
Speaking to UFC commentator Joe Rogan on the latest edition of the Joe Rogan Experience MMA show, TJ Dillashaw explained that he’s had a very difficult time swallowing this controversial loss.
“It’s been rough, man,” Dillashaw said (transcript via MMA Fighting). “It’s a rough one to swallow on multiple reasons. He landed a good shot [but] everything’s being overshadowed by the shot that landed behind my ear. . . It was one of those shots that hits you on the head, right behind the ear. Not illegal, we’re on our feet, it’s completely legal but it’s one of those unfortunate situations where it just kind of takes your feet out from underneath you. You’re 100 percent there but your equilibrium is off and he jumps on me. . .
“To be honest, I didn’t know who [the referee] was. I think he’s really inexperienced. Watching him ref, he was jumping around as soon as the commotion happened, looking for a reason to stop it, almost. . . That’s the part that bugs me more. I was there, it was a shot that hit me behind the head, and then a controversial stoppage, so it’s a rough one to swallow.”
TJ Dillashaw also told Joe Rogan that he’s hoping for a rematch with Henry Cejudo in the flyweight division — though UFC President Dana White has said he’d like to see the pair fight again at bantamweight.
“[My manager] has been in talks with Hunter [Campbell] and Dana [White] I hope to figure out something soon, because I’ll fight tomorrow,” Dillashaw said. “I’ll fight Henry at whatever weight he wants. Obviously I would prefer ’25 because of all the work, and I want to show I know what I’m doing, and that this was a fluke.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/1/2019.