Emotions ran high in the post-fight press conference of the UFC on ESPN+1 in Brooklyn, New York.
The loser of the main event, TJ Dillashaw, did not hide his frustration over what he believes was a premature stoppage that led to an empathic defeat to reigning champion Henry Cejudo. The bantamweight did shed some tears in the post-fight media scrum after a failed attempt to become the UFC’s next simultaneous double-champion.
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TJ Dillashaw challenged Henry Cejudo for the flyweight championship in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 1 at the Barclays Center, Saturday night. Ahead of this gigantic showdown, he claimed that he was paid an insane amount of money to kill the 125-lb division, which was speculated to get axed this year.
“The Viper” made the biggest weight cut of his career to qualify for this fight only to be finished in just the first 32 seconds of the opening round. The defending champion punched his way to a jaw-dropping stoppage win, the fifth fastest in UFC history, after sending a flurry of punches to a helpless Dillashaw in the first round.
The stoppage then became the subject of debate among MMA fans in social media as many of them believed that the call was given too early.
TJ Dillashaw is crying. He's very emotional at the post fight press conference. Feels as though he was robbed of the opportunity. Had he won he said the plan was to call out Max Holloway.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) January 20, 2019
“He Didn’t Win”
A clearly upset UFC bantamweight kingpin echoed the same sentiment in the post-fight press conference, saying that the call was ridiculous, saying that Cejudo did not actually win as the referee has little knowledge of the game.
“Sucks to have it stolen from you. I worked my butt off. It would be nice to actually get the chance to show it. It’s a title fight. It’s a champ-vs.-champ fight, and you’re going to stop the fight like that? I’m in on a single leg.”
“(The referee) said, ‘Hey, show me something.’ I said, ‘OK.’ I’m on a single leg in a scramble, (Cejudo) stops punching, he’s defending a single leg, and (the referee’s) going to stop the fight? It’s just ridiculous. It’s pretty pathetic that I have better knowledge (than the referee).”
“If I’m going to lose, I want to lose. I want to lose if I’m going to lose. Look, congratulations, Henry Cejudo. Awesome. Great job, man. But you did not win. You did not win this fight. I am happy to accept defeat, but I did not lose.
“As you can tell, I’m a little frustrated. This (expletive) needs to happen again, at flyweight. This is bullshit. I worked my ass off 12 weeks to get here. To have it stolen from me in 30 seconds.”
“You guys can see the fire. I’ll (expletive) fight tomorrow. I don’t know (what happens next), I’m pretty effing bitter right now. I’m pretty pissed off. I worked my ass off. I’m about to (expletive) cry. I put in a lot of work.”
Watch the full interview as Dillashaw got emotional in the post-fight presser:
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