TJ Dillashaw was far from pleased after what he perceived to be an early-stoppage in his UFC Brooklyn headliner against Henry Cejudo.
Cejudo managed to earn himself another victory in a seemingly unwinnable matchup after his UFC 227 victory over Demetrious Johnson this year, this time destroying the heavily-favoured bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw in less than a minute.
HENRY CEJUDO IS THE TRUTH! 🤯#AndStill UFC Flyweight champ, he KOs TJ Dillashaw in 30 seconds! 🔥
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) January 20, 2019
Breaking down the fight-ending sequence from his perspective, the bantamweight champion Dillashaw took to the stage for his post-fight presser and explained how he was still completely there as the ref pulled Cejudo off of him just 32-seconds into the fight.
“Sucks to have it stolen from youI 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 ref’s] going to stop the fight?
“It’s just ridiculous. It’s pretty pathetic that I have better knowledge (than the referee).” (via MMAJunkie)
As for the defeat, Dillashaw was, of course very upset with the manner in which the fight ended – and from there, moved to call for the fight to take place once again at flyweight.
“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. I was more rocked in the first Cody [Garbrandt] fight than that fight. I got clipped, hardly clipped behind the ear, and a grown man is going to be shoving you. Of course you’re going to be in a scramble. A grown-ass man is on top of me. …
“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.”
He then later took to his official Instagram to post a statement.
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Well F*#% that didn’t go as planned. Sorry to all my fans that I didn’t get to show all my hard work. Tough one to swallow having the fight taken from me like that. But I need to lead by example for my son and practice what I preach, brush my self off and pray that I get the chance to do it again.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena