T.J. Dillashaw Says Winning at UFC 158 Probably Cost Him A Bonus
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 03.18.2013
He won but lost...
T.J. Dillashaw spoke with MMAjunkie about his win over Issei Tamura at UFC 158 event. Check out the highlights:
On his game plan for the fight: "My gameplan going into this fight was I was thinking I was going to submit the guy. I thought that was my best chance at a bonus. There were a lot of heavy hitters and exciting fighters on the card. So the time I'm actually thinking about going for submission is the time I get a knockout. Kind of ironic. I was willing to take the fight anywhere and be aggressive, but I was just thinking that would be my best chance."
On his early kick to the head: "I knew he held his hands low. I already threw a couple head kicks in the first round. I was going for the head kick, and he just dipped into it, as well. It was a little bit of a fake low and change elevation."
On losing the bonus to Jake Ellenberger: "I was keeping my fingers crossed. But then as soon as I saw Ellenberger get the knockout, I was pretty certain it was going to go to him. I was just hoping since there was no submission, they would still give out three bonuses."
On what he would have used the $50,000 for: "Quit paying rent and make some good investments – that was kind of the plan."
On his plans from here: "I've been working hard to try and make my game as well-rounded as possible. I'd like to fight again as soon as possible, and whoever they want to match me up with, I'm sure they're going to do pretty well with that."