TJ Dillashaw Talks About His "Surreal" UFC 173 Performance
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.28.2014
The new bantamweight champion comments on his win...
In an interview with The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting), new UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillawshaw commented on his UFC 173 win over Renan Barao. Here are the highlights...
On his title win: "Absolutely surreal. It's unbelievable. I got into the gym looking up to those guys. I still look up to them, just who they are. I got in there just kind of in awe of who they were as people, getting into the title fights, and following their camps... just kind of like, man, this is an amazing road for me just being here with these guys. And for me to be the one who brings home the UFC belt, it's just crazy. What I've been through with them, it's crazy to see it all unfold."
On when he knew he won the fight: "I don't think I knew I had him until after the second. At the end of the second, I just felt it. I knew it, everything was going smoothly, I saw it in his eyes. I just knew that I was going to be too much for him. I was too fast and I was going to be able to pick him apart."
On why he thinks he won: "It's (because of) how relaxed I was. The first fight where I really relaxed was Mike Easton. I kind of let things just flow, I didn't go in there with strict combos I wanted to do and holes I saw in his game. I trained a gameplan with Duane but never really thought about it too much. I went in there with nothing in my mind except for being fast and moving my feet, and that's when I guess I just started to flow. I don't know, I guess just having fun out there, relaxing and soaking up the moment. I knew that this was a crazy adventure and that I wanted to enjoy every second of it. The walkout, the lead-up to the fight, taking over the UFC Instagram. Just everything in general, I wanted to enjoy it, and it just made everything so much easier. No hesitation, I just reacted."