T.J. Dillashaw Doesn't Believe Renan Barao's Claims That He Was Knocked Out During UFC 173 Fight
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.31.2014
He's looking for a reason why he got beat so bad...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, T.J. Dillashaw (10-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) said that he doesn't buy Renan Barao's (32-2 MMA, 7-1) story about being knocked loopy during their UFC 173 fight. The two will have a rematch at UFC 177.
On Barao's claims that he wasn't thinking straight: "He had to come up with some sort of a reason why he got beat up so bad. I feel like that's not accurate (that he woke up in the locker room), because he came out and the second round was his best round. I feel like after the second round is when I actually broke him, because his best round was actually the round after he got knocked down. I'm not saying he didn't go on autopilot, but for not losing that long, you've got to have some kind of excuse."
On his thoughts on the rematch: "I'm pumped. I get to fight in front of my hometown. The UFC was scheduled to come to Sacramento that day, and they're going to put the champ in (Sacramento) on the card. I'm excited about it. I don't want to be the guy that's going to call (out) when I fight. I just want to be the company man and fight who they put in front of me and keep winning."
On his confidence: "Just as much (confidence) as before. I can't get overly confident. I've got to respect him just like I did in the first fight. He is very dangerous, and I just want to make sure I go in there with the same respect for him and belief in myself."