In Round 2, Dillashaw pressured Garbrandt and landed a hard head kick that put his opponent down briefly. T.J. Dillashaw, the flow of the fight now on his side, went on the attack. Dillashaw attempts a body kick, but Garbrandt staying very patient here.
The bad blood between the former Team Alpha Male teammates instantly spilled over as Dillashaw jumped into Garbrandt's face once he reached his feet after the bout, forcing Miragliotta to separate them.
But the defending champion unleashed a breathless combination at the midway point of the round and, as the buzzer sounded, Garbrandt let rip with a brutal right hook which sent Dillashaw back to his stool on wobbly legs, staring at an unkind gesture. "He stood up and I was just excited". Landing a head kick was part of Dillahsaw's game plan. "He doesn't deserve a rematch", Dillashaw said after the fight, according to MMAFighting.com.
He added, admitting he had been hurt by the knockdown: "The kid is fast".
Dillashaw lost the bantamweight title to Dominick Cruz in January 2016 by split decision.
"That belt has been around my waist the whole time in my mind". While the flyweight champ had his doubts about Dillashaw making the 125-pound limit, the newly reinstated bantamweight titleholder says that, while it will involve somewhat of a lifestyle change, it is a doable one considering his process to make 135 pounds now. The better shape you are, the better chin you have.
The rivalry between the two fighters, who opposed each other early in 2017 as coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter", got juicy during fight week when Garbrandt released sparring footage of him dropping Dillashaw.
"Listen, you can't be in a position where you're like, 'I want $2 million. You should have been fighting me", he said.