LAS VEGAS – T.J. Dillashaw skilled just a few layers of adversity for the duration of his UFC on ESPN 27 critical match win over Cory Sandhagen – a theme he carried into the strive towards from an injury-plagued strive towards camp.
At a UFC on ESPN 27 post-strive towards news conference Saturday, Dillashaw (17-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) described the knee injury he suffered within the gap round of his 5-round split decision win over Sandhagen (14-3 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and the design in which it impacted his efficiency.
“Unfortunately, after that first round, I couldn’t desire,” Dillashaw mentioned. “I took his wait on a lot of occasions and I’m of direction proper from that clinch position on the wait on, nonetheless I couldn’t throw my legs wait on and I couldn’t desire. (I used to be) inserting out the usage of these knees as top likely I could perchance perchance while he used to be hand fighting. It used to be reasonably depressed. I tried doing just a few scissor-trips. I tried lifting in that second round after I had his wait on, nonetheless my knee proper wasn’t having it.”
In doubt if his knee would require surgical treatment, Dillashaw indicated it’s not the only hurt he’ll purpose to heal. In the lead-up to UFC on ESPN 27, Dillashaw revealed he’s nursing infinite illnesses – together with a within the reduction of that used to be reopened in Round 2 of Saturday’s strive towards.
“I had a terribly, of direction, of direction tough camp,” Dillashaw mentioned. “I couldn’t even spar this complete camp. The principle camp going, we have been supposed to trek Can also honest 8. It went soft a host of than getting within the reduction of. I used to be in a position to spar. My within the reduction of used to be going proper. The second camp around, I couldn’t shield healthy. The principle injury used to be that I pinched this nerve in my foot doing a slider board. Up until two days ago, I had to work out with shoes on. This is esteem the worst factor I could perchance perchance’ve been facing.
“I tore my MCL in my comely knee. I hurt my left shoulder, as well, the full camp. It used to be a trusty tough camp. I didn’t desire to clearly discuss it. I didn’t desire to make (any) excuses. I proper needed to fetch accessible. It had been two f-ing long. There used to be no come I used to be going to pull out from the strive towards.”
Became once there a conception in pulling out of the strive towards for a second time? If not of his personal volition, did anyone around him expose he enact so?
“No,” Dillashaw mentioned. “They know how harmful I needed it. There used to be no come I used to be pulling out. I could perchance perchance’ve walked out with one foot. I wouldn’t care.”
UFC on ESPN 27 took space Saturday on the UFC Apex and aired on ESPN.
Take a have a look at Dillashaw’s fleshy UFC on ESPN 27 post-strive towards interview above.