TJ Dillashaw has vented his frustration at coming out on the wrong end of a split decision loss to Dominick Cruz at UFC Fight Night 81 on Sunday night during a lengthy post on Instagram.
The former champion says that after watching the fight again he’s absolutely convinced that he won at least three rounds, and potentially even four.
Furthermore, Dillashaw also calls out color commentator Joe Rogan, claiming that he was biased towards Cruz during the fight. That accusation seems somewhat surprising given that there seemed to be a general feeling post-fight that it was the other way around – that Rogan’s commentary was leaning heavily towards Dillashaw. That would make more sense given the fact that Rogan had both Dillashaw and his coach Duane Ludwig on his podcast when he first became champion and even trained with them at the time.
The end result of all this is that Dillashaw is calling for an immediate rematch with Cruz, though the likes of Urijah Faber and potentially even flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson are also under consideration when the champion heals from the foot injury he sustained during the fight.
Read Dillashaw’s full Instagram statement below.
“Man I’m so lucky that I get to do what I love everyday of my life and put on shows for the world. Love being a martial artist and the person it has made me. Like me or hate me for what ever reason and think what ever you believe to be true, I just appreciate you watching and hope you enjoyed that fight. Congrats to Cruz for enduring everything he has and being able to come out and perform at his best, true respect for his determination and athletic ability. I know everyone has their right to their own opinion but as I laid in bed the last two nights not able to sleep thinking how I lost that fight baffled me. Not saying that it was a robbery because I knew that it was a close fight and have no one to blame but myself for leaving it that fu#king close. Did not fight my best and definitely things I could have done different laying there thinking to myself. Finally got a chance to watch the fight on my flight home today and after watching I’m even more confident I won that fight! Even the two rounds I was initially giving to him were much closer when I rewatched it, to be fair I gave my self three rounds but have no problem saying I won four rounds. @joerogan might need to go back and watch it again to hear how biased he was commentating, I agree with you it was a good close fight but think you picked Cruz before the fight started. HOLY SHIT WHAT A GOOD FIGHT! Better than I remember and want to do it again. Please Cruz, don’t retire and give me that shot so I can get back what I believe is mine.”