"He's a hell of a fighter".
While the stoppage was certainly warranted - Cody was not intelligently defending himself - he was still moving and very much conscious in immediately going head-to-head with the victor. He pounced on his downed opponent and kept peppering him with punches until Dan Miragliotta stepped in to award him the TKO victory at 2:41 of the second stanza.
"This isn't the end of Cody Garbrandt". 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. It was a testament to Garbrandt's blazing hand speed and punching power.
He added, admitting he had been hurt by the knockdown: "The kid is fast". He hits hard. You can condition your chin. The better shape you are, the better chin you have.
The pair have an old feud dating back a number of years after Dillashaw quit Garbrandt's Team Alpha Male training camp. They were introduced to each other through Garbrandt's brother and qucikly became friends. Dillashaw then drops Garbrandt with a head kick. You know it. You should have been fighting me but you dodged me. "He holds his hands a little bit low anyway, so I was looking to take advantage of it", said Dillashaw.
After reclaiming the title he lost to Dominick Cruz, Dillashaw announced his intention to drop down for a superfight with the flyweight and P4P king. With the bantamweight belt back, Dillashaw has his eyes set on the flyweight title.
"[The bantamweight title] should've been around my waist the whole time", Dillashaw said. "I am the champion, this is my belt". This is my belt. Listen, you can't be in a position where you're like "I want $2 million, f*ck you, I don't care what you make".
"You've got that record and it's fake". (Expletive) you. I don't care what you make. "I'm coming for you".