Dillashaw says that a bad call by the referee is what lead to the loss and that he has more knowledge than Kevin MacDonald.
“Sucks to have it stolen from you,” Dillashaw said at the post-fight press conference (via MMA Junkie). “I worked my butt off. It would be nice to actually get the chance to show it. It’s a title fight. It’s a champ-vs.-champ fight, and you’re going to stop the fight like that? I’m in on a single leg. (The referee) said, ‘Hey, show me something.’ I said, ‘OK.’ I’m on a single leg in a scramble, (Cejudo) stops punching, he’s defending a single leg, and (the referee’s) going to stop the fight? It’s just ridiculous. It’s pretty pathetic that I have better knowledge (than the referee).”
The loss for Dillashaw was the first since a defeat suffered against former UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz at UFC Fight Night 81.
While Cejudo will forever go down as the winner of the fight, an angry Dillashaw feels that the flyweight champion achieved no victory on Saturday Night.
“If I’m going to lose, I want to lose,” Dillashaw said. “I want to lose if I’m going to lose. Look, congratulations, Henry Cejudo. Awesome. Great job, man. But you did not win. You did not win this fight. I am happy to accept defeat, but I did not lose. I was more rocked in the first Cody (Garbrandt) fight than that fight. I got clipped, hardly clipped behind the ear, and a grown man is going to be shoving you. Of course you’re going to be in a scramble. A grown-ass man is on top of me. As you can tell, I’m a little frustrated. This (expletive) needs to happen again, at flyweight. This is bullshit. I worked my ass off 12 weeks to get here. To have it stolen from me in 30 seconds. You guys can see the fire. I’ll (expletive) fight tomorrow.”
Cejudo said he is willing to grant a rematch to Dillashaw, but wants the bout to be for the UFC Bantamweight Title.