John Dodsen Discusses Winning At TUF 14
Posted on 04 Dec 2011
by MMAScoops.com Staff
John Dodsen spoke last night following his win over T.J. Dillashaw at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. Check out the highlights:
On being willing to compete in different weight classes: "I still consider myself to be a flyweight because I want to make sure I can fight in both weight classes. I'd want to be a flyweight, bantamweight and featherweight if I could."
On bulking up to compete in the bantamweight tournament: "I'm one of the only flyweights that has come this far to make it all the way through 'The Ultimate Fighter.' There were four of us that originally started, and one of us was the one who came out on top."
On looking ahead: "I still have a long way to go. Everyone can sit there and say, 'I'm ready for [a title shot]. I'm prepared.' But I still want to work through it and fight as many times as I can and just take whatever opportunities the UFC gives me. I'm more than willing to fight anybody at any point in time. If Dana White wants to put me on the New Year's Eve card, I'm willing to fight on that one too.
On the referee stopping last night's fight: "When I hit him, I felt like I hit him with an open palm. I thought I bitch-slapped him. Sorry. I (mean I) felt like I slapped him, and I didn't know if I actually hit him with any real power until I saw him crumble. When I saw him hit the ground, I just tried to jump on it as fast as I could."
On Dillashaw's assesment that the stoppage was premature: "If he wanted to keep on going, I was more than willing to keep throwing. It wasn't stopped early. It's [the referee's] job. It's not my job."