TJ Dillashaw vs. Joe Soto
Round 1: No touch of gloves in the main event. Soto takes the center of the cage. Dillashaw moving in and out. Dillashaw inches forward. He lands an outside leg kick. Soto catches a kick and tries to get the fight to the ground. Dillashaw transitions around and takes Soto’s back. Soto rolls, but Dillashaw stays with him. Soto gets to his feet. Dillashaw hits him with a right hand has he got to his feet. Soto lands a right hand. Soto lands a looping left hand. Dillashaw presses forward. Soto looking to counter strike. Dillashaw steps in with a jab. Soto lands a right hand. Dillashaw lands his jab. Soto sticks his tongue out at Dillashaw. The round ends. Close round. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Dillashaw.
Round 2: Soto lands a right hand. He lands another one. Dillashaw answers with a knee. Soto using good head movement and answering with counter shots. Dillashaw delivers an outside led kick followed by another one. Dillashaw lands a solid uppercut. Soto responds with a jab. Dillashaw lands a combination. Soto lands a left hand. Soto moves forward and lands a right hand. Dillashaw steps into the pocket with a straight left hand. Dillashaw goes to the body and Soto counters with a left hook. Soto inches forward. He lands a left hand. Dillashaw pumping his jab. Dillashaw lands an uppercut. Soto responds with a leg kick. Soto steps in with a jab. Dillashaw presses forward and lands a knee up the middle. He goes to the body with a right hand. Soto lands a jab. Dillashaw peppering Soto with jabs. Soto lands a jab. He presses forward. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Dillashaw.
Round 3: Dillashaw lands first in the third with an outside leg kick. Dillashaw lands a combination. Soto circles away. Dillashaw lands a kick to the body. Dillashaw lands a left hand to the body. He follows it up with a combination. Dillashaw picks up his pace and volume of strikes. He delivers an inside leg kick. Soto is bleeding from the nose, but not bad. Soto looks for a takedown, but Dillashaw stuffs the attempt. Dillashaw landing his jab. He lands an uppercut. Dillashaw changes levels and takes Soto down. Soto scrambles to his feet and lands a jab. Dillashaw answers with a right hand. The champ lands to the body with a kick. Dillashaw lands a combination. Soto counters with a right hand. Soto pops Dillashaw’s head back with a right hand. Soto goes to the body with a left hand. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Dillashaw.
Round 4: Dillashaw lands an uppercut. He misses with a high kick. Dillashaw inches forward. He switches stances. He delivers an inside leg kick. Dillashaw is outworking Soto. Soto goes to the body with a right hand. He presses forward. Dillashaw lands a left hand over the top. Soto responds with a jab. Soto displaying good defense. The pace slows a bit. Dillashaw pepping Soto with his jab. Soto lands to the body. Dillashaw changes levels and takes Soto down. Soto works to control Dillashaw’s posture. Soto scrambles to his feet. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Dillashaw.
Round 5: Soto quickly dives for a takedown. Dillashaw has none of it. Dillashaw fires off a high kick that’s blocked. He unloads with a combination. Soto circles away. Soto’s output has slowed. He lands a straight left hand. Dillashaw plays to the crowd by putting his hands up. Dillashaw goes to the body. He presses forward and lands a clean high kick that puts Soto out on his feet. Dillashaw finishes with follow up strikes forcing the referee to stop the fight.
The official time of the knockout was 2:20 of the fifth and final round.
TJ Dillashaw Post-Fight:
Man, it’s been crazy. Switch of opponents. But obviously I wanted to do it for Sacramento.
I knew he was gonna be a little bit better with his wrestling, so I was a little more hesitant with my stand-up and watch out for his shots.
I’m not real sure (who I want to fight next). My mind was on Renan Barao the last four months. But I’m fighting anybody they want to put in front of me and beating them.
Joe Soto Post-Fight:
(Soto was not able to attend the post-fight press conference)
I thought I made it competitive. It was kind of hard with it being on short notice. I had wrestled with him before, but I never trained against him in standup.
I’m disappointed that I didn’t win. I didn’t get my offense going and made it tougher on myself. I would definitely take a rematch, I’m confident against anyone.
When I looked at the division, I always thought T.J. would be the toughest matchup for me because of all of his movement.
I trained for three rounds, going five rounds was a little tiring, but I always prepare for the worst-case scenario. This experience is going to make me a better fighter. I had never fought in the UFC before, but this was a great experience.
I have always been confident in myself, that’s why I took the challenge. I was having fun in there.
When you get in the Octagon, that fighting warrior spirit comes out. I was enjoying it.