The Team Alpha Male fighter said before heading to Omaha for his fight with Watson that he learned a valuable lesson in his loss to former housemate John Dodson and he wouldn’t make those mistakes again.
He certainly did not on Wednesday night.
Almost as soon as the fight started, Dillashaw moved aggressively inside on his 5’11” opponent and slammed him to the mat. From there it was a grappling clinic courtesy of the former Cal State Fullerton wrestler.
Again and again, Dillashaw took Watson’s back and looked for the rear naked choke, although his opponent’s defense was just enough to stave off the submission.
“I definitely stuck to the plan, he’s got a super long reach, had to take advantage of my wrestling pedigree. Sorry I didn’t finish it, he’s got long arms to fight off that rear naked choke. I was trying and trying,” Dillashaw said.
The second round was almost a carbon copy except this time Dillashaw opted for punches and elbows to blast away at Watson. The wiggly Watson stayed busy enough to keep referee Josh Rosenthal from stopping the fight, but Dillashaw stayed diligent in his attack.
Dropping the first two rounds for sure, Watson didn’t just give up in the third however. With Dillashaw again looking for the takedown, Watson jumped into a triangle choke to pull the fight to the mat.
When the triangle choke didn’t catch hold, Watson transitioned from omo plata and then to a knee bar. Unfortunately despite his best efforts, Dillashaw was able to get free and eventually move back into a dominant position on top where he rained down blows as the fight came to a close.
The striking numbers were simply staggering, but a true reflection of how this fight went down. Dillashaw landed an amazing 172 strikes while Watson fired and landed only 12 for the entire fifteen-minute bout.
The win puts Dillashaw back on the path he started when he first entered the 14th season of the ‘Ultimate Fighter’.
“I put that fight behind me and continue to go forward,” Dillashaw stated. “Use all these fights as a stepping stone to get to where I want to be and that’s a championship, baby.”