TJ Dillashaw Admits He Had To ‘Tough It Out’ When His Vision Was Impaired During Cory Sandhagen Fight
With blood flowing into his eye, a cageside doctor came to TJ Dillashaw’s aid and asked if his vision was alright. He immediately answered that he could see everything clearly while he could not see anything.
Dillashaw (18-4) assured the cageside doctor and referee Herb Dean that he could see clearly after Cory Sandhagen cut through the top of his eye. The 35-year-old fighter recently admitted the blood flow into his eye affected him throughout the battle.
“I guess camp kinda prepared me to be able to deal with injuries in the fight, I guess. Because I had to kinda bury my injuries down deep during fight camp, and I had to definitely do it during the fight,” Dillashaw admitted on Submission Radio. “And then let alone getting open in the second round, my eye, having to lie to the ref and tell him I can see…I just didn’t want the fight to get stopped.”
“The doctor came in, I was like, ‘Yeah, man, I got it. Don’t worry. I can see,’” he added.
“And at the time, I couldn’t, so walking out I was sure to take his wipey and I tried to wipe my eye even more and they told me I wasn’t able to do that…so just kinda had to tough it out, really, to be honest.”
Dillashaw went on to win the main event with a split decision. He is, however, now sidelined for a few months to recover from a knee injury.
After being out from the promotion for two years because of drug failure, Dillashaw returned to the octagon with Sandhagen, one of the top contenders of the bantamweight division.
In a very close fight, Dillashaw managed to earn another victory.
Now, he said that he wants to face the winner between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan. He is more likely to come back in early 2022 and fight for the title or a title shot.