T.J. Dillashaw left the victor at UFC 158 with an early second round knockout over Issei Tamura. Even though the former finalist on The Ultimate Fighter 14 did get the win with little damage absorbed, he wasn’t satisfied.
Heading into the fight, Dillashaw looked to make his pockets fatter with a Submission of the Night bonus but had to switch gears for maybe Knockout of the Night. In the end, he got neither and left with just a win.
“My game plan going into this fight was I was thinking I was going to submit the guy,” said Dillashaw on MMA Junkie Radio. “I thought that was my best chance at a bonus. There were a lot of heavy hitters and exciting fighters on the card. So the time I’m actually thinking about going for submission is the time I get a knockout.”
Of the 11 fights on the card, nobody left with a submission or the money to go with it. Jake Ellenberger’s first round finish over former Strikeforce welterweight champion Nate Marquardt was awarded as the top knockout.
Dillashaw improves to 7-1, being 3-1 since joining the UFC in late 2011.