SACRAMENTO - New UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw spent the entire week letting his new found fame as a world champion soak in with a victory media tour that included a stop at the News10 studios on Friday evening.
"The attention coming from this fight is huge," Dillashaw told News10. "Everyday it gets more real, and it is in full effect now."
Dillashaw shocked the mixed martial arts world when he dominated Renan Baro for five rounds before winning by a final round TKO last Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as the main event of UFC 173. The victory has been called one of the greatest upsets in the history of the UFC after he snapped Barao's 22 fight win streak.
The Angels Camp native, who trains in Sacramento with Team Alpha Male used his footwork and angles to confuse Barao for the entire fight. Dillashaw said by the end of the of third round he began to realize he was going to become a champion.
"After the third I knew for sure. I saw it in his eyes, I felt it, when I got hit by him I felt nothing," Dillashaw remembered. "The fight felt like slow motion, I saw everything coming. He had never been put in that situation, I saw fear in his eyes, eyes wide open just fear."
Barao's camp is already calling for a rematch. UFC President Dana White has said it is a possibility. But many believe Dillashaw (11-2) will face either Takeya Mizugaki (20-7-2) who is on a five fight win streak, or Raphael Assuncao (22-4) who is a six fight win streak and defeated Dillashaw by a controversial decision in October of 2009.
"I wouldn't mind getting that one back," Dillashaw said. "That would be a nice win to get back."