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Dillashaw stopped in TUF finale

T.J. Dillashaw did not win “The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale,” but the 2004 Bret Harte High graduate hopes to one day wear the UFC belt.

Fighting for a six-figure UFC contract in the live finale of the “The Ultimate Fighter 14” Saturday night in Las Vegas, Dillashaw lost for the first time in his pro mixed martial arts career, getting stopped by John Dodson by TKO at 1:54 of the first round.

Dillashaw (4-1), who got up on wobbly legs after getting dropped by a forearm shot by Dodson, was disappointed that referee Herb Dean stopped the fight as quick as he did.

“I just wish I could have got to show what I actually can do and let the fight go on,” Dillashaw said. “Some of the best fights we’ve seen in the UFCFrankie Edgar, he gets a chance to fight through it. I’m in good shape. I can push through those things. Obviously, I was coming into a single leg, and they stopped the fight a little early in my opinion. I didn’t agree with the stoppage, but what are you going to do? You can’t argue your way out of it.”

Despite his frustration, Dillashaw, 25, figures to get another opportunity to fight in the UFC again soon.

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