After losing via stoppage to UFC veteran Alex Caceres, Rolando Dy was immediately brought to the hospital to have his right eye checked. The doctors deemed that the damage was not too bad so Dy was allowed to head back to his hotel.
The Filipino fighter flew back to the Philippines on Sunday afternoon wearing a patch over his right eye. He was disappointed that the fight was stopped but still thankful that he was given the opportunity.
“Unang exchange pa lang tinamaan na yung mata ko,” Dy explained. “Sinubukan ko ikurap at kusutin pero walang nag nagbago. Pag bukas yung kanang mata ko, parang dalawa yung nakikita ko.”
As a result, Dy fought round 1 on the back foot. He retreated as Caceres went in for the kill.
“Pinikit ko na lang yung isang mata ko para hindi doble yung nakikita ko pero yung problema, limited yung vision ko kasi isa nga lang yung bukas. Hindi ko nakikita. Yung ibang suntok niya lalo na yung left straight kaya ako tinamaan,” Dy said.
The knockdown was the highlight of the match for the lanky southpaw. Caceres measured Dy with a jab and unleashed a left straight that was right on the money. He also had one decent rear-naked choke attempt but Dy defended it properly.
In the second round, his corner was able to calm Dy down and as a result he had a much better performance. The Filipino striker connected with a strong kick to the body that he felt bothered Caceres.
“Malakas rin yung napatama kong body kick sa kanya pero magaling rin talaga,” Dy went on. “Beterano na rin kasi kaya alam niya na lahat ng gagawin. Ang hirap makabwelo sa kanya.”
Dy also stated that he hoped the doctor would allow him to fight on. He could not see properly with his right eye but that was also the case in round 2. There was no additional damage to it but the fight was still stopped.
“Gusto ko pa sanang lumaban. Kahit si Caceres na-disappoint rin sa stoppage pero syempre naiintindihan rin natin kung bakit tinigil nung doctor,” Dy said.
After his three-fight winning streak was halted in Singapore, Dy said he’ll take a short break. “Pahinga lang siguro ako ng dalawa o tatlong araw,” Dy, who has three more fights in his UFC contract, closed. “Tapos balik training na agad. Nasa UFC na tayo e. Dapat walang tigil na training na kasi yung mga makakalaban ko, grabe rin yung training.”