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    Getty TJ Dillashaw Former two-time UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw has called it a career. Dillashaw’s agent Tiki Ghosn confirmed to ESPN’s Marc Raimondi on December 5 that his fighter was retiring at the age of 36, and Michael Wonover was the first to report the news. Dillashaw’s retirement comes just over a month after his bout with current 135-pound king Aljamain Sterling at UFC 280 when the American vied to become the promotion’s first-ever three-time bantamweight champion. It was a rough match for Dillashaw though as he entered the bout with a severely compromised shoulder. Dillashaw’s shoulder popped out at the start of the opening round, leading to him being dominated on the ground for most of the first frame. His corner put his shoulder back in before the second, however it dislocated again and Sterling ended the fight via TKO at 3:44 of the round. Dillashaw walks away from the sport with a professional mixed martial arts record of 17-5 with eight wins via KO/TKO and three by submission. He boasts wins over several notable names,...
    Getty TJ Dillashaw TJ Dillashaw recently had choice words for his fellow former UFC bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz. They came in reaction to Cruz’s comments, which he made during a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour.” During the interview, Cruz questioned whether Dillashaw deserves a title fight or not and said that it sounds like a “hook-up” from the UFC’s end. Cruz’s rationale stems from Dillashaw’s failed drug test and subsequent belt stripping. Dillashaw returned to action in July 2021 after serving a two-year suspension for testing positive for erythropoietin (EPO), a performance-enhancing drug. The failed drug test led to Dillashaw losing his belt as well. In his comeback, Dillashaw battled Cory Sandhagen for five rounds and earned a split-decision nod from the judges. The former two-time bantamweight king suffered a knee injury during the opening frame and he’s been sidelined since. However, Dillashaw is presumed by many as the next title contender to challenge champion Aljamain Sterling. “He was suspended for cheating, so to get a shot after one win, OK, cool,” Cruz said to...
    Getty TJ Dillashaw Former UFC bantamweight king Dominick Cruz recently questioned why fellow ex-champion, TJ Dillashaw, should receive the next title fight. Dillashaw made his return to competition in July 2021 when he edged Cory Sandhagen on the scorecards via split decision. It was his first bout since serving a two-year suspension for testing positive for EPO, a performance-enhancing drug. The failed drug test resulted in Dillashaw’s 135-pound belt being stripped from him. After reigning bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling defended his belt against Petr Yan at UFC 273 last month, the “Funk Master” called out Dillashaw. Since then, Sterling has shown interest in competing against other combatants, however with the No. 2 ranking by his name, Dillashaw is a likely candidate to battle Sterling next. Further, Dillashaw has said on several occasions that he wants a title fight.Cruz Questioned Why Dillashaw Is Deserving of the Next Crack at SterlingWell, Dillashaw’s title claim was questioned by Cruz. “The Dominator” was featured on Wednesday’s episode of Ariel Helwani’s “MMA Hour,” and during his interview, he spoke about his former opponent....
    After beating Pedro Munhoz in the co-feature of UFC 265 Saturday night. Jose Aldo already has plans for his next match. With a two-game win streak in the bantamweight division, the Brazilian wants to face the former champion TJ Dillashaw in your next match. The intention to face TJ it was revealed at the press conference after the event, after earning her second consecutive victory at bantamweight. The former featherweight champion said he wants to return to the Octagon for another fight this time 2021. Warning “For me it would be great to fight Dillashaw. It would be a great fight between two great champions. Until December I hope to do one more fight and I would like it to be against him ”, declared Aldo. After a complicated start in the rooster weights, with defeats against Marlon Moraes and Petr Yan, Jose Aldo won his next two fights, beating Marlon vera Y Pedro Munhoz. The former featherweight champion entered the Octagon to face Munhoz, occupying the fifth position and should move up some positions after last night’s...
    The last time we saw TJ Dillashaw in the Octagon it was in January 2019. Henry Cejudo knocked him out in the first round of the flyweight title dispute. He was champion of the rooster and that route was going to continue … but the USADA notified a positive in EPO. He received a two-year sanction. He accepted it, it was not shown and he continued working. Now, days before returning to action this Saturday, the American once again admits his mistake, although he also tries to remove the doubts that now arise about him. “If I thought I got anywhere because of EPO, I wouldn’t be asking for Cory Sandhagen or a top5. I’m going to be an animal when I go back to the cage. I made a mistake. I was wrong. Being able to live with that, admit it, that has been easy, “he said before playing the main event at UFC Las Vegas 32. Bantamweight No.2 Cory Sandhagen awaits you this Saturday. It will be a tough fight, but Dillashaw is confident. “It was my only...
    With 35 years and two and a half without fighting due to a sanction (two years) TJ Dillashaw returned to the UFC. At the time he cheated, he was a bantamweight champion and on his return he accepted what was offered, knowing that it was his “only chance.” The company crossed him against Cory Sandhagen in the main event at UFC Las Vegas 32. His opponent was number two in the ranking and the winner of the lawsuit would go for the title. That place was earned by TJ. It was imposed by split decision (48-47, 48-47 and 47-48) in a result that for some generated controversy, although the final three acts were for the former champion, although adjusted. The fight had two stages. In the first two rounds, Sandhagen was better. In the first Dillashaw made it clear that he had no rust. He tried to be the one to set the pace and arrived with good hands, but the number two in the ranking knew how to catch him and put him in trouble with several submissions. In...
    After huge win at UFC Vegas 32, what’s next for TJ Dillashaw? Daniel Cunningham July 28, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 32, we saw the return of the former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw (17-4). Dillashaw was taking on arguably the best bantamweight in the division in Cory Sandhagen (14-3) in his return. Sandhagen stumbled against UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling (20-3), however, he bounced back strong. Back-to-back knockouts had everyone believing that Sandhagen was on a war path to the UFC bantamweight title. TJ Dillashaw never lost the bantamweight title inside the octagon. Dillashaw relinquished the belt after he tested positive for EPO and was suspended for two years. In reality, nobody really knew what to expect from the former UFC champion. Given Dillashaw’s talent and skill, I figured he’d give Sandhagen a very good fight. However, I figured that Sandhagen would be a bit sharper and edge Dillashaw in a close one at UFC Vegas 32....
    UFC Vegas 32 will be a defining moment for TJ Dillashaw Daniel Cunningham July 24, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit Tonight in the main event of UFC Vegas 32, we will see a pivotal matchup in the bantamweight division. Former undisputed champion TJ Dillashaw (16-4) will be making his return after a two-year suspension for performance enhancing drugs. Standing in Dillashaw’s way at UFC Vegas 32 is top contender Cory Sandhagen (14-2). Sandhagen is being touted as a future UFC champion. To prove he’s still one of the best in the world, Dillashaw is going to have to defeat The Sandman. Tonight is a big moment for TJ Dillashaw. Dillashaw was on top of the world just a few years ago. He was the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion and he was ranked in the top five in the pound-for-pound rankings. People were already calling him the greatest bantamweight that’s ever lived. It seemed that he had cemented his legacy as a future UFC...
    UFC Vegas 32 Preview: Cory Sandhagen – TJ Dillashaw Daniel Cunningham July 23, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit Tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Vegas 32, we will see one of the most highly anticipated main events of the year. Former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw (16-4) is returning after a two-year suspension and is taking on top contender Cory Sandhagen (14-2). Just a few years ago, TJ Dillashaw was on top of the world. He was the undisputed UFC bantamweight champion with aspirations of becoming a two-division champion. Dillashaw decided to drop to 125 pounds to challenge Henry Cejudo for the flyweight title to realize his dream. However, to assist with dropping weight and not losing energy, Dillashaw took EPO. EPO is a strong performance enhancer and the UFC informed him of the positive test after he lost to Cejudo in January of 2019. Dillashaw was then suspended for two years. Obviously, Dillashaw relinquished the title, but it’s worth noting that he never...
    UFC rebooks headliner between TJ Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen Daniel Cunningham May 18, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe UFC has rebooked one of the most highly anticipated matchups of the summer. MMA Junkie was the first to report this evening that the promotion has landed on a new date for the headliner between TJ Dillashaw (16-4) and Cory Sandhagen (14-2). The matchup will not headline the UFC‘s Fight Night on July 24th. Originally, the two were supposed to headline a Fight Night on May 8th. This matchup was being looked at as a bantamweight title eliminator. However, Dillashaw suffered a nasty cut in training and the fight was called off. Since then, the UFC has been working towards a new date and tonight, the deal was finalized for July 24th. With a title shot off the table for Cory Sandhagen, the next best thing in this shot against TJ Dillashaw. He’s getting to fight the UFC former champion with a title shot on the line. The Sandman has seen his stock rise a ton...
    Former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw will make his return to the octagon almost 841 days since his last fight. The USADA famously handed Dillashaw a two-year ban for the consumption of banned substances in his fight against Henry Cejudo. In the time that Dillashaw has been away from the sport, the bantamweight division has blossomed into one of the most talent stacked divisions in the UFC.  In his return fight after more than two years off, the former champion will take on an extremely dangerous finisher in Cory Sandhagen. ‘Sandman’ is on a two-fight KO win streak. Hence, it will be interesting to see how much of an effect a two-year lay-off will be for TJ when he steps in against an elite fighter in the ‘Sandman’. Read: ‘There is a big chance he would break my jaw’- Jon Jones on why he needs a big pay against Francis Ngannou Aljamain Sterling gives his thoughts on TJ Dillashaw vs Cory Sandhagen In a recent interview, James Lynch asked Aljamain Sterling what he made of Dillashaw’s return and what his predictions...
    BREAKING: UFC booking main event between TJ Dillashaw and Cory Sandhagen By: Daniel Cunningham March 18, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe UFC has finalized a couple of massive main events in the bantamweight division this evening. First, we learned that the promotion has booked a main event on May 22nd between Cody Garbrandt and Rob Font.  Just minutes later after that news broke, we learned of another UFC main event in the bantamweight division. And this one is going to be the title eliminator. Per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, TJ Dillashaw (16-4) will be returning to take on Cory Sandhagen (14-2). This fight has been rumored for a couple of weeks, but it has now been agreed to by all sides. Cory Sandhagen isn’t getting a UFC title shot, but he’s getting the next best thing in this shot against TJ Dillashaw. He’s getting to fight the former champion with a title shot on the line. The Sandman has seen his stock rise a ton over the past few months. After a slipup against Aljamain...
    THIS is the dramatic moment Petr Yan illegally kneed Aljamain Sterling on the way to a disqualification defeat. Yan was informed by the referee that the challenger was on the floor, so therefore was deemed a downed opponent and could not be hit. 4This is the dramatic moment Petr Yan illegally kneed Aljamain Sterling Illegal knee in round 4 by Petr Yan! ????#UFC259 pic.twitter.com/80voXid0Ch— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) March 7, 2021 But in a moment of madness, the Russian threw a knee which connected, leaving Sterling all-but knocked out. As the American was unable to fight on, Yan was disqualified and lost his bantamweight belt. It resulted in mixed emotions for Sterling, who was crowned the new champion after the blatant rule break. But he even THREW the belt to the ground and was clearly struggling with the affects of the knee, later being helped out of the octagon. After the win, 'Funkmaster' Sterling, 31, said: "That’s not the way I wanted to win. That’s not the way I envisioned this. I just took...
    TJ Dillashaw still wants a UFC title shot in return, but will settle for a top five opponent By: Daniel Cunningham February 23, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditFormer UFC bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw (16-4) is getting anxious to make his octagon return. Dillashaw’s suspension for a positive EPO test ended in January and he’s been preparing to get back into the cage. The former champion has been very vocal about wanting a UFC title shot when he returns. Dillashaw never lost the bantamweight title inside the cage. He had dropped down to fight Henry Cejudo at flyweight when he was popped for EPO. After the positive test, Dillashaw released a statement saying he was giving up his UFC title. Shortly after that, Dillashaw was suspended for two years. During his time off, Dillashaw got some much needed surgeries to get his body ready for this next push in his career. The top bantamweights have been vocal in wanting to fight Dillashaw. However, they’ve also been very vocal about believing he doesn’t deserve a title...
    A few weeks from now, Jan Blachowicz and Israel Adesanya will collide for the light heavyweight belt in the UFC. ‘The Last Stylebender’ will be moving up a weight class to take on arguably his toughest test to date. There is a lot on the line for Israel Adesanya at UFC 259. If he is able to win, he will immortalize himself as one of the best to ever do it in the UFC by becoming a simultaneous two-division champion. However, if he fails to get past Jan, not only will he lose his undefeated record, but the much-anticipated fight between him and Jon Jones will also fall apart. It will be interesting to see how ‘The Last Stylebender’ handles the challenge that is Jan Blachowicz.  Read: Look at Curtis Blaydes’ rivalry with Francis Ngannou TJ Dillashaw breaks down Israel Adesanya vs Jan Blachowicz In a recent interview, Mike Swick asked Dillashaw what he made of the main event at UFC 259 and who he thought would win the fight. He said, “Man, I’m very interested in that fight. I’m...
    The rematch between Francis Ngannou and Stipe Miocic is set to headline the UFC 260 PPV in March. The excitement is palpable as Miocic won his trilogy against Daniel Cormier, and Ngannou claimed four consecutive first-round KOs. Given the run of both combatants, the MMA world has its sights keenly set on this battle, and a former champion offered his prediction. Recently, in an interview with Mike Swick from Fight CAT, TJ Dillashaw shared his insights on the heavyweight showdown which will unfold in the UFC Apex. NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 19: TJ Dillashaw reacts after his loss to Henry Cejudo in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Barclays Center on January 19, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) He said, “I don’t think Ngannou is gonna really pick up the wrestling as fast as he needs to um it’s a tough sport to pick up as well as he’s a very muscle-bound guy and grappling gets you tired um as well as...
    UFC Match Maker: TJ Dillashaw – Jose Aldo By: Daniel Cunningham December 22, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThis past Saturday at UFC Vegas 17, Jose Aldo (29-7) was able to get back in the win column. The former featherweight champion took on Chito Vera (16-7-1) in the co-main event of the evening at UFC Vegas 17. In the first round of the fight, Aldo looked sensational on the feet. Busting up the legs and the body of Chito Vera. A dominant display of grappling in the third round sealed the fight for Jose Aldo. After the fight was over, the former UFC featherweight champion called out one man. There is only one fight that seems to interest Aldo at the moment, and that is a matchup with the former UFC bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw (16-4). Dillashaw never lost his title inside the octagon. Back in early 2019, Dillashaw dropped down to flyweight to try and capture a second UFC title. Dillashaw lost the fight, however, he also tested positive for EPO and was forced...
    Aljamain Sterling is one of the best bantamweights in the world at the moment. ‘Funkmaster’ was scheduled to take on Petr Yan before the end of the year. However, visa issues prevented Yan from entering the country due to which the two men could not fight.  The bantamweight division has been on fire lately. A talent stacked division with a host of fights clamoring to make it to the top. The likes of Aljamain Sterling, Cory Sandhagen, Cody Garbrandt are all top bantamweights.   Add to that the return of TJ Dillashaw next month. He has been a popular target for bantamweights to call out this weekend? The likes of Jose Aldo and Rob Font both called out TJ Dillashaw after their wins at UFC Vegas 17.  Read: TJ Dillashaw sends a warning to the bantamweight division  Aljamain Sterling pokes fun at TJ Dillashaw’s PED usage After leaning that multiple fighters had called him out after UFC Vegas 17, the former champion tweeted, “I heard everyone is calling me out, cause they all know that’s my belt @ufc” The tweet did...
    Former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw took to the airwaves and spoke out to ESPN Brett Okamoto. Dillashaw is eligible to make his return to active competition on January 18, 2021, after serving a two-year USADA suspension. The fighter was called out on consuming EPO, which is a banned substance per anti-doping guidelines. TJ Dillashaw will get back to action after 47 days and it’s clear he’s ready to re-enter the mix. The divisional landscape has drastically changed since he left; however, he still believes he’s on top of the competition. The former Alpha Male fighter was on his way towards becoming a two-division champion before Henry Cejudo dismantled him. TJ Dillashaw goes after ‘Triple C’ The 16-4 fighter in Dillashaw broke down Henry Cejudo’s rise to fame and had plenty to say about his wins. He went after Cejudo’s title-winning effort against Marlon Moraes and compared the latter’s cardio to that of a bulldog. Now, TJ Dillashaw has his sights set on reclaiming the top spot amongst the active bantamweight roster. BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – JANUARY 18: TJ Dillashaw...
    Former bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw spoke to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto ahead of his highly anticipated return to the UFC. Dillashaw is nearing the end of a two-year USADA suspension following a failed drug test that found EPO in his system. The former champion is eligible to return to action on January 18, 2021, and fans are certainly interested to see him back. Chiefly, TJ Dillashaw was looked at as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters during his rise in the company. His move down to flyweight to capture the title was his undoing. However, he’s keen to put the past behind him. Dillashaw’s main focus lies on recapturing his 135-pound that he believes rightfully belongs to him. TJ Dillashaw on current bantamweight king Petr Yan The former team Alpha Male fighter went after the current champion who’s yet to make his first title defense. Petr Yan has run through his competition thus far and captured the vacant belt against featherweight GOAT Jose Aldo. Dillashaw looks at Yan as somewhat of an unproven champion as Aldo was fresh off two losses...
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