T.J. Dillashaw had grand plans of becoming a three-time bantamweight champion. But those plans were derailed by an apparent shoulder injury.

T.J. Dillashaw : Shoulder | MMA record | Next fight

Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw is an American professional mixed martial artist.

Born Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw
February 7, 1986 (age 36)
Sonora, California, U.S.
Residence Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9 st 9 lb)
Division Bantamweight (135 lbs) (2010–present)
Flyweight (125 lbs) (2019)

He is signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and is a former two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion. As of September 20, 2021, he is #2 in the UFC bantamweight rankings.

Dillashaw competed on the 2011 Ultimate Fighter season. In 2014, he won the UFC Bantamweight Championship by dethroning Renan Barão, who was on a 32-fight unbeaten streak. Dillashaw lost the title to Dominick Cruz by split decision in 2016 before regaining it against Cody Garbrandt in 2017.

Tj dillashaw Shoulder 

T.J. Dillashaw had grand plans of becoming a three-time bantamweight champion ahead of UFC 280.

But those plans were derailed by an apparent tj dillashaw shoulder injury that was clearly evident during his co-headliner with Aljamain Sterling.

T.J. Dillashaw : Shoulder | MMA record | Next fight

Tj Dillashaw shoulder was visibly dislocated as early as the first minutes of the opening round. And while his corner was able to pop it back in, it eventually got re-injured in the second round, leaving him fighting with one arm.

The 36-year-old former champion lost via TKO in the second round. And as he told Daniel Cormier in the Octagon interview, it was an injury he’d been dealing with for nearly half a year now.

“I gotta apologize to the weight class. Kind of held it up. I completely blew my shoulder out at the end of April, as soon as I was getting ready for this (fight). I probably dislocated it a good 20 times throughout training camp.

“This is by far the toughest training camp I’ve been through because of that, emotionally. That’s why I was talking so much shit about his weak stand-up ‘cause I didn’t want him to wrestle. I knew that was the case.”

MMA record 

After graduating from Cal State Fullerton, Dillashaw contemplated turning to MMA. Mark Muñoz coached at Cal St. Fullerton for 3 years, while competing in the UFC middleweight division and invited Dillashaw to join the Reign Training Center fighter class at the conclusion of his senior year. 

T.J. Dillashaw : Shoulder | MMA record | Next fight

                       Mixed martial arts record                 
Total 22
Wins 17
By knockout 8
By submission 3
By decision 6
Losses 5
By knockout 3
By decision 2

After the two-year hiatus due to his USADA suspension, Dillashaw was scheduled to face Cory Sandhagen on May 8, 2021 at UFC on ESPN 24. However, Dillashaw announced on April 27 that he had to pull out of the fight due to a cut he received from a headbutt in training.

The pair was rescheduled and served as the main headliner for UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw on July 24, 2021. Dillashaw won the fight via split decision.

The decision was seen as somewhat controversial, with many fans, fighters, and media members expressing their belief that Sandhagen won the bout. 17 of 23 media outlets scored the bout as a victory for Sandhagen.

During the fight, Dillashaw suffered a knee injury which kept him out of action over the next year.

Dillashaw faced Aljamain Sterling for the UFC Bantamweight Championship title bout on October 22, 2022 at UFC 280.

He lost the one-sided bout via TKO stoppage in the second round, revealing later that he came into the bout with a shoulder injury that resulted in a dislocation early in the first round.

Tj dillashaw Next fight 

The co-main event of UFC 280 will feature a bantamweight fight between Aljamain Sterling (21-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) and T.J. Dillashaw (17-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC). UFC 280: Oliveira vs. Makhachev airs live from the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates this Saturday, October 20th.

T.J. Dillashaw : Shoulder | MMA record | Next fight

The main card will start with a special fight time of 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, with the ESPNews/ESPN+ prelims beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET/7:30 a.m. PT.

That was the warning sent by Aljamain Sterling to T.J. Dillashaw following his split decision win over Petr Yan in their much-anticipated rematch at UFC 273 in April. The UFC bantamweight champion was clear in who he wanted for his next defense, and Dillashaw fit the bill.

In his return to the Octagon upon the completion of his two-year suspension by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Dillashaw reinserted himself into contention with a split decision against Cory Sandhagen at UFC Vegas 32 last July. Unfortunately, his momentum would stall as the former UFC bantamweight champion suffered a knee injury that kept him on the sidelines. Fortunately, the top of the division would sort itself out by the time he was cleared to return, so he was booked against Sterling.

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