TJ Dillashaw wants immediate title shot or a fight against a top 5 opponent

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Former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw wants an immediate title shot for his octagon return or a fight against a top 5 opponent.

TJ Dillashaw recently completed a two-year suspension given by USADA for knowingly doping ahead of his fight against Henry Cejudo at UFC’s inaugural event at ESPN+. Dillashaw tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO).

The EPO did little to help Dillashaw who moved down in weight in an attempt to become a two-division champion. Dillashaw was knocked out in the first round by Henry Cejudo.

Speaking to  “Real Quick with Mike Swick” podcast, TJ Dillashaw said that ideally he would like to fight for the title, but is happy to settle for a top 5 opponent.

I’m ready to go straight for the belt, if that’s the opportunity that comes at me because I know Yan wants it.” TJ Dillashaw told Mike Swick on the “Real Quick with Mike Swick” podcast. “He’s already been vocally talking about it and we’ll see what happens on March 6 when he fights Sterling. He’s got a tough test ahead of him, but that’s the fight he wants. I didn’t leave this sport by losing my belt. He knows there’s a lot of speculation if he’s the real champ because he hasn’t beaten the champion to get that belt, so he wants it. As well as that, I’m the biggest draw for him right now to try to fight.”

UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan will be defending his title against Aljamain Sterling in the co-main event of UFC 259 next month. TJ Dillashaw said that two-years of inactivity might work in favour of Petr Yan which will eventually entice him to the fight.

Maybe he’s thinking me coming back for my first fight might be the best time to catch me as well, too. To try and catch me slipping. But I mean, that’s what I want. The ultimate goal for me is to be the champion. The greatest things come to you when you’re champion, the goal is to be champion, so why not get out there and get it done.”

Who should TJ Dillashaw fight next?

Even if TJ Dillashaw doesn’t get a chance to fight for the title next, he has no shortage of opponents. Top bantamweights like Cory Sandhagen, Rob Front have been calling him out.

I’m in a good situation,” Dillashaw said. “I think everyone in the top five has called me out. I want to come back and fight the best. I’m 35 years old now, I’ve got a lot of things in life going on, so I want to come back and prove that I’m the best bantamweight of all time, and I want to come back and fight the best. If that’s for the belt right away then so be it. If that’s fighting someone else in the top five, awesome.

Every person that’s called me out, I’ve said yes to the UFC, so that’s just showing them that I’m eager to get back in there. So it doesn’t really matter as long as it’s someone that’s at the top of the game, because I’m gonna climb up and get that belt back fast.” (H/T –

Who should TJ Dillashaw fight next?


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