TJ Dillashaw, former two time UFC bantamweight champion and one of the most recognizable faces in mixed martial arts, has decided to put a full stop to his professional career, as claimed by his manager Tiki Ghosn.
‘Killashaw’ had his last outing in the Octagon against the reigning 135-pound champion Aljamain Sterling at UFC 280 back in October. The fight turned out to be heavily one-sided, as ‘Funk Master’ won the fight via TKO in the second round, after Dillashaw already sustained a shoulder pop in the first.
In the wake of the fight, Dillashaw revealed to ESPN that a shoulder surgery was underway, with an expected return date sometime in 2024.
“Another year,” said Dillashaw. “Nine months until I can start training rough and tough, and then making sure everything is healed up. I’ve had shoulder surgery before and I’d say another year, maybe, to compete. Either a year to compete, or a year to get back to a training camp.”
While there were no hints towards an imminent retirement, speculations started surfacing after UFC Roster Watch officially announced that Dillashaw had been removed from the active roster.
Soon after, Michael Wonsover made the first announcement that the 36-year-old has announced his retirement.
“BREAKING: TJ Dillashaw has notified the UFC of his retirement. Dillashaw went 1-1 after serving a 2-year suspension from 2019-2021,” tweeted Wonsover.
BREAKING: TJ Dillashaw has notified the UFC of his retirement. Dillashaw went 1-1 after serving a 2-year suspension from 2019-2021.
— Michael Wonsover (@The_MDubb) December 5, 2022
The claim from Wonsover was later seconded by Ariel Helwani.
“TJ Dillashaw has decided to retire. The UFC was notified around a week and a half ago,” Helwani wrote.
TJ Dillashaw has decided to retire. The UFC was notified around a week and a half ago. @The_MDubb first reported the news.
Here’s more, from my car, on what happened: pic.twitter.com/goxUGdgYWw
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 6, 2022
Dillashaw became the 135-pound champ for the first time back in May 2014, defeating Renan Barão as well as breaking his 32-fight win streak at UFC 173. After losing it in 2016 against Dominick Cruz, Dillashaw clinched the title for the second time against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217, and even contested for the Flyweight belt against Henry Cejudo at UFC Fight Night 143 in 2019.
Following a two-year ban from the sport after testing positive for erythropoietin following the Cejudo fight, Dillashaw returned to bantamweight with a win against Cory Sandhagen at UFC Vegas 32 last year, before challenging for the belt against Sterling.
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