TJ Dillashaw

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Ready to fight again
BantamweightUFC
February 23, 2021
Dillashaw reiterated Sunday in his appearance on the "Real Quick with Mike Swick" podcast that he wants to make his return to the Octagon in a bantamweight title fight between the winner of the Petr Yan-Aljamain Sterling bout at UFC 259 on March 6.
ANALYSIS
After completing a two-year suspension for violating the UFC's anti-doping policy, Dillashaw has been eligible to fight since January. Despite having not entered the Octagon since January 2019 -- when he lost to Henry Cejudo with the flyweight belt on the line -- Dillashaw doesn't appear interested in taking part in a tune-up fight before getting another title shot. Prior to his suspension, Dillashaw amassed a 16-4-0 career record, including a 12-4 mark in the UFC.
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Now suspended for two years
BantamweightUFC
April 9, 2019
Dillashaw was suspended for two years Tuesday by the USADA after testing positive for EPO prior to his flyweight title bout against Henry Cejudu back on Jan. 19, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Dillashaw first got word of a potential violation of the UFC's anti-doping policy back in late March, and as a result, the two-time UFC Bantamweight Champion forfeited his championship belt and was in line to face a one-year suspension. However, Dillashaw has now been given the maximum of two years for his positive drug test and will now be unable to fight until January of 2021, since the suspensions are retroactively applied.
Gives up belt, suspended one year
BantamweightUFC
March 20, 2019
Dillashaw (16-4-0) announced Wednesday that he is "voluntarily relinquishing" his bantamweight belt after he was informed by the New York State Athletic Commission and United States Anti-Doping Agency of an "adverse finding in a test," Ariel Helwani of ESPN.com reports. He'll face a one-year suspension retroactive to Jan. 19, the date of his last fight versus Henry Cejudo at UFC 233.
ANALYSIS
The shocking announcement leaves the bantamweight belt up for grabs, with Marlon Moraes and Cejudo among the candidates to get the first shot at claiming the vacant title at 135 pounds, per Helwani. Dillashaw becomes the fifth UFC champion to forfeit his belt due to a drug test and could struggle to get another title shot once his suspension lapses, given that he'll be 34 years old. Dillashaw was not forced to relinquish the 135-pound belt because his positive test occurred while he was fighting to become the double-champion at 125 pounds. This was done voluntarily, and opens the door to a variety of contenders.
Falls to Henry Cejudo in 32 seconds
BantamweightUFC
January 19, 2019
Dillashaw failed in his quest to become a two-division champion, falling to Henry Cejudo via TKO (punches) at 0:32 of Round 1 in Saturday's UFC Flyweight Championship fight.
ANALYSIS
Dillashaw was upset with referee Kevin MacDonald's stoppage but it appeared to be perfectly justified. T.J. appeared to slip during a very early striking exchange and Cejudo poured it on from there. Dillashaw hadn't lost in three years and he hadn't been knocked out in seven years. T.J. remains the UFC Bantamweight Champion, but as MMAFighting.com's Dave Doyle correctly pointed out on Twitter, the UFC's bantamweight champ just got beat by the flyweight king. The company will have a difficult time justifying anyone but Cejudo getting the next shot at Dillashaw's gold.
First to scales Friday
BantamweightUFC
January 18, 2019
Dillashaw was the first fighter to the scales Friday morning, weighing in at 124.6 pounds for his flyweight championship matchup against Henry Cejudo on Saturday in Brooklyn.
ANALYSIS
In what was likely one of the toughest cuts of Dillashaw's career, the current bantamweight champion utilized a 12-week process to shed the extra 10 pounds necessary to compete for the flyweight title. Later on in the morning, opponent and current flyweight champion Henry Cejudo also made it to the scales and weighed in at 124.4, finalizing Saturday's title fight. Dillashaw enters this matchup with height and reach advantages, and sportsbooks are giving him the nod as approximately a (-225) favorite heading into Saturday's main event -- the first ever UFC card to be broadcast on ESPN+.
Fight vs. Cejudo moved up a week
BantamweightUFC
December 5, 2018
Dillashaw will now face Henry Cejudo at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on January 19 for the flyweight title, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
After initially being scheduled for UFC 233 on January 26, this champion vs. champion bout has been moved to headline the UFC's first show on their new deal with ESPN. UFC 233 is now left without a headliner, however it's not surprising the UFC is looking to load up their first show with ESPN. Dillashaw is looking to become a double-champion, as he currently holds the bantamweight title. If he is able to keep the fight a striking match, he could be in line for a victory, as he is taller, has a longer reach, and is a much more accomplished striker than Cejudo, who has an extensive wrestling background.