TJ Dillashaw

USA

Fight moved to Oct. 22
BantamweightUFC
July 19, 2022
Dillashaw and Aljamain Sterling will meet at UFC 280 on Oct. 22, Marcel Dorff of Eurosport.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
The two fighters were originally supposed to meet at UFC 279 on Sept. 10, but the bout will ultimately be pushed back to late October. The fight remains a Co-Main event fight.
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Gets shot at bantamweight title
BantamweightUFC
June 15, 2022
Dillashaw (17-4-0) is scheduled to face Aljamain Sterling (21-3-0) in a fight for the bantamweight championship targeted for UFC 279 on Sept. 10, Marc Raimondi of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After defeating one of the top bantamweight contenders in Cory Sandhagen in July 2021, Dillashaw's championship fight hopes were put on pause due to knee surgery. Dillashaw will finally get a chance to vie for his third title belt, which would allow him to join Randy Couture as the only three-time champion in UFC history. The 5-foot-6 Dillashaw stands one inch shorter than Sterling and faces a four-inch reach disadvantage.
Set for knee surgery
BantamweightUFC
July 27, 2021
Dillashaw will undergo surgery on his knee after suffering an injury in his split-decision win over Cory Sandhagen last Saturday, per MMAFighting.com.
ANALYSIS
Dillashaw was able to get the win, and he has his eyes set on a high-profile fight for his next time out. It's unclear how long the 35-year-old will be out, but he expects a speedy recovery. Still, it comes as no surprise he's been handed a six-month medical suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission (per MIke Heck of MMAFighting.com). That would line up late-January as his earliest possible return, should he receive the proper clearance from a physician.
Takes out top contender in return
BantamweightUFC
July 24, 2021
Dillashaw defeated Cory Sandhagen via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) at UFC on ESPN 27 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Things were looking bad for Dillashaw early, as a flying knee cut him in the first round, and a punch above the eye opened a cavernous gash soon after. Dillashaw never stopped fighting, however, and was able to take rounds off of Sandhagen by breaking him down with constant pressure. The former champion also did a fantastic job attacking the lead leg of "Sandman" with thunderous kicks. When it was said and done, the decision went to Dillashaw, who called upon his grit and determination to survive when things were at their bleakest. While this decision was one of a few that were called into question on Saturday, Dillashaw spent no time entertaining the idea of a rematch, asking for a title shot or someone in the top-5 for his next opponent. Rough patches aside, the Dillashaw that was in the cage here looked very much like the man who was at the height of his powers before serving his suspension for PED use two years ago. It will only be big fights from here on out, meaning that we will learn quickly if the dominant version of TJ is back for good. He improves to 17-4 in professional MMA as a result of the victory.
Gets new fight date
BantamweightUFC
May 18, 2021
Dillashaw (forehead) will now take on Cory Sandhagen in a bantamweight at UFC Fight Night on July 24, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Dillashaw was initially slated to take on Sandhagen in early May, but the fight was postponed after Dillashaw suffered a cut above his eye while training. Dillashaw recently completed a two-year suspension after he tested positive for EPO in 2019. He most recently lost to Henry Cejudo via TKO (punches) in January of 2019. Sandhagen defeated Frankie Edgar via KO (flying knee) in February of 2021 and has won his last two fights. Sandhagen has advantages in both height and reach.
Fight officially postponed
BantamweightUFC
April 27, 2021
Dillashaw officially withdrew Tuesday from his scheduled bantamweight fight May 8 against Cory Sandhagen after suffering a cut above his eye while training and developing an infection, Ariel Helwani of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After conflicting reports came out regarding the state of the fight, Dillashaw announced via his official Twitter account that he has to withdraw after suffering the laceration when he was on the receiving end of a head butt. Dillashaw will look to reschedule the fight with Sandhagen for a date in the near future, further delaying his return to the Octagon after he recently completed a two-year doping suspension. In the meantime, the UFC is looking at Michelle Waterson and Marina Rodriguez to act as the substitute in the main event May 8.