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Former UFC champion TJ Dillashaw hints at potential return to fighting: 'Future looks bright'


Could we see TJ Dillashaw return to the Octagon?

After suffering a devastating injury during his UFC 280 title fight with then bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling, the two-time titleholder's career seemed all but over. However, the Sonora, California native gave his fans hope on Instagram, revealing that he was recovering well from surgery and adding that “the future looks bright.”

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Of course, Dillashaw might just appreciate the fact that he won't have to live the rest of his life dealing with pain and immobility. But given how his UFC career has imploded over the last few years of his active career, we believe his ultimate goal is to come back and try to make history as the promotion's first-ever three-time bantamweight champion.

At one time, TJ Dillashaw was considered the greatest 135-pound fighter of all time. This theory was immediately debunked in March 2019 when he vacated the bantamweight title after USADA and the New York State Athletic Commission found adverse results following his fight against Henry Cejudo at a Fight Night event two months earlier.

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He was suspended for 12 months and then another year after testing positive for recombinant human erythropoietin, or EPO.

Dillashaw made no excuses and admitted to using illegal substances.

TJ Dillashaw's return to UFC complicated by injuries

He was out until July 24, 2021, when he returned and scored a split decision victory over Corey Sandhagen. This quickly returned him to the title picture, but a knee injury suffered during the fight kept him out of action for another 15 months.

He tried to reclaim the bantamweight crown against “The Master of Funk” in October 2022, but dislocated his shoulder early in the fight. Dillashaw's team tried to get him back on track, but he ultimately lost the fight via TKO in the second round.

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Dillashaw has a 13-5 record in his UFC career, with victories over Renan Barao, John Lineker, Cody Garbrandt and the aforementioned Corey Sandhagen.

Would you like to see TJ Dillashaw run through the Octagon one more time?




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