Full Name Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw
Born February 7, 1986
Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw is an American mixed martial artist signed with the Ultimate Fighting
Championship. He is the two-time and current champion of the Bantamweight division of UFC.
While growing up in California, T. J. Dillashaw participated in school wrestling and later at college, he
successfully competed for the Titans wrestling programme. In his final year, he graduated with a
10th rank in the nation at 133 lbs. Before joining UFC in 2011, Dillashaw trained with Team Reign for
a year and half, and then with Team Alpha Male.
In UFC, he entered by defeated Matt Jaggers on the Team Bisping vs. Team Miller fight, being the
second bantamweight to be selected as a part of Team Bisping. From 2011 to 2013, he faced off with
multiple opponents like John Dodson, which was also his first official UFC debut, Walel Watson,
Vaughan Lee, Issei Tamura, Hugo VIana and Mike Easton.
T. J. Dillashaw was to fight Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 173 in 2014, but instead was moved up the card
to be set against Renan Barao, who was the favourite for the match. Making one of the biggest
upsets of MMA history, Dillashaw defeated Barao via TKO to win the title of Bantamweight
champion. He won the rematch as well in 2015 to retain the title. In his last two fights he defeated
Cody Garbrandt twice to win and retain the same.
T. J. Dillashaw married his wife Rebecca in June, 2014 and the couple had a son in December, 2017.
He also holds a black belt in Bang Muay and Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
As of January 16, 2019, he is fighting Henry Cujedo on Sunday, January 20 in a champion vs. champion fight for the Flyweight Championship title.
UFC Bantamweight champion
Weight: 135 LBs / 61 KGs