TJ Dillashaw

TJ Dillashaw

Personal Information

Full Name Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw
Date of Birth February 7, 1986
Nationality American
Height 5'6"
TJ Dillashaw: A Brief Biography

TJ Dillashaw is a former UFC Bantamweight Champion with a professional MMA record of 17-wins and 4-losses. Dillashaw is currently ranked #2 in the UFC Bantamweight Division.

  1. Early Life and Career
  2. TJ Dillashaw The Ultimate Fighter
  3. TJ Dillashaw UFC
  4. TJ Dillashaw vs Cory Sandhagen
  5. TJ Dillashaw Career Stats
  6. TJ Dillashaw Last Fight
  7. TJ Dillashaw Record

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Early Life and Career

Dillashaw started his combat sports journey as a high school wrestler. During his high school wrestling, he amassed a record of 170-33 and won 2nd place at the CIF State Championships during his senior year. Dillashaw's college wrestling career would be less successful as he went 14-16 in the 2005-06 and 17-14 during his sophomore year.

He transitioned into MMA after graduating college and amassed an amateur record in 2009 before turning professional in 2010.

TJ made his professional debut at KOTC: Legacy against Czar Sklavos. Dillashaw won the fight via a unanimous decision to start a 4-fight win streak in the independent MMA circuit before joining the UFC as a participant on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller.

TJ Dillashaw The Ultimate Fighter

TJ Dillashaw started his TUF 14 journey by dominating Matt Jaggers and winning the fight via TKO(retirement). Dillashaw then became a member of Team Bisping as the second Bantamweight pick.

TJ fought Roland Delorme in the quarterfinal bout and submitted him in the second round via guillotine choke. He continued his winning streak in the semifinal bout against Dustin Pague as Dillashaw outclassed Pague to earn a comfortable unanimous decision victory and a final berth. TJ fought John Dodson in the final and got handed his first loss in MMA as Dodson TKO'ed him inside 2-minutes of the fight.

TJ Dillashaw UFC

TJ Dillashaw made his UFC debut against Walel Watson at UFC on Fuel TV 1. He followed it up by winning his 3-next fights in the UFC before fighting Raphael Assunção at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields. Dillashaw lost the close encounter via split decision. Despite this, Dillashaw got his first First of the Night bonus for the fight. He bounced back from the loss by defeating Mike Easton via unanimous decision.

Dillashaw was next scheduled to fight Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 173. However, Dillashaw got promoted to the main event of the UFC 173 to save the card and, he instead fought Renan Barao for the UFC Bantamweight Championship. Dillashaw cemented his superstar status in the UFC as he dominated Barao and TKO'ed him in the fifth round via head kick and punches to become the new UFC Bantamweight Champion.

Dillashaw defended his title against Joe Soto at UFC 177 and Renan Barao at UFC on Fox 16 before fighting Dominick Cruz at UFC Fight Night 81. Cruz used his advanced footwork and striking prowess to earn a split decision victory to end Dillashaw's title reign.

Dillashaw got back on the winning track by defeating Raphael Assuncao and John Linekar via unanimous decision. He then became a coach at the Ultimate Fighter 25 opposite Cody Garbrandt. The pair were scheduled to fight at UFC 213. However, the bout got rescheduled to UFC 217. Dillashaw outworked Garbrandt and TKO'ed him in the second round via unanimous decision to become the UFC Bantamweight Champion for the second time.

Dillashaw made his first title defense in a rematch bout against Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227. Just like their first fight, Dillashaw got the better of Gabrandt and knocked him out in the first round via knee and punches.

Dillashaw then went down to flyweight to fight Henry Cejudo for the UFC Flyweight Championship at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw. Cejudo dominated Dillashaw and TKO'ed him in 32 seconds. Dillashaw tested positive for erythropoietin in the pre and post-fight test resulting in a 12-month suspension from the New York State Athletic Commission. On 20-March, 2019, Dillashaw voluntarily relinquished the UFC Bantamweight Championship and, on 4-April, USADA suspended Dillashaw for 2-years retroactive to 19-January, 2019.

Dillashaw was scheduled to make his UFC return at UFC on ESPN 24. However, the fight got postponed due to Dillashaw getting a cut from a headbutt while sparring. Both the fights eventually fought at UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw. Both fighters put on an instant barnburner classic for all the 5-rounds that ended with Dillashaw edging out a close split decision victory.

TJ Dillashaw vs Cory Sandhagen

TJ Dillashaw fought Cory Sandhagen at UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw. Both fighters didn't waste much time as Sandhagen attempted a flying knee transitioned into a reverse triangle choke. Dillashaw powered through the choke and gained top-half before taking the fightback on the feet while still controlling Sandhagen's back. Dillashaw put Sandhagen along the fence in a Khabib-esque fashion while connecting with his knees and leg strikes before Sandhagen escaped. The competitive round went in Dillashaw's favor.

TJ was on the back foot in the second round due to the first round knee injury. Sandhagen's used his footwork to counter TJ's pressure as Sandhagen dropped Dillashaw with a big right that caused a big cut over Dillashaw's eye. The round ended with TJ gaining control over Cory's back along the fence.

Dillashaw dominated round three as he outworked Sandhagen throughout the round using his superior grappling skills and his leg kicks.

In round 4, Dillashaw focused more on the grappling while Cory outworked him in the striking department. Round 5 was a striking slugfest that saw both sides exchange boxing combos with, Dillashaw getting momentary control over Sandhagen with his takedown attempts.

TJ Dillashaw won the fight on the judges' scorecard via a split decision.

UFC Fight Night: Sandhagen v Dillashaw

TJ Dillashaw Career Stats

Current Status:

TJ Dillashaw's current record stands at 17-4. He is currently on a 1-fight win streak.



Wins by KO/TKO:

  1. 8

Wins by Submission:

  1. 3

Wins by Decision:

  1. 6

Current Titles:

  1. None


  1. 67 in (170cm)


  1. 135 lb / 66 kg

Weight Class:

  1. Bantamweight

TJ Dillashaw Last Fight

TJ Dillashaw's last fight was against Cory Sandhagen at UFC on ESPN: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw. Dillashaw won the fight via split decision.

TJ Dillashaw Record

Below is the professional MMA record of TJ Dillashaw:

Win17-4Cory SandhagenDecision(Split)UFC on ESPN 27: Sandhagen vs. Dillashaw24/07/2021
Loss16-4Henry CejudoTKO(Punches)UFC Fight Night 143: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw19/01/2019
Win16-3Cody GarbrandtTKO (knee and punches)UFC 22704/08/2018
Win15-3Cody GarbrandtKO (punches)UFC 21704/11/2017
Win14-3John LinekerDecision (unanimous)UFC 20730/12/2016
Win13-3Raphael AssunçãoDecision (unanimous)UFC 20009/07/2016
Loss12-3Dominick CruzDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz17/01/2016
Win12-2Renan BarãoTKO (punches)UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 225/07/2015
Win11-2Joe SotoKO (head kick and punches)UFC 17730/08/2014
Win10-2Renan BarãoTKO (head kick and punches)UFC 17324/05/2014
Win9-2Mike EastonDecision (unanimous)UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou15/01/2014
Loss8-2Raphael AssunçãoDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields09/10/2013
Win8-1Hugo VianaTKO (punches)UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez20/04/2013
Win7-1Issei TamuraKO (head kick and punches)UFC 15816/03/2013
Win6-1Vaughan LeeSubmission (neck crank)UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman11/07/2012
Win5-1Walel WatsonDecision (unanimous)UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger15/02/2012
Loss4-1John DodsonTKO (punches)The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller Finale03/12/2011
Win4-0Taylor McCorristonTKO (punches)Capitol Fighting Championships20/11/2010
Win3-0Mike SuarezSubmission (rear-naked choke)Rebel Fighter: Domination02/10/2010
Win2-0Brandon DruckerSubmission (rear-naked choke)Fight For Wrestling 122/05/2010
Win1-0Czar SklavosDecision (unanimous)KOTC: Legacy26/03/2010

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Last Modified Feb 25, 2023 15:59 IST