TJ Dillashaw WITHDRAWS from MMA in ‘shock for the UFC’, with the controversial American saying his shoulder injury is ‘one of the worst ever’ as the 36-year-old ex-champ walks away after an unlucky title defeat
- TJ Dillashaw will go down in UFC history as one of the more controversial fighters
- Former bantamweight champion was banned for two years for taking steroids
- He came back and took the title while injured, much to the chagrin of the fans
- Dillashaw’s shoulder could require multiple surgeries, forcing him to make his decision
TJ Dillashaw has decided to retire from MMA, shocking the UFC with his decision just two months after losing a bantamweight title fight.
The American will go down as one of the most controversial fighters in the organization’s history.
He served a two-year suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs and was also heavily criticized by fans for winning the title fight against Aljamain Sterling in October while seriously injured.
TJ Dillashaw lost to Aljamain Sterling in October and is now retired
TJ Dillashaw popped his shoulder back into its socket and it popped out repeatedly
Dillashaw’s shoulder popped out repeatedly and he had no real chance of winning, fighting effectively with one arm.
Afterwards, the 36-year-old apologized to his fellow athletes and fans for what he admitted was ‘holding up the division’ and taking someone else’s chance.
According to Ariel Helwani, Dillashaw has now informed the UFC that he is retiring due to serious problems with his shoulder.
Helwani said: “In fact he had the first shoulder surgery about a month ago, the surgeon told him it’s going to be a long road and he might need a second surgery later – that it’s a very delicate injury, one of the worst injuries to a shoulder he’s ever seen.
Dillashaw was criticized for taking the fight and robbing someone else of a credible opportunity
“Actually, for a man who has been through a lot in recent years, including operations on his shoulders and knees. He told his manager that he wanted to walk away, that he had had enough.
“It came as a shock to his manager and to the UFC, but they have been informing the UFC for the past two weeks.
“He will rehab and try to get back to 100 percent, so who knows what will happen in the future, but as of now, he is retired.”
Dillashaw has been persona non grata for a while, but won his first post-drug fight to earn a title shot.
The American won both the bantamweight and flyweight titles and argued that trying to get his body down to the lower weight class was why he was using banned substances.
In the wake of his loss to Sterling, Dillashaw revealed the extent of his shoulder problem.
Dillashaw will not be fondly remembered and has tarnished his legacy in recent years
He said, “It fell right off — I have to apologize to the weight class. I held it up a bit. I completely blew my shoulder out in late April as soon as I started preparing for this, and dislocated probably 20 times during training camp.
“This is by far the toughest training camp I’ve been through emotionally. That’s why I talked a little bit about his stand-up, because I didn’t want him to struggle.
‘I knew it was. Before we came out I told the ref in the back that my shoulder was most likely going to pop out – if it does, I’ll get it back in – please don’t stop it.’
At his best, Dillashaw was a fluid striker and a brilliant competitor, but there is no doubt that the legacy he leaves behind has been tarnished in recent years.