‘You’re a Cheater Too Bi**h- TJ Dillashaw Trolls Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling for ‘Oscar’ Performance

Published 03/07/2021, 10:35 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: TJ Dillashaw reacts during his UFC bantamweight championship bout against Cody Garbrandt during the UFC 217 event at Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)


Former UFC bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, took to social media and commented on UFC 259’s highly anticipated bantamweight title fight. Aljamain Sterling became the new undisputed champion after Petr Yan was DQ’ed following an intentionally illegal knee. The disqualification came off the back of a ‘knee to a downed opponent’ and appeared to concuss Sterling.

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Referee Mark Smith was forced to wave off the fight after coming to the conclusion that ‘The Funkmaster’ couldn’t continue. Chiefly, this went down as the first time in UFC history that a title changed hands off a disqualification. The entire MMA community was chirping about the aforementioned incident online, and Dillashaw had plenty on his mind.

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Some called into question the severity of the injury sustained by Sterling, Dillashaw being one of them. However, there was no doubt about the flagrancy of the foul. Yan, who was briefed about the rules extensively caught everyone off guard. Furthermore, both Yan and Sterling released a post-fight statement, and Sterling’s statement included a tirade against TJ Dillashaw.

TJ Dillashaw: What’s next for the former champion?

The logical course of action for UFC 259’s bantamweight title duo will be an immediate rematch of quick order. The UFC as well as the fighters are looking to get back into action and get the ball rolling. There was plenty of takeaways from the first fight, especially when looking at the compelling back-and-forth stylistic action.

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As for TJ Dillashaw, he’s been actively seeking a title fight to mark his return to MMA competition. He’s been eligible to compete in the UFC since mid-January, however, he’s still not got a fight booked. It seems as though every high-level bantamweight on the roster has but one name on their mind to scrap- TJ Dillashaw.

LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 04: TJ Dillashaw celebrates after his knockout victory over Cody Garbrandt in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 227 event inside Staples Center on August 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He’s certainly not short on options, however, facing Cory Sandhagen is the route that will be likely taken. ‘The Sandman’ has been uber impressive since his RNC loss to Aljamain Sterling and he’s been able to make his way to a title eliminator. Facing Dillashaw will help in bolstering his profile in a massive way, especially when looking at the fan interest.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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