‘I’m Making More Money Outside the Cage’- T.J. Dillashaw Says the Two-Year Suspension Has Been a Blessing to Him

Published 07/19/2021, 12:44 PM EDT
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)


T.J. Dillashaw claims that the two years ban period from UFC was the best time of his life. The former 2-time bantamweight champion will return to the octagon on 25 July 2021.

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Recently in an interview with Brendan Schaub on the episode Food Truck Diaries, Dillashaw opened about his ban period and said, “Last two years have been a blessing actually to tell you the truth. Just fact, I got to focus on my business. I got a three-and-a-half-year-old kid I got to spend a ton of time with. I get to have a real life. People don’t understand being in martial and UFC fighters like if you wanna be the best in the world have f**ing dedicated you are like it’s gonna absorb your entire life. So to be honest it’s kinda like a glimpse in what I can look forward to after fighting. I am actually looking forward to being done.”

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He added, “I am coming back, I am getting my belt back, I got goals and sh* like that. But to be honest, life after the fighting is great if you do it the right way. Yeah, setting myself up being smart about it. If you keep fighting, you keep getting those paychecks. But I actually don’t have to fight for a paycheck now, which is nice. I am making more money outside the cage than I was getting paid when I was fighting. So it’s nice to not have that like going into the fight like you need to win, you gotta get to the next big fight. I gotta get that paycheck. Now it’s f***ing like I do it cuz I want to.”

Dillashaw will face Cory Sandhagen at UFC Vegas 32.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 04: TJ Dillashaw celebrates his UFC Bantamweight Title Bout win over Cody Garbrandt during UFC 227 at Staples Center on August 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, United States. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

The former 2-time bantamweight champion will return to the octagon at UFC Vegas 32 after a long lay-off. He was supposed to face Cory Sandhagen on 8 May 2021. However, Dillashaw got injured during his training session and the match was postponed.

Now the bantamweight clash will take place on 21 July 2021. Sandhagen is currently on a two-win streak. Meanwhile, Dillashaw fought his last bout two years ago against Henry Cejudo. However, the former champion faced a devastating loss in the first round of the bout via TKO.

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It is an important match for the American fighter as he will look to make a great comeback after a long hiatus. A win in this match will surely put Dillashaw back in the title race. Hence, it will be interesting to see what he brings to the table after a two-year-long lay-off.

What do you make out of Dillashaw’s words? Do you think he will win this fight? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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