T.J. Dillashaw Losses: Who Have Beaten the Former UFC Bantamweight Champion?

Published 07/20/2021, 5:38 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 19: TJ Dillashaw reacts after his loss to Henry Cejudo in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Barclays Center on January 19, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Former UFC bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw is set for a return to the UFC Octagon this weekend. Dillashaw had been out for two years from the promotion after getting caught for substance abuse by USADA. But, the wait is finally over for his fans and the 135 lbs division has a familiar problem back in the mix again.

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Dillashaw is a two-time champion of the UFC’s bantamweight division. Cody Garbrandt, Renan Barao, Joe Soto, Raphael Assuncao are some of the memorable wins in his UFC career. Dillashaw has an exceptional professional record of 16-4. Ahead of Killashaw’s return to action, we take a look at all of his defeats.

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Dillashaw lost his last appearance in the UFC against Henry Cejudo. Dominick Cruz, Raphael Assuncao, and John Dodson are the other fighters to ever defeat him. Two split decisions and two T/KO losses are his total tally of defeats.

All the losses of T.J. Dillashaw

Dillashaw was a participant in The Ultimate Fighter season 14. He won his fights in the show. But during the finals, he suffered a T/KO loss against John Dodson. It was also his first loss as a professional in any form of combat.

Since his loss to Dodson, Dillashaw put together a 4-fight winning streak until he met the top of the food chain 135-pounder of that time, Raphael Assuncao. The duo squared off in a back-and-forth 3-round contest. But much to Dillashaw’s anguish, he was at the wrong end of a split decision and suffered his second career defeat subsequently.

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)

Dillashaw went on a 4-fight winning streak yet again, securing the UFC bantamweight title in the process. He faced Dominick Cruz at a UFC Fight Night event in the third defense of his belt. It was a 5-round classic. But ‘The Dominator’ reclaimed his throne winning a split decision.

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Dillashaw again went on to win 4 fights in a row, defeating Cody Garbrandt twice in the process. He won and defended his belt against ‘No Love‘. He made a move to the flyweight division to challenge Henry Cejudo for the flyweight belt. However, he suffered a first-round T/KO loss.

The former champion returns this weekend after serving his ban. If he keeps up to his pattern of winning 4 fights before losing one, he might just be able to become a three-time bantamweight champion. However, Cory Sandhagen will have his own say on that.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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