“That’s My Belt”- T.J. Dillashaw Responds to Jose Aldo Callout

Published 12/20/2020, 8:08 AM EST
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)


Jose Aldo secured an impressive decision win over Marlon ‘Chito’ Vera in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 183. Aldo started the fight strongly, but gassed out a bit in the second round. But the former featherweight king put up a strong display in the third round to win a decision.

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In his post-fight interview, the Brazilian called out former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw. Dillashaw has been out since 2019, after failing a USADA drug test. But his suspension ends next month. He will be eligible to compete at 2021.

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Dillashaw relinquished his bantamweight title upon his suspension. But now, with a return imminent for the former champion, there has been no shortage of callouts for him. Jose Aldo is the latest in a long list of fighters trying to fight the former champion.

Aldo displayed a rejuvenated version of himself in his fight against Marlon Vera, winning via a unanimous decision. The consensus greatest featherweight of all time is showing signs of his former self in a new weight division. He has already fought for the bantamweight title, but came up short against Petr Yan at UFC 251.

Dillashaw, on the other hand, is preparing for a comeback. The division is more than willing to welcome him back. Dillashaw has been one of the greatest bantamweights of all time. The former Team Alpha Male member is looking for a big fight upon his return. A bout against Jose Aldo certainly fits the bill.

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)

T.J. Dillashaw is looking to become the champion yet again

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Dillashaw has kept it no secret that his intention is to get that UFC gold wrapped around his waist yet again. He wasn’t defeated for his belt, rather suspended. So, he feels like he deserves a shot at it immediately upon his return.

But with the 135lbs division stacked more than ever, it seems like the former champion might have to earn his shot.

How do you envision a fight between the two former champions go? Should the UFC book Jose Aldo Vs T.J. Dillashaw?

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Apratim Banerjee

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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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