BREAKING: T.J. Dillashaw Makes a Huge Statement on UFC Return

Published 08/29/2020, 9:28 PM EDT


Former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw shared a brief statement on Instagram, expressing his excitement to the fans. The once pound-for-pound ranked fighter experienced a fall from grace after testing positive for EPO and facing a two-year suspension. Chiefly, the news of his mandatory hiatus came following his failed attempt to capture the 125 lb strap.

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His last fight was against then 125 lb champion Henry Cejudo back in January 2019. He suffered a brutal 32-second loss to ‘The Messenger’ and failed to become a two-division champion. His struggles in the promotion continued as he was swiftly slapped with a USADA suspension that shocked fans.

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It seems like the former champion is ready to leave the past behind and look ahead to his comeback. Chiefly, he was considered as a top-tier talent in the company and expected to be a long-reigning champion. The MMA fans have been anticipating his return to action and are keen to see him grow as a fighter.

T.J. Dillashaw: A look back

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Dillashaw had a breakout performance in the UFC after he captured the attention of fans with a win over Renan Barao. The shutout performance put the limelight on his skills that he would later become famous for. Moreover, he showcased high-caliber power punching and movement that fast-tracked his career.

His star continued to shine bright as he accrued two straight victories over the former champion and teammate, Cody Garbrandt. Additionally, the fights were a massive success and drew many eyeballs toward his talent. The set of finishes further bolstered his profile amongst fight fans and led him to lucrative opportunities.

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The 135 lb division is as exciting as ever with a host of top contenders that have emerged in the interim. T.J. Dillashaw will be keen to showcase his skills and prove his worth after a lengthy hiatus from the competition.

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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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