TJ Dillashaw Shares His Retirement Plan
Former UFC Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw gave insight on when he will hang his gloves up and no longer compete in the octagon.
Recently, Dillashaw appeared on Ariel Helwani’s show “The MMA Hour” and when asked if he would fight until the age of 40, he said “I don’t know.”
“I don’t have to put a timeline on it, and I also don’t have to say that I have to fight till I’m 40 because I need the money. It’s all about how I feel, and what my career’s doing, and how I’m performing,” he said.
Dillashaw has expressed his desire to again fight for the bantamweight title and wear the esteemed title around his waist one more time.
Dillashaw returned to the octagon against Sandhagen this July after a layoff of more than two years. Dillashaw went into this fight as an underdog as Sandhagen had a three-inch reach advantage over the former champion.
The fight started at a good pace as both fighters exchanged some early blows in the middle of the octagon.
Sandhagen landed a good shot that busted open the cut over the right eye of Dillashaw.
The fight was hanging in the balance after the first three rounds. But it was Dillashaw who pushed the pace and utilized his vast experience of the championship rounds.
The California native especially targeted Sandhagen’s leading left leg and landed some crisp leg kicks. This limited Sandhagen’s movement in the octagon and Dillashaw was able to score some good points, earning a split decision victory in his favor.
After this five-round battle, Dillashaw did mention he popped his leg early in the fight and will be out for at least three months.