Ex-UFC star T.J. Dillashaw shuts down fighting return amid rumors: ‘I had so much more to give still’

Ex-UFC star T.J. Dillashaw shuts down fighting return I had so much more to give still

Former two-time undisputed bantamweight champion, T.J. Dillashaw has firmly shut down rumors of a return to combat sports off the back of his retirement from fighting back 2022, claiming he is definitely “done”. 

Dillashaw, a former two-time undisputed bantamweight champion, called time on his career in mixed martial arts two years ago following an unsuccessful title challenge against fellow former champion, Aljamain Sterling.

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Suffering a flare up of a pre-existing shoulder injury during the early goings of his title charge against the above-mentioned, Sterling, ex-champion, Dillashaw was dispatched in dominant fashion by the Uniondale native, dropping a second round TKO loss in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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T.J. Dillashaw confirms fighting career is definitely over

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And still dealing with shoulder issues following a slew of reconstructive surgical procedures, Angels Camp native, Dillashaw confirmed this week that he is “done” with fighting, definitively, amid recent links to a second comeback to the Octagon.

“It’s exciting, and it’s sad at the same time,” T.J. Dillashaw spoke of the bantamweight division during an appearance on the JAXXON Podcast. “Like, I’m f*cking done, you know what I mean? I was forced out of the sport and it sucks. I felt like I had so much more to give still. It is exciting [to watch fights]. But that’s that way I look at it.”

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Divulging an update on his shoulder issue, Dillashaw admitted he will likely never regain full strength of it again, describing the lingering injury as “depressing”.

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“I can’t even raise my arm up in the air yet,” T.J. Dillashaw explained. “I don’t ever know if my shoulder is ever going to be the same again. It’s f*cking depressing. As a competitor, you have to be delusionally optimistic, but that’s also what got me in this position, too. It’s just gotten worse and worse from each surgery.”

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