|Born||Tylor Jeffery Dillashaw
February 7, 1986
|Other names||The Viper|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||66.0 in (168 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Sacramento, California|
|Team||Team Alpha Male|
|Rank||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Tylor Jeffery "T.J." Dillashaw (born February 7, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the bantamweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional MMA competitor since 2010, Dillashaw has made a name for himself fighting throughout the West Coast. He was a competitor on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. As of September 2013, Dillashaw is currently ranked the #14 Bantamweight in the world by Sherdog.
Dillashaw was born in Sonora, California to Hal and Janice Dillashaw, but grew up in Angels Camp, California. He attended Bret Harte High School and was on the wrestling team all throughout high school, and was on the football team for his junior year. He graduated from Bret Harte in 2004, and enrolled at Cal State Fullerton.
While wrestling for Coach Jan Schulz at Bret Harte High School, Dillashaw was a four-time sectional qualifier and two-time California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) qualifier. As a junior, Dillashaw placed fifth at the CIF championships, and ended the season with a record of 45-7. He placed second at the CIF championships as a senior to cap off a 52-6 record and finished with an overall record of 170-33.
With a successful high school career, Dillashaw received a full-ride scholarship to wrestle for Cal State Fullerton. In the 2005-06 season, Dillashaw's freshmen year, he posted a 14-16 record including a 10-8 mark in dual matches. He went 3-4 in Pac-10 dual meets. Dillashaw traveled to the Ukraine in the summer of 2006 to work on his wrestling skills. Dillashaw's sophomore season was a more successful one having an overall record of 17-14 with an 11-4 mark in duals including 5-3 in the Pac-10. In April 2007, he placed sixth in the University Greco Wrestling Championships in Akron, Ohio, at 132.25 pounds. He also placed fourth at the Pac-10 championship in 2007.
In 2008, he placed fourth in the Pac-10 Championships and finished with a 22-10 record with four pins. He was 7-0 in Pac-10 duals, taking second place at Cliff Keen Invitational. His senior season he was ranked 10th in the nation at 133 lbs.
Mixed martial arts career
After graduating from Cal State Fullerton, Dillashaw contemplated turning to MMA. Former WEC featherweight champion, Urijah Faber, invited Dillashaw to join Team Alpha Male. Dillashaw began training with the team, and collected a 2-0 amateur record before turning pro.
On March 26, 2010, Dillashaw made his professional debut against fellow pro debutee, Czar Sklavos. Dillashaw used his superior wrestling to earn a dominant unanimous decision win. Two months later, Dillashaw returned to fight Brandon Drucker, winning the fight via first round submission. The fight took place at Fight For Wrestling, an MMA event located in California attempting to raise money to fund the Cal Poly wrestling team.
Dillashaw picked up two more wins to move his record to a perfect 4-0 before trying out for the fourteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
The Ultimate Fighter
In 2011, Dillashaw had signed with the UFC to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. In the first episode, he fought Matt Jaggers to gain entry into the Ultimate Fighter house. Dillashaw defeated Jaggers in the first round via TKO.
Dillashaw was selected as a part of Team Bisping, he was the second bantamweight chosen for the team (seventh overall). Dillashaw defeated Roland Delorme via rear-naked choke submission in the preliminary round and moved onto the semi-finals. It was there he fought Dustin Pague for the first spot in the bantamweight final on the finale card. Dillashaw dominated Pague, grinding out three tough rounds to win the fight via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26).
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Dillashaw officially made his UFC debut on December 3, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale. The fight was the final of the bantamweight tournament against John Dodson to determine the winner of The Ultimate Fighter 14. Dillashaw lost via TKO.
Dillishaw's sophomore outing came on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 1 against Walel Watson. Dillashaw dominated Watson using his superior wrestling to control him on the ground, while nearly ending the fight several times with multiple submission attempts. Dillashaw won the bout via unanimous decision.
Dillashaw was briefly linked to a bout with Raphael Assunção on September 4, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 28. However, the pairing was delayed and took place at a later event this year due to a minor medical issue for Assunção.
The bout with Assunção was rescheduled and took place on October 9, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 29. Assunção defeated Dillashaw via split decision. The performance earned both participants Fight of the Night honors.
Championships and achievements
Mixed martial arts
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|10 matches||8 wins||2 losses|
|Loss||8-2||Raphael Assunção||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields||October 9, 2013||3||5:00||Barueri, São Paulo, Brazil||Fight of the Night|
|Win||8-1||Hugo Viana||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Melendez||April 20, 2013||1||4:22||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||7-1||Issei Tamura||KO (knee and punches)||UFC 158||March 16, 2013||2||0:26||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||6-1||Vaughan Lee||Submission (neck crank)||UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman||July 11, 2012||1||2:33||San Jose, California, United States|
|Win||5-1||Walel Watson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger||February 15, 2012||3||5:00||Omaha, Nebraska, United States|
|Loss||4-1||John Dodson||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale||December 3, 2011||1||1:54||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost The Ultimate Fighter 14|
|Win||4-0||Taylor McCorriston||TKO (punches)||Capitol Fighting Championships 1||November 20, 2010||3||1:07||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||3-0||Mike Suarez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Rebel Fighter 11||October 2, 2010||1||2:42||Roseville, California, United States|
|Win||2-0||Brandon Drucker||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Fight for Wrestling 1||May 22, 2010||1||2:46||San Luis Obispo, California, United States|
|Win||1-0||Czar Sklavos||Decision (unanimous)||King of the Cage 182||March 26, 2010||3||5:00||Reno, Nevada, United States|
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