|Born||Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw
February 7, 1986
Sonora, California, United States
|Other names||The Viper|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)|
|Reach||67 in (170 cm)|
|Style||Wrestling, Kickboxing, Bang Muay Thai|
|Team||Elevation Fight Team
Team Alpha Male (formerly)
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Tyler Jeffrey "T.J." Dillashaw (born February 7, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist and the former UFC Bantamweight Champion. Dillashaw was also a finalist on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. He is currently #12 pound-for-pound in official UFC rankings, and is ranked the #2 bantamweight in the world by Sherdog.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Wrestling
- 3 Mixed martial arts
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Championships and achievements
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Dillashaw was born in Sonora, California, to Hal and Janice Dillashaw. He grew up in Angels Camp, California,  where he also attended Bret Harte High School. During his four years there, T.J. competed on the schools wrestling team and played on the football team for his 2002-2003 junior year. In June of 2004 he graduated and enrolled for college at California State University, Fullerton. At college, Dillashaw competed successfully for the Titans wrestling program.
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) state qualifier. As a junior, Dillashaw placed fifth at the CIF state championships, and ended the season with a record of 45–7. He placed second at the CIF State 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 Fullerton State. In the 2005–06 season, Dillashaw's freshman 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 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. Dillashaw is a 3X NCAA qualifier.
Mixed martial arts
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 signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship 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 back and forth action earned both the participants Fight of the Night honors.
Dillashaw was expected to face Takeya Mizugaki on May 24, 2014, at UFC 173. However, with the show losing its main event, Dillashaw was moved up the card to face Bantamweight champion and top 5 pound for pound Renan Barão in the featured bout. In one of the biggest upsets in UFC and MMA history, Dillashaw won the fight in dominant fashion, defeating Barão via TKO in the fifth round to become the new UFC Bantamweight champion. In addition to winning the title, Dillashaw received bonuses for Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night.
While interviewing Dillashaw after the fight, Joe Rogan said:
That was the greatest performance I have ever seen in my life!… You surpassed all expectations tonight with this performance. This was just … stunning…. This was incredible…. T.J., this is one of the finest performances I have ever seen. The best performance — I’ll say it right now — this is the most spectacular performance I have ever seen against a guy in Barão who is easily one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. Congratulations on just a masterful work tonight. It was an honor calling this fight. Thank you very much, brother.
An immediate rematch with Barão was scheduled to take place on August 30, 2014, at UFC 177. However, the day of the weigh-ins, Barão had to be admitted to the hospital as a result of his attempts to cut weight and was replaced by Joe Soto who was already scheduled to compete in a fight on the event's preliminary card. Dillashaw defeated Soto via knockout in the fifth round. The win also earned Dillashaw his second consecutive Performance of the Night bonus award.
A rematch with Barão was rescheduled and was expected to take place on April 25, 2015 at UFC 186. However a month before the event, Dillashaw was forced out of the bout after sustaining a broken rib while training.
The rematch eventually took place at UFC on Fox 16 on July 25, 2015. Dillashaw won the fight via TKO in the fourth round to retain his title. He also earned a Performance of the Night bonus.
Dillashaw faced former champion Dominick Cruz on January 17, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 81 He relinquished the title dropping a split decision. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Championships and achievements
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- MMA Nuts.com
- 2014 Breakthrough Fighter of the Year
- MMA Freak.com
- 2014 Upset of the Year (vs. Renan Barão)
- California Interscholastic Federation
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||12 wins||3 losses|
|Loss||12–3||Dominick Cruz||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Dillashaw vs. Cruz||January 17, 2016||5||5:00||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||Lost the UFC Bantamweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||12–2||Renan Barão||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs. Barão 2||July 25, 2015||4||0:35||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Defended the UFC Bantamweight Championship. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||11–2||Joe Soto||KO (head kick and punches)||UFC 177||August 30, 2014||5||2:20||Sacramento, California, United States||Defended the UFC Bantamweight Championship. Performance of the Night.|
|Win||10–2||Renan Barão||TKO (head kick and punches)||UFC 173||May 24, 2014||5||2:26||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won the UFC Bantamweight Championship. Performance of the Night. Fight of the Night.|
|Win||9–2||Mike Easton||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou||January 15, 2014||3||5:00||Duluth, Georgia, United States|
|Loss||8–2||Raphael Assunção||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields||October 9, 2013||3||5:00||Barueri, 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 (head kick 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: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller Finale||December 3, 2011||1||1:54||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Lost The Ultimate Fighter 14 Bantamweight tournament.|
|Win||4–0||Taylor McCorriston||TKO (punches)||Capitol Fighting Championships||November 20, 2010||3||1:07||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||3–0||Mike Suarez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Rebel Fighter - Domination||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 Louis Obispo, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Czar Sklavos||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Legacy||March 26, 2010||3||5:00||Reno, Nevada, United States|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|3 matches||3 wins||0 losses|
|Win||3–0||Dustin Pague||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller||November 16, 2011 (airdate)||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Semi-finals.|
|Win||2–0||Roland Delorme||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller||November 2, 2011 (airdate)||2||1:43||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Quarter-finals.|
|Win||1–0||Matt Jaggers||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller||September 21, 2011 (airdate)||1||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Preliminary bout.|
- List of current mixed martial arts champions
- List of current UFC fighters
- List of male mixed martial artists
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- Professional MMA record for T.J. Dillashaw from Sherdog
- T.J. Dillashaw on UFC.com
- T.J. Dillashaw Quotes
- MMA Freak
|Awards and achievements|
|3rd UFC Bantamweight Champion
May 24, 2014 – January 17, 2016