T.J. Dillashaw is an American mixed martial artist who is currently the bantamweight champion in the UFC. Dillashaw began his career in the UFC by winning the 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter to win a contract with the company. Dillashaw has a black in Muay Thai, a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and was an NCAA Divison I wrestler in college. Dillashaw is currently ranked as the sixth best pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC. Dillashaw currently holds a professional MMA record of 15-3.
T.J. Dillashaw Net Worth As Of 2019: $1.3 Million
1986-2009: Early Life
T.J. Dillashaw was born February 7, 1986, in Sonora, California. He wrestled for Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp, California. During his high school wrestling career, Dillashaw wrestled to a record of 170-33, including a 52-6 senior season in which he placed second in state championships.
Dillashaw attended California State University, Fullerton, on a full-ride scholarship for wrestling. Despite struggling during his first collegiate season with a 14-16 record, Dillashaw trained in Ukraine before his next year. Dillashaw improved in each of his college seasons, eventually posting a 22-10 record during his senior year. He also placed fourth in the PAC-10 championships in both his junior and senior year.
Early Career & The Ultimate Fighter (2010-2011):
After graduating college, Dillashaw was invited to Reign Training Center fighting class for mixed martial artists by Mark Munoz, a UFC fighter who also coached Dillashaw at Cal State Fullerton. Dillashaw trained at Reign Training Center for almost two years before moving back closer to home in Angels Camp and joining Team Alpha Male. Dillashaw won two amateur MMA fights before turning pro in 2010.
Dillashaw’s first professional fight was a win by unanimous decision and shortly after picked up another win, a first-round submission against Brandon Drucker. Dillashaw ended up with a record of 4-0 before trying out for the 14th season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show. During his time on TUF, Dillashaw was coached by Michael Bisping. Dillashaw won all of his fights on the show to earn a spot on the finale card. The finale was a match against John Dodson, which Dillashaw lost by TKO early in the first round.
2011-2016: UFC & The First Title
After losing to Dodson, Dillashaw continued in the UFC. Between February of 2012 and April of 2013, Dillashaw won four straight fights, three of which he finished by either submission or knockout. In October of 2015, Dillashaw lost to Raphael Assuncao via split decision and earned the Fight of the Night. Dillashaw recovered from the loss with a decision win over Mike Easton and earned a shot at the bantamweight title.
In May of 2014, Dillashaw faced off against Renan Barao with the title on the line. Dillashaw knocked out Barao in the fifth round to win the title and also earned Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night honors. Announcer Joe Rogan called Dillashaw’s performance “the greatest performance” he had ever seen.
A rematch against Barao was immediately scheduled. However, after Barao was admitted to the hospital due to his attempts to cut weight for the fight, Dillashaw was forced to defend the belt against Joe Soto. Dillashaw knocked out Soto in the fifth round. In July of 2015, Dillashaw got his rematch against Barao and won via knockout in the fourth round, earning him his third consecutive Performance of the Night Award.
In January of 2016, Dillashaw defended his belt against former champion Dominick Cruz. Dillashaw lost the belt via a split decision and the fight earned the Fight of the Night award.
2016-Present: Second Title Reign
Dillashaw won his next two fights via decision; a rematch against Assuncao and a fight against John Lineker. Dillashaw received another championship shot in November of 2016 against Cody Garbrandt. Dillashaw defeated Garbrandt via a second-round knockout, earning him his second championship and his fourth-career Performance of the Night honor.
A rematch against Garbrandt is scheduled for August 4, 2018, at UFC 227.
Henry Cejudo successfully defended his flyweight championship against T.J. Dillashaw on January 19th in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.