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‘I was forced out of the sport’… Former UFC bantamweight champion breaks down in tears as he admits his career is officially over

Former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw is officially saying goodbye to his UFC career after an unfortunate injury bout that forced him into retirement.

TJ Dillashaw fought for the last time at UFC 280 in October 2022, facing then-bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling in the co-main event. It was Dillashaw’s first fight in over a year after previously earning a split-decision win over Cory Sandhagen.

The former bantamweight champion was injured heading into his title fight against the ‘Funkmaster.’ During fight camp, Dillashaw sustained a dislocated shoulder but decided to enter the fight with his guard down.

TJ Dillashaw breaks down as he admits his career is over

During the fight, the 38-year-old dislocated his shoulder again in the first round. Sterling took advantage of Dillshaw’s injury and took the fight to the ground to secure a TKO win.

(L-R) Aljamain Sterling throws a punch to TJ Dillashaw during their UFC bantamweight title bout at UFC 280 on October 22 at the Etihad Arena.
Photo: Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Dillashaw underwent further surgery to address his lingering injuries so he could continue his career following his devastating loss.

Despite this, he emotionally admitted that his career is over, although he still wants to make a comeback.

Speaking on the Jaxxon Podcast about the emergence of a new generation of fighters and the end of the era of the ‘legends,’ Dillashaw said: “Obviously, it’s exciting and sad at the same time. Because it’s like, f****** I’m done, you know what I mean.

“I was forced out of the sport, it sucks. I still feel like I have so much more to give,” Dillashaw said emotionally.

Although the 38-year-old athlete said he would no longer be competing in MMA, he hinted that his ‘combat sports’ career is not over yet.

TJ Dillashaw hints he could bring his talents to Power Slap

UFC sister organization Power Slap is on the rise, according to CEO Dana White, and TJ Dillashaw hinted that he might consider competing in the organization.

Former UFC star Paige VanZant also recently competed in the organization, winning her first match and apparently enjoying the process.

Dillashaw has a fiercely competitive personality, as evidenced by his intense rivalry with Cody Garbrandt, and he wants to continue seeking adrenaline rather than a quiet life after leaving the UFC.

“The only thing I can do competitively right now is Power Slap. I only have one arm, man,” Dillashaw said.

The shoulder that the 38-year-old player is having trouble with is his left shoulder, and this problem will not occur in Power Slap.

With White continuing his efforts to grow the promotion, a big name like TJ Dillashaw could be enough to instill interest in the MMA fan base.

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