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Former UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw is officially retiring from the UFC after an unfortunate series of injuries forced him to retire.

TJ Dillashaw last fought in October 2022 at UFC 280, where he faced then-bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling in the co-main event. It was Dillashaw’s first fight in over a year, following a previous split decision win over Cory Sandhagen.

Before his title fight against “Funkmaster,” the former bantamweight champion was injured. During his fight training, Dillashaw constantly suffered from a shoulder dislocation, but decided to go into the fight in a compromised state.

TJ Dillashaw breaks down as he admits his career is over

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

(LR) Aljamain Sterling knocks down TJ Dillashaw in their UFC Bantamweight Championship fight during the UFC 280 event at the Etihad Arena on October 22, 2...
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

After his devastating loss, Dillashaw underwent further surgeries to repair his injuries and continue his career.

However, he recently emotionally admitted that his career was over, even though he still wanted to make a comeback.

On the Jaxxon Podcast, Dillashaw spoke about the new generation of fighters and the end of the “Legends” era, saying, “To be honest, it’s exciting and sad at the same time. Because it’s like I’m f***ing done, you know what I mean.”

“I was just pushed out of the sport, which sucks. I feel like I had so much more to give,” Dillashaw said emotionally.

Although the 38-year-old can no longer compete in MMA competitions, he has hinted that his career in “combat sports” may not be over yet.

TJ Dillashaw hints he may use his talent at Power Slap

According to CEO Dana White, the UFC’s sister organization, Power Slap, is on the rise. And TJ Dillashaw has hinted that he is considering competing there.

Her former UFC colleague Paige VanZant also recently took part in the promotion, winning in her debut and obviously having a lot of fun doing so.

Dillashaw is known for his fierce competitive spirit, as demonstrated during his intense rivalry with Cody Garbrandt, and rather than seek a quiet life after leaving the UFC, he intends to continue seeking adrenaline.

“The only thing I can do competitively right now is maybe power slap. I only have one arm, dude,” Dillashaw said.

The shoulder that is causing problems for the 38-year-old is his left shoulder, which would not be a problem with the power slap.

As White continues to look to grow the promotion, a big name like TJ Dillashaw could be enough to pique the interest of the MMA fan base.

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