Former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw reveals when he thinks he will finally step away from combat sports.
Dillashaw returned to the bantamweight division after a lengthy layoff when he faced Cory Sandhagen in an explosive main event in July. In the five-round war, Dillashaw quickly found himself in trouble. After spending too much time in a submission hold, the former 135-pound titleholder suffered multiple knee tears. Fortunately, his ACL was not torn during the brawl.
Despite the adversity at the start, Dillashaw managed to secure a few strikeouts and clinched victory in one of the tightest fights of the year. After the contest, Dillashaw shared that he would be on the mend for the next three months.
In a recent appearance on MMA time, Dillashaw was asked if he would fight until he was 40. The California native has explained when he could hang up his gloves and stop participating in MMA. In addition, Dillashaw stressed that his financial security would prevent him from extending his welcome in the fighting arena.
“I don’t know. I mean, that’s what’s great. I don’t need to put a timeline on it, and I don’t have to say I have to fight until either. 40 because I need the money It all depends on how I feel, what my career is doing and how I perform, ”said Dillashaw.
“I guess my answer would be if I can’t say I’m the best bantamweight in the world, the best in whatever division I’m in, then I’ll retire. If I don’t have a real chance of becoming a champion, then what’s the point of chasing after that? Especially when you don’t have to do it for the paycheck.
With the intention of reclaiming the bantamweight title, in the meantime it’s safe to say the No.2-ranked Dillashaw is not going anywhere. Dillashaw was unable to step in on a short notice to face Petr Yan due to injury, so Cory Sandhagen will face Yan instead. When the smoke clears after UFC 267, the former champion will surely be on the verge of fighting for gold again.
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