|T.J. Dillashaw Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6.5 in|
|Date of Birth||February 7, 1986|
T.J. Dillashaw announced his entry in May 2014 as one of the next big stars in UFC by defeating Renan Barão and making the title of Bantamweight Champion his own. The outcome of the match was considered as a huge upset. Barão had entered the match with 31 win streaks and by overcoming established fighters such as Urijah Faber and Eddie Wineland. Nevertheless, Dillashaw managed to take him down with a flurry of punches in the 4th round. T.J. Dillashaw has further cemented his status as a top dog by defeating star-fighters such as Raphael Assunção and Cody Garbrandt.
Tyler Jeffery Dillashaw
T.J., The Viper, Killashaw
Sonora, California, United States
Denver, Colorado, United States
T.J. Dillashaw graduated from the Bret Harte High School in 2004 and then got enrolled at the California State University, Fullerton. Due to his successful high school career, he was offered a full-ride wrestling scholarship by the university.
Mixed Martial Artist
- Father – Hal Dillashaw
- Mother – Janice Dillashaw
- Siblings – He is the only child.
T.J. Dillashaw is represented by Chicago-based Beatnik Marketing Group.
67 in or 170 cm
Muay Thai, Wrestling, BJJ
Elevation Fight Team (Former), Team Alpha Male (Former), Ludwig Martial Arts, Treigning Lab
- Duane Ludwig (Head Coach, Muay Thai)
- Mark Muñoz (Wrestling)
- Sam Calavitta (Strength and Conditioning Coach)
- Philipe “Furão” Della Monica (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)
5 ft 6.5 in or 168 cm
61 kg or 134.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
T.J. Dillashaw has dated –
- Rebecca Dillashaw (2014-Present) – In June 2014, Dillashaw got married to Rebecca after having dated her for quite some time. She gave birth to their son in December 2017.
Race / Ethnicity
T.J. Dillashaw has appeared in a TV commercial for Toyo Tires.
He has also used his social media activity to promote brands like –
- Muscle Pharm
- Boost Mobile
- Green Roads
- Virus International (Clothing)
Best Known For
- His success as a mixed martial arts fighter in the Bantamweight category of UFC
- Being the UFC Bantamweight Champion and as per the official UFC pound-for-pound rankings, which were released in August 2018, he was ranked 3rd.
First MMA Match
In March 2010, he made his MMA professional debut in a match against fellow debutant Czar Sklavos. He won the tie via a unanimous decision. The fight was a part of an MMA event, the Fight For Wrestling, which was hosted to raise funds for the Cal Poly wrestling team.
First TV Show
Apart from the broadcast of MMA matches, T.J. Dillashaw’s first TV show appearance came on comedy TV show, The Joe Rogan Experience, in 2013.
T.J. Dillashaw follows a grueling workout regime to keep his conditioning at the top level. In the gym, he usually focuses on training his fast twitch muscles and for this purpose, he relies on explosive exercises and moves. To build up muscles, he focuses on supersets. However, he doesn’t believe in isolating muscles and prefers to train multiple muscle groups in a single session.
He also pays a special attention to his diet, which is close to a complete ketogenic diet because he has to eat carbs for energy so he can’t completely go for a ketogenic diet. He completely stays away from sugars, grains, and processed food. His daily diet, which is divided into 3 meals and 3 snacks, goes like –
- Breakfast – He starts his day with an omelet with broccoli, spinach, cheese, and ham. He also adds fruit and cold-pressed juice to his first meal of the day.
- Lunch – He prefers a salad with lots of greens and spinach and also adds chicken and broiled eggs to the salad.
- Dinner – The last meal of the day is fish or any other source of clean protein.
- Snacks – To curb hunger in between meals, he usually snacks on protein bars and nuts.
T.J. Dillashaw Facts
- Apart from the high school wrestling team, he has also played for his school’s football team in his junior year at Bret Harte High School.
- Dillashaw’s record as a junior high school wrestler was 45-7 and he ended his career as a high school wrestler with an overall record of 170-33. He also finished in the 2nd position at the CIF State championships in his senior year.
- After he graduated from the university, he was invited to train at Reign Training Center fighter class by Mark Munoz, who was competing in UFC middleweight division and had coached at the California State University for 3 years.
- After having trained at Reign Training Center for a year and a half, he was encouraged by Munoz to start training with Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California.
- In December 2011, T.J. got an opportunity to fight at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was his UFC debut and he fought John Dodson in the final of the bantamweight tournament but ended up losing the bout via technical knockout.
- In May 2014, he became the new Bantamweight champion after overcoming the reigning champion, Renan Barão, via TKO in the 5th round. It was one of the biggest upsets in the history of MMA and UFC.
- In January 2016, he had to drop his Bantamweight title after a split decision in a bout against former champion Dominick Cruz. He recaptured his title by knocking out Cody Garbrandt in the 2nd round.
- Visit his official website @ officialtjdillashaw.com.
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Featured Image by T.J. Dillashaw / Instagram