T.J Dillashaw is the current Batamweight champion having won the title and successfully defended it against long time rival Cody Garbrandt.
However the Californian is not resting on his laurels, and will attempt to be just the third fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two belts in different weight classes when he takes on Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo this weekend in Brooklyn, New York.
His long standing feud with Gody Garbrandt and Team Alpha Male made him into a household name in the UFC and two victories over Garbrandt has given him bragging rights as well.
Okay, so we know about his legacy and title reigns but what are some of the things you may not know about T.J?
We here at the Ladbrokes blog did some digging, and have come up with 10 interesting facts about Dillashaw that you kinda need to know.
He Is A More Than Capable Boxer
Although Dillashaw’s background is in wrestling, he includes a lot of boxing in his training before a fight and for strength and conditioning.
This is not surprising when looking at his record. He has eight knock outs in his 17 professional wins which is quite impressive in a lower weight division.
He more than held his own when sparring one of the best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet in Vasyl Lomachenko.
He’s A Huge RHCP’s Fan
Being a So’Cal boy, of course his favourite band is the Red Hot Chilli Peppers!
Anthony Kiedis is a massive UFC fan and Dillashaw has met the front man on many occasions.
This clip also reveals that he could be superman if he could choose to be any super hero. Riveting stuff.
He Suffered Third Degree Burns From Conor Mcgregor
Conor McGregor was at his predicting best when he decided to weigh in with his thoughts about Dillashaw and his allegiance to Team Alpha Male on The Ultimate Fighter.
He warned Urijah Faber that Dillashaw was not loyal by calling him a ‘snake’ and suggesting he would leave.
He was eventually proven right and by the look on T.J’s face he knew it at the time as well.
He Wants To Be Known As The ‘Belt Collector’
Dillashaw has stated that he will not be happy with just holding belts in two weight divisions should he win his Flyweight title fight against Cejudo on Sunday.
He has plans to become the first ‘champ ‘champ’ ‘champ’ by taking on Featherweight champion Max Holloway.
Good luck with that.
He’s A Dirty Fighter
There has been many accusations about Dillashaw throwing cheap shots and sparring aggressively from inside various camps.
It’s plain to see that he has a bit of a temperament but is it just his competitive spirit or does he have a dark streak in him?
This late punch to K1 Champ Takeru Segawa was caught on camera.
First Fighter To Finish Title Fight In The Fifth Round Twice
He finished both Renan Barao and Joe Soto via fifth round knock out’s in successive title fights back in 2014.
Cutting Weight Is Not An Issue
One of the hardest parts of being a professional Mixed Martial Artist is having to cut weight for a fight.
This becomes an even tougher proposition when a fighter is already competing in the lighter divisions and must go down in weight!
From all reports Dillashaw has had no problem cutting the weight to get down to Flyweight for this fight against Cejudo.
Lets hope he is fit and healthy for the fight. He is ever the professional so we are confident he will be.
The Pundits And Pros Agree
You will have to search far and wide to find someone who is tipping Henry Cejudo to win this contest despite Dillashaw having to move down a weight class.
The market and punters reflects this and we currently have T.J Dillashaw as the $1.45 favourite. Cejudo is $2.70.
His Split With Alpha Male Was So Cringe It Was Good
The stories and in-fighting that happened when Dillashaw left/got kicked out of Team Alpha Male resembled two teenage girls bitching behind each others back.
And we couldn’t get enough of it.
The tension and stories only intensified when Alpha Male’s golden child, and former friend of T.J’s, Cody Garbrandt were scheduled to fight.
Dillashaw had the last laugh when he won the first and second fight via knock out, although they all looked like petty individuals throughout the whole drama.
Either way it was good for PPV buys. They may even put out a reality show with all the highlights.
Check out our ’10 Things You Didn’t Know About Henry Cejudo’ blog post HERE