“He should’ve told us” – Dana White not happy with TJ Dillashaw for keeping his injury a secret before UFC 280


“He should’ve told us” – Dana White not happy with TJ Dillashaw for keeping his injury a secret before UFC 280

Dana White (L) speaks out on TJ Dillashaw's (R, ground) injury suffered at UFC 280

UFC 280 was the promotion’s marquee event, by every measure. Although we have two more stacked cards left in 2022, in the shape of UFC 281 and 282, it is hard to imagine if they will be as spectacular as the one that just took place a few days back.

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Although we had a lot of our questions answered, one thing still remains to be seen.

In the middle of the first round, fans could notice TJ Dillashaw grimace on the canvas as his shoulder dislocated, leaving him with effectively only one arm to defend himself with. Although his corner was able to pop it back into place, Dillashaw had already been compromised, and lost in the second round, via ground and pound to champion Aljamain Sterling. So, it remains to be seen if Dillashaw can still compete at 36.

At the post-fight press conference, Dana White had his say on the injury. He said, “I had no idea… that’s a problem. It’s not like he came in out of shape, looked like he was injured or whatever. But that’s something he should’ve told us.

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TJ Dillashaw has a few options in the bantamweight division before he chooses to hang up gloves

Another fight with Dominick Cruz (R) could be on the cards for TJ DIllashaw (L)
Another fight with Dominick Cruz (R) could be on the cards for TJ Dillashaw (L)

At 36, TJ Dillashaw doesn’t really have time on his side. Although, the light heavyweights and the heavyweights fight up until their early forties, the lighter divisions rarely have older champions because of the emphasis on speed and accuracy that a younger fighter would typically possess.

Dillashaw, however, is not just any fighter. He is one of the bantamweight greats, having defeated the likes of Cody Garbrandt and Renan Barao, each time by TKO. Despite his tainted legacy because of steroid misuse, his skills remain undeniable.

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Tj Dillashaw (L) en route to TKOing Cody Garbrandt (C)
Tj Dillashaw (L) en route to TKOing Cody Garbrandt (C)

Moving forward, if he wishes to fight a couple more times – he has his options open. Although a little unlikely, he could take on the still relatively young Petr Yan, as they’re both coming off of a defeat. He also has the ever-present option of facing long time rival and another bantamweight great, Dominick Cruz; and get back to equal pegging.

Whatever Dillashaw chooses to do, he must make sure he comes in without any injuries – otherwise, the promotion might not take him seriously going forward.

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