T. J. Dillashaw Biography

Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw, an American mixed martial artist, has achieved numerous feats in his career, including becoming the UFC Bantamweight Champion. With a successful high school wrestling career and an athletic scholarship for wrestling at Cal State Fullerton, Dillashaw later ventured into Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). In addition to winning the UFC Bantamweight Championship, he reached the final of ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller’ and has received multiple bonus awards. Dillashaw holds an impressive MMA record with 14 wins, including 6 knockouts, 5 decisions, and 3 submissions. Currently ranked #13 in the UFC’s official pound-for-pound rankings, he is also recognized as the world’s #2 bantamweight by the American website Sherdog.

Quick Facts

  • Also Known As: Tyler Jeffrey Dillashaw
  • Age: 37 Years, 37 Year Old Males
  • Family: Spouse/Ex-: Rebecca Dillashaw (m. 2014)
  • Mixed Martial Artists
  • American Men
  • Height: 5’6″ (168 cm), 5’6″ Males
  • U.S. State: California
  • Education: California State University, Fullerton

Childhood & Early Life

T.J. Dillashaw was born on February 7, 1986, in Sonora, California, US to Hal and Janice Dillashaw. He was raised as their only child in Angels Camp, California. He attended Bret Harte High School for four years, where he wrestled for Coach Jan Schulz. During his junior years in 2002-03, he also played on the school soccer team. Dillashaw became a sectional qualifier four times and a California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) state qualifier twice. As a junior, he finished fifth in the CIF state championships with a record of 45-7. In his senior year, he earned second place at the CIF State championships with a record of 52-6, concluding his high school wrestling career with an overall record of 170-33.

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Career

After graduating from high school in June 2004, Dillashaw earned an athletic scholarship to wrestle for the Cal State Fullerton Titans while attending California State University, Fullerton. In his freshman year during the 2005-2006 season, he had a record of 14-16, including a 10-8 mark in dual matches. His sophomore season saw him improve with a record of 17-14, including an 11-4 mark in dual matches and 5-3 in the Pac-10. During the summer of 2006, he went to Ukraine to further hone his wrestling skills. In April 2007, he finished sixth in the University Greco Wrestling Championships held in Akron, Ohio. He also grabbed fourth place at the Pac-10 championship that year. In 2008, he earned fourth place at the Pac-10 Championships and finished second at the Cliff Keen Invitational.

After graduating from California State University, Fullerton, Dillashaw considered delving into MMA. He trained with Team Reign for one and a half years under the guidance of Mark “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” Munoz, a former UFC Middleweight. Following Munoz’s advice, he then trained with Team Alpha Male in Sacramento and accumulated an amateur record of 2-0. He made his professional debut in MMA on March 26, 2010, defeating Czar Sklavos via a dominant unanimous decision. He went on to win three successive fights against Brandon Drucker, Mike Suarez, and Taylor McCorriston.

In 2011, Dillashaw signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in pursuit of competing on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Bisping vs. Team Miller. He fought under the bantamweight bracket and defeated Matt Jaggers in the elimination round. He then went on to beat Roland Delorme in the quarter-finals and Dustin Pague in the semi-finals to reach the finale. His official UFC debut took place on December 3, 2011, at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale, where he faced John Dodson and lost via TKO (punches), finishing as the runner-up in The Ultimate Fighter 14.

Dillashaw continued his winning streak in the UFC, defeating Walel Watson, Vaughan Lee, Issei Tamura, and Hugo Viana. However, he suffered a loss to Raphael Assunção by split decision at UFC Fight Night 29 in 2013. In 2014, he had a remarkable victory against Renan Barão, becoming the new UFC Bantamweight champion. He successfully defended his title in a rematch against Barão and continued to have successful fights against other opponents.

Personal Life & Legacy

In June 2014, Dillashaw married Rebecca. They are expecting their first child in late December 2017.

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