The latest update to the UFC roster came with a shock as former UFC champion T.J. Dillashaw announced his retirement.
Dillashaw was active this October at UFC 280, where he suffered a brutal loss to the reign of Aljamain Sterling in Abu Dhabi. The UFC rankings have created controversy after he clashed with Sterling with a severe shoulder injury. Knowing his pre-existing injury, Dillashaw chose to fight to avoid losing the opportunity to step into the 135-pound throne. Despite the injuries, Dillashaw appeared committed to making his comeback and earning a shot.
After confirming his retirement, the player was removed from the UFC’s list of fighters. Dillashaw was ranked fifth in the UFC’s bantamweight division; as a result, every bantamweight ranking from 6 to 15 has risen by one position. Following the TKO win over Kevin Holland in Orlando, Stephen Thompson maintained his 6th rank. As a result, after defeating Tai Tuivasa in Orlando, rising star Sergei Pavlovich moved up two spots to No. 5.
Following this stunning announcement, a vast number of MMA athletes took to social media to voice their opinions. His teammates were inundating him with messages and photographs praising his professional accomplishments. Fans and teammates remained hopeful for his return. At the same time, other critics expressed skepticism regarding his retirement announcement.
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A 10-ranked bantamweight, Ricky Simón, and middleweight, Chris Curtis, prayed for his speedy recovery and still held out hope that Dillashaw would return following his recovery. The most recent of Dillashaw’s UFC competitors, Aljamain Sterling, also joined the conversation, saying that he also follows similar views to Curtis and Simón.