Former two-time UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw has recently unveiled a striking transformation, opting for a bald look. This dramatic change in his appearance has sparked a flurry of discussions within the MMA community.
Dillashaw’s final MMA bout took place in October 2022 and saw him face off against the reigning UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling. Unfortunately for Dillashaw, the match concluded in the second round with a TKO victory for Sterling.
In the wake of this defeat, Dillashaw made the decision to retire from professional MMA. While many fans expressed admiration for his career, a significant faction criticized him for his involvement with banned PEDs.
Dillashaw’s career took a turn when he tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (commonly known as EPO), in two PED tests. This was during his bout against Henry Cejudo in January 2019.
This event took place during Dillashaw’s tenure as the UFC bantamweight champion. At the time, he had dropped down to the flyweight division to challenge the then-titleholder Cejudo.
Cejudo emerged victorious in their showdown, securing a first-round TKO. Subsequent revelations confirmed Dillashaw’s failed PED test and his positive EPO result. This led to Dillashaw being stripped of his bantamweight title and handed a two-year suspension.
Upon his return in 2021, he secured a victory against Cory Sandhagen via split decision. But he faced defeat at the hands of Sterling in 2022, ultimately culminating in his retirement.
Presently, T.J. Dillashaw has unveiled a bold, new appearance. He showed off his shaved head on his Instagram page.
He is currently recovering from a shoulder injury and said that he’s “going full battle mode for this recovery.”
In response to Dillashaw’s new look, fans started speculating. Some say that the change may be attributed to potential hair loss resulting from years of st**oid use. Some fans speculated on Twitter (X) that he may be using TRT, HGH, or EPO.
On a lighter note, some Twitter users have playfully drawn comparisons between Dillashaw and WWE icon Triple H.
One fan jokingly said: “So much juice.”
In the aftermath of T.J. Dillashaw’s retirement, the MMA community remains divided. Some express surprise at his departure, believing he still had much to offer in the top ranks of bantamweights.
UFC CEO Dana White reflected on Dillashaw’s extensive career, hailing him as one of the greatest bantamweights in the sport’s history.
White recalled numerous instances where combatants challenged Dillashaw, only to be bested by his skill and determination. He firmly believes that Dillashaw’s contributions to the sport warrant his future induction into the UFC Hall of Fame.
He said: “People don’t look at him the way they should, but the guy’s one of the best ever… Yeah, for sure [Dillashaw is a future Hall-of-Famer].”