TJ Dillashaw showed he had an incredible strength of mind. Early on in round one it became apparent he was struggling with an injury but he was unwilling to give up.
He recovered through Round 1 and managed to defend the back. As soon as he got back to his feet it became apparent it was his shoulder that was bothering him. It had fallen out of socket. Considering he’s already undergone surgery on it it’s quite likely he re tore the labrum.
IN between rounds 1 and 2 his team managed to massage the shoulder back into place.
Dillashaw started round 2 – as game as they come and even threw some good shots with his good arm.
Dillashaw's corner pops his shoulder back into place pic.twitter.com/HSM6yj5UJv
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Dillashaw disclosed afterwards that this was a recurring injury in camp and had happened around 20 times. In fact, he even warned the ref ahead of time to not stop the bout if it were to happen.
Dillashaw was finished in round 2 after his shoulder popped out again and wouldn’t go back into place this time.
Afterwards Dillashaw confirmed his shoulder had popped out roughly 20 times during camp preparing to face Sterling yet he wasn’t willing to give up.
Dillashaw had a number of surgeries over the years, however when he heard he would be likely needing at least one more after this one to fix the damage to his shoulder he notified his agent to call UFC and notify them of his retirement.
He promptly underwent the procedure.
While many speculate that he’s planning to take the McGregor route due to his admitted use of EPO in the past, it’s entirely possible this marks the end of his storied MMA career.
We wish TJ Dillashaw all the best in whatever he decides to pursue after his shoulder recovers.