TJ Dillashaw responds to the ‘border fraud’ accusation: ‘As if I wasn’t thrown under the bus enough’

TJ Dillashaw, the former UFC bantamweight champion, said that he and all fighters who compete in top-level MMA were “bred” to believe that they would succeed, no matter what obstacles they faced in training.

So, even with a severe shoulder injury, which he dislocated an estimated 20 times before his UFC 280 title fight with Aljamain Sterling, Dillashaw thought he could persevere. Most importantly, he will not allow any other reality to interfere.

“I’m addicted to being on top,” Dillachaux said on Wednesday. MMA watch. “I thought I’d go in there and get it done.”

As the world saw, Dilacho had no real chance of winning over Sterling. The former champion’s left shoulder dislocated in a removal operation in the first minute of the battle, and from there, he was just fighting to survive. He weighed defending his head against punches and standing up, hoping to move enough time to get past the round so his corner could push his shoulder back (which they did, before the cage doctor came to check him out). Until the end, he had never given up that the fight was lost.

For the second time in his career, Dilacho, who had previously been suspended by the US Anti-Doping Agency for two years for cheating, took on the role of the villain. Fans, the media, and the UFC criticized his decision to fight off hurt. However, some have come close to accusing him of wrongdoing.

Dillashaw accepts his position as the bad guy, but one accusation excludes him: that he committed “border fraud,” longtime MMA analyst Luke Thomas to describe his actions.

“It’s like I’m not being thrown under the bus enough,” he said. Like he thinks I went there to get paid. I went there with a lot of faith that I would win, I was going to get my title back, something I’ve been waiting to do for three and a half years and chomp. I just beat Cory Sandhagen on one leg, why not Why can’t I believe I can beat a less dangerous guy and that I get on really well with him.

“Obviously the shoulder came off a lot sooner than I would have liked and I didn’t get it back, which, on average, wasn’t the case – kind of unfortunate.”

Since the fight, Dilacho said he’s been diagnosed with “full-thickness” tears in the supraspinatus and subspinal area (both muscles attached to the rotator cuff of the shoulder), tears in his small brachioradialis and anterior labrum, and the head of the humerus in his shoulder being “indented” from the dislocation.

On November 8, the former champion will undergo what he said will be a third surgery to repair his left shoulder, adding to a list of procedures that extends back to his days as a college wrestler. In 2017, Dillashaw re-hit on set 25- Your departure While playing rope ball on the balance beam to challenge the coaches against former teammate and rival coach Cody Garbrandt.

Dillashaw expects to stay abroad for up to seven months before returning to training. He said that schedule — and a title shot from the UFC after Stirling called him up — factored more into his decision to battle the injured. He added that salary was not his primary motivation, despite the long periods of inactivity caused by his two-year suspension and knee surgery after his victory over Sandhagen in 2021. The former champion said he no longer needed to fight for money, having invested his money wisely and established Many businesses are out of combat.

Being a champion is the biggest bonus he can’t miss.

“I lost a lot more money than anyone else,” Dilacho said. “Losing a world title, this is millions of dollars out of my pocket. I have to sit at the top, and look for the next big fight.”

In the wake of Dillashaw’s loss, fans and the media questioned whether online bookies should redeem bets in the wake of his revelation. For Dillashaw, this means that he was not fighting in good faith, when in fact he was risking the largest – his body – to defeat an inferior opponent.

“I gambled too, which is why it’s called gambling. You don’t know the situation. I gambled. I could have sat down and had surgery, but when I come back, who knows if I’ll get a title shot right away, or I’ll have to fight my way through.” Again, or how bad that shoulder is. Let’s be honest, this is my third operation on my left shoulder. It’s not like I’m a spring chicken and it’s going to be an easy fix. It’s dangerous.

I won’t let my story end that way. But it’s still in the back of your head — I’m going to have surgery, been out for a year, and just got out of surgery. There’s no guarantee you’ll get a title fight when you come back. I’m thinking of him, taking this fight, against a hero who is very defeatable. I think he’s the most defeatable champion right now in the division. I think he has some big holes in his game, and I get along well with him, I’m going to roll it dice and I’ll bet myself, even with one arm” .

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