Is TJ Dillashaw retired?
News broke on Monday evening that TJ Dillashaw says had been removed from the UFC roster. It came from a Twitter account that automatically reports when fighters are added or removed, without context. Usually, it’s fairly easy to ascertain what happened but when it came to the former UFC bantamweight champion, it was a head-scratcher.
Many reputable MMA journalists reported that Dillashaw was just taking a break to recover from his arm injury.
But then veteran journalist Ariel Helwani tweeted that he was, in fact, retired, despite earlier reports.
“So here’s the story,” Helwani said in the video. “That is, in fact, true. I just spoke to TJ Dillashaw’s manager Tiki Ghosn who has been with him for quite some time and he informed me that that is accurate, that TJ Dillashaw notified the UFC within the last two weeks that he was planning on retiring.”
At this time, it appears as though he is retired, pending a statement from the former champion himself.
This is a developing story and will be updated shortly.