The rise of T.J Dillashaw had not been expected by many pundits in 2014. He was considered as one of the better bantamweights in a lackadaisical division. In a popular Team Alpha Male camp, he was one of the lesser publicized fighters. Now six months later, he’s the only champion in the camp and headlining another pay-per-view.
It was his performance against Renan Barao at Ufc 173 that will certainly be the most impressive performance of the year. He outclassed Barao in dominant fashion in every facet of the fight. Now that he’s gotten the top, here comes the greater challenge. The ability to stay on top as champion is far more difficult. Jon Jones, Chuck Liddell, Frank Mir, and Forrest Griffin discussed above how much pressure goes into behind holding the belt.
Despite the pressure, Dillashaw is one of the most well-rounded fighters on the current roster.