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Former UFC Champion Announces Retirement From The Sport

Former UFC champion TJ Dillashaw battled injuries and a suspension recently, but was once the best in his division.

TJ Dillashaw, who rose quickly to the top before a crashing fall, has retired from mixed martial arts.

The former UFC champion made the decision after hist latest shoulder surgery.

According to MMA Fighting, Dillashaw confirmed to the promotion that he could no longer compete. He has been hit hard by injuries in recent years, having surgery on both shoulders while also serving a two-year suspension.

Dillashaw, a two-time bantamweight champion, lost to Aljamain Sterling for the title earlier this year at UFC 281.

His first title reign came in 2014 with an upset of Renan Barao. Dillashaw defended the belt against Barao before falling to Dominick Cruz by split decision.

After two wins, he won the belt back by knocking out Cody Garbrandt.

Dillashaw attempted to add the UFC flyweight title to his resume, but was bested by Henry Cejudo. He dropped the belt shortly after following a positive drug test.

Overall, Dillashaw, a former collegiate wrestler, finished 17-5.

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