Former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw won't get back into the Octagon until at least 2021, as he was suspended two years after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. When his suspension expires, Dillashaw is eyeing a trip inside the ring against one of the best ever to do it... but not against the Frankie Edgars or Urijah Fabers of the world.
No, he wants a piece of Floyd Mayweather. In a boxing ring.
Because that Mayweather fight with Conor McGregor was sooooo captivating, right?
Mayweather toyed with McGregor when those two famously duked it out two years ago, and McGregor is categorically and unequivocally a better fighter than Dillashaw, particularly at a weight class Mayweather would find amenable.
At the risk of jinxing it, Dillashaw would have massively long odds aganst Money. And more importantly, given that he's nothing even remotely resembling a major pay-per-view draw, selling this fight as anything more than a novelty sideshow would be tough.
To give Dillashaw credit, however, he has more than owned up to his transgressions after he was originally suspended, as he has done nothing but apologize profusely and accept responsibility for his suspension.
To give Dillashaw credit, he has more than owned up to his transgressions after he was originally suspended, as he has done nothing but apologize profusely and accept responsibility for his suspension. But fighting Floyd would be a major step back for the Dillashaw redemption tour, all things considered, as it would be universally seen as being about money, and that alone.
Dillashaw's MMA legacy is in tatters after his suspension, and getting beaten to a pulp by the most successful boxer of his generation isn't going to help you get back in UFC's good graces -- or win you any new fans.