TJ Dillashaw Aiming For Title Fight Early Next Year After Successful Surgery

TJ Dillashaw has revealed he’s hoping to be back in action by early next year after undergoing successful surgery for the multiple ligament tears he suffered during his win over Cory Sandhagen recently.

“I just had surgery on Thursday,” Dillashaw told former Brendan Schaub during a ‘Calabasas Fight Companion’ podcast during UFC 265.

“I had a medial meniscus bucket handle tear, a lateral meniscus tear, and a PCL tear. Almost everything. I’m just glad it wasn’t ACL. I actually am happy with the results, [because] it would’ve been nine months [of recovery for an ACL tear]. I’m looking at a three-month recovery right now until I can get back to good training, fight for the title at beginning of next year.”

That news would appear to dash Jose Aldo’s hopes of fighting Dillashaw in December, while it also appears that the former bantamweight champion is eyeing the opportunity to potentially fight the winner of the upcoming 135lb title fight between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan rather than taking a fight with another contender instead.

It remains to be seen what the UFC plans to do however, but as the currently No.2 ranked contender in the division behind those two aforementioned fighters, it would appear he’s in a good spot to get his wish.

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