TJ Dillishaw just recaptured his UFC Bantamweight championship in spectacular fashion. It was the culmination of a long road back to the belt, after he lost it to Dominick Cruz in a close, split decision almost two years ago. Dillishaw wasn’t gifted an instant rematch and had to fight two top 5 contenders. He neutralized them both and was granted another shot at the title, but it wouldn’t be against Cruz.
Dillishaw faced his most dangerous opponent to date in former teammate Cody Garbrandt. The lead up to the fight got very personal and people wondered how Dillishaw would respond.
The fight was back and forth for the first round. Both men sizing each other up and starting to implement their game plans. Counters were exchanged and Dillishaw was dropped at the end of round 1 and saved by the bell. He came out in round 2 a different fighter. Moving on new angles and using his kicks more effectively. He rocked Garbrandt with two head kicks that set up the finishing right hook that finally stopped Garbrandt.
Dillishaw was climbed the mountain not once, but twice. Belief backed by hard work and nothing is insurmountable. It would have been easy to while about not getting a instant rematch, he just went to work. This is the approach we can all take to become the championship version of ourselves.