Former Wrestler Dillashaw UFC Champion

Fullerton, Calif. - Former Cal State Fullerton wrestler T.J. Dillashaw knocked out Renan Barao at the 2:26 mark in the fifth and final round of the UFC 173 title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday night in Las Vegas to earn his first bantamweight world championship.

Dillashaw (11-2) was the underdog going in to the bout with the reigning champion Barao who boasted a 34-fight unbeaten streak dating back to 2005. The loss drops Barao to 34-2 with 1 NC.

"I've dreamed it for so long, it's unbelievable," Dillashaw said. "All you have to do is believe you're the best in the world and you'll get here.

“I’ve been looking up to the guy (Barao), he’s the best in the world and that brought the best out of me. I had to bring my A game.”

The 28-year-old, who wrestled for the Titans from 2006-09, issued a head kick and a left hook followed by a flurry of punches that sent the former champ to the mat in the final round prompting referee Herb Dean to step in and call it. The 5-foot-6, 135-pounder made his statement early on to the 11,000 on hand as an overhand right knocked Barao down with a minute remaining in the first round.

Dillashaw landed 169 stikes, with 140 of them being considered significant strikes. Barao was just 68-of-277, with 64 significant strikes.

While at Fullerton under then-Head Coach Dan Hicks, Dillashaw reached modest success, ranking as high as 10th in the nation at 133-pound weight class as a senior.

Another former Titan shared the headlined bill with Dillashaw, but finished with no success. Veteran mixed martial arts fighter Dan Henderson (at CSF in 1989-90) was choked out at 3:53 in the third round of the light-heavyweight match by Daniel Cormier (15-0). Henderson fell to 30-12. 

Henderson, who has lost four of his last five, said he is not considering retirement, but may consider moving down a weight class to middleweight for the rest of his career.

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Tue Feb 21
12:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at CSU Bakersfield
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Tue Feb 21
2:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at CSU Bakersfield
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Tue Feb 21
6:00 PM
NC Dinos
at Cal State Fullerton
Exhibition
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Wed Feb 22
1:30 PM
Loyola Marymount
at Cal State Fullerton
Rescheduled from Feb. 19
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Wed Feb 22
5:00 PM
San Diego State
at Cal State Fullerton
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Wed Feb 22
7:00 PM
UC Irvine
at Cal State Fullerton
TV: ESPN3
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Thu Feb 23
6:00 PM
Houston
at Cal State Fullerton
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Thu Feb 23
7:00 PM
CSUN
at Cal State Fullerton
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Fri Feb 24
All Day
at MPSF Championships
Seattle, Wash.
-2
Fri Feb 24
1:30 PM
Eastern Michigan
at Cal State Fullerton
-2
Fri Feb 24
6:05 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at UNLV
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Sat Feb 25
All Day
at MPSF Championships
Seattle, Wash.
-2
Sat Feb 25
2:05 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at UNLV
-2
Sat Feb 25
5:00 PM
Georgia
vs. Cal State Fullerton
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
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Sat Feb 25
6:00 PM
Hawai'i
at Cal State Fullerton
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Sat Feb 25
7:30 PM
Louisville
vs. Cal State Fullerton
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
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Sat Feb 25
10:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at Hawai'i
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Sun Feb 26
1:05 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at UNLV
-2
Sun Feb 26
2:00 PM
Utah
vs. Cal State Fullerton
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
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Sun Feb 26
4:30 PM
St. John's (N.Y.)
vs. Cal State Fullerton
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
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Mon Feb 27
All Day
vs. 21st Del Walker Intercollegiate
@ Long Beach, Calif.
Virginia Country Club
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Mon Feb 27
All Day
vs. Bruin Wave Invitational
@ San Luis Obispo, Calif.
San Luis Obispo Country Club
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