Fullerton, Calif. - Former Cal State Fullerton wrestlers Dan Henderson and T.J. Dillashaw will co-headline Saturday night's (May 24) Ultimate Fighting Championships on pay-per-view, airing live beginning at 7 p.m. from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
The twenty-eight year old Dillashaw (9-2) is the underdog in the bantamweight main event UFC 173 fight against reigning champ Renan Barao, who brings a solid 32-1 resume into the bout.
Dillashaw wrestled for the Titans from 2006-2009 under former Titan Head Coach Dan Hicks and reached modest success, ranking as high as 10th in the nation at 133-pound weight class as a senior.
The veteran and No. 6-ranked Henderson (30-11 overall, 7-5 UFC) is standing in the way of a powerful up-and-comer in No. 4-ranked Daniel Cormier (14-0 overall, 3-0 UFC). The winner of this fight will get a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title.
The 43-year old Henderson wrestled at Cal State Fullerton for two years in 1989 and 1990 under then-Head Coach Dan Lewis before transferring to Arizona State for the 1992 and 1993 seasons. While in Tempe, Ariz., he emerged as a standout his senior year and competed for the NCAA national championship in 1993. He is a two-time U.S. Olympian in Greco-Roman wrestling (1992 and 1996) and is one of the most accomplished and admired champions in the history of mixed martial arts.
Cal State Fullerton has been without a wrestling program since it was terminated at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season due to severe budget cuts. Fullerton never won a team championship, but boasted 31 conference championships, 12 Div. I and 3 Div. 3 All-Americans and 87 NCAA Div. I national qualifiers – including one in each of its last 26 years of existence.