T.J. Dillashaw could break out at UFC Fight Night 29

T.J. Dillashaw. (QMI Agency files)

T.J. Dillashaw. (QMI Agency files)

Neil Springer, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 3:24 AM ET

T.J. Dillashaw has been waiting for the opportunity to prove himself against a top-10 bantamweight.

After coming up short in his bid to capture The Ultimate Fighter 14 tournament crown, the Team Alpha Male competitor has been steadily climbing the 135-pound ladder.

He has since secured the No. 9 spot on the UFC's official 135-pound rankings, picking up impressive victories over Walel Watson, Vaughan Lee, Issei Tamura and Hugo Viana.

Dillashaw gets his wish Wednesday when he faces No. 5 ranked Raphael Assuncao on the main card of UFC Fight Night 29 in Barueri, Brazil. The show, which features a welterweight main event between Jake Shields and Demian Maia, will air on Sportsnet 360.

Though Dillashaw isn't one to pick and choose opponents, he admitted he may have gotten a tad restless had the UFC not paired him against a contender.


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