From a quiet morning in the MMA world to a stream of USADA-related news, statements ad reactions. It wouldn’t be MMA without days like this…
When we awoke this morning, the MMA world hardly expected TJ Dillashaw to announce himself that he had failed a USADA (United States Anti Doping Agency) drug test.
Furthermore, “The Viper” announced in the same statement that he would be vacating the bantamweight title. Having won the title for a second time by knocking out Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217, Dillashaw would go on to defend with a clone performance against “No Love” at UFC 227.
Things didn’t go TJ’s way when he moved down to flyweight to challenge Henry Cejudo this past January 19. He was knocked out by the Olympic wrestling gold medalist in a shocking 32-second defeat.
Yet another bad day for TJ as he made the following announcement:
Dillashaw Vacated The Belt With AN Emotional Statement
“To all my fans, I wanted to be the first one to let you know that USADA and the NYSAC have informed me of an adverse finding in a test taken from my last fight,” Dillashaw wrote.
“While words can’t even begin to express how disappointed I am at this time, please know that I’m working with my team to understand what has occurred and how to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.
Out of fairness and respect to the rest of my division, I’ve informed the UFC that I’ll be voluntarily relinquishing my title while I deal with this matter. I want to thank all of you in advance.”
One man who you think might be a little upset by TJ’s test results would be Cejudo. After all, it was the test taken for their January fight that provided adverse results.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 20, 2019
“I Feel Bad For Him”
“I feel bad for him,” Cejudo told ESPN. “Obviously, you have your exceptions out there. Some people have been wrongly accused in the past.
But people like Lance Armstrong and Marion Jones, and I’ve looked up to her in the past, they have to live with the regret and the dishonesty for the rest of their lives. I honestly feel bad for them.”
“I want to reserve judgement, but I also want to say I never wish to [fight] anyone who uses PEDs again,” Cejudo continued. “There’s no place for that in MMA. This isn’t baseball or basketball. This is another human being with four ounce gloves hitting another human being.”
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) March 20, 2019
Dillashaw’s biggest rival to date, summed up in two emojis that he was sitting back and watching the drama unfold. Until USADA and the New York Athletic Commission issue a statement, we should still see Dillashaw as innocent until proven guilty.
Feature Image source: Instagram/TJ Dillashaw/Henry Cejudo