UFC Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw (16-4) was busted for an unknown performance enhancing drug, USADA confirmed earlier today. The UFC’s governing body for PEDs issued a statement confirming both the violation, as well as the fact that Dillashaw has voluntarily relinquished his championship. Dillashaw will face both fine and suspension for his actions.
Earlier today, NYSAC officials confirmed Dillashaw has been suspended one year – retroactive to his Jan. 19 title fight against flyweight champ Henry Cejudo (13-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) – and fined $10,000 for “violations relating to use of a prohibited substance,” the commission said in a statement, declining further comment. The UFC has yet to weigh in on Dillashaw’s move to vacate the belt. The now ex-champion had pushed hard for a rematch with Cejudo after a first-round TKO stoppage he felt was premature. Cejudo, meanwhile, had lobbied to put the bantamweight belt on the line in the rematch.
T.J. did have to shed a lot of weight to make the 125-lb limit for the first time in his career. Many observers commented on how sickly he looked, and personally, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear he used the help of a diuretic to lose the extra few pounds. Dillashaw has the right to a full investigation, but him giving the belt up tells a pretty clear story to myself. I hope somehow it comes out that this was all a misunderstanding, and he gave up the belt so the division wasn’t in a stalemate while his investigation into the findings took place. Unfortunately, that is rarely the case.
I will update this story as new information becomes available to the public.