News of TJ Dillashaw’s United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) issues has taken the mixed martial arts (MMA) community by surprise today. But it didn’t surprise his most bitter rival. In fact, Cody Garbrandt accused Dillashaw of using exactly what he was suspended for.
Dillashaw was on the verge of cementing his legacy as one of, if not the, greatest bantamweights of all-time. Unfortunately, a failed drug test prior to his fight with Henry Cejudo in January has brought all of that into question. Dillashaw tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO
He voluntarily relinquished his then-held bantamweight title once the news initially broke. He then did not contest the USADA suspension when it was announced today (Tues. April 9, 2019). Journalist Chisanga Malata has also brought up a very interesting past tweet from Dillashaw’s former teammate-turned-rival Cody Garbrandt.
A year ago, Garbrandt tweeted out that all of the “EPO” was going to Dillashaw’s head. Now, a year later, that’s the exact substance USADA has busted “The Viper” for:
In the wake of Dillashaw’s exit from the division and his relinquishing of the bantamweight title, flyweight champion Henry Cejudo will challenge Marlon Moraes for the vacant throne. The fight takes place at UFC 238 on pay-per-view (PPV) on June 8.