Benavidez On TJ Suspension: “How’d It Take So Long?”
Don’t count UFC flyweight Joseph Benavidez as one of the many shocked by TJ Dillashaw’s testing positive for EPO.
This weekend in an interview with MMAJunkie, Benadvidez made it clear that Dillashaw deserves all the scorn coming his way after testing positive for the PED following his January loss to flyweight champion Henry Cejudo.
“I wasn’t surprised at all that he finally got caught,” said Benavidez. “Wasn’t surprising at all. There’s nothing I can really say as far as, like, that hasn’t already been said. I’m not gonna sit here and say the guy is this and that because if you look at the internet and everyone, it’s already been said. So there’s nothing worse you can say than what everyone already thinks, which I think is warranted. Everything that people are out there giving him, it’s 100 percent warranted for what he did.”
Benavidez trained with Dillashaw and former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt at Team Alpha Male, and while the two would remain friendly after Dillashaw’s acrimonious split with gym founder Urijah Faber, now Benavidez feels this has shown Dillashaw for who he really is.
“It just goes to show, there’s consequences for what you do and you can’t hide who you are forever,” Benavidez said. “I’m surprised it took that long for him to get caught, and hid what he’s about this long. But you can’t hide that stuff forever. It’s great that it came out. There are consequences and if anything, I don’t think the consequences are that much. It’s not that bad. Get some surgeries. You got paid the day after the fight anyway. So it’s not like you’re getting suspended for the year. But like I said, it’s all the other things. All the disgrace and everything that is warranted, and maybe hurts more.
“Like I said, the truth will come out at some point and you can’t hide that stuff forever.”
Dillashaw would release a mea culpa a few days after he was handed a two year suspension, which will sit the former UFC bantamweight champion until January 2021.
Initial Report: MMAJunkie