Dillashaw Fails Drug Test, Relinquishes Title
On Wednesday morning, T.J. Dillashaw shocked the MMA community by announcing that both USADA and the New York State Athletic Commission had found an “adverse finding” in a pre-fight drug test, prior to his fight against flyweight champion Henry Cejudo.
Dillashaw would take to Instagram to not only apologize to the UFC and his fans, but announce that he would be relinquishing his UFC bantamweight title effective immediately out of “fairness and respect” for the rest of the division.
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“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. 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 the 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.”
Ariel Helwani of ESPN would also report that due to the “adverse finding,” Dillashaw will be suspended for the rest of 2019 by the New York State Athletic Commission, retroactive to his fight with Cejudo on January 19th.
TJ Dillashaw has been suspended for a year by the NYSAC, according to sources. A formal announcement is expected to be made this AM. Unclear at this time if he will be suspended longer by USADA but this is a NYSAC and USADA issue. Also unclear what he failed for. Developing.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 20, 2019