Former UFC Champion T.J. Dillashaw Officially Eligible To Compete Again

T.J. Dillashaw’s two-year suspension has officially ended.

Back in April 2019, USADA announced that Dillashaw received a two-year sanction after testing positive for EPO. The suspension was retroactive to when he first popped for his UFC Flyweight Title bout against Henry Cejudo. The sanction has ended.

At the time of his suspension, USADA released the following statement.

“Dillashaw, 33, tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) as the result of an in-competition urine sample he provided on January 18, 2019. rHuEPO is a synthetic hormone used to stimulate the body’s production of red blood cells, thereby increasing oxygen transport and aerobic power, and is a prohibited substance.”

USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart added the following.

“We all know the pressures to win at all levels of all sport are real and intense. It is exactly why strong anti-doping efforts are necessary to protect clean athletes’ rights, health, and safety, and to ensure that those who do succumb to these pressures and decide to break the rules will be held accountable in a real and meaningful way, as in this case.”

Dillashaw has not competed since January 19, 2019. He relinquished the UFC Bantamweight Championship as a result of the sanction. Dillashaw has claimed that he’s been promised a title opportunity upon his return. The current champion is Petr Yan, who is set to put his gold on the line against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 259 on March 6.

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