T.J. Dillashaw Not Impressed By Petr Yan As UFC Champion
T.J. Dillashaw isn’t buying into Petr Yan’s UFC Bantamweight Title reign.
Yan captured the UFC Bantamweight gold, which had been vacated by Henry Cejudo. Yan accomplished this by stopping Jose Aldo in the fifth round of their UFC 251 clash back on July 11. He was scheduled to defend the gold against Aljamain Sterling at UFC 256 on December 12 but he was removed from the card.
During an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Dillashaw said he finds it difficult to view Yan as a true champion.
“I want that title fight right away. You’ve got a guy in Petr Yan who beat someone for the belt that is 0-2 in the division. Jose Aldo has two losses [at 135 pounds]; you beat him for the title and you’re calling yourself a champion? That belt has changed hands every fight. No one there has dominated. That’s my belt, and I want to come back to a title fight.”
Dillashaw has been on the sidelines due to a suspension from USADA. Dillashaw popped for EPO use during his run as the UFC Bantamweight champion. He relinquished the title and has been serving his sanction. Dillashaw will be eligible to compete after January 18, 2021.
Dillashaw last competed back on January 19, 2019. He challenged Henry Cejudo for the UFC Flyweight Title. Dillashaw was stopped in just 32 seconds via TKO. Dillashaw’s four-fight winning streak was snapped but the bantamweight title wasn’t up for grabs. Instead, Cejudo captured the 135-pound gold when he defeated Marlon Moraes for the vacant championship once Dillashaw was out of the picture.