Test Finds Dillashaw Used EPO Prior To January

Cody Garbrandt is fuming after T.J. Dillashaw came back positive for EPO, not for his January loss to Henry Cejudo, but an earlier test as well.

Dillashaw was handed a two-year suspension by USADA on Tuesday for testing positive for the performance enhancer EPO in January, but accusations of EPO use by Dillashaw goes back to his series of fights with Garbrandt in 2018.

“No s***t! I’m talking about the March fight,” Garbrandt wrote in a tweet from April, 2018. “And then you said you were hurt, must be all that EPO going to your head! Have a safe camp, see you in Aug!”

The two would then face off at UFC 227 where Garbrandt would be dropped by Dillshaw in the first round of their bantamweight title rematch.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto would claim a test from December 28th of 2018 was retested in the aftermath of Dillashaw’s failed January test, causing Garbrandt to demand all of his old samples be run through the EPO testing process.

Dillashaw would relinquish his bantamweight title in March following the confirmation that he tested positive in January, and now will be forced to sit until 2021 along with a concurrent one-year suspension from the New York State Athletic Commission.

The vacant title will now be decided on June 8th, as Cejudo will battle Marlon Moraes at UFC 238, while Garbrandt looks to recover his career after two back-to-back knockout losses.

 

Initial Report: MMA Mania

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