TJ Dillashaw Banned for Two Years from Competing by the USADA
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Former UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw have tested positive for EPO, which prompted the USADA to hand him a two-year ban.
In a report by 9News.com.au, the United States Anti-Doping Agency have decided to ban him, after testing positive to recombinant human erythropoietin, prior to his scheduled match against Henry Cejudo this coming January 2020.
As for the fighter, he willingly relinquished his title, as well as accepting the ban, with no appeals whatsoever.
Though he has yet to release his official statement regarding the matter, several members of his team spoke on his behalf.
Duane Ludwig, his striking coach, went to Instagram to express support for Dillashaw.
In the post he said, He is not the first nor will he be the last but yes, it is inexcusable! People make mistakes BUT he’s still my Ninja! #StillMyNinja #KillaShaw, ‘He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.’ Jesus Christ.”
His strength and conditioning coach Sam Calvitta, who Dillashaw credited his success, posted a lengthier statement for his fighter.
He said that he and his team would “stand beside” the man in his journey, moving forward.
As per the Pundit Arena, Calvitta said in a statement, “It is with a heavy heart that I, Coach Cal, the owner, founder, and purveyor of The Treigning Lab, have recently seen the defeat of one of our family members in recent months. This defeat is not due to the skills and combat savvy of an opponent of flesh, but rather a defeat at the perilous hands of a far more sinister foe; the demon of self-doubt which haunts each and everyone of us at one time or another in our lives.”
However, he clarified that he and his team, in no way whatsoever, condone or excuses Dillashaw’s actions, but provided on what may be the reason the former champion did what he did.
He said, “Although, not right, and inexcusable, TJ succumbed to the relentless pressure to win at any cost for the purposes of appeasing his employers, pleasing his fan base, and providing for his family; a sentiment that we all can relate to.”
Unfortunately, not everyone seems supportive of the fighter, one of them is his two-time rival, and fellow UFC fighter, Cody Garbrandt.
In a tweet, he said, “Test all his samples I bet for a fact more EPO pops up, (Dillashaw) is a coward.”
He then went on to call him out further and said to hit him up, once Dillashaw’s suspension is up.