It hasn’t been the best start to the year for former two-time UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.
Just two months after his knockout loss to Henry Cejudo at UFC Fight Night 143, Dillashaw tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and has been suspended for one year by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC).
Dillashaw, 33, announced that he has voluntarily relinquished his bantamweight title and claims to be investigating his failed drug test. As of yet, it hasn’t been revealed what substance the former Team Alpha Male fighter tested positive for.
Dillashaw’s failed drug test came as a shock to the MMA community, and plenty of pro fighters reacted to the news on social media.
Check them out below.
☕️— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) March 20, 2019
I called that little snake way back.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 21, 2019
I’m the new St. Patrick.
Mr. Faber himself told me in person once that his former team mate abuses from substances and of course other members that we know as well.— Raphael Assuncao (@RaphaAssuncao) March 20, 2019
So T.J Dillashaw was on the sauce then— Paul Redmond (@RedserMma) March 20, 2019
Im shook..... pic.twitter.com/zKSvGFDriG
So weird the news of tj I had a dream last night and I woke up sweating that I had a Walmart protein shake in my last camp ( which I didn’t, I only get my supplements from @UFCPI ) it was crazy I got kidnapped and taken away for questioning and was getting locked up pic.twitter.com/76FEuwSJdh— Jo Jo Calderwood (@DRkneevil) March 20, 2019
If UFC will ask me to fight for the vacated title tomorrow I will agree without a doubt in my mind and I don’t care who will be my opponent. I want that belt!— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) March 20, 2019
Can’t say I’m surprised. What a very unfortunate situation for the bantamweight division. https://t.co/Q5z1eqUZic— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) March 20, 2019
Well..... this is bad https://t.co/qIA7S4WWTt— Nam Phan (@NamPhanMMA) March 20, 2019
Bantam Weight champ a cheater, and they are killin of the flyweight div?!? Rough times https://t.co/xoyL1z7Z6o— Tim Elliott (@TElliott125) March 20, 2019
I don’t know what to say about TJ but I’m ready to fight for a world fucking title baby!!! I’m tried of being nice. Tell Mr. Egghead I’ll see his ass in June or July. Lightening doesn’t strike the same place twice, get your book bags ready!! #StrapSeason pic.twitter.com/MjimRS5ieZ— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) March 20, 2019
I bet it was something he took for the 125 cut— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 20, 2019
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Damn... not much can be said right now until more details come out but the testing has gotten so good that they can test all the way down to the “picograms” as we found out with #jonjones I wonder what is going through his mind, just a couple months ago he was looking to make history as a “double champ” and now a couple months later he has no title around his waist. #mma #ufc #fighter #fight #wrestling #boxing #kickboxing
While the specifics of Dillashaw’s positive test haven’t been revealed, ex-teammate turned bitter rival Cody Garbrandt accused TJ of using performance-enhancing drugs back in 2017, claiming that the Colorado-based fighter showed everyone at Team Alpha Male how to use them.
“Oh yea, the guys on everything,” Garbrandt said at the UFC 217 pre-fight press conference. “He’s on everything. You’re the one that showed everyone how to do it on Team Alpha Male. Look at him, he has nothing to say.”