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T.J. Dillashaw: Loss to Henry Cejudo is ‘burning inside of me’

T.J. Dillashaw admits he’s still unable to fully get over his loss to Henry Cejudo in January.

Former UFC bantamweight champion was looking to be the next two-division champion by dropping down a weight class and challenging Henry Cejudo for the flyweight title in January. Instead, he was stopped in less than a minute of action, breaking a four-fight win streak.

To make things worse, he failed both of his UFC Brooklyn drug tests, resulting in a two-year suspension from USADA. Recently, he spoke with Chael Sonnen to give a brief update about what’s been going on with him, where he also admitted how the loss to Cejudo still stings to this day.

“I definitely have some animosity towards myself, towards the sport, just everything,” Dillashaw said (transcript by MMA Junkie). “I have some enemies that are definitely going to stay my enemies for the rest of my life. I wouldn’t say it’s because (Cejudo) is a sh-t talker, it’s more just the way he carries himself.

“It’s just something that I want back, not so much because he’s bad-mouthed or treated me a certain way. It’s just something that is burning inside of me, to get my belt back, to get that win back, to get back to where I need to be to get this thing behind me.”

Cejudo has since captured the 135-pound title when he defeated Marlon Moraes at UFC 238 last June.

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