The year 2019 hasn't been good for the former two-time UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw.
Just some months after his awful KO loss to Henry Cejudo at UFC Fight Night 143, Dillashaw was found using performance-enhancing drugs and was handed one-year suspension by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC).
The further details about his failed drug test haven't been revealed, the former Team Alpha Male fighter announced that he has given up his Bantamweight title.
Professional MMA fighters took the news as a shocking one and made a quick reaction to the news on social media.
Check it out.
I called that little snake way back.
I’m the new St. Patrick.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 21, 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
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
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
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 ??????
Im shook..... pic.twitter.com/zKSvGFDriG
— Paul Redmond (@RedserMma) 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
Exactly!! There are no ways to compliteley reverse the advantage gained, so a life time ban is fair!!
— Artem Lobov (@RusHammerMMA) March 20, 2019
Cody Garbrandt, Dillashaw's ex-teammate, and a bitter rival currently, earlier accused him of using drugs at the UFC 217 pre-fight press conference in 2017.
“Oh yea, the guys on everything. 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.”
While NYSAC has already announced its punishment, it is not yet known, if the punishment United States Anti-Doping Agency will be the same. NYSAC’s suspension is retroactive to the date of his last fight, January 19, which means he’ll be allowed to fight again on that date in 2020.