TJ Dillashaw Relinquishes Bantamweight Title, Suspended by NYSAC
TJ Dillashaw voluntarily gave up his UFC bantamweight belt after being informed by the New York State Athletic Commission that he was suspended from competition for one year (retroactive to his most recent fight on Jan. 19) due to “violations relating to use of a prohibited substance”. On top of the suspension, Dillashaw also received a $10,000 fine. It is unknown at this time if USADA will add to the punishment.
Dillashaw (16-4) is coming off of a first-round TKO loss to flyweight champion Henry Cejudo at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in a bout that gave TJ a chance to become a dual-weight titleholder. He released this statement via social media to explain the situation:
“To all my fans, I wanted to be the first one to let you know that USADA and the NYSAC have informed me of an adverse finding in a test taken for my last fight. While words can’t even begin to express how disappointed I am at this time, please know that I’m working with my team to understand what has occurred and how to resolve this situation as quickly as possible. Out of fairness and respect to the rest of my division, I’ve informed the UFC that I’ll be voluntarily relinquishing my title while I deal with this matter. I want to thank all of you in advance for the support.”