TJ Dillashaw Relinquishes UFC Bantamweight Championship

Giancarlo Aulino
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

MMA fans woke up to some surprising news on Wednesday when UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw announced on his Instagram account that he'd be relinquishing his title as a result of USADA and NYSAC informing him of “adverse findings” in a test taken from his recent fight with UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo, where he was defeated in the first-round.

Dillashaw had cut an extra ten-pounds to make the flyweight limit in his last fight and there were no findings of banned substances prior to the bout, so it’ likely something that was in his system during testing that took place during the week of the fight and post-fight. 




Following the news of Dillashaw relinquishing the title, it was reported that Dillashaw will be issued a one-year suspension by the NYSAC and a $10,000 fine for the use of a banned substance. Dillashaw will be eligible to return on January 19, 2020, since the suspension date began January 19,2019, which is the date he last fought.

This suspension puts the UFC in a difficult situation because it looked as though Dillashaw would be fighting Cejudo in a rematch at bantamweight however with Dillashaw being suspended, it could mean that Cejudo fights Marlon Moraes for the vacant championship instead.


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