Former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw has been suspended for 2-years by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) for prohibited substance, recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO).
Dillashaw had voluntarily vacated his UFC bantamweight title last month after there was an adverse finding in his system from his bout against Henry Cejudo on Jan. 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“We all know the pressures to win at all levels of all sport are real and intense,” said USADA chief Travis Tygart.
“It is exactly why strong anti-doping efforts are necessary to protect clean athletes’ rights, health, and safety, and to ensure that those who do succumb to these pressures and decide to break the rules will be held accountable in a real and meaningful way, as in this case.”
TJ Dillashaw will be 35-years old when his suspension is over. His 2-year suspension will be dated retroactively to Jan. 18, 2019, the day the test was submitted.
“I’m quite familiar with EPO from my days investigating professional cycling teams,” Jeff Novitzky told ESPN in an interview. “It’s a very effective substance. It’s not a substance you find in contaminated supplements, it’s injectable only. You have to know what you’re doing when it enters your system.
“On a scale of seriousness in anti-doping, it’s up near the top.”