Earlier this year, former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw was suspended for 2-years by USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) for using a prohibited substance, recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) in his preparation for his fight against Henry Cejudo.
His suspension will be up on Jan. 18, 2019, two years to the day the test was submitted.TJ Dillashaw will be 35-years old when his suspension is over. Despite this Dillashaw said that he is already looking forward to his return to the Octagon.
He recently appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, where he gave in-depth details about his failed drug test.
“I took an anaemia medication called Procrit, which the main ingredient in it was Erythropoietin (EPO). It helps rebuild blood cells,” he said (via MMA Mania). “When you become anaemic, your red blood cells start to plummet and you lose energy. I was on a super strict 1600-calorie day diet and working too hard. I pushed my body to extreme limits,”
“No excuses. I made the mistake of wanting to do something that hadn’t been done. I sold my soul to the devil and now I got to build myself back up and deal with it.”
“I was getting down to that bare minimum weight where everything was affecting me. I didn’t want to wake up and train in the morning. I had to lose a bunch more weight and I didn’t want to go to the gym, I didn’t want to run and didn’t want to do what I had to do,” he said.
TJ Dillashaw fought Henry Cejudo earlier on UFC’s inaugural card on ESPN+, where he moved down to flyweight in attempt to win titles across two weight classes. However, it only took Cejudo 32-seconds to knock TJ Dillashaw out. He had to relinquish his bantamweight title as well.