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.
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.
However, the former bantamweight champion has recently said that he hates himself a little for using performance-enhancing drugs. Speaking on Chael Sonnen’s You’re Welcome podcast he said that it’s hard for him to face people in public. Dillashaw was present to corner his teammate Juan Archuleta.
“It’s been the darkest time of my life and it’s been the best,” Dillashaw told Sonnen. “Like I said, I have a 17-month old son and that’s been a great distraction for me. Thank goodness for him, you know, because it’s been tough for me, man. It’s been tough for me to be downstairs with Juan and show my face. It’s been a tough go.”
“Yeah of course [it was difficult to show up to the Bellator 222 press conference]. I mean, I’ve hidden out. I haven’t done any interviews, I haven’t done…I’ve just kind of hidden away from it. There have been things I’ve wanted to say, but I didn’t because it didn’t want to create excuses.”
“It’s a rough one, man,” Dillashaw said. “It’s hard not to hate yourself a little a bit, you know…it’s a tough one.”