UFC star TJ Dillashaw slapped with two-year ban after testing positive for EPO


UFC star TJ Dillashaw slapped with two-year ban after testing positive for EPO

TJ Dillashaw has been suspended for two years after testing positive for banned substance erythropoietin.

The former UFC champion used EPO ahead of his fight with Henry Cejudo on January 19 in New York.

TJ Dillashaw will not fight until 2021

Dillashaw, who relinquished his bantamweight title last month, was attempting to become only the third dual champion in UFC history, alongside Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier.

He lost to flyweight champion Henry Cejudo via first round knockout, before being hit with a two-year ban by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Dillashaw did not contest the suspension.

EPO is a hormone used to stimulate the body’s production of red blood cells, increasing oxygen transport and aerobic power.

TJ Dillashaw was dominated by Henry Cejudo in January

“We all know the pressures to win at all levels of all sport are real and intense,” USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said.

“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.”