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.
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.
“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.”
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Dillashaw’s nutritionist and strength and conditioning coach, Sam Calavitta, insists he will stand by the 33-year-old during his ban.
Calavitta said: “Although not right and inexcusable, TJ succumbed to the relentless pressure to win at any cost for the purposes of appeasing his employers, pleasing his fan base and providing for his family, a sentiment that we all can relate to.”
Dillashaw is the second UFC fighter banned for using EPO after Gleison Tibau, who was handed a two-year suspension in 2016.
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