TJ Dillashaw Drops UFC Bantamweight Title After 'Adverse Finding' in Drug Test

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2019

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19:  TJ Dillashaw reacts after his loss to Henry Cejudo in their flyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Barclays Center on January 19, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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TJ Dillashaw has relinquished his UFC bantamweight title after an "adverse finding" was discovered in a drugs test, and he has been hit with a 12-month suspension by the New York State Athletic Commission.

ESPN's Brett Okamoto relayed Dillashaw's statement on the matter:

The 33-year-old fought Henry Cejudo for the flyweight title on January 19 but lost via knockout after just 32 seconds.

Okamoto's ESPN colleague Ariel Helwani relayed details of the punishment from the NYSAC:

Helwani also reported the suspension would be retroactive from his January 19 fight, meaning he has served two months of the ban already.

Dillashaw (16-4) was attempting to become a two-weight world champion, having regained and then defended the bantamweight title against Cody Garbrandt in his previous two fights.

In the build-up to their first fight in 2017, former training partner Garbrandt accused Dillashaw of taking performance-enhancing drugs.

Per MMA Junkie's Stephen Marrocco and John Morgan, Garbrandt said: "The guy's on everything. He's done everything."

The accusation prompted a sarcastic response from Dillashaw, who replied: "Yeah, I'm on everything. They test me every day, so I'm on everything."

Per MMA Junkie, Dillashaw had never previously failed a drugs test.

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