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T.J. Dillashaw relinquishes bantamweight title after USADA test

MMA Junkie Staff, MMA Junkie
Published 9:21 a.m. ET March 20, 2019 | Updated 10:33 a.m. ET March 20, 2019

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T.J. Dillashaw has announced plans to vacate the UFC bantamweight title as he deals with an issue with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) following his January loss to Henry Cejudo at UFC on ESPN+ 1.

Dillashaw (16-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) today revealed on social media that an “adverse finding” came out of a test taken in conjunction with the fight against UFC flyweight champion Cejudo (13-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), which took place Jan. 26 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Neither USADA nor NYSAC officials were immediately available for comment when contacted by MMAjunkie.

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As a result of the situation, and while he deals with the process, Dillashaw, 33, says he will be giving up his UFC title (via Instagram):

Dillashaw did not reveal the substance that brought up the adverse test but made it clear he intends on investigating the matter with his team and working with USADA and the NYSAC.

The fight with Cejudo marked Dillashaw’s first career contest at 125 pounds after competing is entire career at 135. The UFC on ESPN+ 1 matchup was Dillashaw’s attempt at becoming one of just a handful of fighters to simultaneously hold belts in two different weight classes. However, an early Cejudo barrage saw the fight called off in just 32 seconds.

A disappointed Dillashaw didn’t approve of the quick stoppage and had been campaigning for a rematch, though Cejudo had countered with an offer to come up to 135 pounds and compete for that title, give him a shot at history.

Although he has never previously failed a doping test, Dillashaw was repeatedly accused of being a cheater by former Team Alpha Male teammate Cody Garbrandt ahead of their UFC 217 title fight in November 2017.

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