Las Vegas - T.J.
Dillashaw surrendered his UFC bantamweight crown on Wednesday after
revealing a "adverse finding" in a doping test following a January loss
in New York.
The 33-year-old American was stopped by flyweight champion Henry
Cejudo in 32 seconds at Brooklyn, where Dillashaw submitted the sample
found in violation, according to the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
"To all my fans, I wanted to be the first one to let you know that
USADA and the NYSAC (New York State Athletic Commission) have informed
me of an adverse finding in a test taken for my last fight," Dillashaw
said in an Instagram statement.
"While words can't even begin to express how disappointed I am at
this time, please know that I'm working with my team to understand what
has occurred and how to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.
"Out of fairness and respect to the rest of my division, I've
informed the UFC that I'll be voluntarily relinquishing my title while I
deal with this matter."
The New York commission fined Dillashaw $10 000 and suspended him for
one year for "violations relating to the use of a prohibited
USADA followed with a statement confirming Dillashaw's positive test.
"In light of Mr. Dillashaw's social media post this morning, we can
confirm that an in-competition test conducted by USADA on January 18,
2019 resulted in an adverse analytical finding," USADA said.
"In this instance, we are able to confirm the finding due to Mr.
Dillashaw's public statement. The presumption of innocence under the
rules is a vital part of an effective anti-doping program and it's only
fair that Mr. Dillashaw be allowed due process before any conclusions