Last week, T.J. Dillashaw revealed that there was an adverse finding by USADA in one of his drug tests for his fight against Henry Cejudo at UFC Brooklyn in January. Though not explicitly denying the use of any banned substances, Dillashaw did say that he was disappointed and did not know what happened to create the positive test. As a result of the findings, Dillashaw opted to vacate his title “out of fairness and respect to the rest of the division” while he and his team attempt to resolve the issue. But a key figure in the MMA community thinks that is a lie.
On his Believe You Me podcast, recently announced UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping, after hinting that he knew more than he was willing to speak about, argued that Dillashaw would not have given up his title if he was innocent and that doing so was essentially an admission of guilt.
“I don’t break the circle of trust,” Bisping said. “I don’t speak outside of school. I don’t tell tales outside of f*cking tale-telling time but I’m telling you this, circle of trust or not, no motherf*cker relinquishes their belt out of respect for the rest of the division. It ain’t about the rest of the division, it’s about me. I’m not gonna relinquish my belt once I destroy the competition and become the champion. I’m not gonna relinquish my belt out of respect for the competition. You just wouldn’t do that. So that in itself - and I apologize if I’m wrong - is almost an admittance of guilt. It really is.
“You would not relinquish your belt unless there was some kind of guilt and you know you’re in a no-win situation.”
Dillashaw coming out and admitting the adverse finding and then relinquishing his title was unexpected. USADA does not announce violations before cases are resolved so Dillashaw could possibly have cleared his name and retained his title without anyone knowing about the finding. Instead, by offering up the information voluntarily, accusations that had been thrown at him from his former teammates at Team Alpha Male now seem to warrant more credence and the “PED asterisk” will likely be attached to Dillashaw’s name and accomplishments for the rest of his career. It’s a harsh reality but one that Bisping maintains is a good thing for those who cheat in MMA.
“To cheat in this sport, the danger is very, very real,” Bisping said. “I have the injuries still to this day. I’m not gonna go into them, but I do, from people taking steroids and cheating people. There’s supposed to be honor and a certain moral code when you fight.”
Dillashaw would likely have defended his bantamweight title this summer against the the man who knocked him out in January, Henry Cejudo, but now Dillashaw will be sitting on the sidelines while he attempts to resolve the situation, likely for at least a year. In the mean time, Cejudo will instead challenge Marlon Moraes for the vacant bantamweight title at UFC 238.
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
This didn’t even have time to build momentum before Jones was already set to defend his title.
I don’t think you guys are ready to witness @stipemiocic and I, would July give you all enough time?— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) March 27, 2019
Costa sounds mad.
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Increasing my luck daily. definitely my opponents will not be happy . Soon very good news and my next fight , Romero don’t knows what fuck shit he says. I’m not use steroids , I’m never doped like him . • Aumentando minha “sorte “ diariamente. Definitivamente eu não gostaria de estar na pele dos meus adversários. Muito em breve trarei ótimas notícias e a próxima luta, possivelmente em junho. E Não liguem para as baboseiras que falam de doping sobre mim, mera fantasia , isso é a maior idiotice do mundo sem dúvidas. @ct_funcional @andersonluiznoronha @felipe.reis.ctf #seguraotrembala
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What a year you have had my son, you have gone threw the ringer your first year of life. 7 surgeries, multiple hospital stays and numerous tears shed, and some how through it all you continue to smile more than anyone I know. You have shown your mom and I what it means to have true inner strength and we will carry that for the rest of our lives. Happy 1st birthday to my beautiful son, daddy is sorry he couldn’t be there today but he will be home real soon champ. #borgstrong
Chipotle tried to kill Jimmy Smith.
Look what I just pulled out of my @ChipotleTweets burrito!! 9 FULL-SIZED STAPLES!!!!! Are you kidding me!?! Had to yank one out of my teeth!! Didn’t even search the rest of the burrito but I’m sure not eating it pic.twitter.com/7qJDdpREg1— Jimmy Smith (@jimmysmithmma) March 27, 2019
Dan Hooker is beefing with Wale and this is wild.
Mind ur business— Wale (@Wale) March 25, 2019
Aaaahhhhh I googled....100% would fuk u up.— Dan Hangman Hooker (@danthehangman) March 26, 2019
Imagine u thinkin my trunk don’t open— Wale (@Wale) March 26, 2019
Fuck your trunk u a pussy. U keep postin pictures of me, I still got no idea who u are. https://t.co/aDezmlUvu5— Dan Hangman Hooker (@danthehangman) March 28, 2019
@DomReyes you trying to do this or you trying to avoid a real wrestler cuz you know your game was exposed in London? @Mickmaynard2 @Dana_WhiteUFC @AliAbdelaziz00 lets get the ball rolling. Winner gets the next shot... who else is there?! #writeupthecontract #letsmakeithappen #ufc https://t.co/cBXZt5QhTe— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) March 27, 2019
GSP just rubbing it in.
Sticking around Bellator.
Absolutely delighted to have signed a new 6 fight deal with @bellatormma this one will not only help change my life but also my family as they’re the ones who got me to this point. Thank… https://t.co/I16LYSy0jf— james gallagher (@StrabanimalMMA) March 27, 2019
It appears Teruto Ishihara is retiring?
Marlon Moraes (22-5-1) vs. Henry Cejudo (14-2); UFC 238, June 8.
Jon Jones (24-1, 1 NC) vs. Thiago Santos (21-6); UFC 239, July 6.
Amanda Nunes (17-4) vs. Holly Holm (12-4); UFC 239, July 6.
With Jon Jones set to defend against Thiago Santos, let it be known that 6 of his title 13 title fights will have been against middleweights. He’s the modern day Fedor.
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