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Morning Report: T.J. Dillashaw’s coach and nutritionist respond to Dillashaw’s ‘inexcusable’ drug failure

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Last month, former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw announced that there was an “adverse” finding in one of his UFC Brooklyn USADA tests, and that he would be vacating his title while attempting to resolve the issue. Well, the issue is now resolved, as Tuesday, Dillashaw accepted a two-year suspension for the failure.

Dillashaw tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) in an in-competition sample taken the day before failed flyweight title challenge against Henry Cejudo. The revelation that Dillashaw failed for EPO is seen widely as a damning failure as it is unlikely EPO could come about as a result of a tainted supplement or other unintentional ingestion method. Possibly as a result of this, Dillashaw’s strength and conditioning coach, Sam Calavitta, released a statement yesterday, (per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto) calling Dillashaw’s failure ‘inexcusable’.

It is with a heavy heart that I, Coach Cal, the owner, founder, and purveyor of The reigning Lab, have recently seen the defeat of one of our family members in recent months. This defeat is not due to the skills and combat savvy of an opponent of flesh, but rather a defeat at the perilous hands of a far more sinister foe; the demon of self doubt which haunts each and everyone of us at one time or another in our lives.

As a man of few words, preferring passion and belief as a shield to be carried out upon, I am bemused to careless and reckless dialog for no other purpose than to make myself head among the masses plagued by willful ignorance. However, there is an appropriate, and even required time for the head of a family to speak out. And, this is such a time.

The Treigning Lab in no way condones or encourages our family of athletes, worldwide, to partake in the perilous downward spiraling helix of synthetic performance enhancement. To do so is not only harmful to the individual but also harmful to the brothers, sisters, and other family members who are judged guilty by association. Yet the arena of public scrutiny is heavily weighted down with the enigma of fear for what it does not understand. To that end, the fact remains that The Treigning Lab, in concept and private practice established itself among Olympic and collegiate wrestlers in the year 2001 and has embarked on the life changing journey through sport with thousands of athletes spanning almost two decades of unparalleled excellence. We use quantitative analysis, metabolically accurate nutrition, proper supplementation, recovery facilitation, intelligence, and a training regiment of such high intensity that few have the wherewithal to imagine, much less dare to embrace. In the same amount of time, our athletes have never failed a single mandated test, yet reside among the elite in each of their chosen sports; standing at the top of the podium of character and integrity.

The Treigning Lab was built upon the foundation of integrity, hard work, and most importantly family. So, in light of recent events The Treigning Lab and its affiliates would, first, like to thank USADA for upholding the standard of sterling athletic practices and offering tests to ensure the safety and fairness of competitive sports. That being said, we would also like to thank all those who have come forward at this time to show their genuine concern for all of our athletes, especially TJ Dillashaw, a fallen soldier on the battlefield of public expectation and demand for perfection. 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.

He has now accepted the repercussions of his decisions; and as such, it is our decision as The Treigning Lab family, to stand beside him in his journey forward.

Dillashaw began working with The Treigning Lab in 2017 in the lead up to his grudge match fight with Cody Garbrandt at UFC 227.

Someone Dillashaw has been working with much longer, Duane Ludwig, also issued a response to the revelations. Ludwig, Dillashaw’s head coach, posted to Instagram, keeping the same sentiment as Calavitta’s statement, though in much fewer words.

He is not the first nor will he be the last but yes it is inexcusable! People make mistakes BUT he’s still my Ninja! #StillMyNinja #KillaShaw. ‘He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone.’ Jesus Christ.

Dillashaw’s suspension is retroactive to the date the sample was collected, meaning the former bantamweight champion will be eligible to compete again on Jan. 18, 2021.


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This is a horrible idea.


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Someone’s been watching too many movies.


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It would take far too long to parse out all the nonsense in Coach Cal’s novel so I’ll just keep it to this: using fifty words when four would do reeks of BS.

Oh, and all PEDs should be legal.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.



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