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Morning Report: Marlon Moraes on T.J. Dillashaw’s suspension: ‘Two years is not enough’

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Since coming over to the UFC from World Series of Fighting, Marlon Moraes has had his eyes on the bantamweight title, and for much of that time, that title was held by T.J. Dillashaw. After suffering a setback in his promotional debut, Moraes has gone on to win four in a row and it appeared a title fight against Dillashaw was next, until Dillashaw relinquished his title after failing a USADA test for EPO. Now, Moraes is set to face flyweight champion Henry Cejudo for the vacant 135-pound belt but he can’t pretend like he’s not disappointed with the situation.

“We are all disappointed,” Moraes told MMANews recently. “It was a fairy tale. We don’t know if he’s really that good of a fighter. It’s hard cause every time we get into camp, we want to get into shape, we want to get our conditioning good and this guy he wasn’t worried at all about that. If he was cheating now, he was cheating before.

“He goes on the media and tries to say he’s giving up the belt. I think he was just trying to trick the fans but at the end of the day, what happened? They suspended him and I’m nobody to judge him but now he’s going to have to pay for what he did.”

Dillashaw is paying. After relinquishing his title before he could be stripped, Dillashaw accepted a two-year suspension from USADA for his EPO failure. While not a lifetime ban, it is still one of the harsher penalties levied against a fighter in recent years. But Moraes still thinks it is not enough.

“Two years is not enough,” Moraes said. “It’s not enough for what he does, it was really serious, that’s my opinion.”

EPO is used to stimulate red blood cell growth for improved cardiovascular abilities. It has historically shown up in endurance competitions, most notably cycling. EPO requires a special test to be detected though and, until recently, USADA had not been performing that on all samples collected. As a result, Moraes believes that’s Dillashaw’s entire career should be put into question, because he most likely was doping the whole time.

“He was cheating the system and that wasn’t the first time,” Moraes said. “That wasn’t the first time he was going to do it now with USADA all over everyone. Before, USADA wasn’t even around and I believe he was doing it before.”

Moraes doesn’t have much time to dwell on Dillashaw’s failure. The former WSOF star gets his first chance for UFC gold this summer, when takes on Henry Cejudo at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago, Ill.


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