UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw has been suspended for one year by the New York State Athletic Commission and fined $10,000 for violations relating to the use of a prohibited substance.
The suspension is retroactive to his January fight against Henry Cejudo.
On Wednesday morning, Dillashaw took to Instagram to announce he had been flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency and the NYSAC for “violations relating to use of a prohibited substance.” As a result, he is relinquishing his title.
The USADA released the following statement:
“In light of Mr. Dillashaw’s social media post this morning, we can confirm that an in-competition test conducted by USADA on Jan. 18, 2019 resulted in an adverse analytical finding,” the statement read. “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 are drawn.”
Dillashaw held the 135-pound belt since winning it in November 2017. He dropped 10 pounds to challenge Cejudo for his flyweight title at the Fight Night event in Brooklyn. Cejudo stopped Dillashaw just 32 seconds into the fight via TKO. Dillashaw had planned to defend his bantamweight title against Cejudo at some point this year. Cejudo’s head coach admitted to ESPN that the suspension “throws a wrench in our plans,” which is great because a rematch would most likely have sucked. With a lucrative fight against Dillashaw now off the table, Cejudo can now defend his belt against Joseph Benavidez and keep the flyweight division moving.