T.J. Dillashaw (16–4) shakes the world of mixed martial arts with a post on Instagram advising that he would “be voluntarily relinquishing” his UFC Bantamweight title. The decision was made following “adverse finding” in drug test before his fight against Henry Cejudo at UFC Fight Night in Brooklyn early this year.
“To all my fans, I wanted to be the first to let you know that USADA and NYSAC have informed me of an adverse finding in a test taken for my last fight. 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 this 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. I want to thank all of you in advance for the support.”
According to reports, the New York State Athletic Commission and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) have confirmed that Dillashaw failed a drug test.
Going up against Cejudo, Dillashaw made his flyweight debut aspiring to become a two-division champion. Although the bout ended in favor of the current titleholder, “The Viper” was in his second reign as the bantamweight king, featuring a pair of victories against Cody Garbrandt and John Lineker.