The former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has given his take on TJ Dillashaw’s decision to vacate his title following an adverse finding in a recent USADA test.
Last week, the world of MMA was left in a collective state of shock and confusion after UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw released a statement revealing that he had been flagged by USADA following his UFC Brooklyn loss at the hands of Henry Cejudo.
TJ’s most recent outing saw him lose out by way of first-round TKO to the reigning, defending flyweight king Henry Cejudo and in the time since, there had been quite a lot of speculation linking them both to a rematch at 135lbs.
Now, however, Dillashaw has decided to give up his belt as he sits out for a year-long suspension, posting the following statement to his official Instagram page.
Speaking during a recent edition of his Believe You Me podcast (via MMAFighting), Michael Bisping explained how he felt something was fishy as soon as the famously competitive Dillashaw decided to relinquish his title ‘out of fairness and respect to the rest of the division’.
“I don’t break the circle of trust. 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.”
Bisping has faced more than his fair share of fighters who have had issues with anti-doping agencies in the past.
Throughout his career, he has maintained a very strong stance on PED’s and their usage within the realms of combat sport – having sustained some permanent injuries through fighting athletes who have had somewhat questionable histories.
“To cheat in this sport, the danger is very, very real. 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.”
As for the UFC bantamweight title, the UFC announced their intention to square off flyweight champ Henry Cejudo and divisional top-contender Marlon Moraes for the belt at UFC 238 in June.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena