Joe Rogan has given his opinion on the recent doping scandal in the career of the former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw.
Yesterday, we brought you some fairly incriminating-looking accusations that were thrown out there by TJ’s former teammates Urijah Faber and Cody Garbrandt – ones that were stated publicly long before this recent USADA test came back.
Now, the legendary colour-commentator for the UFC Joe Rogan has chimed in with his opinion on the situation.
Speaking on a recent edition of The JRE MMA Podcast alongside veteran referee Herb Dean, Rogan gave his take on the controversy and how it will damage TJ’s reputation within MMA history in the long-run.
“To me, it’s a shame because I’m a T.J. fan. I think he’s a phenomenal fighter and I’m a big fan of watching him perform. But it just taints his legacy. It just does. There’s no way around it.
“When you get caught cheating – this stuff, there’s no way it’s not cheating. This is just cheating. This isn’t any accident. It taints your legacy, and the guy had an amazing legacy: two-time bantamweight champion, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters.
“T.J.’s an amazing fighter, but f**k! To test positive for EPO in the Henry Cejudo fight … You’ve got to think, if you’re on EPO – how much does that allow you to train extra time? How much does it allow you to recover? What is the quantifiable benefit? It must be pretty significant. … I almost want to try it.” (via MMAJunkie)
Rogan’s voice is one that holds quite a bit of sway in the mixed martial arts community – and with good reason.
Having seen it all in the sport, his viewpoint on the situation is no doubt a valuable one.
The general consensus at present is that Dillashaw did knowingly use the substance to improve his performance – with his acceptance of the ban and the statements given by his teammates supporting this.
As it stands, he will be out of action for two years – something that will no doubt leave the future of his career in real jeopardy, given his age and the athleticism and speed required to compete as a bantamweight.
Who knows how history will remember TJ Dillashaw but as things stand, this has to be considered among the most shocking downfalls in this sport’s short lifespan.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena