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TJ Dillashaw Issues First Statement Since USADA Ban

TJ Dillashaw has issued a lengthy statement via his official Instagram page, his first since being handed a two-year ban from USADA last week.

The world of MMA were left in a collective state of shock as the UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw was revealed to have failed a USADA drug-test in the wake of his UFC Brooklyn showdown with Henry Cejudo.

Testing positive for the banned substance EPO, Dillashaw was handed the maximum sentence possible, leaving him out of action until January of 2021.

It’s worth mentioning that some recently-unearthed claims from his former teammates Urijah Faber and Cody Garbrandt certainly have more weight to them than we had imagined and now, TJ’s name and reputation has been under attack on all sides.

Speaking via his official Instagram page to give his reaction, Dillashaw had the following to say about his current situation.

“I messed up. I’m having a hard time trying to forgive myself for this — which I should have a hard time. I understand the criticism and the scrutiny coming my way. But what I really feel bad about is the bad light I’m bringing on my coaches, my family, my teammates. They had no involvement in this and I feel the worst for them. I’ve got a 15-month-old son and I want to be a role model for him.

“I’ve got to man up to what I did. I accepted all penalties — I didn’t try to fight this thing. I’m going to sit for the next two years.

“Jan. 18, 2021, is when I’m allowed to come back. I had shoulder surgery [Thursday] on my right shoulder. Two months later, I’m getting my left one done. I’ve had torn rotator cuffs and labrums for the last two and a half years I’ve been dealing with, it’ll be nice to get those healed up before I come back.

“I’ve had people tell me I should just disappear and let this stuff die out, let this thing die out for the next two years and just disappear. But I don’t think that’s the way to handle this thing. I’m showing my son we made a mistake, face it to its face. Trust me, I’d love to run away and go hide in a cave the next two years and continue to grow out this sh**ty beard, but it’s been weighing on me, and it should. This is who I am. I’m a fighter. I’ve got to fight my way through this one.”

“I want to apologize to my fans, anyone I’ve let down, obviously my family, my coaches and my teammates. I can’t say sorry enough for the stuff you’re dealing with because of me. But this won’t be the end of me.

“I’ll be back and I’m making you a promise now that I’ll be back better, I’ll be back stronger, and I’ll prove the hard work I’ve done is what got me where I’m at and not the bad decision that I made. That’s all I can do. All I can do to redeem myself is work hard. I’ll be better. I want to be better and I will.”

The video can be watched in full below:

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]