UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo has given his reaction to the news that TJ Dillashaw will relinquish his bantamweight title following an adverse test finding from USADA.
Dillashaw broke the news on his Instagram on Wednesday outlining that he was incredibly disappointed with the result which arose in a test taken for his bout with Cejudo.
The 135lb champion failed in his pursuit of another title when Cejudo beat him in 32 seconds at UFC Brooklyn at the start of the year.
The New York State Athletic Commission issued a one-year suspension as well as a $10,000 fine to Dillashaw following the adverse finding.
There had been rumours circulating that the pair may rematch, this time at bantamweight, with Dillashaw’s title on the line, however, this news will surely scupper those plans for the immediate future at least.
Speaking to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Cejudo outlined that he “wants to reserve judgement” on Dillashaw, but that “there is no place for that in MMA.”
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 20, 2019
Cejudo’s manager Eric Albarracin also spoke on Dillashaw’s suspension outlining that the news has “thrown a wrench” in their plans going forward.
Former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt, who Dillashaw beat on two occasions, took to Twitter to react to the news, clearly hinting that it was a case of “I told you so” from the former champ.
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) March 20, 2019
The fate of the bantamweight title is still yet unknown following Dillashaw’s decision to temporarily relinquish the belt.