Previous UFC champion TJ Dillashaw sees a potential gain in his new two-year suspension.
For an expert warrior in their prime, a two-year cutback is similar to a liver shot; it tends to be hard to recuperate from. However, for T.J. Dillashaw, there are a few potential gains to it.
The previous UFC bantamweight champion addressed TUF 1 alum Mike Swick about it on a new scene of the Real Quick web recording. Dillashaw said his experience uninvolved permitted him to zero in on a few undertakings that have given him monetary steadiness.
“It was a blessing in disguise. I got both my shoulders fixed,” he said. “I don’t have to come back and fight for money now, which is pretty sweet.
“To have that stress of going out there and fighting and winning because you need to put some money on the table and be able to keep this roof over our head and keep my finances going. That’s amazing, going in there and not have that stress.”
Dillashaw served a two-year suspension in the wake of testing positive for EPO regarding his flyweight title battle with Henry Cejudo in mid 2019. Surprisingly, the 35-year-old warrior had more than once communicated lament towards his activities, and he keeps on doing as such right up ’til the present time.
“I’ve laid it out there as much as I’ve possibly could. I made a giant mistake,” Dillashaw candidly said. ‘I wanted to go down a weight class that my body wasn’t letting me. I full-blown went anemic and didn’t want to get out of bed. I’m supposed to be fighting for a second world title, trying to be the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, and I didn’t want to get out of bed.
“I didn’t want to train, I just wanted to sleep all day long. I knew something wasn’t right. I became full-blown anemic, didn’t want to bail out of the fight, it was a big payday, a big opportunity, and took the shortcut. And I guess me just sitting here.. the biggest thing I want anyone to take away, as well as myself, is that there are no f—ng shortcuts.
“I’ve learned that through wrestling my whole life, my dad’s taught it to me that there are no shortcuts and it will come around and bite you in the ass. And karma’s a bitch, man. I got it to the fullest. I lost the fight that I knew I was the better fighter, I lost it in 30 seconds. I went on a two-year suspension. It could’ve been worse, the way it went down.”
The games world can be unforgiving towards demonstrated PED clients, and reasonably so. However, subsequent to taking his licks and doing his time, Dillashaw has this directive for his naysayers.
“I got what I deserved, I did my time, and anyone who wants to talk shit afterwards… they can say whatever they want until I’m in there in front of them and they remember how good I am,” he said.
“They can say whatever they want about what I did, and how I got there, and maybe they thought I did it further in the past which is complete bullshit. It’s like, what, I just forgot how to cheat and just got caught this one time? It’s ridiculous.”