Former UFC bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, received his punishment from the United States Anti-Doping Agency for the use of recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) before his fight at UFC Brooklyn
TJ Dillashaw had dropped to 125 pounds in an attempt to become a two-division UFC champ. However, Cejudo successfully defended his flyweight title with a 32-second TKO win over Dillashaw.
The regulator announced the decision at a press release, that TJ will get a two-year suspension. The former champion voluntarily vacated the title when the potential anti-doping cause was leaked.
It is reported that the sanction is the greatest possible punishment for a substance not specified in the UFC anti-doping program. The American will be suspended until January 2021.
Erythropoietin, stimulates the production of cells, becoming a stimulating agent for the production of aerobic energy, allowing for the enhanced ability to transports oxygen in the body. The use is common in athletics athletes since high aerobic activity is required.
The substance is also used as a very dangerous drug for increased performance, once arterial pressure increases, this can lead to vascular accidents.
Before announcing Dillashaw’s punishment, the UFC has already decided what to do for the future of the bantamweight belt. The flyweight champion, Henry Cejudo will rise to the division to face Marlon Moraes at UFC 238.
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