Joseph Benavidez Surprised It Took So Long For TJ Dillashaw To Get Caught


Former UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw was recently suspended two years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a failed drug test in line with UFC Fight Night Brooklyn.

Joseph Benavidez is a former teammate of Dillashaw’s and he wasn’t surprised that the former bantamweight champion got caught.

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“I wasn’t surprised at all that he finally got caught,” said Benavidez to MMA Junkie (via Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). “Wasn’t surprising at all. There’s nothing I can really say as far as, like, that hasn’t already been said. I’m not gonna sit here and say the guy is this and that because if you look at the internet and everyone, it’s already been said. So there’s nothing worse you can say than what everyone already thinks, which I think is warranted. Everything that people are out there giving him, it’s 100 percent warranted for what he did.”

Benavidez and Dillashaw were both teammates at Team Alpha Male, but Dillashaw would eventually exit the group and joining coach Duane Ludwig in Colorado.

One thing Benavidez is surprised about is that it took so long for the former bantamweight champion to get caught.

“It just goes to show, there’s consequences for what you do and you can’t hide who you are forever,” Benavidez said. “I’m surprised it took that long for him to get caught, and hid what he’s about this long. But you can’t hide that stuff forever. It’s great that it came out. There are consequences and if anything, I don’t think the consequences are that much. It’s not that bad. Get some surgeries. You got paid the day after the fight anyway. So it’s not like you’re getting suspended for the year. But like I said, it’s all the other things. All the disgrace and everything that is warranted, and maybe hurts more.”

Dillashaw is eligible to compete again in 2021, while UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo and Marlon Moraes will battle for the vacant gold at UFC 238.

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