Former UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw was forced to relinquish the title after failing a drug test in line with UFC Fight Night Brooklyn.
The former title holder claims that he is still the UFC Bantamweight Champion, even though Dillashaw isn’t actually a champ anymore.
“That bantamweight division needs me back,” Dillashaw said in an interview with Helen Yee (via Cole Shelton of BJ Penn.com). “They need the entertainment back and they need me to come back and throw some wrinkles in the weight class and create some tension. Me. When I come back. That’s why they need me back, they need someone to cause some fire, cause some rift. That is my weight class, I had to give that belt up and fair enough, I understand,” Dillashaw said. “I f****d up, and I had to relinquish it. But, I didn’t lose. That’s my belt, I’m still calling it my belt. I’m still the champion of the world. When I come back I will reclaim it.”
Dillashaw is unable to compete again until 2021, as he was suspended two years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for the aforementioned failed drug test.
Two division UFC champion Henry Cejudo is the current UFC Bantamweight Champion, having defeated Marlon Moraes for the vacant gold at UFC 238.