TJ Dillashaw Says He Was Promised Title Shot After Serving Suspension

Former UFC Bantamweight Champion TJ Dillashaw is currently serving a two year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for failing a drug test in January of last year.

There are still approximately eight months left on Dillashaw’s suspension, but the fighter says he was promised a shot at the bantamweight title once the suspension ends.

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“I was told I would get that title fight when I came back, but that doesn’t mean anything,” Dillashaw told MMA Junkie. “I made a mistake – I don’t own rights to anything. But if it was my choice, it would be title fight, if not top-five to prove I should get that title fight. I think that makes sense. I’m hoping they just throw me to the dogs. If I can’t get that title fight, I want someone in the top five so that I can get my title fight. I’m not here to play around. I want my belt back. It’s still mine. I’ll be ready.”

Henry Cejudo is the current UFC Bantamweight Champion, having defeated Marlon Moraes at UFC 238 to win the then vacant championship.

Dillashaw hasn’t just been sitting on his backside while serving the suspension, as the fighter had two surgeries done while being out of action.

“At first it was super tough,” Dillashaw said. “Then I went through two shoulder surgeries back-to-back, so that kind of added to it. Down in the dumps. On the top of the world, then down as far to the bottom as you can get. It was tough. I’m not going to lie. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t. At first it was real, real tough. But I’ve always been mentally strong. I work my ass off and this has actually been – I wouldn’t choose to do this – but one of the best breaks I’ve had ever. I’ve got to focus on other parts of my life. I did something I highly regret and I’ve owned up to it and paid the price for it. I hate to say it’s a blessing in disguise, because I would never choose to do it again, but it is.”

No statement has been issued by the UFC at this time about Dillashaw receiving a title shot upon his return to the Octagon.

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