Cody Garbrandt Explains Why T.J. Dillashaw Got Caught for Substance Abuse

Published 02/02/2021, 4:51 AM EST


Former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt hasn’t fought since his sensational knockout win over Raphael Assuncao at UFC 250. Garbrandt broke his 3 fight skid against Assuncao since being handed his first loss as a professional by former friend and training partner, T.J. Dillashaw.

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Dillashaw has been out too, after being suspended for substance abuse. He was defeated by Henry Cejudo in 2019 when he challenged the flyweight champion in his quest to become a double champion. Garbrandt explained recently in The Schmozone Podcast why his former teammate and arch-rival got caught for substance abuse.
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 06: Cody Garbrandt battles Raphael Assuncao of Brazil in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 250 event at UFC APEX on June 06, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)
The reason why he got popped is because he had it down to a tee at 135 pounds, Now, you go and you’re doing different supplements, you’re doing different training, you’re cutting to 125,” ‘No Love’ said.

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You might not know what it takes to get out of your system because you’re cutting the extra 10 pounds, and that’s how he got busted. Because he didn’t have it mathematically or scientifically, whoever his doctor or team that was administering his EPO usage or himself. Because T.J.’s a pretty smart individual. And that’s where he messed up,” he added.
Dillashaw reasoned his difficult weight cut to the 125 lbs division as the cause. But Garbrandt thinks Dillashaw had been using EPO prior to that, as he wouldn’t want to experiment with something while moving down to a brand new weight class.

Cody Garbrandt wants to fight Jose Aldo next

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No Love‘ was eyeing for a fight against flyweight champion Deiveson Figueiredo last year. But an injury forced him to withdraw from the scheduled bout. With Figueiredo set to rematch Brandon Moreno next, Garbrandt wants to rise in the rankings in the 135lbs division. He wants to get another shot at the title.
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LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 30: Cody Garbrandt (center) reacts to his victory over Dominick Cruz in their UFC bantamweight championship bout during the UFC 207 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 30, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
The former champion believes a fight against Jose Aldo will help him accomplish those targets. He has been gunning for a fight against the Brazilian recently.

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What did you make of Cody Garbrandt’s recent comments? Will he fight T.J. Dillashaw for the third time in the future?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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