TJ Dillashaw was guilty of using recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) and faced some severe repercussions for his actions, he had to relinquish his bantamweight title and is making his come back after getting suspended in 2019.
TJ accepts the fact that he messed up, talking to Brendan Schaub on his Food Truck Diaries, he said, “People can go and say whatever they want and more power to them, that’s the decision I made, but USADA actually put me under a microscope after I got in trouble. They went back to all of my fights they’ve ever collected my samples and retested all of them, all the way back to my Assuncao fight after Cruz because they keep an A and B sample every time you get tested.”
“No matter what, it’s going to be I made the mistake,” Dillashaw continued. “That’s like USADA’s weapon, is using it against you, to really slander you so that no one else wants to do this sh*t. So those questions are valid because I f*cked up. I made the decision. But me being able to live with that, me owning up to it, has made it f*cking easy. If I would have been hiding from it, creating excuses, I’d be hiding some some sort of excuse, be hiding some sort of thing I did.”
“It’s nice to not have that going into a fight,” TJ Dillashaw claims he doing pretty good money-wise, so that’s one less thing to worry about
TJ Dillashaw claimed he is making pretty good money outside the octagon, and now that he isn’t concerned about the pay-check, he has one less thing to worry about. “I’m coming back, I’m getting my belt back, I got goals and sh*t like that, but to be honest, life after fighting’s great if you do it the right way,” Dillashaw said. “Set myself up right, being smart about it.”
“But I actually don’t have to fight for a paycheck now, which is nice,” he added. “I’m making more money outside the cage than I was getting paid while I was fighting. So, it’s nice to not have that going into a fight, ‘You need to win, you’ve got to get to the next big fight, I gotta get that paycheck.’ … Now I just do it ‘cause I want to.”