Speaking to the media backstage amid the UFC 236 festivities over the weekend, UFC flyweight champ Henry Cejudo divulged that he received warnings about his last opponent TJ Dillashaw’s performance enhancing drug use.
“I’ve heard TJ, and I really never brought it up, he was on supposedly in the days prior to USADA, even Cody (Garbrandt), himself, was like, ‘Hey, watch out dude, he’s dirty,’” Cejudo explained (via MMA Junkie). “People would come up to me, and I never really brought it up because I thought that that part of MMA is over, but I think once you find out he’s on it, it’s like, this dude ain’t playing fair.”
TJ Dillashaw tested positive for EPO, an injectable only performance-enhancer, shortly after his 32-second TKO loss to Henry Cejudo. Understandably, Cejudo no longer holds his opponent in high regard as a result.
“He didn’t touch my face, nothing happened on my part, but maybe some other people were victims to his wrath,” he said. “But that’s for USADA and the UFC to research everything.
“I’ll never fight him again,” he added. “And it’s not because I’m scared. I shook his hand. This is a sport, this isn’t baseball. You’re not hitting a baseball, it’s another human being. I want no part of him. Doesn’t matter what they’re going to offer me or what they’re going to give me, in my eyes, TJ, there was bad intentions in there. There’s no desire for me to want the fight. I’ve always been drug free.
“The dude could have beat me up, the dude could have really hurt me.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 4/15/2019.