When Lance Armstrong said he was “cycling” back in 2005, I was naive enough to think he meant pedaling those skinny-little Lance legs up and down the French mountainside. Turns out he was coming off Erythropoietin (EPO), the red blood cell booster that may have contributed to his wins in the Tour de France.
What does that have to do with mixed marital arts (MMA)?
Well, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has seen its share of EPO in drug test suspensions of Chael Sonnen and Gleison Tibau, among others, and now former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt has another name he’d like to add to the list.
Ostracized teammate and current 135-pound titleholder TJ Dillashaw.
“UFC told me how many excuses you made not to fight me,” Garbrandt revealed on social media. “I’m talking about the March fight and then you said you were hurt, must be all that EPO going to your head! Have a safe camp see you in August!”
Dillashaw ignored the charge and instead accused “No Love” of having no brains. Probably because of dumb moves like this.
Hopefully this score will be settled when they rematch at the upcoming UFC 227 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Aug. 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Dillashaw won their first go-round by way of second round knockout.
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