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Midnight Mania! If TJ Dillashaw was on EPO when he knocked out Cody Garbrandt, should Cody’s title be reinstated?

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T.J. Dillashaw has been suspended two years for EPO, an injectable Performance Enhancing Drug (PED). You can read all about it here. He voluntarily gave up his title, and UFC’s current plan is to have Marlon Moraes fight Flyweight champion Henry Cejudo for it. Once it had the positive result, United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) also went back and tested some older samples from Dillashaw, one of which also came back positive. This raises several questions: why isn’t USADA testing every sample for EPO (even if it does require a special test), and second, if Dillashaw was using EPO before he fought Cody Garbrandt, should Garbrandt’s title be reinstated? As Garbrandt pointed out, all of his losses (the two to Dillashaw and one to Pedro Munhoz) have been to fighters who have failed drug tests in the past. Of course, Garbrandt was self aware enough to realize that isn’t the only reason he lost.

The question was originally posed on Twitter. It seems like a far-fetched scenario, given that UFC have no actual legal rules governing their belts. The Olympics does reverse old decisions, and Lance Armstrong had his title retroactively stripped. It would be an odd decision for a promoter to return the belt to a fighter who just lost three fights by knockout, even if two of those losses were to someone who is now known to be a PED abuser.

The question, therefore, is not whether UFC will (it won’t), but whether it ought to return Garbrandt’s belt to him, if his opponent was cheating to win. If not, Dillashaw may have been caught, but the damage has been done to Garbrandt’s career.


Should the UFC reinstate Cody’s belt if Dillashaw was on EPO before they fought?

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Garbrandt knew it the whole time — after all, he said Dillashaw was the guy who taught Team Alpha Male how to do it!

The memes abounded. All those supplements to blame, and you got busted for something that can only be done via needle.

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