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Monster Energy ends sponsorship deal with TJ Dillashaw on the heels of two-year suspension

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Dillashaw vs Cruz Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The hits just keep piling on for T.J. Dillashaw.

Shortly after United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) notified the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion of an adverse finding a few months ago, Dillashaw opted to vacate his title.

A few weeks after that, "Viper" was suspended for two years for EPO use, to which he didn't deny doing in this statement. Now, one of his biggest sponsors has parted ways with him, as ESPN's Ariel Helwani reports that Monster Energy will no longer be associated with Dillashaw:

Monster Energy has parted ways with TJ Dillashaw, according to Monster’s Hans Molenkamp. The company signed him to a promotional deal in Dec. 2018. Dillashaw, the former UFC bantamweight champion, is currently serving a two-year suspension after he tested positive for EPO in Jan.

It truly is a big blow for Dillashaw, as many sponsors decided to take their businesses elsewhere after UFC fighters were forbidden from displaying anything but Reebok during fight week.

Monster, though, is an official sponsor with UFC, with the energy drink giant handing out solo sponsorships to a select few. That said, losing a huge sponsor that is good with the promotion is tough for any athlete since they are harder to come by these days.

Dillashaw will be eligible to return to the Octagon in Jan. 2021.

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