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It’s hard to understate just how disastrous TJ Dillashaw’s attempt to become a double champ ended for the Californian. The undisputed Bantamweight kingpin spent months of grueling effort and discipline to shed an unhealthy amount of weight, succeeding in weighing in at 125 lbs. It all fell apart soon afterward, as Henry Cejudo knocked him out in short order, and a performance enhancing drugs (PED) suspension sat him on the sidelines for two years.

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Given all the consequences Dillashaw suffered, it would be a surprise if the current 135-pound contender didn’t regret that chapter of his career. Dillashaw confirmed as much while speaking to the media at UFC 273

“That’s why I f—ked up. My body was dying. (They were) telling me I couldn’t do it. I got below 4% body fat,” Dillashaw said (via BloodyElbow). “I see pictures of myself. I thought I looked good at the time, right? But I see pictures of myself now, I looked like a crackhead. It was disgusting.”

Specifically, Dillashaw blames his suspension and absence on the 125-pound weight cut. Asked if he regrets the move, Dillashaw answered, “I do and I don’t. I knew it was a lot of work, but yeah, I definitely regret it because I wouldn’t have been sitting out for two years.”

At this point, Dillashaw’s future is surely at Bantamweight. He returned from the sidelines to the win column in a big way, taking a close decision off recent title challenger Cory Sandhagen to assert himself back into the mix. He just might be next-in-line for Bantamweight gold, barring any further injuries or run-ins with USADA.

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