Aljamain Sterling is not sure that TJ Dillashaw’s days of using illegal substances are behind him.
The UFC bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling is set to take on the former champion TJ Dillashaw later this year on one of the biggest cards of the year. In the lead-up to the bout, Sterling has been fairly quiet about what he expects out of his opponent. Dillashaw has only had one fight back since being suspended for breaking the U.S Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) drug policy back in 2019, yet he was granted a title shot after two years away.
Aljamain Sterling is expecting Dillashaw to be bad to his old ways at UFC 280
Dillashaw was suspended for two years after he failed his fight drug testing for his flyweight debut bout against Henry Cejudo in Brooklyn, NY. He later relinquished his bantamweight title while carrying out his suspension. Now that he is back Sterling is not so sure the Dillashaw he is fighting is completely clean. He spoke about this topic in a recent interview with Jimmy Smith on Sirius XM.
“I haven’t been vocal about it towards like the UFC or USADA or anything but I tell you what USADA hasn’t visited me in like a month at this point. So they hadn’t visited me and over a month I don’t know if they’re visiting this motherf–ker,” Sterling said. ‘I don’t know, I’m going in there knowing that the guy’s probably not playing with the equal and level playing field. Him and his coaches over there, whatever mad scientists things they are concocting over there in the lab. It’s gonna be like Rocky 4 versus Drago and I’m gonna be out in the woods working, he’s gonna be in a lab and literally injecting sh-t into his a–hole. So that’s the difference between him and I.”
USADA is supposed to run random drug testing on all athletes both in competition and out. According to the official website, USADA has tested Dillashaw has been tested 6 times in 2022. Sterling has been tested 7 times in 2022. Sterling says he has not been tested in over a month at this point and is not sure about his opponent. There will be testing for both as the fight grows closer. There will be pre and post-fight testing that Dillashaw will be required to pass. Dillashaw has spoken out on his suspension before and has taken responsibility for his action.