Sean Strickland had some choice words for TJ Dillashaw ahead of the bantamweight world title fight this Saturday
The UFC middleweight contender took aim at UFC 280 co-main eventer TJ Dillashaw who challenges reigning bantamweight champion Aljamain Sterling on Saturday as the promotion returns to ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi. In the clip posted on Twitter, Sean Strickland absolutely tears into Dillashaw over his 2019 PED usage that resulted in a two-year suspension from the sport.
Sean Strickland’s Recent Rant Rips into TJ Dillashaw
In an effort to discredit Dillashaw, middleweight contender Strickland made some snide remarks and suggested that he should not be permitted to compete in mixed martial arts.
@tjdillashaw never let this man forget what he is… ever…. if this man ever wins in life remind him what he is.
“TJ Dillashaw keeps popping in my f*cking feed and man, TJ, you are the scum of the f*cking earth. The fact that you are even allowed to compete in MMA f*cking shocks me. And let me tell you why you’re scum. Like, when you go and beat a guy, maybe you would have won, maybe you wouldn’t have won, but you go, you beat these guys, half their f*cking check is gone. Their ranking’s gone. You do so much damage to someone’s f*cking life just because you’re roided out. You are f*cking scum. You should never be allowed to compete in MMA again. I f*cking hate you.”
— MMA Mania (@mmamania) October 19, 2022
TJ Dillashaw Accepts Full Responsibility For His Actions
Ahead of a bout with Henry Cejudo in January 2019, TJ Dillashaw tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO). Later claiming that it was the result of taking medication for anemia, Dillashaw immediately accepted responsibility, knowing full well that the substance he took was banned, but opted to break the rules so that he could “be himself.” As a result, Dillashaw was slapped with a 2-year suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
“I mean, I’ve kind of fessed up to that right? I’ve manned up to the whole situation,” Dillashaw says in an interview with BT Sport. “Like, I knew going into it that I wasn’t supposed to be doing it. But, you know, I was chasing something that was like, you know, gonna line my pockets forever. It was going to cement some more legacy. Just something that my body wouldn’t let me do, but my mind wanted to.”
Dillashaw return to the Octagon in July 2021, six months after his ban expired, and scored a split decision victory over Cory Sandhagen, earning his spot in Saturday’s bantamweight championship clash with ‘Funk Master’ Aljamain Sterling.
Having lost via knockout at UFC 276 to Alex Pereira, Strickland will be looking to avenge himself in December against Jared Cannonier.