The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be funding more extensive and random drug testing by the middle of 2015, and TJ Dillashaw believes some fighters will never be the same.
At a press conference on Tuesday, UFC executives Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta, announced that significantly more, random, out-of-competition drug testing will begin on July 1st. In addition, the ZUFFA brass is calling for harsher punishments and lengthier suspensions to be handed to fighters who test positive for performance enhancing drugs. Although it remains to be seen how and if that will play out, both White and Fertitta said a minimum, two year suspension for first time offenders is a good place to start.
Well, Dillashaw appeared on the latest edition of “UFC Tonight“, and the bantamweight champ was asked to weigh-in on the new testing policies and the call for lengthier sentences. Here is some of what the renowned fighter had to say (quote via FOX Sports press release):
“To me, I can’t afford to miss more than nine months – for me mentally and my name. It’ll put it in some guys minds that it’s not worth it. I don’t want to be known as a cheater. I’m glad they’re doing this. We’re going to see some changes in some guys – guys who have been on it won’t compete the same again.”
Yes, it will be interesting to see what transpires throughout the rest of the year, and whether certain fighters look different, or perform not so well…
Dillashaw is of course booked to fight former champ Renan Barao at UFC 186, who he stopped last May at UFC 173. When asked for his thoughts on the upcoming, April 25th rematch, Dillashaw said:
“I’m super excited about getting him behind me. This is the third training camp I’ve had to fight him. He’s too big for the weight class. I’m going to force him to move up a weight class. I’m too fast for him.”
Dillashaw certainly was beating Barao to the punch in their first encounter. Round two will go down at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.