Three years after being suspended for doping, TJ Dillashaw will battle this weekend for the title in his class. The alternative to take a look at the opposite leaders of the group, who before him, have been pinned one or (a number of occasions) by USADA.
UFC 280: Sterling vs. Dillashaw
In the co-main occasion of UFC 280, TJ Dillashaw will enter the octagon as a challenger to the bantamweight belt, held by Aljamain Sterling. A title shot obtained following his victorious return towards Cory Sandhagen, in July 2021, after a particularly tight battle which he received by break up resolution.
One and solely battle, 5 rounds of 5 minutes, and right here is the previous champion once more on the high of his class, in co-main occasion of one of many occasions of this finish of the yr, solely three years after being suspended following to a positive doping check. A state of affairs that some contemplate infuriating, even when removed from unprecedented.
Indeed, nicely before Duane Ludwig’s protege, different fighters have been caught up by the patrol led by Jeff Novitzky, USADA, the American anti-doping company. One or extra positive checks for prohibited substances, totally different justifications, for totally different profession sequences.
Jon Jones: Former light-heavyweight champion
This is probably the most well-known case, which nonetheless divides followers, because of the everlasting debate about the perfect fighter of all time. A race for the title of the GOAT which for a time gave the impression to be largely overtaken by ‘Bones’, before this one started a descent into hell mixing medicine, positive checks, and extra-sporting affairs.
Between 2015 and 2019, Jon Jones will accumulate quite a few positive checks for cocaine, in addition to a number of substances prohibited by USADA, together with Turinabol, following his rematch towards Daniel Cormier, and even before his return towards Alexander Gustafsson, the place he’ll lastly be licensed to fight. A series of events cast great doubt on his crowning as the greatest fighter of all time.
Anderson Silva: Former Middleweight Champion
Another battle recreation legend, having since hung up the MMA gloves to put on the boxing ones. Just a few years after the tip of his reign at middleweight, the Brazilian will check positive for two totally different steroids following his victory over Nate Diaz in 2015, then a second time in 2017. Anderson Silva will obtain a one-year suspension and a $380,000 wonderful.
Tim Sylvia: Former Heavyweight Champion
In September 2003, at UFC 44, Tim Sylvia defended his heavyweight belt for the primary time towards Gan McGee. A primary-round TKO victory, adopted by a positive check for a steroid-derived substance, forcing him to vacate his belt. The fighter is not going to look for an excuse, and can be fined $10,000 and suspended for six months.
It also needs to be famous that different fighters who proudly wore one of many group’s belts on their shoulders are additionally fell into USADA’s nets, however for substances apart from steroids, or throughout a interval once they weren’t beneath contract with the UFC. This is the case of Brock Lesnar, Vitor Belfort and even Cris Cyborg.
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