Friday, April 12, 2019

Disgraced former UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw is now a proven doper, with a two-year suspension. To his credit, he did not piled further lies on his lies, and profess mystification about how PEDs mysteriously got into his system. To their discredit, other prominent figures including G.O.A.T. contenders Anderson Silva and Jon Jones have gone that route, mysteriously.

Now Dillashaw, 33, has released a video, apologizing. He concedes he has “gotta man up” to what he did, and “didn’t try to fight this thing.” He apologized to his fans, family, friends, teammates, and coaches, for what he said characterized as a “mistake” and “bad decision.” He responds to criticism that he should disappear by saying he wants to be a role model for his 15-month-old son in owning up to problems, and facing them head on.

“I messed up,” he said, as transcribed by Marc Raimondi for MMA Fighting. “I’m having a hard time trying to forgive myself for this, which I should have a hard time. I should have a hard time forgiving myself. … I understand the criticism and the scrutiny coming my way.”

“It’s been weighing on me. Not to say it shouldn’t. It’s who I am, I’m a fighter. I’m gonna fight my way through this one. This won’t be the end of me, I’ll be back. I’m making you the promise right now that I’ll be back better, be back stronger. And I’ll prove that the hard work I put in got me where I’m at and not the bad decision that I made. All I can do to redeem myself is work hard.”

The fighter says he will return in 2021, better than he was.