Ex-champ Matt Serra to T.J. Dillashaw: '(Expletive) you, T.J. This is (expletive) bull(expletive)'
T.J. Dillashaw probably can expect a fairly steady stream of criticism coming his way for a while.
The latest MMA notable to lob some barbs the way of the former UFC bantamweight champion, who this week accepted a two-year suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) from a positive test for EPO, is former champion Matt Serra.
Serra, on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast, had plenty of F-bombs headed Dillashaw’s way in the wake of the news. (Serra’s rant starts around the 5:13 mark in the video above.)
Dillashaw (16-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) will be out until at least January 2021 after a pre-fight test from just prior to his UFC on ESPN+ 1 flyweight title-fight loss to Henry Cejudo came back positive for EPO. Dillashaw relinquished his bantamweight title after he learned the news and didn’t even wait for the suspension to come down.
Serra, an “Ultimate Fighter” winner and former welterweight champion who now coaches, took particular issue with what Dillashaw’s wins over Cody Garbrandt did to negatively impact Garbrandt’s fighting career, though Serra appears to be operating under an assumption that Dillashaw’s EPO use was taking place prior to his bout with Cejudo.
“It’s downright disgusting. What legacy? What (expletive) legacy? We don’t know what he could have done if the playing field was even – on a level playing field,” Serra said on the podcast with Jim Norton.
“I really feel for Cody. I do – because in that first fight, in the first one, he hurt (Dillashaw), too. He almost took him out. Maybe that slight edge was because he’s a (expletive) cheater. I never had a problem with that kid, and I always got along with (coach) Duane (Ludwig). But this is just foul.
“Cody Garbrandt – who knows what that takes out of the rest of his career? How about that, T.J.? What does it take out of this kid’s career that he gets stopped twice by a (expletive) cheater? He might not have as long as a career, so he might not have as many options to make the money that he would have made. That sounds dramatic, but that’s the (expletive) truth of it.
“So (expletive) you, T.J. This is (expletive) bull(expletive). This is disgusting. I can’t say it enough. Everyone that got stopped by him should be furious and at the same time, look at yourself and go, ‘All right. Now it makes sense. Now it makes (expletive) sense (that I lost to him).'”
Dillashaw, has not yet made a public comment about his suspension. Two of his coaches, though, including Ludwig, pulled very few punches when they commented on the situation.
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