The good news is Luke Rockhold is moving up to light heavyweight to face Jan Blachowicz in UFC 239! The bad news is that T.J. Dillashaw’s livelihood is in tatters. It Was Wednesday morning at the UFC. The news broke in reverse order, of course. Dillashaw posted on his Instagram early which he had “voluntarily relinquished” his bantamweight name after being popped by the New York State Athletic Commission for a banned substance, which sucks.
However, I’ll inform you everything, the UFC has mastered the art of the sidetrack; it can counter any ugly headline by pulling a string of colored tissue from its own sleeve. Rockhold, that has flirted with the idea of moving upward, has his struggle. That news was ldquo;coincidentally” announced right after Dillashaw’s.
As for Dillashaw? Well, not to live on, but he’s headed to get an all-too-common reconstruct, irrespective of his degree of innocence or guilt. At the lowest, his name run has ended (for today ), and that’s his 20-19.
Sinking into the new year, Dillashaw was on a roster. Not merely was headlining the first big event of the year, he had been kicking the UFC’s fresh age on ESPN in his struggle by Henry Cejudo — an association that led naturally into pound-for-pound discussion. Was he ? He was absolutely correct at the cusp of greatness. If he included a second belt to his group by accepting Henry Cejudo’s flyweight name, there was a debate to be made.
That’therefore the term “historical ” was being bandied about until his big struggle at the Barclays Center, also ESPN ran an online feature of Dillashaw at throes of a weight reduction cut of 29 lbs in 1-2 weeks. Did it humanize Dillashaw to watch him behind the scenes in varying countries of emaciation, with cold broccoli and a tableful of supplements, standing on a scale and slumped over his man such as a half-dead thing at a hoodie? Or did it make him more borglike than ever? In-fighting it’SA fine line, also fans see what they want to view. Whatever the circumstance, Dillashaw was merely communication was how far he had been able to head to get exactly what he wanted.
The assumption for this openly dubbed superfight was novel: Dillashaw has been commissioned to return and kill the UFC’s flyweight branch. That’s he believed anyway. And he had been planning to great lengths are the best damn pint sized criminal hunter he could possibly be. Maybe way too many great lengths.
Turns out Dillashaw’s fate — just such as many before him at the struggle game — was far more malleable than his stone features. If the former was contentious to get a premature stoppagethe latter will be contentious for being radically out of character for a guy who lived and uttered his own wholesomeness. Can it be hypocrisy? To an extent, it always is. However, to judge from Dillashaw’s very first statement, he’s trying to arrive at the underside of matters — or only accepting the effects.
“To all of my fans, I wished to be the very first one to let you realize that USADA and the NYSAC have informed me of a negative finding in an evaluation taken in my final struggle,” he composed. “While words may ’t begin to express how frustrated I am at this moment, please know that I’m dealing with my team to comprehend what’s occurred and how to resolve this situation as soon as feasible. Out of fairness and respect to the others of my branch, I’ve informed the UFC which I’ll be voluntarily relinquishing my name while I cope with this particular matter. I would like to thank you all in advance. ”
Dillashaw was frozen for a year by the NYSACand was fined $10,000. In other words, his week at Brooklyn was a certifiable crisis. He ended up losing both titles, and any prospect of this re match he wanted by Cejudo in 135 lbs.
If there’SA silver lining to any of this — and the UFC is forever making the most of regrettable situations — it’s that the branches can function more obviously now. Joseph Benavidez, who’s the legit No. 1 contender for Cejudo in 125 lbs, has a right to receive his rematch. Marlon Moraes, ” the No. 1 competitor in bantamweight, may fight Pedro Munhoz or even Aljamain Sterling for the vacant title there. If the UFC insistsit may have Moraes versus Cejudo for this particular vacant bantamweight title.
For each miscalculation in judgment or false step, you’ll find people standing by who benefit from it. From the UFC, the gap between learning to be a P4P good and churns off into the netherness of a troubled livelihood is just two weeks. In January, Dillashaw had been not able to cement his heritage in MMA by becoming the UFC’s latest double winner. In March, he’s got no straps, no explanations, no hopes. Come April? May? Who knows.
You take the good news with the bad, and watch careers spike upward and down just like the Dow Jones. It’s part of the game.