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TJ Dillashaw surrenders UFC bantamweight title, suspended one year after failed drug test

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TJ Dillashaw has joined a list of four other fighters in UFC history that have been forced to give up their championship belts due to doping.

The UFC bantamweight title holder confirmed that he has voluntarily given up his UFC bantamweight title after the New York State Athletic Commission and the United States Anti-Doping Agency determined he tested positively for a banned substance while preparing for his loss to Henry Cejudo for the UFC Flyweight Championship at ‘UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw’ in Brooklyn, New York on January 19.

As a result, he will also be suspended from fighting for a year retroactive to the night of his recent defeat.

“To all my fans, I wanted to be the first one to let you know that USADA and the NYSAC have informed me of an adverse finding in a test taken for my last fight.” said Dillashaw in a statement released through his official Instagram page.

While words can’t even begin to express how disappointed I am at this time, please know that I’m working with my team to understand what has occurred and how to resolve this situation as quickly as possible. Out of fairness and respect to the rest of my division, I’ve informed the UFC that I’ll be voluntarily relinquishing my title while I deal with this matter. I want to thank all of you in advance for the support.”

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An Italian DJ has accused Conor McGregor of assault following incident last weekend

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Surprise, surprise. UFC star Conor McGregor is once again in trouble with the law.

An Italian DJ known as Francesco Facchinetti has accused the Irishman of assault during an incident that took place at a luxury hotel in Rome last weekend. He has formally decided to press charges against the former two-division UFC champion.

According to reports, Facchinetti was invited by McGregor to a party at the hotel. When Facchinetti wanted to leave early, McGregor didn’t take too kindly to it, and allegedly punched him in the nose and mouth. Facchinetti sustained a concussion from the reported assault, which ultimately convinced him to take this matter to the police.

“He is dangerous…He needs to be stopped.” said Facchinetti.

UFC president Dana White has chosen to stay out of the situation until more information comes to light.

“I honestly don’t even know enough about it to comment on it…Obviously I’ve seen what you guys — you guys have seen more than me, actually, to be honest with you.” said White.

“I haven’t talked to Conor, so I don’t know what the truth is. I don’t know exactly what happened. So to comment on it, I really can’t.”

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Conor McGregor undergoes successful three-hour leg surgery, vows to ‘come back better than ever’

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UFC star Conor McGregor announced that he has undergone successful surgery to repair fractures of the tibia and fibula in his left leg. The procedure lasted three hours.

“Onwards and upwards we go…We dust ourselves off. We build ourselves back and we come back better than ever. Let’s go team” said McGregor following the surgery.

He sustained the devastating injury during the first round of his fight against Dustin Poirier this past weekend at UFC 264.

Despite a doctor’s stoppage, he sustained yet another loss to his resume. He has lost three of his past four bouts since returning to the UFC after his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather.

Whether the fans want it or not, it appears that we will get another fight between Poirier and McGregor.

“When Conor is healed and ready to go, we’ll do the rematch, I guess…Poirier will do his thing until Conor is ready” said UFC president Dana White.

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A third Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor fight is being finalized for UFC 264 on July 10

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It looks like we will be getting another Conor McGregor/Dustin Poirier fight this summer.

According to reports, a trilogy bout between the two lightweights in being finalized as the main event for UFC 264 on July 10 at a yet-to-be determined location.

Poirier and McGregor first fought in 2014, which resulted in a first-round knockout win for the Irishman.

Recently at UFC 257 on January 24, 2021, Poirier got his revenge and won with a second-round TKO.

Not too long after the fight, the Louisiana native was apparently offered a shot at the vacant lightweight title, but has apparently chosen to go for a bigger payday with a trilogy fight vs McGregor.

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