TJ Dillashaw's Suspension: Why EPO Is Such A Disgraceful Banned Substance For An MMA Fighter

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  1. KazDibiase

    KazDibiase "My style is kneeing people in the face."

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    All banned substance violations in combat sports are not created equally. Too often a blanket is thrown over every mixed martial artist who tests positive, and that’s an example of widespread ignorance when it comes to doping. All that said, TJ Dillashaw’s recent dirty urine sample is pretty indefensible.


    The 33-year-old former UFC Bantamweight Champion was suspended two years by USADA on Tuesday after he submitted a dirty urine sample ahead of his bout on January 19 against UFC Flyweight Champion Henry Cejudo. Dillashaw was attempting to become the third fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two different divisions simultaneously.

    It didn’t work out. Cejudo knocked Dillashaw out in the first round. To make matters worse, Dillashaw popped for recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) aka EPO. This is widely regarded as one of the worst drugs an MMA fighter can test positive for–in the spirit of fair competition.

    Here is USADA’s brief explanation of the drug, and what it does to benefit athletes. The synthetic hormone is used to stimulate the body’s production of red blood cells. It increases oxygen transport and aerobic power in the body. It is classified with Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances, and Mimetics.

    To offer further perspective, take a look at a more detailed breakdown from the BBC, which was posted back in 2006:




    What is it?

    • Erythropoietin (EPO) is a hormone naturally produced by the kidneys.
    • However, this hormone can be artificially produced to improve the performance of, for example, athletes or cyclists by injection.
    Why would athletes do this?

    • Its overall effect is to increase endurance and, in athletics, it is used mainly by long-distance runners.
    • It is injected under the skin and stimulates red blood cell production.
    • The more red cells there are in your body, the more oxygen that can be delivered to the muscles.
    • This delays the onset of fatigue, meaning an athlete can run harder and for longer.
    How effective is this drug?

    • Tests in Australia have shown that improvements in an athlete’s performance over four weeks would match those expected over several years.
    Is its use detectable?

    • It cannot be traced by conventional drug testing.

    • New methods have been developed in France where the results of blood sample analysis and urine analysis are compared.

    • These techniques were introduced ahead of the Sydney Olympics last year, although no positive tests were announced.

    • The blood test will show if there is an unusual reading of blood cells.

    • The following urine test will then be able to highlight any difference between the EPO levels produced naturally and synthetically.
    This explains why Dillashaw has been raked over the coals in the early aftermath of the announcement. Rival and former teammate Cody Garbrandt accused Dillashaw of using EPO a year ago. His accusations and MMA media reaction don’t paint a picture of optimism for the former champion who will be 35 before he’s eligible to return to the sport–if he’s welcomed back into competition.






    This is pretty damning.

    “It’s not a substance you find in contaminated supplements, it’s injectable only. You have to know what you’re doing when it enters your system.” – @JeffNovitzkyUFC to @bokamotoESPN on TJ Dillashaw using EPO.https://t.co/0OH5TJrDy2

    — Greg Rosenstein (@grosenstein) April 9, 2019



    When your gas tank and volume of offense are your biggest weapons, EPO is indeed a legacy killer. This is far worse than any asterisks you can put beside Jon Jones name IMO https://t.co/2iMkDe8RcR

    — Anthony Walker (@AntWalkerMMA) April 9, 2019

    I mean, T.J. Dillashaw kept insisting he could drop another ten pounds without his performance suffering as a result. And now he’s been popped for EPO. That’s some walking like a duck, talking like a duck stuff right there. https://t.co/odTNwgg10E

    — Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) April 9, 2019

    EPO … for a guy who relied on pushing the pace and won key fights late and in brutal fashion this is unforgivable. https://t.co/it1yHkmhCN

    — Josh Gross (@yay_yee) April 9, 2019


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  2. dickcheney

    dickcheney Gold Belt

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    Fucking kidney juicer

    I knew Duane’s peanut butter was bad news
     
  3. beephin

    beephin Black Belt

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  4. champ145

    champ145 Blue Belt

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    How is easy is this stuff to obtain and how much?
     
  5. EXOICHO

    EXOICHO Brown Belt

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    but what i wanna know is EPO dangerous to you health wise? or could i fix up my fucking cardio for a month and then hop off it if i just train as a hobby
     
  6. Legendary

    Legendary Ꮥµpǝɹnøʌɐ

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    Well damn
     
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    Legendary Ꮥµpǝɹnøʌɐ

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    Its expensive. Your typical gym bro probably doesn't have access to it. Its some A level shit.
     
  8. DIRTYCOP

    DIRTYCOP Purple Belt

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    Its very dangerous......it thickens your blood and raises your BP. You need to take it under doctor supervision and it could cause a stroke........unless TJ is anemic, the doctor giving it to him should lose his license to practice medicine.
     
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  9. KazDibiase

    KazDibiase "My style is kneeing people in the face."

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  10. KazDibiase

    KazDibiase "My style is kneeing people in the face."

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    I heard they sell them from Mexico. Usually online but don't do that since they can scam you and give you some shit that can kill you.
     
  11. cubanstogie

    cubanstogie White Belt

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    very disappointing as an ex TJ fan. I used to think he was one of the best pound per pound but everything he's accomplished is a lie. Whether he was on it previous fights is irrelevant to me, it shows his true character. I'm a Moraes fan in that division now. Still cant root for no love or the decsisonator. How quickly guys can go from top of division to rock bottom.
     
  12. champ145

    champ145 Blue Belt

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    Ya after reading the side-effects I'll just stick with being out-of-shape lol
     
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  13. IloveTHIS

    IloveTHIS Silver Belt

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    damn straight. I just read a post from some kid saying 2 years was "excessive" rofl

    excessive....for having an unfair advantage and beating your opponent into CTE. not to mention robbing them of money and legacy.
     
  14. PicoPulse

    PicoPulse Green Belt

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    Wow TJ knew all these risks and still took it
    What a heart of a champion
     
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  15. ZaphMMA

    ZaphMMA Orange Belt

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    LOL at everyone in this thread who wants to score some EPO.
     
  16. mallen7272

    mallen7272 Purple Belt

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    If there were ever a situation for a lifetime ban it would be this. Champions popping should be a much harsher punishment.
     
  17. Taco Loco

    Taco Loco 12:97:24:99

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    Man think about the kind of sex you could have on that shit!
    <TheWire1>
     
  18. RampageFaction

    RampageFaction Brown Belt

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    You can get it on the dark web too, but the thing is even the real shit can kill you. Too many red blood cells thickens your blood and stresses your heart. There were a handful of 20-30 cyclists who died from causes that COULD be attributed to EPO.

    High hematocrit is what it’s called. Couldn’t think of it earlier
     
  19. STRYDG

    STRYDG Blue Belt

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    Thanks dude. I've heard of EPO but had no idea what it is and I'm a lazy cunt so never looked it up. Appreciate the post.
     
  20. cubanstogie

    cubanstogie White Belt

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    It would definitely make a statement, he shouldn't have a right to come back after cheating. If I stole working as firefighter I would be fired, no comeback from that.
     
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