There hasn’t been a scarcity of members of the blended martial arts (MMA) group who’ve taken the chance to slam TJ Dillashaw after he was suspended two years for EPO use, one thing “The Viper” owned as much as on this assertion.
From former teammate-turned bitter rival Cody Garbrandt rightfully screaming “I advised you so,” to Matt Serra unleashing a verbal assault on the now-former Final Preventing Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion, TJ has needed to hear it from all angles.
However one man who’s surprisingly taking a distinct method to TJ’s transgressions is ex-division king Dominick Cruz. Regardless of their bitter previous, “The Dominator” thinks the entire state of affairs is being blown out of proportion and Dillashaw’s suspension may really be a blessing in disguise.
“I’ve no attachment to TJ Dillashaw or his choices. He selected this. I really really feel unhealthy for him. I believe that, no matter what I believe the world thinks there’s a asterisk subsequent to him, similar with Jon Jones,” stated Cruz on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Present.
“At this level, I believe he’s going to come back again, two years actually is nothing. I’ve been out longer than that injured and he’s simply going to get wholesome. All that’s going to occur is TJ Dillashaw goes to take two years, increase his child, be father to his son which is best for his household. He’s going to heal up and who is aware of what he’s going to do together with his off time,” he added whereas saying Dillashaw will really come again a stronger fighter in 2021.
“Who is aware of how a lot better and the way a lot more healthy he will get. Who is aware of if he fills in gaps. I actually suppose that when TJ Dillashaw comes again he’s going to be higher than he was when he left as a result of he’s going to be rested and he’s going to have time for his household,” stated Cruz, who says a two-year suspension actually isn’t that lengthy.
“I can inform you two-year suspension actually isn’t nothing. I’ve misplaced extra years than that as a consequence of harm. It’s being performed out as a a lot greater image than it’s. If we’re going to make him testing soiled for EPO this huge of a deal, then what is 2 years? Two years isn’t something, I don’t know why we’re making this such a giant deal.”
Demetrious Johnson agrees with you, Cruz.
Dominick defeated Dillashaw again in 2016 after a brand new a two-year layoff to win again the 135-pound strap. Whereas talks of a rematch surfaced quickly thereafter, it by no means got here to be. Talking of day off, Cruz hasn’t competed since December of 2016 after the most recent string of accidents — which embody a damaged arm and bum shoulder — took him out of fee.
What do you consider Dominick’s response to TJ’s troubles?
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