When Cory Sandhagen was interviewed by Ariel Helwani the other day, he was asked about TJ Dillashaw. His response was:
“He was giving himself an unfair advantage in combat sports, which is just like disrespectful to kind of everyone…I don’t want to see him come back and just get a title shot.”
The truth is, he’s right. TJ Dillashaw cheated and he should not be rewarded with a shot at the title.
In other sports, when an athlete gets caught with performance enhancing drugs, it pretty much ruins their career, so why doesn’t it in MMA? Why can you come back from suspension and get an immediate title shot like Jon Jones. If anything, it should be much worse.
You’re literally giving yourself an unfair advantage in a sport where people are going in and putting their own bodies on the line.
The other side of it is the fans, who are influenced by Dana White and other big figures in MMA. We can’t control who gets what fight, but for some reason fans tend to just ignore the fact that steroids make you better. They act like it’s just something that you are suspended for, but it doesn’t take away from your talent.
How can you call Jon Jones the GOAT like Dana White does, when he was most likely on PEDs his entire career pre-USADA. Are we just going to ignore the fact that in all of his fights after getting busted he’s been extremely lackluster?
To me, if you get caught using PEDs, you should have to build your way back up and prove to the world that you actually are that good. We have no idea how long these fighters that get caught have been popping for. I think that the MMA community needs to be much more harsh on them and send a message that it’s not tolerated in this sport.