Michael Bisping Believes T.J. Dillashaw’s Decision to Vacate Belt is Like an “Admittance of Guilt”
By FCF Staff
Recently T.J. Dillashaw announced he was vacating the UFC’s bantamweight title, as a result of an “adverse finding” in his drug tests related to UFC Brooklyn. According to Michael Bisping, however, he believes the move looks like an admittance of guilt.
Dillashaw announced his decision to give up the belt, shortly before the New York Commission confirmed the fighter had been suspended for a violation related to a prohibited substance. During a recent episode of the “Believe You Me” podcast, Bisping had this to say about the situation (quote via MMA Fighting):
“I don’t break the circle of trust,” Bisping said. “I don’t speak outside of school. I don’t tell tales outside of f*cking tale-telling time but I’m telling you this, circle of trust or not, no motherf*cker relinquishes their belt out of respect for the rest of the division. It ain’t about the rest of the division, it’s about me. I’m not gonna relinquish my belt once I destroy the competition and become the champion. I’m not gonna relinquish my belt out of respect for the competition. You just wouldn’t do that. So that in itself – and I apologize if I’m wrong – is almost an admittance of guilt. It really is.
“You would not relinquish your belt unless there was some kind of guilt and you know you’re in a no-win situation.”
Dillashaw’s test was in connection to his January bout with flyweight champ, Henry Cejudo, who quickly stopped him in the opening round.