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Jose Aldo calls TJ Dillashaw’s past drug test failures “just a mistake,” still considers him a champion

UFC legend Jose Aldo called TJ Dillashaw’s past drug test failures “a mistake” and says he still considers him a champion in MMA.

Dillashaw has not fought since January 2019 when he suffered a TKO loss to Henry Cejudo at UFC on ESPN+ 1. Following that fight, Dillashaw tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and he has missed the last two years of action. Next month, Dillashaw will finally be able to return to the Octagon after serving his two-year USADA suspension, and already several UFC fighters have called him out for his return.

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The most notable name to call out Dillashaw thus far is Aldo. The former UFC featherweight champion got back into the win column this past Saturday with a unanimous decision win over Marlon Vera in the co-main event of UFC Vegas 17, and following the event, he used his post-fight interview as a means to call out Dillashaw.

Dillashaw is a big name in the sport and a former UFC bantamweight champion — remember, he didn’t lose his belt in the Octagon, he vacated it due to the drug test failure  — so it’s not a surprise that other big names like Aldo would call him out. But with Dillashaw having tested positive for PEDS, a number of fighters such as Aljamain Sterling, don’t want to give him the time of day inside the Octagon. Not Aldo, though.

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Speaking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Aldo said that he considers Dillashaw getting caught for PEDs “just a mistake” and says he still views him as a champion in MMA.

“Nothing’s changed for me (regarding the PED suspension). I see him for his qualities. I see him as a champion and everything that he did in the Octagon. He just made a mistake,” Aldo said.

“I like him because he’s a champion, as well. He’s a big name not only for myself but for the UFC and I think the fans would like to see the fight. I think it’s a good matchup for myself because he is also a champion.”

With Aldo coming off of a win over Vera and looking to get back to the title picture and earn a rematch with UFC bantamweight champion Petr Yan, a win over a former champ like Dillashaw would certainly be another step towards the top of the 135lbs mountain. Dillashaw is a popular callout target right now, but Aldo is very much in the running to get this fight considering his legendary status and how highly the UFC views him.

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Do you agree with Jose Aldo that TJ Dillashaw’s past drug test failures were “just a mistake”?

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