As a long-time member of the Team Alpha-Male camp, Joseph Benavidez knew all to well what his former teammate TJ Dillashaw was like, and as such he was not take aback when it emerged that the star had tested positive for PED’s several weeks ago.
“I wasn’t surprised at all that he finally got caught,” Benavidez told MMAJunkie. “Wasn’t surprising at all. There’s nothing I can really say as far as, like, that hasn’t already been said. I’m not gonna sit here and say the guy is this and that because if you look at the internet and everyone, it’s already been said. So there’s nothing worse you can say than what everyone already thinks, which I think is warranted. Everything that people are out there giving him, it’s 100 percent warranted for what he did.
“It just goes to show, there’s consequences for what you do and you can’t hide who you are forever. I’m surprised it took that long for him to get caught, and hid what he’s about this long. But you can’t hide that stuff forever. It’s great that it came out. There are consequences and if anything, I don’t think the consequences are that much. It’s not that bad. Get some surgeries. You got paid the day after the fight anyway. So it’s not like you’re getting suspended for the year. But like I said, it’s all the other things. All the disgrace and everything that is warranted, and maybe hurts more.”
Benavidez is not the only member of Team Alpha Male who appeared to be well aware of Dillashaw’s PED use, with Cody Garbrandt also having fired a warning shot prior to their rematch last year when he claimed that the bantamweight champion had been open about his use of banned sustances.
“Oh yeah, the guy’s on everything,” Garbrandt had stated at a UFC 217 press conference. “He’s on everything. You showed everyone how to do [PEDs] on Team Alpha Male.”