UFC star T.J. Dillashaw has just been hit with a 2-year suspension for failing a drug test before his January 19 title fight against Henry Cejudo.
Dillashaw tested positive for Erythropoietin -- aka EPO -- which is a synthetic hormone that's considered a cleaner alternative to blood doping, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has announced.
EPO is often used by athletes to increase oxygen transport and aerobic power, according to USADA.
Dillashaw has accepted the suspension -- which means he won't be eligible to fight until Jan. 2021.
Dillashaw provided the dirty sample on Jan. 18 -- one day before the fight.
What's even worse for T.J. ... he lost the fight against Cejudo in a 1st-round stoppage.
The 33-year-old fighter had issued a statement on the situation last month saying he was "disappointed" and was trying to figure out what happened.
"While words can't even begin to express how disappointed I am at this time, please know that I'm working with my team to understand what has occurred and how to resolve this situation as quickly as possible," Dillashaw said at the time.