Ultimate Fighter 25 winner Jesse Taylor has been flagged by the USADA for a potential violation from a test taken from an out-of-competition sample on August 22. Taylor secured a round submission win over Dhiego Lima at The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale, earning him a new contract with the UFC. Due to the Violation the UFC has removed Taylor’s upcoming bout with Belal Muhammad at UFC Sydney on Nov.18 and the UFC is now seeking a replacement to fight Belaa Muhammad.
The UFC has released a statement regarding this matter.
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jesse Taylor of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on August 22, 2017. Because of the proximity to Taylor’s upcoming scheduled bout in Sydney, Australia on November 18, 2017, against Belal Muhammad, Taylor has been removed from the card and the UFC is currently seeking a replacement.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Taylor. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.