Jesse Taylor pulled from next fight due to a potential anti-doping violation
Ultimate Fighter: Redemption winner Jesse Taylor (31-15), has been informed of a possible anti-doping violation. Taylor was set to face Bela Muhammad in November at UFC Fight Night: Sydney. That fight will no longer take place as Taylor has been removed.
Upon receiving news of the potential anti-doping violation, the UFC released the following statement:
“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.”
This isn’t the first time that Taylor has had problems while in the UFC. During the Ultimate fighter season 7, a video of him being drunk in Las Vegas surfaced. This caused the UFC to cut ties with Taylor. Taylor was brought back this past summer for the Ultimate Fighter: Redemption for another shot at the UFC. After winning the contest, it seemed that Taylor was heading in the right direction. This possible failed drug test will not help his cause.