Jesse Taylor notified of potential anti-doping violation
Jesse Taylor’s roller coaster ride in mixed martial arts continues. Earlier this year the welterweight won The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption, nearly a decade after his appearance on TUF 7. He was removed then as a cast member after a drunken incident that involved kicking out a limo window and yelling a hotel security.
Taylor showed composure and maturity on the show this year, and eventually submitted Dhiego Lima at The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale on July 7, 2017. He was scheduled to fight Belal Muhammad at UFC Fight Night 121 on November 19, 2017, but has been pulled from the event over a flagged PED test.
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.
Simply having a test flagged does not mean that Taylor has taken PEDs. For example, last year three fighters Li Jingliang, Augusto Montano, and Ning Guangyou had tests flagged for Clenbuterol but were ultimately determined to No Fault, as the substance is present in the meat supply in their home countries. Also last year Islam Makhachev had a test flagged for Meldonium but was found No Fault. Other times of course fighters are completely guilty and receive a full two-year suspension. And many are in between.
So for now, the appropriate thing to do is wait until the process completes.