clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Jesse Taylor flagged for USADA violation, bout vs. Belal Muhammad removed from UFC Sydney

New, 48 comments
TUF 25 winner Jesse Taylor
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Jesse Taylor’s UFC return has hit a snag.

On Wednesday, the USADA announced that the Ultimate Fighter 25 winner Jesse Taylor has been flagged for an Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample taken on Aug. 22, two months after a submission win over Dhiego Lima at The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale earned him a new contract with the UFC.

Taylor’s upcoming bout with Belal Muhammad at UFC Sydney on Nov. 18 has been removed from that card and the promotion is currently looking for a replacement to fight Muhammad.

The 34-year-old Taylor emerged as one of the more intriguing stories on the 25th season of The Ultimate Fighter, having been close to winning a previous season of the show back in 2008 before behavioral issues forced officials to disqualify him from participating in the TUF 7 tournament final. He would fight once in the UFC before going on a nine-year journey that culminated in him getting a second chance with the long-running reality program and finally winning that elusive TUF title on July 7.