Mma | ‘TUF 25’ Winner Jesse Taylor Facing Anti-Doping Violation, Removed From UFC Fight Night 121

JesseTaylor has been pulled from UFC Fight Night 121 after beingflagged for a potential anti-doping violation stemming from anout-of-competition sample collected on Aug. 22.

Taylor was scheduled to meet BelalMuhammad in a welterweight bout on Nov. 18 in Sydney but waspulled from the card due to the proximity of the event, accordingto a UFC statement. A replacement opponent for Muhammad iscurrently being sought.

The UFC’s full statement on Taylor is as follows:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S.Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed JesseTaylor of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemmingfrom an out-of-competition sample collected on August 22, 2017.Because of the proximity to Taylor’s upcoming scheduled bout inSydney, Australia on November 18, 2017, against BelalMuhammad , Taylor has been removed from the card and the UFC iscurrently seeking a replacement.

USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy,will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication ofthis case involving Taylor. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, thereis a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletesbefore any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will beprovided at the appropriate time as the process movesforward.

Taylor won Season 25 of “The Ultimate Fighter” with a second-roundsubmission of Dhiego Lima at the show’s finale on July 7. The 34-year-old “JT Money” hascompiled a 31-15 professional record since beginning his career in2006.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place at Qudos Bank Arena and isheadlined by a heavyweight duel between Mark Hunt and MarcinTybura .

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