Jesse Taylor Suspended One Year
Jesse Taylor, the winner of the 25th season of The Ultimate Fighter — the season dubbed The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption — has been suspended for one year by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Taylor was flagged for an anti-doping violation for an out-of-competition sample from Aug. 22. Taylor tested positive for clomiphene.
USADA released the following statement on its website:
“Taylor’s one-year period of ineligibility, the highest sanction for a first offense involving a Specified Substance, began on September 13, 2017. The date his provisional suspension was imposed. As a result of his positive test, Taylor was removed from the Card for the UFC Fight Night event in Sydney, Australia, scheduled for November 18, 2017.”
USADA also gave an explanation for why clomiphene is a banned substance.
“Clomiphene is not approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the male population, as its use has not been thoroughly studied for safety and efficacy. Clomiphene also indirectly promotes the secretion of testosterone. Increasing testosterone, especially when combined with strength training, has been demonstrated to increase fat-free mass, muscle size, and strength in males, potentially leading to performance enhancement in sport.”
There is no official statement from the UFC or Taylor on the suspension, as of yet.