The UFC hasn't been able to catch a break in the past week, and got more bad news.
After Ray Borg pulled out of his fight with Demetrious Johnson, Jon Jones' 'B' sample came back positive, and Thiago Alves pulled out of this weekend's fight, the company was notified that Ultimate Fighter Redemption winner Jesse Taylor was notified of a potential USADA violation.
Taylor has been pulled from his planned fight in Australia against Belal Muhammad.
You can see the UFC's statement below:
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.
Taylor has had an up-and-down career that saw him exiled from the UFC for several years. He returned for this year's Ultimate Fighter: Redemption series, that saw him improve his TUF record to 7-0.
Fightful will have more information on the situation as it breaks.