Khalid Taha isn’t going to be seen in the Octagon for some time as the fighter has accepted a one year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for a failed drug test in line with UFC 243.
The suspension is retroactive to the date of the drug test failure, so Taha is eligible to compete again on October 7 of next year.
USADA issued the following press release of the matter:
Khalid Taha Accepts Sanction for Violation of UFC Anti-Doping Policy
USADA announced today that Khalid Taha, of Dortmund, Germany, has accepted a one-year sanction for a violation of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy after testing positive for a prohibited substance.
Taha, 27, tested positive for furosemide as the result of an in-competition urine sample he provided on October 6, 2019 at UFC 243 Melbourne. Furosemide is a Specified Substance in the class of Diuretics and Masking Agents and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy and the UFC Prohibited List.
Taha’s one-year period of ineligibility began on October 6, 2019, the date his positive sample was collected. Under the rules, any decision concerning competition results is handled by the relevant Commissions and UFC.
USADA conducts the year-round, independent anti-doping program for all UFC athletes. USADA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental agency whose sole mission is to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of clean athletes. In an effort to aid UFC athletes, as well as their support team members, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on the UFC Anti-Doping Program website (https://UFC.USADA.org) regarding the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements, as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs.
In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (https://UFC.GlobalDRO.com), conducts educational sessions, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, and periodic athlete alerts. Many of the resources available to athletes are provided in multiple languages, including Russian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese.
Along with education and testing, robust anti-doping programs enable investigations stemming from tips and whistleblowers. USADA makes available a number of ways to report the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs in sport in an effort to protect clean athletes and promote clean competition. Any tip can be reported using the USADA Play Clean Tip Center, by email at playclean @usada.org, by phone at 1 877-Play Clean (1-877-752-9253), or by mail.