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‘Ultimate Fighter’ Winner Suspended For Doping

Jesse Taylor, the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 25 winner, has been suspended for one year. The 34-year-old accepted suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency after an out-of-competition drug test conducted Aug. 22 found the estrogen blocker Clomiphene (Clomid).

Clomiphene is a specified substance in the class of hormone and metabolic modulators. Commonly used as a post cycle therapy drug by athletes and bodybuilders on steroids, Clomid indirectly promotes testosterone production. The substance is banned year-around and it is the same drug for which former champions Jon Jones and Brock Lesnar were flagged.

The suspension for Taylor comes after a stunning career comeback. He was kicked off “The Ultimate Fighter 7” after misbehaving off-set after the conclusion of the reality show. The mixed martial artist entered the Ultimate Fighter 25, a redemption-themed season of the show, and defeated three UFC veterans before he submitted Dhiego Lima in the final to win the tournament and secure a new UFC contract.

The suspension of one year is the highest possible sanction possible for a first-time offender. The suspension of Taylor (31-15 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is retroactive to September 13, the day his provisional suspension began. The American professional mixed martial arts fighter currently competing in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship was officially removed from a fight next month at UFC Fight Night 121. The originally scheduled opponent of Taylor, Belal Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), will now face Tim Means.

The welterweight bruiser has fought for top promotions like DREAM, MFC, AFC, Impact FC, Shark Fights, Strikeforce, Cage Warriors and Absolute Championship Berkut. In 2012, Taylor defeated former champion Chris Fields to win the CWFC middleweight title. He then fought Kendall Grove, The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner, for the K-OZ Entertainment middleweight title Taylor had won in November 2012. Taylor defended his middleweight title by controlling the fight for five consecutive rounds and conquering the fight via unanimous decision.

In another development, UFC newcomer Azamat Murzakanov has been flagged by the United States Anti-Doping Agency of potential doping violation. The undefeated Russian lightweight prospect (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) had scored seven stoppage wins, with six of them coming in the very first round.

Not long back, Brazilian heavyweight Carlos Felipe was flagged for a potential doping violation by USADA before his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 119. Felipe (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) had tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, 16β‐hydroxy‐stanozolol and 3’‐hydroxy‐stanozolol. A steroid, Stanozolol is banned at all times in the category of non-specified substances. There is a suspension of two years for first-time offenders. Also known as Winstrol, the substance is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Felipe was removed from a bout against Christian Colombo (8-2-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 119. The fighter denied wrongdoing and said he had not even taken caffeine pills since he signed with the UFC. The fighter however accepted the sanction of two years that possibly brings a swift halt to his promising career.

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