'TUF 25' winner Jesse Taylor accepts 1-year suspension for clomiphene

Welterweight Jesse Taylor will have to wait for redemption.

UFC anti-doping partner USADA today announced Taylor, 34, has accepted a one-year suspension after an out-of-competition drug test conducted Aug. 22 found the estrogen blocker clomiphene in his system.

Taylor’s (31-15 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suspension is retroactive to Sept. 13, the day his provisional suspension began and he was officially removed from a fight next month at UFC Fight Night 121 when his potential anti-doping violation was announced. Taylor’s originally scheduled opponent, Belal Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), will now face Tim Means.

The one-year suspension is the highest sanction possible for a first-time offender who tests positive for a specified substance.

Clomiphene is considered a specified substance in the class of hormone and metabolic modulators. The drug indirectly promotes testosterone production and can be used to cycle off steroids. Banned year-round, it’s the same drug ex-champs Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones were flagged for in connection with UFC 200.

Following news of his positive test, Taylor indicated he didn’t knowingly cheat and asked the public to withhold judgment until all the facts of his case were known.

“The truth will come to Light! I am just as shocked and surprised by this tragedy,” he wrote on Instagram a month ago. “Our Team is looking into this matter. Let due process do it work before judging on the matter. Those that know me know this is wrong. We will Fight this and I will be back. I am sorry to Aussie friends and fans but that fight is off due to to this matter I am very bummed but we will get to bottom of this. I’ll Be BaCk.”

The suspension comes after a remarkable career turnaround for Taylor, who was kicked off “The Ultimate Fighter 7” for misbehaving off-set after the conclusion of the reality show. He entered “TUF 25,” a redemption-themed season of the show, and beat three UFC vets before submitting Dhiego Lima in the final to win the tournament and secure a new UFC contract.

Here is USADA’s full announcement:

“USADA announced today that UFC® athlete, Jesse Taylor, of San Diego, Calif., has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted the maximum one-year sanction for his anti-doping policy violation.

“Taylor, 34, tested positive for clomiphene following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on August 22, 2017. Clomiphene is a Specified Substance in the class of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

“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.

“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.

“Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to remain in the USADA registered testing pool and make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time completed under his or her sanction.

“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 (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 (UFC.GlobaDRO.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.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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USADA suspends UFC's Nick Roehrick 1 year for doping

Just over one month after he was flagged for a potential doping violation, UFC light heavyweight Nick Roehrick has accepted a suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

USADA announced today that Roehrick, 30, has been suspended for one year after an out-of-competition test conducted Aug. 8 revealed the presence of clomiphene, an estrogen blocker banned year-round, and its metabolite, 4-hydroxyclomiphene.

Roehrick’s suspension is retroactive to the date his provisional suspension was imposed on Aug. 17.

“Clomiphene also indirectly promotes the secretion of testosterone,” read USADA’s statement. “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.”

The positive test came one month after Roehrick made his UFC debut on short notice against Jarod Cannonier at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale in Las Vegas. The event was regulated by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Roehrick (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had won seven straight fights on the international circuit before getting knocked out by Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in the third round of their bout.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC: USADA notifies Nick Roehrick of potential anti-doping violation

The UFC announced today that its anti-doping partner, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, has notified UFC light heavyweight Nick Roehrick of a potential anti-doping violation.

Roehrick was flagged after an out-of-competition drug test conducted Aug. 8. Per standard USADA procedure, details on the nature of his anti-doping violation are being withheld during the results management process.

“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,” read the UFC’s statement. “Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Roehrick (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) made his octagon debut on short notice at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, facing Jarod Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at the FS1-televised event on July 7 at T-Mobile Arena. After a spirited early effort, he was knocked out by a series of elbows, resulting in a third-round TKO and his first professional loss.

Prior to being signed to the UFC, Roehrick had won seven straight on the regional circuit.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie's 'Submission of the Month' for July: One of the prettiest transitions you'll see in MMA

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best submissions from July. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for July.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting for your choice.

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The nominees

Tecia Torres def. Juliana Lima at TUF 25 Finale

After going to a decision in nine consecutive fights to open her pro career, Tecia Torres (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) finally picked up her first stoppage win when she choked out durable Brazilian Juliana Lima (9-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC)

Torres became the first to tap Lima when she found a way to her opponent’s back early in the second round of the women’s strawweight bout. She secured a rear-naked choke moments later, earning a win without the help of the judges for the first time (via Instagram):

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Jimmy Flick def. Johnny Bedford at LFA 16

UFC veteran Johnny Bedford (23-13-1) was a 5-1 favorite heading into his bantamweight main event, and it made Jimmy Flick’s (10-3) third-round submission win all the sweeter.

Flick, who closed as a +350 underdog to -500 favorite Bedford at the sports books, picked up arguably the biggest win of his career. He threw out a number of submission attempts, and it was finally a D’Arce choke that stuck for the finish (via Twitter):

Marlon Vera def. Brian Kelleher at UFC on FOX 25

After picking up a surprising and quick submission win in his UFC debut earlier this year, Brian Kelleher (17-8 MMA, 1-1 UFC) experienced the other side of the coin when he tapped out early in the first frame of his fight with Marlon Vera (10-3-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC).

In a grappling exchange in the bantamweight bout, Vera transitioned to a slick armbar, which forced Kelleher to tap out, giving Vera his third consecutive victory (via Twitter):

Chris Weidman def. Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25

Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) won’t back down. The former UFC middleweight champion survived a knockdown from Kelvin Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in the opening frame before taking over on the mat, securing an arm triangle at the 3:45 mark of Round 3.

Weidman snapped a three-fight losing skid that had many MMA observers doubting whether he’d be able to keep his UFC job, let alone return to championship form. He did so by becoming the first to stop Gastelum inside the distance (via Instagram):

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Brian Ortega def. Renato Moicano at UFC 214

Brian Ortega (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Renato Moicano (11-1-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) were nearly two-and-a-half rounds into a striking war that cageside fans could hear as well as they could see. Then Moicano made the questionable decision to take down Ortega in the featherweight fight.

It played right into Ortega’s submission strengths as Moicano inadvertently stuck his neck into a guillotine choke that Ortega squeezed for the finish, forcing the tap at the 2:59 mark of Round 3 (via Twitter):

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The winner: Marlon Vera

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It started out looking like a run-of-the-mill submission defense by Vera, who trapped Kelleher’s arm to stop the single-leg takedown early in the opening round.

It turned into much more.

When Kelleher tried to give up on the takedown, Vera stuck with the kimura trap, using it to transition into a slick armbar that forced the submission at the 2:18 mark of Round 1.

The transition to the armbar was about as smooth a submission as you’re likely to see, and it clearly caught Kelleher off-guard. He started off well, moving to an early takedown attempt with Vera pressed against the cage.

But when Vera reached down to snag Kelleher’s arm in a kimura, it halted Kelleher’s hopes for a takedown and forced him to bail on the move. When he went to back out of the single-leg takedown, however, Vera clamped down harder on his arm, using it to spin him around before spinning himself right into position for the armbar.

Kelleher tried to get his arm back, but by that point, it was too late. Vera already had the limb extended and showed no indication that he was willing to give it back.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2485 with Tony Ferguson, Frank Trigg, Carlos Silva

Stream or download Wednesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Tony Ferguson, Frank Trigg, Carlos Silva and Mike Bohn.

Ferguson, a UFC lightweight title contender, discussed his preferred scenarios for his next fight. Trigg and Bohn co-hosted the episode and helped the hosts cover the latest MMA news. Silva talked about WSOF alum Justin Gaethje and his debut at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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TUF 25 Finale's Jared Cannonier quit his job at FAA, so fighting on religious holiday was must

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LAS VEGAS – Jared Cannonier is putting his career first.

After many years of working for the government, he has quit his job at the Federal Aviation Administration, where he worked for eight years as an airway transportation systems specialist.

In many ways, his new full-time job as a UFC light heavyweight is perfect for his schedule. He gets to wake up and train, take a break, and then train again at night.

“It’s not fun working 10 hours a day and then going to try and train at night,” Cannonier (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) told reporters backstage after beating newcomer and injury replacement Nick Roehrick (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on the FS1-televised prelims of the TUF 25 Finale on Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The victory put Cannonier back in the win column after he took a massive step up in competition, facing onetime title challenger Glover Teixeira and losing via decision.

But not all of the schedule is conducive to Cannonier’s lifestyle. An offer to fight at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale came on the day of Shabbat, a day of rest and celebration for those of the Jewish faith.

Cannonier follows the tenants of Judaism without necessarily identifying as a practicing member of the religion. Still, he was hesitant to take the fight. But he wasn’t in a place to turn down the opportunity.

Hopefully, he doesn’t have to make that choice again.

“I would prefer never to fight on a Shabbat,” he said. “Maybe the next time they offer the fight on Shabbat, I’ll be like, ‘Nah, I can’t do it.’ But I needed the fight to quit my job.”

The good news is, Cannonier is well-compensated for his work. He said with his win over Roehrick, he’s already made enough to live for the rest of the year. Another two fights, he said, “and that’s just extra.”

And for complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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James Krause undecided on 155 or 170 pounds, will go where fun fights await

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LAS VEGAS – Semifinalist James Krause may not have gotten that fat $290,000 check but, the way he sees it, he’s not walking away from “The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption” empty-handed.

In a season of “TUF” alumni looking for new chances at a UFC careers Krause stood out as the only cast member who still had an active UFC contract. Krause had a solid run until Jesse Taylor – who went on to become the season winner – took him out of the running with a guillotine choke in the third round of their semifinal-round bout.

Krause (24-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) wound up hospitalized with a bad staph infection after the show, but he still had enough time to recover before the finale on Friday – and earn a unanimous-decision win over fellow semifinalist Tom Gallicchio (19-10 MMA, 0-1 UFC).

Sure, Krause didn’t take the “TUF” crown. But that wasn’t the only thing he had in mind when he took on a challenge that, both career-wise and financially, he didn’t really have to take.

“I know the best fighter doesn’t always win that show; it’s been proven time and time again,” Krause told reporters after the FS1-televised preliminary-card welterweight scrap at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “And the No. 1 pick, all that (expletive), that all goes out the window. None of it matters there. That show is a different beast.

“I went in that show with goals and aspirations, regardless if I won or lost. I’m definitely taking advantage of those. I’m getting a lot of opportunities, I’m getting a lot of exposure. I mean, look at you (reporters) right here. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a line like this, ever, outside of any of my other wins. So my goal is accomplished.”

Moving forward, Krause is not yet sure where his octagon road will take him – or even in which division it might take place. A habitual 155-pounder, he competed both in the house and at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale as a welterweight. And, even with the pounds his hospital stint helped shed, he still had some cutting to do.

That’s not to say he’s done with making the lightweight limit. It’s all going to depend on the type of competition made available. And by that, he doesn’t mean well-ranked or title-ready types. Krause just wants risk-takers who are as invested in finishing him as he is in finishing them.

“(Lightweight) is difficult and (welterweight) is not hard, but it’s not easy either, so I don’t really know,” Krause said. “I think we’re going to try one at 170. I talked to Sean, and I said ‘Hey man, give me some fun matchups. Don’t give me some bull(expletive)-ass wrestler that’s going to try to lay on me. Give me fun. I’m an entertainer.’

“I don’t give a (expletive) about rankings, titles. You guys can criticize me all you want. I don’t care about that (expletive). I want to make money, and I want to entertain. If that means me climbing up the ladder on the way, then let’s do it. I want to be on fun fights.”

As for who could give him those scraps, Krause won’t point out specific names (“Man, that’s your guys’ job,” he said). He just wants to entertain. So much so that the jiu-jitsu black belt has adjusted his style to fit what he sees as the casual fans’ preference for striking battles.

Which, he clarifies, doesn’t mean ground fighters can’t put on exciting displays. He’s sure the right opponents are out there. Either way, Krause just wants to showcase some “crazy (expletive).”

“Anybody that likes to strike, anybody that’s exciting to watch,” Krause said. “Those are the guys I want to fight.”

And what happens should he get his wish – but ends up getting his current three-fight winning streak snapped in the process?

“I don’t give a (expletive),” Krause said. “I’ve been beat up in front of millions of people for. I don’t give a (expletive), bro. That’s the thing, that’s what makes me dangerous – I don’t care if I win or lose. I don’t need this (expletive). My paycheck’s coming in regardless, bro.”

To hear Krause’s full scrum, check out the video above.

And for more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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TUF 25 Finale's Jordan Johnson: 'No reason to go out of first gear' against Marcel Fortuna

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LAS VEGAS – It may not look like it by his post-fight interview, but Jordan Johnson is happy.

And, of course, the light heavyweight has every reason to be. By beating Marcel Fortuna (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) via unanimous decision at Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, Johnson (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) expanded his still-undefeated pro record, got his win money and now holds two UFC victories in a division that’s hungry for new blood.

So, yes, Johnson is happy. Which doesn’t mean he’s entirely satisfied with his display. Not that he doesn’t think he won decisively – in fact, he can’t even see why all three judges would have scored it a 29-28.

“He did not win a round; he didn’t do anything in that fight,” Johnson said after Friday’s FS1-televised main-card opener, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

It’s just that, considering that his opponent didn’t present him with a single surprise, he thinks he could have done even better.

“Not to dog on him, but it was an easy fight,” Johnson said. “There was no reason to go out of first gear. So I just stayed in first gear. I just kept doing what I was doing. There was really no reason to crank it up. Because I could just do what I was doing and win the fight.

“Maybe if I could go back, maybe would’ve cranked it up a little bit. I just kind of went in there, and I just wanted to fight. Maybe, looking back, I’ll watch the tape. Probably should’ve just cranked it up and just gone in there and whooped his ass. Which I did do, but just whooped it worse.”

Regardless, it was a win – and one at the high-profile International Fight Week. And while the added flair of the stage doesn’t really matter to the seemingly blasé Johnson, he does understand he’s in a division that allows for rapid growth opportunity.

Which is why, after adding a second straight win to his unblemished record, he’s already started to “bull(expletive)” around with his coaches and management to figure out the best route to the title.

“We’re going to figure out the next step that’s going to get me to the title shot, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Johnson said.

As for who might provide him with that next step, Johnson remained cryptic. He did remind everyone that he’s quite active on social media, though, so you might want to stay tuned for news on that front.

To hear Johnson himself, check out the video above.

And for more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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TUF 25 Finale reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

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Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums and, perhaps most importantly, social-media platforms.

Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look into the minds of the athletes.

Following Friday’s Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale event in Las Vegas, several of the winning and losing fighters, along with their coaches, training partners or family members, took to social media to react to the event or share a message with supporters.

Check out some of those reactions.

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For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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TUF 25 Finale's Brad Tavares thought about clipping Elias Theodorou's hair backstage

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LAS VEGAS – After jawing with Elias Theodorou online, Brad Tavares contemplated a sneak attack backstage to settle things.

UFC middleweight Theodorou had offered Tavares a wager. If he lost, he’d shave the long hair that won him an endorsement from Pert Plus. If he won, he’d get all of Tavares’ purse.

“I was like, buddy, your (expletive) hair ain’t worth that much,” Tavares (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) said backstage after outpointing Theodorou (15-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) on the FS1-televised prelims of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale at T-Mobile Arena. “Get the (expletive) out of here.

“But even (Thursday), I was standing behind him, and I thought, ‘How funny would that be if I just buzzed his head?’ But then he’d probably try to sue me, and he’d probably win because he has some sponsorship for his hair. What fighter does that that is not a girl?”

In the end, Tavares settled the matter the old-fashioned way, taking home a unanimous decision to pick up his second consecutive win in the octagon.

Despite repeated questions, Tavares expressed no preference on his next opponent aside from an opponent who would move him up the rankings.

But after all his pre-fight talk with Theodorou, it proved to be not much more than a distraction – one that Tavares brushed aside.

“Some guys, they feel like they’ve got to run their mouth, but I issued that challenge, and even after they read the decision I went up to him jokingly and said, ‘Hey, let’s shave that head. And he was like, ‘No, no, (expletive) no.’

“He was talking a lot of (expletive), and I’m the type of guy that (believes), ‘Hey, we’re going to let our fists do the talking.’”

Check out the video above for more from Tavares on his fight and rivalry with Theodorou.

And for complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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