Night 121 bout due to a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency violation, Muhammad took it in stride.
The UFC announced today that Taylor (31-15 MMA, 1-1 UFC) tested positive for a banned substance stemming from an Aug. 22 out-of-competition sample, meaning he would not be able to fight Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) on Nov. 19 (airs in the U.S. on Nov. 18 due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.
Muhammad may have lost out on an opponent, but he made it clear Taylor wouldn’t have won the welterweight bout whether he was bending the rules or not (via Twitter):
he was gonna need more than the juice to beat me
— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) September 13, 2017
The UFC is actively searching for a replacement opponent for Muhammad, who is coming off a unanimous-decision win over Jordan Mein at UFC 213 in July.