Dhiego Lima says things in his fight with Jesse Taylor make a lot more sense now that Taylor has been flagged by USADA.
Back in July, it seemed that Jesse Taylor had finally made his mark in the UFC. Years after an ugly incident cost him a TUF Finale spot, he showed up on the aptly-named Redemption season and managed to defeat teammate Dhiego Lima to win it all.
The, a month and a half later, he ran afoul of USADA. Taylor tested positive for clomiphene, earning himself a one-year suspension.
Since the night of the Finale, Lima had been confused about a few things in the fight – namely, why was Taylor so much stronger in the Octagon than he was in training on the show? The positive drug test gave him his answer – and brought a few different emotions to the surface.
He explained his thoughts on the situation to MMA Junkie:
“For our fight, he knew our anti-doping would only be a normal pee test. So he must have done a cycle for that. And then, one month later, he flunked with a post-cycle drug. Of course he was taking stuff to fight me.”
Finding out about the positive test actually brought about a surprising reaction from Lima:
“It was a relief for me, to be honest.”
“That was on my mind – ‘Why was that guy so much stronger than me?’” Lima said. “I trained so hard, and the guy tossed me around like I was nothing? How? It’s not possible. I knew how strong he was in the house. So for me, it would be the same at the fight.
“I did what I had to do to win, but come fight time, he was like three times stronger than me. I got depressed, you know. I thought about the fight so much, and I couldn’t understand. I knew it. I told everyone after the fight that he was too strong, that there was no way that was possible. And there you go.”
Lima missed out on a $250,000 payday for winning the show, and the opportunities that would have come along with it. But because it was an out-of-competition test more than a month after the fight, he can’t do anything about it. Which must be extremely frustrating.