Several reports on the Internet have indicated that middleweight Jesse Taylor could make his UFC debut during UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a source connected with the show would not confirm that Taylor’s involvement was official, but stated to FiveOuncesOfPain.com that his involvement was considered “very likely.”
When contacted by Five Ounces of Pain for a comment as to whether there were any validity to the rumor, an official with Team Quest in Temecula, where Taylor trains, would only state that “nothing is finalized for him.” It should be noted that the source did not indicate whether Taylor was being considered or not.
Taylor was a member of the cast for the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter” and had qualified for the finals of the show against Amir Sadollah. However, he was removed from the finale after an incident was depicted on the show of an allegedly intoxicated Taylor kicking out the window of a limousine on Station Casinos property.
Station Casinos is owned by Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, who collectively own 90% of the UFC.
In addition to breaking the window, UFC President Dana White said on the show that a drunken Taylor verbally accosted several female patrons of the hotel and that when confronted by security, he remarked, “Do you know who I am? I’m a UFC fighter.”