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Gabe Ruediger vs. Paul Taylor likely for UFC 126

Lightweights Gabe Ruediger and Paul Taylor will meet on the undercard of Anderson Silva’s Super Bowl Weekend title-defense against Vitor Belfort on February 5 at UFC 126. Though neither may currently be contenders, the bout involves the added drama of each potentially fighting for his right to continue drawing a Zuffa paycheck after recent struggles inside the Octagon.

News of the likely pairing was confirmed by Ruediger on his Twitter page.

“Godzilla” most recently fought Joe Lauzon at UFC 118 this past August and lost via first-round submission after having won six consecutive bouts prior to signing with the organization earlier this year. He is 17-6 overall with twelve tap-outs to his credit.

His opponent, Taylor, is known for his tenacity in the ring and conditioning where maintaining a rapid pace is concerned. Though he is only 3-5 in the UFC, the Brit has won three “Fight of the Night” honors during his run in the promotion and hasn’t been finished in three years. He last fought Sam Stout at UFC 121 and lost by way of split decision.


  • redwire says:

    I love that photo. Its one of the few that I’ve actually saved over the years.

  • Angry Mike says:

    UFC is feeding Colonic Boy to Taylor for a highlight reel ko. If Taylor loses, or even if he wins by an unimpressive decision, he loses his job. Even if he wins, Ruediger’s days in the UFC are numbered. The lightweight division is pretty competitive, and the org. needs the space for prospects, and he isn’t one of those.

  • Rece Rock says:

    Still surprised Gabe Ruediger wasn’t one and done upon his return to the octagon.

  • Rece Rock says:

    ^…and that’s not to say Paul Taylor is any better… they both are lucky to have a job these days.

  • Dufresne says:

    After the clowning Lauzon put on Ruediger I’m surprised they didn’t cut him after his first fight as well. He didn’t even look like he belonged in the same arena.
    Plus, with the UFC absorbing the WEC’s lightweight division, there’s not gonna be a lot more competition for not very many more slots.
    They better both step their game up if they want to keep drawing paychecks.

  • MCM says:

    It’s easy to dog on Gabe, but it’s not like the guy looses to cans, and he has some wins over pretty decent competition. Add to that the WEC lightweight belt and this guy is a perfect candidate for the UFC. If he had never appeared on TUF, we’d all be looking at him as a prospect that had a really tough opponent for his first (I know 2nd) fight in the Octagon, and would be giving him one more shot to prove he belongs. I think he has potential, we’ll just see if he lives up to it or not.

  • cocoonofhorror says:

    Ruediger got some Petrozelli-ish courtesy with this 2nd chance, but he’s gone after this.

  • stone says:

    Oh! OK, Dana! Cut Gerald Harris & Ben Saunders, THEN keep Gabe around??? C’MON MAN!


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