Jesse Taylor. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
It seems that the rumors are true. In the latest print edition of the Wrestling Observer, Dave Meltzer reports that Jesse Taylor, who was removed from The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale following a drunken rampage through Fertitta Brothers-owned Station Casino in Las Vegas, has officially been dropped from the promotion again following his submission loss to C.B. Dollaway on July 19th.
Taylor was said to be on thin ice in the days prior to UFC Fight Night 14 because of some racy comments he made about former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, who was arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase in California earlier in the week. Taylor went out of his way to claim that Jackson didn’t deserve to represent the company and bashed UFC management for opting to help Jackson with his troubles rather than release him like they did with Taylor.
“What goes around, comes around, I guess,” Taylor said two weeks ago. “I didn’t even know until I watched the show, but he [Jackson when referring to Taylor] said ‘He doesn’t deserve to to represent the company,’ and look what happened to him. It’s a big double standard. I’m sure if I was the ex-middleweight champion, I could get away with stuff. I’m sure if I would have done what Quinton did, I’d be banned.”
While the UFC has yet to publicly comment on Taylor’s release, they have removed his profile from their official website, all but confirming his expected departure.