Jesse Marcus Taylor (born January 2, 1983) is an American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) and 10th Planet Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt fighter currently competing in the Welterweight division. A professional competitor since 2006, he was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 7, winning his entry, preliminary, quarterfinal and semi-final matches, and then became infamous for being the only fighter to ever be removed from finals due to events that occurred after filming was completed. Taylor later won The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Welterweight Tournament, and has also fought for top promotions such as Strikeforce, DREAM, MFC, AFC, Impact FC, Shark Fights, Cage Warriors and Absolute Championship Berkut.
Taylor in 2009
|Born||Jesse Marcus Taylor|
January 2, 1983
Poway, California, United States
|Other names||JT Money|
|Residence||San Diego, California, United States|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||171 lb (78 kg; 12.2 st)|
Light Heavyweight (2011)
|Reach||73 1⁄2 in (187 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Murrieta, California, United States|
The Arena MMA
|Rank||Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||San Francisco State University,|
Cal State Fullerton
|Notable school(s)||Poway High School|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Jesse Taylor graduated from Poway High School in Poway, CA, where he was a wrestler. After high school Jesse attended San Francisco State university. He took Jiu-Jitsu classes but decided to stick to wrestling. When things did not work out in San Francisco he moved back down to San Diego, where he then attended Palomar College near San Diego. In junior college, Taylor became a two-time JC All-American, CCCAA State Runner-Up in 2003, and crowned California Junior College State Champion in 2004, only losing three matches. Taylor was then rewarded with a scholarship to Cal State Fullerton. After the birth of his son, it became harder for Taylor to concentrate on wrestling and school while adjusting to the family life. Taylor still managed to qualify for the Division 1 NCAA Tournament and was 3rd in the Pac-10's.
After realizing there was no money in wrestling after college (a sentiment echoed by many former collegiate wrestlers, including Matt Hughes, Randy Couture, and Bobby Lashley), Taylor tried to think of a way to still compete and make a living for him and his son. He then decided to give mixed martial arts a real try. An old wrestling friend of his invited him for a Team Quest workout, where Taylor was able to spar with fighters such as Dan Henderson, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, and Jason Miller. He picked up Jiu Jitsu quickly, and worked to improve his striking. After only about a month of training, Taylor took a fight against a much more established fighter and was victorious. A few years later Jesse got the chance to be on the seventh season of the hit reality television series The Ultimate Fighter.
Mixed martial arts careerEdit
The Ultimate FighterEdit
In the second episode Jesse Taylor won his entry match against Nick Rossborough by rear naked choke. After all entry matches were done the teams were to pick the fighters that they wanted. Taylor was picked sixth overall by Forrest Griffin. With Quinton Jackson getting the first pick for fighters, Griffin was to choose the first preliminary fight. Griffin chose Taylor to take on Mike Dolce; In the second round, Taylor won the fight again via a rear naked choke. Taylor's quarterfinal fight was against Dante Rivera, which Taylor also won, this time via unanimous decision. Taylor had now advanced to the semi-finals against his close friend Tim Credeur, a fight which Taylor won by unanimous decision, putting him into the finals.
Removal from finaleEdit
Taylor was removed from the finals after a security recording was presented to Dana White. He was shown kicking out one of the side windows of a rented limousine. The staff of the hotel where the incident occurred reported that a drunken Taylor had frightened female patrons and confronted hotel security by acting aggressively and screaming that he was a UFC fighter. White told Taylor that this type of behavior was unacceptable, and that he believed Taylor did not possess the mental discipline to deal with the pressures of fame and popularity that being in the UFC would put on him. White told Taylor that because of his actions he had forfeited his place in the final match, a decision that an emotional Taylor did not try to protest. However, White went on to thank Taylor for his efforts in the show, and advised him to "go home, get your life together, call me in a few months." Later, in the July fight promo footage for UFC: Silva vs. Irvin, White recounted a conversation he had with Taylor:
He told me, "I'm in AA now. I've totally got my life together. It's the biggest mistake I've ever made. And I'll never do it again, I'll never disappoint you or the UFC again." And I believed what he said, so, I'm bringing him back.
On July 29 the Wrestling Observer reported that Jesse Taylor had been released from the UFC. The likely reason for this was his loss to C.B. Dollaway, which many had expected would lead to Taylor being dropped by the organization.
In his first fight since his release from the UFC, Taylor fought Drew Fickett at a catchweight of 175 pounds. Taylor upset the more experienced Fickett, winning by TKO due to strikes in 1 minutes and 42 seconds. After the fight, Taylor then dropped down from middleweight to welterweight.
He later fought on January 15, where he was set to fight unbeaten Pat Minihan, instead Taylor fought Rico Altamirano, he defeated Altamirano via rear naked choke in the second round. Taylor fought on February 14, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was set to go up against Esteban Ramos. Taylor ended up fighting and beating (1-0) fighter Gert Kocani. Taylor again won via rear naked choke in the second round.
Jesse fought on March 28, 2009 in Colorado. He took on Chris Camozzi, defeating him by decision. Jesse won the King of Champions belt held by Camozzi. On May 2, 2009, Taylor defeated MMA veteran Eric DaVila at Shark Fight 4. Taylor then won his sixth straight fight since being released from the UFC after defeating Rubén Darío at Total Combat 33. The fight was for the Total Combat middleweight title.
One day after his win over Darío, Taylor was offered a fight for Japan promotion, DREAM. He made his debut on July 20, 2009 at DREAM 10 against Korean Judoka, Dong Sik Yoon. Taylor won after Yoon injured his ankle and was not able to continue.
Nick Diaz was slated to face Jay Hieron for the Welterweight Championship belt. However, Diaz missed a pre-fight drug test mandated by the California State Athletic Commission and was denied a license to compete. Diaz was replaced by Taylor, who moved down to welterweight, and the fight was changed to a non-title bout. Taylor lost the match via unanimous decision.
Taylor had his second fight for the Strikeforce promotion on November 6, 2009 on the main card of the Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Evangelista event. He lost to Luke Rockhold (5-1) in a middleweight contest.
Maximum Fighting ChampionshipEdit
Taylor signed a two-fight deal with Canadian-based promotion, Maximum Fighting Championship. His first fight was on the MFC 25 card against Thales Leites, losing in the first round by submission.
Before taking another fight with the MFC, Taylor fought former UFC middleweight champion Murilo Bustamante. In the second round of the fight, referee John McCarthy stood the pair up and as the fight was about to continue, Bustamante seemingly lost equilibrium and could not continue, giving Taylor the TKO victory.
Taylor was signed to fight Australian knockout artist, Dylan Andrews, at the inaugural Australian Fighting Championship event. The fight took place in Melbourne on November 12, 2010. Taylor won the fight midway into round one, choking Andrews unconscious from a guillotine choke.
Taylor was scheduled to fight PRIDE FC, UFC, and DREAM veteran, Denis Kang at Battlefield Fight League 7. Kang later pulled out of the fight, and Jesse moved up to Light Heavyweight to fight Clay Davidson, defeating him in a unanimous decision. The fight with Kang was rescheduled for May 28, 2011 at Battlefield Fight League 8. Taylor won by submission in the first round, getting Kang in a rear naked choke.
Taylor faced Judo black belt Gaël Grimaud on May 24, 2012 in Isa Town, Bahrain at Cage Warriors Fight Night 6 for Grimaud's welterweight championship. Taylor dominated the first two rounds by utilizing his wrestling to take Grimaud down and control him throughout the round while also peppering Grimaud with short strikes. Early in the third round Grimaud took Taylor's back. As Taylor was attempting to escape back control, Grimaud trapped Taylor's arm and transitioned to an armbar, forcing Taylor to submit and thus retaining his welterweight title.
Just two months removed from winning the Cage Warriors middleweight title, Taylor fought The Ultimate Fighter 3 winner, Kendall Grove. The fight was for Taylor's K-OZ Entertainment middleweight title he had won back in November 2012. The contest took place on February 23, 2013 in Perth, Western Australia. Taylor controlled the fight for five consecutive rounds, winning the fight via unanimous decision, and defending his middleweight title.
Taylor had his first Cage Warriors Middleweight title defense on May 4, 2013 on the Cage Warriors 54 card. Taylor fought, and defeated, "The White Tyson" John Phillips via submission early in the first round.
World Series of FightingEdit
A few weeks after his first successful Cage Warriors title defense, it was announced Taylor had signed an exclusive deal with the World Series of Fighting. Taylor will take part in the promotion's four-man middleweight tournament set to determine the first WSOF middleweight champion. Besides Taylor, the participants are Elvis Mutapcic, David Branch and Danillo Villefort.
Taylor was expected to fight Elvis Mutapcic in the opening round at WSOF 5. The New Jersey Athletic Commission cancelled the fight after seeing Mutapcic take an unknown and unapproved medication backstage before the fight. The fight was rescheduled for WSOF 7. Taylor won the fight via unanimous decision.
Arena Tour 6Edit
Taylor had an upcoming fight against fellow UFC veteran Maiquel Falcao for Argentinian mma promotion Arena Tour on April 18, 2015. Taylor lost the fight against Falcao by guillotine choke in the first round at 3:13.
Absolute Championship BerkutEdit
The Ultimate Fighter: RedemptionEdit
During team picks in episode one Taylor joined team Dillashaw as T.J. Dillashaw's second pick, after current UFC Fighter James Krause. In episode 3, Taylor faced former training partner Mehdi Baghdad and won by unanimous decision to advance to the quarter-finals. He next faced Hayder Hassan and won the bout via submission in the first round. Taylor faced James Krause in the semi-finals and won via submission in the third round to advance to the finals.
Nine years after his first stint on the show, Taylor fought Dhiego Lima in the finals on July 7, 2017 at The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale. Taylor won the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the second round.
Taylor was expected to face Belal Muhammad on November 19, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 121. However on September 13, it was announced that Taylor was pulled from the card after being notified by USADA of a potential doping violation. He was flagged after an out-of-competition drug test conducted August 22. On October 13, USADA officially suspended Taylor one year for testing positive for anti-estrogen agent clomiphene.
One month after the suspension was lifted, Taylor was released from his UFC contract.
Jesse Taylor has two sons, Alexander, and Nikolaus. Before becoming a professional fighter, Taylor worked various jobs, including construction and personal training.
Championships and accomplishmentsEdit
- Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
- CWFC Middleweight Championship (One time)
- One successful title defense
- K-Oz Entertainment Fights
- K-Oz Entertainment Middleweight Championship (One time; current)
- One successful title defense
- King of Champions
- King of Champions Middleweight Championship (One time)
- Total Combat
- Total Combat Middleweight Championship (One time)
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts recordEdit
|Professional record breakdown|
|47 matches||31 wins||16 losses|
|Loss||31-16||Mukhamed Berkhamov||Submission (guillotine choke)||ACA 100: Part 2||October 4, 2019||1||1:13||Grozny, Russia|
|Win||31–15||Dhiego Lima||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale||July 7, 2017||2||0:43||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won The Ultimate Fighter 25 Welterweight Tournament.|
|Loss||30–15||Mukhamed Berkhamov||Submission (armbar)||ACB 48||October 22, 2016||1||2:30||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||30–14||Seth Baczynski||Decision (unanimous)||TFE MMA: Vengeance||August 26, 2016||3||5:00||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Loss||29–14||Aslambek Saidov||Submission (guillotine choke)||ACB 40||June 3, 2016||1||3:29||Krasnodar krai, Russia|
|Loss||29–13||Borys Mańkowski||Submission (guillotine choke)||KSW 32: Road to Wembley||October 31, 2015||1||3:02||London, England||For the KSW Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||29–12||Michail Tsarev||Submission (guillotine choke)||League S-70: Russia vs. World||August 29, 2015||1||0:40||Sochi, Russia|
|Win||28–12||Nick Barnes||Technical Submission (rear-naked choke)||Smash Global: The Main Event||August 1, 2015||1||2:59||San Diego, California, United States||Return to Welterweight.|
|Loss||27–12||Maiquel Falcão||Submission (guillotine choke)||Arena Tour 5: Falcao vs. Taylor||April 18, 2015||1||3:13||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Loss||27–11||Trey Houston||Submission (armbar)||BattleGrounds MMA 5 - O.N.E.||October 4, 2014||1||2:10||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States||BattleGrounds MMA Welterweight Tournament Quarterfinal.|
|Loss||27–10||David Branch||Submission (D'Arce choke)||WSOF 10||June 21, 2014||1||1:41||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the WSOF Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||27–9||Elvis Mutapcic||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 7||December 7, 2013||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||WSOF Middleweight Championship Tournament Semifinal.|
|Win||26–9||John Phillips||Submission (guillotine choke)||Cage Warriors 54||May 4, 2013||1||2:43||Cardiff, Wales||Defended the CWFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||25–9||Kendall Grove||Decision (unanimous)||K-Oz Entertainment: Bragging Rights 5||February 23, 2013||5||5:00||Perth, Western Australia||Defended the K-Oz Entertainment Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||24–9||Chris Fields||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage Warriors: 51||December 31, 2012||2||1:06||Dublin, Ireland||Won the CWFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||23–9||Steve Kennedy||Submission (rear-naked choke)||K-Oz Entertainment: Bragging Rights 4||November 16, 2012||1||4:01||Perth, Australia||Won the vacant K-Oz Entertainment Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||22–9||Marcel Fortuna||Decision (unanimous)||Dragon House MMA 11: Taylor vs. Fortuna||August 18, 2012||3||5:00||Oakland, California, United States|
|Win||21–9||Christopher Ortega||Submission (guillotine choke)||CG: Cage Gladiator 7||August 4, 2012||1||1:13||Mexicali, Mexico|
|Loss||20–9||Gaël Grimaud||Submission (armbar)||Cage Warriors Fight Night 6||May 24, 2012||3||0:55||Isa Town, Bahrain||For the Cage Warriors Welterweight Championship.|
|Loss||20–8||Mamed Khalidov||Submission (kneebar)||KSW 17: Revenge||November 26, 2011||1||1:42||Lódz, Poland||Catchweight (187 lbs) bout.|
|Win||20–7||Mario Trujillo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Ultimate Combat Challenge||September 30, 2011||1||1:30||Panama City, Panama|
|Loss||19–7||Hector Lombard||Submission (heel hook)||Australian FC 2||September 3, 2011||2||1:26||Melbourne, Australia||Return to Middleweight. For the inaugural AFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||19–6||Denis Kang||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Battlefield Fight League 8||May 28, 2011||1||1:57||Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada|
|Win||18–6||Clay Davidson||Decision (unanimous)||Battlefield Fight League 7||March 26, 2011||3||5:00||Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada||Light Heavyweight debut.|
|Win||17–6||Dylan Andrews||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||Australian FC 1||November 12, 2010||1||2:33||Melbourne, Australia|
|Win||16–6||Tom Watson||Decision (unanimous)||MFC 26||September 10, 2010||3||5:00||Brandon, Manitoba, Canada|
|Win||15–6||Murilo Bustamante||TKO (retirement)||Impact FC 2||July 18, 2010||2||2:10||Sydney, Australia|
|Loss||14–6||Thales Leites||Submission (triangle choke)||MFC 25||May 7, 2010||1||2:27||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||14–5||Jason Day||Submission (rear-naked choke)||AMMA 2: Vengeance||February 5, 2010||1||1:14||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||13–5||Luke Rockhold||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Evangelista||November 6, 2009||1||3:42||Fresno, California, United States|
|Loss||13–4||Jay Hieron||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg||August 15, 2009||3||5:00||San Jose, California, United States||Welterweight bout.|
|Win||13–3||Yoon Dong-Sik||TKO (ankle injury)||DREAM 10||July 20, 2009||1||1:02||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||12–3||Rubén Barboza||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Total Combat 33||July 11, 2009||1||3:13||Mexico City, Mexico||Won the Total Combat Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||11–3||Eric Davila||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Shark Fights 4||May 2, 2009||1||2:29||Lubbock, Texas, United States|
|Win||10–3||Chris Camozzi||Decision (unanimous)||King of Champions 3||March 28, 2009||3||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States||Return to Middleweight. Won the King of Champions Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||9–3||Gert Kocani||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Xtreme Cagefighting Federation 1||February 14, 2009||2||4:45||Daytona Beach, Florida, United States|
|Win||8–3||Rico Altamirano||Submission (rear-naked choke)||The Warriors Cage 1||January 15, 2009||2||2:00||Porterville, California, United States|
|Win||7–3||Drew Fickett||TKO (punches and elbows)||Total Combat 32||October 2, 2008||1||1:42||El Cajon, California, United States||Welterweight debut.|
|Loss||6–3||C.B. Dollaway||Submission (Peruvian necktie)||UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin||July 19, 2008||1||3:58||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||6–2||Jorge Ramirez||TKO (punches)||MMA Xtreme 15||November 16, 2007||1||0:42||Mexico City, Mexico|
|Win||5–2||Matt Major||Decision (unanimous)||Melee on the Mountain||November 6, 2007||3||5:00||Friant, California, United States|
|Loss||4–2||Kenny Ento||Submission (triangle choke)||PRIMAL MMA||August 11, 2007||1||0:37||Tijuana, Mexico|
|Win||4–1||Jorge Ortiz||TKO (punches)||Total Combat 21||July 8, 2007||2||1:49||San Diego, California, United States|
|Loss||3–1||Jesse Forbes||Submission (armbar)||Tuff-N-Uff 2||April 14, 2007||1||1:21||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||3–0||Noel Rodriguez||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MMA Xtreme 9||March 3, 2007||2||1:03||Tijuana, Mexico|
|Win||2–0||Chris Chiasson||TKO (punches)||No Limits MMA||November 4, 2006||2||1:28||San Clemente, California, United States|
|Win||1–0||Robert Sarkozi||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Rapid Fire||August 4, 2006||2||5:00||San Jacinto, California, United States|
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|7 matches||7 wins||0 losses|
|Win||7–0||James Krause||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||The Ultimate Fighter 25||July 5, 2017 (airdate)||3||2:32||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Semi-finals.|
|Win||6–0||Hayder Hassan||Submission (rear-naked choke)||June 21, 2017 (airdate)||1||1:24||Quarter-finals.|
|Win||5–0||Mehdi Baghdad||Decision (unanimous)||May 3, 2017 (airdate)||2||5:00||Preliminary bout.|
|Win||4–0||Tim Credeur||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter 7||June 11, 2008 (airdate)||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Semi-finals.|
|Win||3–0||Dante Rivera||Decision (unanimous)||May 28, 2008 (airdate)||2||5:00||Quarter-finals.|
|Win||2–0||Mike Dolce||Submission (rear-naked choke)||April 16, 2008 (airdate)||2||1:47||Preliminary bout.|
|Win||1–0||Nick Rossborough||Submission (rear-naked choke)||April 9, 2008 (airdate)||1||1:50||Elimination bout.|
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