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Jesse Taylor
Born January 2, 1983 (1983-01-02) (age 27)
Poway, California
Other names JT Money
Nationality United States American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Division Middleweight,
Reach 73.5 in (187 cm)
Style Wrestling
Fighting out of Murrieta, California
Team Team Quest
Years active 2006-present
MMA record
Total 18
Wins 13
By knockout 4
By submission 5
By decision 3
Losses 5
By submission 4
Draws 0
Other information
University San Francisco State University,
Cal State Fullerton
Notable school(s) Poway High School
Official website
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jesse Marcus Taylor[1] (born January 2, 1983) is a American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 7, winning his entry, preliminary, quarterfinal and semi-final matches, and then became the only fighter to ever be removed from finals due to events that occurred after filming was completed (see Removal from the Finale below). Currently, Taylor is signed with Strikeforce and will share time with DREAM.


Early life

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 junior college. In junior college, Taylor became a two-time All-American, state runner-up in 2003, and 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 become 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.[2] 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

The Ultimate Fighter

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. Since Quinton Jackson got the first pick for fighters, Forrest Griffin got to choose the first preliminary fight. Griffin chose Taylor to take on Mike Dolce, with Taylor again winning by Rear Naked Choke, in the second round. Taylor's quarterfinal fight was against Dante Rivera, which he also won, this time by 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.

During the show, Taylor was shown drunk several times. On more than one occasion he's shown urinating on himself in front of other cast members.

Removal From Finale

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. Dana 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 fucking life together, fucking call me in a few months." Later, in the July fight promo footage for UFC: Silva vs. Irvin Dana 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.

Dana White, UFC president [3]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

At UFC: Silva vs. Irvin, Taylor lost his UFC debut against the TUF 7 Middleweight runner-up CB Dollaway by submission due to a Peruvian neck tie.

Release From UFC Contract

In 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. There are also rumors circling that some negative comments made about the UFC by Taylor - along with doubts by the UFC management if he was following through with his Alcoholics Anonymous meetings - contributed to him being let go by the organization. The negative comments involved Jesse Taylor accusing the UFC of using a double standard when it comes to fighters getting in to trouble - referring to the arrest of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.[4]

Independent promotions

In his first fight since his release from the UFC Taylor fought Drew Fickett at a catch weight of 175 pounds.[5] Taylor upset the more experienced Fickett, winning by TKO due to strikes in 1 minutes and 42 seconds.[6] 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.[7] Taylor fought on February 14, 2009 in Daytona Beach, Florida. He was set to go up against Esteban Ramos.[8] 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 belt in Colorado at K.O.C. held by Camozzi.[9][10] 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.[11]


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.[12][13] Taylor won after Yoon injured his ankle and was not able to continue.[14]


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 with by Taylor, who moved down to welterweight, and the fight was changed to a non-title bout.[15] Taylor lost the match via unanimous decision.

Taylor had his second fight for the Strikeforce promotion on November 6th, 2009 on the main card of the ShoMMA 4 event. He lost to Luke Rockhold (5-1) in a middleweight contest.[16][17]

Personal life

Jesse Taylor has two sons, Alexander 5, and a new born Nikolaus.[18]

Mixed Martial Arts Record

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
Canada Jason Day Aggression MMA: Vengeance 02010-02-05 February 5, 2010 Canada Alberta
Loss United States Luke Rockhold Submission (Rear Naked Choke) ShoMMA 4: Gurgel vs. Evangelista 02009-11-06 November 6, 2009 1 3:42 United States California
Loss United States Jay Hieron Decision (Unanimous) Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg 02009-08-15 August 15, 2009 3 5:00 United States California
Win South Korea TaylorDong Sik Yoon TKO (Ankle Injury) DREAM.10 02009-07-20 July 20, 2009 1 1:02 Japan Saitama
Win Argentina TaylorRubén Barboza Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Total Combat 33: Bad Intentions 02009-07-11 July 11, 2009 1 3:13 Mexico Mexico City
Winx United States TaylorEric DaVila Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Shark Fights 4 02009-05-02 May 2, 2009 1 2:29 United States Texas
Winx United States TaylorChris Camozzi Decision (Unanimous) KOC: Shockwave 2009 02009-03-28 March 28, 2009 3 5:00 United States Colorado
Winx United States TaylorGert Kocani Submission (Rear Naked Choke) XCF: Rumble In Racetown 02009-02-14 February 14, 2009 2 4:45 United States Florida
Winx United States TaylorRico Altamirano Submission (Rear Naked Choke) The Warriors Cage 1 02009-01-15 January 15, 2009 2 2:00 United States California
Winx United States TaylorDrew Fickett TKO (Strikes) Total Combat 32: Fickett vs. Taylor 02008-10-02 October 2, 2008 1 1:42 United States California
Lossx United States TaylorC.B. Dollaway Submission (Peruvian necktie) UFC: Silva vs. Irvin 02008-07-19 July 19, 2008 1 3:58 United States Nevada
Winx Mexico TaylorJorge Ramirez TKO (Strikes) MMA Xtreme 15 02007-11-16 November 16, 2007 1 0:42 Mexico Mexico City
Winx United States TaylorMatt Major Decision (Unanimous) Melee on the Mountain 02007-11-06 November 6, 2007 3 5:00 United States California
Lossx United States TaylorKenny Ento Submission (Triangle Choke) PRIMAL MMA: The Next Level 02007-08-11 August 11, 2007 1 0:37 Mexico Tijuana
Winx Mexico TaylorJorge Ortiz TKO (Punches) Total Combat 21 02007-07-08 July 8, 2007 2 1:49 United States California
Lossx United States TaylorJesse Forbes Submission (Armbar) Tuff-N-Uff 2 02007-04-14 April 14, 2007 1 1:21 United States Nevada
Winx Mexico TaylorNoel Rodriguez Submission (Rear Naked Choke) MMA Xtreme 9 02007-03-03 March 3, 2007 2 1:03 Mexico Tijuana
Winx United States TaylorChris Chiasson TKO No Limits: Annihilation 02006-11-04 November 4, 2006 2 1:28 United States California
Winx Hungary TaylorRobert Sarkozi Decision KOTC: Rapid Fire 02006-08-04 August 4, 2006 2 5:00 United States California


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