Jesse Taylor

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Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor.jpg
Taylor in 2009
Born Jesse Marcus Taylor
(1983-01-02) January 2, 1983 (age 33)
Poway, California, United States
Other names JT Money
Residence San Diego, California, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Division Middleweight (2006–present)
Welterweight (2008–present)
Light Heavyweight (2011)
Reach 73.5 in (187 cm)
Style Wrestling, Greco-Roman Wrestling
Stance Southpaw
Fighting out of Murrieta, California, United States
Team Team Quest
Rank NCAA Division I Wrestling
Years active 2006–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 41
Wins 29
By knockout 5
By submission 16
By decision 8
Losses 12
By submission 11
By decision 1
University San Francisco State University,
Cal State Fullerton
Notable school(s) Poway High School
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jesse Marcus Taylor[1] (born January 2, 1983) is an 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 infamous for being the only fighter to ever be removed from finals due to events that occurred after filming was completed (see Removal from the Finale below). Taylor has fought for top promotions such as: Ultimate Fighting Championship, Strikeforce, DREAM, Maximum Fighting Championship, Impact FC and Cage Warriors Fighting Championship.

Early life[edit]

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 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[edit]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

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 Finale[edit]

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.[3] 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.

— Dana White, UFC president[4]

UFC career[edit]

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.

Post UFC[edit]

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 King of Champions belt 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 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 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.[16][17]

Maximum Fighting Championship[edit]

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.

His second fight for MFC took place on the main card of the MFC 26 card against Tom Watson. Taylor won via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26).

Independent promotions[edit]

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.[18] Taylor won by submission in the first round, getting Kang in a rear naked choke.

Taylor fought Bellator Middleweight champion Hector Lombard on September 3, 2011, in the main event at the Australian Fighting Championships.[19]

Taylor replaced an injured Paulo Filho at KSW XVII and faced Mamed Khalidov. He lost the fight via kneebar submission early in the first round.

Cage Warriors[edit]

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.

On December 31, 2012, Jesse Taylor defeated former champion Chris Fields in Fields's hometown of Dublin, Ireland at Cage Warriors 51 to win the CWFC middleweight 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 Warriros 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 Fighting[edit]

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.[20] 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.

In the middleweight tournament final, Taylor faced David Branch at World Series of Fighting 10 on June 21, 2014. He lost the fight via D'arce choke submission in the first round.


Taylor fought in the BattleGrounds MMA in a Single Night 8-Man Tournament on October 3, 2014.[21] He lost his quarterfinal fight against Trey Houston via submission in the first round.

Arena Tour 6[edit]

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.

League S-70[edit]

Taylor fought Michail Tsarev on August 29, 2015 at League S-70: Russia vs. World.[22] He won the fight via Submission (guillotine choke).[23]

Personal life[edit]

Jesse Taylor has two sons, Alexander, and Nikolaus. Before becoming a professional fighter, Taylor worked various jobs, including construction and personal training.[24]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • 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)

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 29–13 Borys Mańkowski Submission (guillotine choke) KSW 32: Road to Wembley October 31, 2015 1 1:54 London, United Kingdom
Win 29–12 Michail Tsarev Submission (guillotine choke) League S-70: Russia vs. World August 29, 2015 1 0:40 Sochi, Krasnodar krai, Russia He is the only winner of the World Team.
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
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 Tournament Quarterfinal. Fought at Welterweight.
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 Semi-final.
Win 26–9 John Phillips Submission (guillotine choke) Cage Warriors 54 May 4, 2013 1 2:43 Cardiff, Wales Defended 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 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 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, Western Australia Won 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, Baja California
Loss 20–9 Gaël Grimaud Submission (armbar) Cage Warriors Fight Night 6 May 24, 2012 3 0:55 Isa Town, Bahrain For CWFC Welterweight Championship.
Loss 20–8 Mamed Khalidov Submission (kneebar) KSW 17: Revenge November 26, 2011 1 1:42 Lódz, Poland
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 For Inaugural AFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 19–6 Denis Kang Submission (rear-naked choke) Battlefield Fight League 8 May 28, 2011 1 1:57 British Columbia, Canada
Win 18–6 Clay Davidson Decision (unanimous) Battlefield Fight League 7 March 26, 2011 3 5:00 British Columbia, Canada Fought at Light Heavyweight.
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 Alberta, Canada
Win 15–6 Murilo Bustamante TKO (injury) 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 Alberta, Canada
Win 14–5 Jason Day Submission (rear-naked choke) AMMA 2: Vengeance February 5, 2010 1 1:14 Alberta, Canada
Loss 13–5 Luke Rockhold Submission (rear-naked choke) Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Evangelista November 6, 2009 1 3:42 California, United States Return to Middleweight.
Loss 13–4 Jay Hieron Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg August 15, 2009 3 5:00 California, United States Fought at Welterweight.
Win 13–3 Yoon Dong-Sik TKO (ankle injury) Dream 10 July 20, 2009 1 1:02 Saitama, Saitama, Japan
Win 12–3 Rubén Barboza Submission (rear-naked choke) Total Combat 33 July 11, 2009 1 3:13 Mexico City Won Total Combat Middleweight Championship.
Win 11–3 Eric Davila Submission (rear-naked choke) Shark Fights 4 May 2, 2009 1 2:29 Texas, United States
Win 10–3 Chris Camozzi Decision (unanimous) King of Champions 3 March 28, 2009 3 5:00 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 Florida, United States
Win 8–3 Rico Altamirano Submission (rear-naked choke) The Warriors Cage 1 January 15, 2009 2 2:00 California, United States
Win 7–3 Drew Fickett TKO (punches & elbows) Total Combat 32 October 2, 2008 1 1:42 California, United States Welterweight debut.
Loss 6–3 CB Dollaway Submission (Peruvian necktie) UFC Fight Night 14 July 19, 2008 1 3:58 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 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 California, United States
Loss 3–1 Jesse Forbes Submission (armbar) Tuff-N-Uff 2 April 14, 2007 1 1:21 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 California, United States
Win 1–0 Robert Sarkozi Decision (unanimous) KOTC: Rapid Fire August 4, 2006 2 5:00 California, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 4–0 Tim Credeur Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 7 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Semi-finals.
Win 3–0 Dante Rivera Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 7 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Quarter-finals.
Win 2–0 Mike Dolce Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter 7 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Preliminary bout.
Win 1–0 Nick Rossborough Submission (rear-naked choke) The Ultimate Fighter 7 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Elimination bout.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mixed Martial Arts Show Results" (PDF). Nevada Athletic Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 21, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Staff". Team Quest. Archived from the original on May 14, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ Lombard, John (June 19, 2008). "TUF finale - Jesse Taylor's Meltdown, Tim and CB's second chance". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White (Producers) & Anthony Giordano (Director). UFC: Silva vs Irving [Spike TV broadcast]. Zuffa, LLC
  5. ^ "Taylor and Fickett Weigh-In". Sherdog. October 2, 2008. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Jesse Taylor upsets Drew Fickett at Total Combat 32". October 3, 2008. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Victorious Jesse Taylor wants another shot in the UFC". Around the Octagon. January 16, 2009. Archived from the original on January 26, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Despite announcement, Frank Trigg hasn't signed for Feb. 14 XCF headliner". January 19, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  9. ^ "KOC: Shockwave: Results". Archived from the original on April 2, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Jesse Taylor wins King of Champions Middleweight Title". Around the Octagon. March 29, 2009. Archived from the original on April 4, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Jesse Taylor, War Machine, and Jeff Monson keep winning streaks alive in Mexico". Around the Octagon. July 12, 2009. Archived from the original on July 17, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Jesse Taylor fighting at DREAM this weekend". Around the Octagon. July 15, 2009. Archived from the original on December 18, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Jesse "JT Money" Taylor announces DREAM.10 bout with Dong Sik Yoon on July 20". July 16, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  14. ^ "DREAM.10 live updates and official results". July 20, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  15. ^ Morgan, John (August 10, 2009). "Former 'TUF 7' contestant Jesse Taylor steps in for Nick Diaz at 'Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg'". Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Jesse Taylor plans Nov. 6 return on main card of "Strikeforce Challengers" event". September 29, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Luke Rockhold: I'm fighting Jesse Taylor at 'Strikeforce Challengers' on Nov. 6". October 1, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Kang to face Taylor at Battlefield 8 'Island Beatdown'". Battlefield Fight League. April 10, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  19. ^ Marrocco, Steven (June 24, 2011). "Hector Lombard vs. Jesse Taylor targeted for August AFC event in Australia". Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  20. ^ Chiappetta, Mike (July 18, 2013). "World Series of Fighting 5 to host opening round of middleweight tournament". Retrieved December 21, 2015. 
  21. ^ "Cody McKenzie, Dennis Hallman, Luigi Fioravanti join single-night tourney". May 3, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Russian super star vs. world". August 20, 2015. 
  23. ^ "League S-70: Russia vs. World results". August 29, 2015. 
  24. ^ Taylor, Jesse (April 11, 2009). "Blue Skies, Blizzards and Blood". Archived from the original on May 24, 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2015. 

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