Jesse Taylor, who was ousted from The Ultimate Fighter 7 finals following an alcohol-fueled Las Vegas rampage, will make his UFC debut against TUF 7 finalist CB Dollaway at UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19th in Las Vegas.
MMAJunkie.com confirmed the rumored matchup yesterday.
Taylor (6-2) won his way into the finals of the reality series with wins over Nick Rossborough, Mike Dolce, Dante Rivera, and Tim Credeur but was removed from the competition by UFC President Dana White after he kicked out the window of a limousine, frightened several women, and failed to cooperate with security at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino, which is owned by UFC owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta.
Dollaway (6-1), an All-American wrestler at Arizona State University, posted victories over David Baggett, Nick Klein, and Cale Yarbrough to advance to The Ultimate Fighter 7 semifinals where he was defeated by Amir Sadollah via third-round armbar. Following Taylor’s removal from the finals, Dollaway defeated Tim Credeur in a second-chance semifinal to earn a rematch with Sadollah in the finals. In the final bout at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale on June 21st, Sadollah again submitted Dollaway via first-round armbar to win the middleweight tournament.
â€œWithout a doubt, the kid (Taylor) deserves another chance,â€ White recently told Yahoo! Sports, adding that Taylor has enrolled in Alcoholics Anonymous. â€œHe made himself look like a fool, and heâ€™s aware of that, but everyone deserves another opportunity and weâ€™re going to give it to him. He acted like a moron. Heâ€™s embarrassed by it, which he should be, but what he did doesnâ€™t amount to enough to ban him forever. Come on. He was just young and stupid, but at least he seems to have learned from what he did.â€
Anderson Silva will make his light heavyweight debut in the UFC Fight Night 14 main event against James Irvin. Brandon Vera vs. Reese Andy, Hermes Franca vs. Frank Edgar, and Anthony Johnson vs. Kevin Burns are also slated for the main card of the Spike TV event.
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