The UFC has quickly put together a good card to compete with Affliction. All last week it was rumored that Jesse Taylor would be given another chance and would fight The Ultimate Fighter 7 runner-up C.B. Dolloway on this card. Even yours truly posted regarding this rumor (here). It looks like the fight will happen. We all remember Jesse Taylor as the one kicked off the Ultimate Fighter after he had earned a spot in the finale or as the pants peeing drunk. However, Jesse Taylor seems to have it together. He has quit drinking, and he has said and done all the right things. Jesse Taylor could have cried and made a big deal out of it, but he owned up to his actions, and I respect that. I still think removing him was the best way to handle what took place, but I am glad to see him get another chance. This from Dana White on Yahoo! Sports:
I’ve faced a lot of challenges since we’ve had the UFC, but I have a kid (Taylor) who pissed his pants on television and now I have to turn him into a star…. Without a doubt, the kid deserves another chance. He made himself look like a fool, and he’s aware of that, but everyone deserves another opportunity and we’re going to give it to him. He acted like a moron. He’s embarrassed by it, which he should be, but what he did doesn’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.”
Taylor will have his hands full against C.B. Dolloway. This will be a tough match, and is very important for both fighters. C.B. lost in the finale to Amir, and needs a win in the UFC. If Jesse gets on top he could just lay there and ground and pound C.B. Jesse is a big fella. This should be a interesting fight anyways and I hope it makes it on the televised portion.
Here is the card as we know it today:
Anderson Silva vs. James Irvin
Brandon Vera vs. Reese Andy
Hermes Franca vs. Frank Edgar
Cain Velasquez vs. Jake O’Brien
Jesse Taylor vs. C.B. Dolloway
Rory Markham vs. Brodie Farber
Anthony Johnson vs. Kevin Burns
Brad Blackburn vs. James Giboo
Nate Loughran vs. Johnny Rees
Shannon Gugherty vs. Dale Hartt
I imagine that the battle for the fifth spot on the televised card will fall between Burns vs. Johnson, Marham vs. Farber and Taylor vs. Dolloway. I would have to say the edge goes to Dolloway/taylor because of how familar many SPIKE viewers will be of the two fighters because of TUF. I’d also like to see the other two fights. Markham is aggresive, so if he finishes quickly he may get aired as is Anthony Johnson. I’d also like to see them pick up the Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough fight that got cancelled at the TUF 7 Finale due to Credeur’s adderall.
Filed under: Affliction, Affliction: Banned, Amir Sadollah, Anderson Silva, Anthony Johnson, Brad Blackburn, Brandon Vera, Brodie Farber, C.B. Dolloway, Cain Velasquez, Cale Yarbrough, Dana White, Frank Edgar, Hermes Franca, Jake O'Brien, James Giboo, James Irvin, Jesse Taylor, Johnny Rees, Kevin Burns, Nate Loughran, Reese Andy, Rory Markham, The Ultimate Fighter, Tim Credeur, TUF 7 Finale, TUF 7: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest, UFC Fight Night 14 | Tagged: Anderson Silva, Anthony Johnson, Brandon Vera, Brodie Farber, C.B. Dolloway, Cain Velasquez, Frank Edgar, Hermes Franca, Jake O'Brien, James Irvin, Jesse Taylor, Kevin Burns, Reese Andy, Rory Markham, TUF 7: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest, UFC Fight Night 14 | Leave a comment »