Continuing Brian’s series of interviews from the Shark Fights show in Texas, here’s a few questions with former Ultimate Fighter house member Jesse Taylor.
Brian: We are all familiar with what went down in the TUF 7 house in regard to you being taken off the show. Tell us something positive about the experience and how it benefited you as both a fighter and a person.
Jesse: I got to fight four times and had four wins in six weeks on the show. That was huge. Also, they obviously had great coaching which I really benefited from. I just become a better fighter overall and got to improve on all aspects of my MMA game.
As far as the trouble I got into, I just have taken it as a life lesson. Life is about what you learn from your mistakes and how you apply that in terms of growing as a person. Everything happens for a reason and so right now I am just working on getting my fight career back on track that it was headed down. I am willing to do what I have to get back to the big show.
Brian: Tell us about your win over Drew Fickett. He has been in MMA for awhile and is considered a great submission specialist. That had to be a big win for you.
Jesse: Yeah it was definitely a big win for me. To be honest, I beat him so fast; I don’t think that was the same Drew Fickett people are used to seeing. That being said even in his prime, I think I would have beaten him with. Everything came together for me in that fight. I think that win got really steered me in the right direction, got me back on the track I want, and now I am here fighting for Shark Fights.
Brian: At UFN 14 “Silva vs. Irvin” you fought C.B. Dalloway in your UFC debut and came out on the losing end. If you were to come back to the UFC, would you like a rematch with C.B. and what about a fight with TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah?
Jesse: I would love to avenge my loss to Dalloway at 185 pounds. Amir has dropped to 170 and I would be more than happy to fight him there. I am able to go back and forth between both weight classes while maintaining my fight standards.
I think the fans of TUF 7 would love to see the three of us settle who the best fighter from the show is, post show. Style wise, I match up very well against Amir and if I had made it into the finals, I would have beaten him.
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