TUF alum Taylor replaces Nick Diaz

Ultimate Fighter alum Jesse Taylor has been tapped to replace Nick Diaz against Jay Hieron on this weekend’s “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” card.

Diaz failed to comply with a scheduled drug test on two occasions and will not be licensed to fight in California in time for the bout.

Taylor, 26, became entrenched in mixed martial arts lore when he was thrown out of the seventh season of the hit reality television show after reaching the finals. Since a loss to C.B. Dolloway in July of 2008, Taylor has rattled off a 7-0 record.

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