Kevin Iole tracked down Dana White and got him to confirm the rampant rumors that Jesse ‘Pee Pants’ Taylor was already returning to the UFC. Bad news: yeah, it’s true. He’ll be fighting on the July 19th UFC Fight Night card. Good news: Taylor will be fighting CB Dollaway. Why is that good news? Because at least one of them HAS to lose. Here’s Dana’s comments on the situation:
“A lot of guys, they get off the show and they’re embarrassed by what they’ve done. And think about this: 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.”
White said Taylor enrolled in Alcoholics Anonymous and worked hard to rebuild his reputation.
“Without a doubt, the kid deserves another chance,” White said. “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.”
My issue is that there are a lot of other young and stupid guys who’s problems were a lot less severe than Jesse Taylor’s who never got a second chance. And Taylor STILL IS young and stupid. Personally, the whole think reeks of the UFC trying to squeeze as much milage out of a worthless season of TUF as they can. Otherwise, you’d think that they’d have given Taylor the time to actually deal with his demons before throwing him back in the meat grinder.