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Dana White Makes The Case For Jesse Taylor

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The UFC’s decision to include the newly-mature Jesse Taylor on their July 19 Fight Night has taken some heat lately. That’s because taking the moral high ground only works if you stick to it even when you desperately need to throw together a show designed to screw with your competitors. But Dana White is doing his best to make the decision to bring Taylor back into the UFC sound like a reasonable one. He’s also trying to battle the perception that the UFC encouraged the fighters to destroy the house and generally act the fool for the cameras.

That’s a lot to accomplish, but some well-placed expletives should do it. Check out what White had to say to Yahoo’s Kevin Iole:

“Whoever told you we encouraged them to tear up the house is (an expletive) liar,” White said. “Nobody ever told them what to do on the show. 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.”

Wait a minute, why does Dana White “have to” turn Jesse Taylor into a star? Did he make a promise to his mother? I have a hard time believing that the future of the UFC rests on Taylor, whose fights on the show were only slightly more interesting than watching NCAA wrestling on ESPN 2. Let’s be honest, Dana White is choosing to try and turn Taylor into a star (very briefly) in order to capitalize on the name recognition and controversy that he thinks might detract attention from Affliction.

As for the issue of property destruction on “The Ultimate Fighter”, White told Iole that season eight cast members were informed that they’d have to pay for any damage they caused. The fact that this is a new development in the series after seven seasons is, to say the least, telling.

White also said that the staircase redecorating that the fighters undertook cost nearly $70,000 to repair. That’s one problem they don’t have on “America’s Next Top Model”. Eating disorders, though, they’ve got all you want in that department.


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GearHead- July 4, 2008 at 12:24 am
BIG CHRIS- July 4, 2008 at 12:03 am
Uh GearHead it is free on Spike...maybe you should read the post before you comment on it...and yeah he will piss his pants....
GearHead- July 4, 2008 at 12:01 am see if Jesse Taylor will urinate on PPV on the 19th.
GearHead- July 3, 2008 at 11:57 pm
Maybe I WILL watch the fight on the 5th, just to see if Jesse Taylor will urinate once again on PPV. Wonder what the BetUS odds are on that...
Crippler40- July 3, 2008 at 7:50 pm
BOO Dana White!!! Jesse does not deserve to fight in the UFC. You threw him out because he dishonoured you and the UFC by his actions (on and off the show). It lowers the organization to allow him back in he should not be allowed to fight. I find it hard to believe that Jesse "The Shit Head" Taylor is the dude to save UFC from affliction.
Participant- July 3, 2008 at 9:43 am
Ya, no reason to bring this guy back. Especially this soon. The only reason for his quick turn around from immaturity and "not being UFC material" is the Affliction fight. No wonder, Affliction's card is unreal! I'll get the PPV to see Fedor, Barnett, Aleksander et al.

Give it up Dana, why not focus on the true winner Amir? He's a fighter and very talented. Even though you wanted CB to be your boy with that DSL (the upper one). Hah!
Dana White needs HairClub4Men- July 2, 2008 at 12:54 pm
I'll say it again;

I control our UFC footage and don’t release clips because I’m completely jewish. Inside MMA and other media outlets have to suffer because I have hair envy. I wish I could wear a yammika kind of like a comb over, but it would slide right off my shiny bald bean. Even though I never train in MMA, I say I do so I can look like a bald douche bag. I couldn’t even buy the UFC myself and had to borrow from my jewish friends, which was nearly impossible. So I just run something that was bought for me, and it shows. I have no formal business training or experience.

Fag ass Dana White
Mandinga2468- July 2, 2008 at 11:44 am
Figures, yea Jesse was stripped of the opportunity to compete in the final of the Ultimate fighter, but what really cooks my goose is he is still given a second chance. This should not be the case. What is to say he is going to change just because Dana brought him back and gave him that second chance. If he's an idiot now he'll continue being an idiot. This will definitely bring a bad testimony to a rising sport. Too bad this is not our decision to make. I am pretty sure with reading the previous comments the viewers would vote "NO" to Jesse Taylor.
syntheticop- July 2, 2008 at 9:11 am
Jesse Taylor! What a no good useless dumbass. He had his chance at the big time and acted like an utter and complete idiot. MMA has enough black eyes. He should never ever have another chance at what a mature fighter or human being (for that matter) has worked so hard for. I agree with almost everything Dana White says or does, but this is absolutely ludicris on his part. Piss on Taylor, I hope he gets the living dumbass beat out of him!!!!!
Average MMA Fans Are Dumb- July 2, 2008 at 6:30 am
There is really only one gripe i have with this whole article; Comparing Taylors matches to only slightly better than NCAA wrestling is a fcuking joke. Taylor couldn't even hold a candle to the wrestling that goes on in that tournament let alone the finals that they show on ESPN. Any one of those wrestlers from the smallest to the largest weight classes could tool Taylor in a wrestling or an MMA match just on wrestling alone. Thats all Taylor does, he out (terrible) wrestles people and hits them on the ground. He's a throwback to Mark Kerr with half the wrestling skill. ANY mid level D1 wrestler could completely negate him and make him look like a school girl. So before you say NCAA wrestling is less interesting than his fights get to know the intricacies of the martial art that is wrestling and the subtleties that determine national placers from the rest of the pack. Especially since one of the most dominant forces in the mixed martial arts game since UFC 10 has been Wrestling.

p.s. I should be a writer for cage potato... I did go to school for English for no reason other than to wrestle and bang chicks by using my Shakespeare quotes.
GearHead- July 2, 2008 at 1:23 am
Courting the likes of Taylor and others who cannot conduct themselves in a appropriate manner is a kick to the nutsack of fighters who do. I don't see Jesse bringing anything positive to this sport, so thanks a lot, Dana.
Big Shafty- July 1, 2008 at 11:05 pm
They should have to pay for damaging the house now that the fighters are getting money just by winning on the show. They don't just get money for stoppages anymore.
DANA IS MY BITCH!- July 1, 2008 at 10:40 pm
Dana white is a complete idiot!
GhoulFunk- July 1, 2008 at 8:30 pm
I think it's a mistake on Dana's part to bring this kid back after the speech he gave him. He almost had me believe that he was a responsible and serious fight promoter. Turns out "NOT"
Take the high road Mr. White, show some conviction and don't let this dangerous drunk bumb into the Greatest MMA leauge ever.
CityBoxingSanDiego- July 1, 2008 at 7:28 pm
I can't believe this immature, boring, lay and pray artist is being given a second chance let alone being given co-main event status. This is absolutely bogus. Two fighters ( CB and Jesse) that are so sprung on themselves and their boring ass wrestling that they refuse to learn BJJ and how to work from other positions.
Blackleg- July 1, 2008 at 5:41 pm
pdflorida: Yeah that, or the guys could use some common-fucking-sense and not smash shit that doesn't belong to them.
The Icing on the Ice Cream- July 1, 2008 at 5:10 pm
I am sorry but both of these guys have no star power and no fighting skills, I would rather watch Fedor destroy Tim Sylvia any day....
rust- July 1, 2008 at 4:18 pm
that guy is a piece of garbage
Kim Couture is a cunt- July 1, 2008 at 3:48 pm
Fuck that big dumb ape, he's an idiot and I hope someone slaughters him on July 19th. He doesn't deserve to be in the UFC.
pdflorida- July 1, 2008 at 3:45 pm
That's great, now fighters on the show can actually owe the UFC money when the show ends! Dana White's next big announcement, "the UFC has just started our New Indentured Servant Program."
Bdizzle- July 1, 2008 at 3:07 pm
I like the original caption that was used a few weeks ago for this picture.

Oh Bicep, your the only one I can truely count on.