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Jess Liaudin/Paul Taylor Added to UFC 85

(Jess Liaudin and his sweet trophy.)

Frenchie Jess “The Joker” Liaudin has said he’ll next battle Englishman Paul Taylor at UFC 85 in a welterweight match. From Liaudin’s myspace blog:

“On the 7th of June i will be doing my 4th fight in the UFC and will be fighting against Paul Taylor at UFC 85. I fought Paul about 6 years ago and lost a controversial decision (the fight is available on youtube) so it s a rematch. Paul is a well rounded fighter with good cardio, strength and a big heart. This fight is very important for me as my actual record in the UFC is 2-1 so another loss may mean that i can get booted out.”

Yes, Taylor has actually beaten the Joker once already at Cage Rage 2, but it was five years ago instead of six. This will also be Taylor’s fourth UFC fight, although he’s 1-2 in those bouts, last going down to Paul Kelly at UFC 80 via decision. Liaudin also lost at the January event – getting KO’d by Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis, who had just beaten Paul Taylor at UFC 75. Just try and keep up ’cause we’re not going to explain all this again.

Liaudin’s overall record stands at 12-9 and Taylor’s is 8-3-1. UFC 85 is scheduled for June 7th in London. Aside from the crappy headlining fight between Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans, here’s a look at the “unofficial” officially rumored card as it currently stands:

Brandon Vera vs. Fabricio Werdum
Mike Swick vs. Marcus Davis
Martin Kampmann vs. Jorge Rivera
Nate Marquardt vs. Thales Leites
Roan Carneiro vs. Ryo Chonan
Thiago Tavares vs. Matt Wiman
– Jess Liaudin vs. Paul Taylor

(Props to MMAMania)

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