(You call that dancing? That ain’t dancing. From Combat Lifestyle‘s post-fight coverage.)
Some people never learn. Some people also pee their pants on purpose. Often, these are the same people. According to Steve Cofield, Jesse Taylor may have screwed up his second chance in the UFC. No, not just because he lost to CB Dollaway on Saturday night (though that probably didn’t help).
Taylor spoke with the media last Thursday and had some choice words for Quinton Jackson and his psychotic episode last week, “What goes around, comes around, I guess.” Taylor wasn’t happy with the fact that Jackson told UFC President Dana White that he didn’t want someone like Taylor representing the company.
Apparently, Taylor said these things before finding out that “Rampage” was being held for mental evaluation, and he later backtracked and said he “felt bad for the guy”. It may be too little, too late. Word has it that the UFC is pissed, and not just about his negative comments toward “Rampage”:
Those comments filtered back to UFC management and it was clear that they weren’t happy with Taylor as a high ranking official spoke with Yahoo! Sports during The Ultimate Fight Night 14 card at the Palms.
Adding to Taylor’s problem are the rumors swirling that he didn’t exactly clean up his conduct during his 4+ month hiatus.
Now things are getting interesting. Funny how there were no reports of such “rumors” back when the UFC was still trying to sell Taylor’s story of redemption and lessons dearly learned. Then he loses in his first fight back, makes a remark about “Rampage”, and now it’s a different tale altogether. Perhaps they think Taylor has served his purpose and this is an opportunity to make an example of him…again.
Last time the message was: don’t act up and bring negative attention to the UFC. This time it’s more: don’t run your mouth off about our stars, especially when they’re in trouble, and especially when you aren’t one.