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Via Fightlinker: Beleaguered ref Dan Miragliotta mistakes Jess Liaudin for Paul Taylor at the end of their UFC 85 undercard fight. Poor guy really picked the wrong month to quit sniffing glue…


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)


Jess Liaudin Has Some Issues to Work Out


Based on a new article published in The Canadian Press, UFC welterweight Jess Liaudin deserves a spot next to Jens Pulver in the Awful Childhood Hall-of-Fame. As the French-bred Londoner explains:

“My dad used to be quite physical. He punched me the first time, I was nine months. My grandfather came with a shotgun, put it to his head and said ‘If you ever do that again, I will kill you.’ So he didn’t do it ever again — in front of my grandfather. But he was doing it quite regularly at home.”

Wait, it gets worse:

Liaudin and his mother left the family home when he was 14 and lived with fellow homeless people in a church, eating food left over from markets.

“It was a very tough time,” he recalled. “We lived like that for six months, like bums.”

They graduated to an apartment in the roughest part of Bourges in central France. Surrounded by impoverished immigrants, Liaudin says he was “the white boy in the neighbourhood everyone wanted to beat up.”

“I was fighting every day. When my mom sent me to the grocery store to buy bread, I knew I would have to fight. It was pretty rough.”

And you know what? Things didn’t improve that much when he became a pro fighter.