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Steve Cofield has a new blog post on Yahoo! Sports that indicates that middleweight Jesse Taylor could once again be in hot water with the UFC.
Cofield spoke with Taylor on his ESPN Radio show in Las Vegas this week and asked him to share his thoughts about the recent arrest of UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. During the most recent season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Jackson was critical of Taylor’s conduct, which got him kicked off the show and cost him a spot in the TUF 7 middleweight final.
“What goes around, comes around, I guess,” an unsympathetic Taylor was quoted as saying to Cofield in regards to Jackson. In Taylor’s defense, he issued his comment before it was learned that Jackson’s behavior could potentially be attributed to mental health issues. He also backed off his initial comments after Yahoo! caught up with him for a followup.
“I feel bad for the guy,” Taylor is quoted. “Being on top of the fighting world and then not being there is going to destroy you. I think it was tough to handle for the guy. I wish he gets better, I didn’t know he was in this situation. He’s in a lot worse situation than I was in.”
But the apologetic comments may have come too late. According to Cofield, an unnamed UFC official revealed to him that they were none too pleased with Taylor speaking out against Jackson earlier in the week. Cofield also indicates in his report that Taylor’s stock within the promotion might also be hurt by the fact that there are rumors he may not have cleaned up his act to the extent he’s portrayed in interviews.
To make matters worse, Taylor lost to C.B. Dollaway during this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 14 fight card when he submitted to a Peruvian neck tie at 3:58 of round 1.
While nothing is official, Cofield gives strong indications in his article that it could be quite some time before we see Taylor in the UFC again.