MMA Junkie was able to catch up with Jesse Taylor after his release from the UFC today and get some comments from him in regards to the release:
“It’s definitely frustrating,” Taylor today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) about the release. “I was upset, of course. But I’m going to keep on fighting. It could be a blessing in disguise with the other organizations out there.”
“It’s like a three-year deal with the [‘The Ultimate Fighter’] and all,” Taylor said. “I think they can release you whenever they want. So yeah, they kind of let me go.”
Taylor also commented on speculation that he was cut due to insensitive comments he made about Quinton “Rampage” Jackson following Jackson’s arrest:
“I thought the whole thing was blown out of proportion,” Taylor said. “I just said, ‘What goes around comes around,’ kind of meaning about the double standards. Not meaning anything bad. I guess they kind of took it the wrong way, but I didn’t mean anything bad by it.”
“I actually really don’t know. If it is, I think it’s kind of funny because I definitely didn’t make those comments to piss anybody off.”
Just like you didn’t mean anything by kicking a window out of a limo and harassing women inside of Stations Casino after you had the world in the palm of your hand with a possible UFC contract on the line? Taylor is a good fighter with a solid future, but his head is still not on straight. The UFC granted him an opportunity to come back and he made insensitive comments about a very touchy subject with Rampage and he also lost to C.B. Dollaway at UFN 14. Would we be talking about Jesse Taylor if he’d have kept his mouth shut and just lost to Dollaway a couple weeks ago? I doubt it. The loss alone, I don’t believe, would have kicked him out of the UFC. The comments towards one of the UFC’s biggest stars combined with the loss? I think that’s what did the guy in.
I have no doubt that someone like EliteXC will pick Taylor up and insert him into their middleweight division. They picked up Paul Bradley from the show and I think it’s likely that we’ll see Taylor there as well. Taylor may not think so, but getting cut from the UFC is a big deal in MMA. In case he missed the memo, they’re the biggest show in town. You don’t want to burn bridges with the UFC because that’s where the money’s at and that’s where the exposure is in MMA right now. Here’s to hoping that Taylor get his act together.