After one of the most controversial ousters in the history of â€œThe Ultimate Fighterâ€, Jesse Taylor will make his return to the Octagon as he squares off against fellow castmember and “The Ultimate Fighter 7” runner-up C.B. Dollaway in the first televised bout at UFC FIGHT NIGHT 14 in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 19 (9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT).
Training out of Temecula, CA with Team Quest, Taylor was a juggernaut during his time on â€œThe Ultimate Fighter 7â€, rolling through Nick Rossborough in his preliminary elimination fight via rearnaked choke, defeating Mike Dolce in the same manner, and utilizing his dominant ground and pound technique in winning both his quarterfinal bout with Dante Rivera and semifinal bout against Tim Credeur via decisions. However, Taylor was kicked out of the showâ€™s finale after violating UFC conduct policy after the show finished filming. Taylor has since proven that he is mentally ready for the responsibility of representing the UFC both inside and outside of the Octagon, and a second chance has been granted with a matchup against C.B. Dollaway.
A 24 year old hailing from Mount Gilhead, OH who went on to a tremendous college wrestling career at Arizona State University, Dollaway is looking to bounce back from his disappointing rematch loss to Amir Sadollah at â€œThe Ultimate Fighter 7 Finaleâ€ last month. Leading up to that fight, his pedigree, and dominant showing in his elimination match to get into the house, led to his being selected number one overall to Team Rampage. From there, Dollaway defeated Team Forrestâ€™s Nick Klein via guillotine choke in his preliminary bout and handled Cale Yarbrough in his quarterfinal bout to reach the semifinals against the aforementioned Sadollah. Though he dropped that matchup via submission due to armbar, he was given a second chance after Taylorâ€™s dismissal, and defeated Tim Credeur via decision to earn his rematch with Sadollah. Though he came up short in his chance at becoming â€œThe Ultimate Fighterâ€, Dollaway is a promising talent and will provide an extremely stiff test in welcoming Taylor back to the Octagon.