“The Ultimate Fighter 7,” which debuts April 2 on Spike TV, features UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson and season-one winner Forrest Griffin as coaches. Unlike past seasons, the show will feature 32 — not 16 — middleweight fighters vying for a UFC contract. As MMAjunkie.com exclusively reported, every potential cast member will have to fight as soon as the show begins. The 16 winners earn a spot in the house, and the 16 losers are sent packing for home.
Taylor, 25, was a wrestling standout and two-time Junior College All-American at Palomar College before transferring and finishing his collegiate career at California State University-Fullerton.
Taylor then joined Team Quest and devoted himself to MMA, and has posted a 6-2 career mark since turning pro in August 2006. His only career losses have been to WEC veteran Kenny Ento (9-3) and “The Ultimate Fighter 3? cast member Jesse Forbes (5-2).
Taylor’s biggest victory came at a June 2007 Total Combat show, where he scored a second-round TKO of Jorge Ortiz (13-4). The only other fighters to defeat the highly touted Ortiz are Jon Fitch, Joey Villasenor and Eugene Jackson.
With Taylor, the latest rumored cast includes:
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