In the cage everything appeared to be going to plan for Jesse Taylor as he successfully negotiated the eliminator, and then notched up further wins over Mike Dolce and Dante Rivera. In the semi-finals he defeated Tim Credeur by unanimous decision to earn his spot in the final. Taylor’s drunken antics outside of the cage, with including trashing the house and urinating on himself, were less well received however. After the show ended Taylor celebrated making the final with several other cast members in Las Vegas, and security camera footage showed him kicking out a limousine window while drunk, and then being aggressive towards hotel security staff. When Dana White heard of the incident he stripped Taylor of his place in the final.
Afterwards Taylor reportedly went to AA and attempted to get his back on track before calling Dana White several months later with an apology which resulted in him being given a second chance in the UFC. His first fight back was against the man who had replaced him in the final – C.B Dollaway. He lost in the first round and was subsequently released by the promotion with continued doubts over his attitude rumored to be part of the reason for his dismissal. After defeating Drew Fickett to end 2008, Taylor began a relentless schedule in 2009, picking up five wins in six months. Just one week after the last of those wins he found himself competing in DREAM on short notice, and gained a win after his opponent Dong Sik Yoon suffered an ankle injury in the opening round.
Despite his controversial past Strikeforce then took a chance on the 26 year old, and he made his debut against Jay Heiron in August of ’09. He lost, breaking his seven fight winning streak, and a further loss came In November against Luke Rockold at Strikeforce Challengers 4. 2010 started better however as he produced a first round submission victory over UFC veteran Jason Day in February at Aggression MMA. Taylor remains under contract with both Strikeforce and DREAM, though he still harbors an ambition to one day return to the UFC.