The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7 castoff Jesse Taylor (6-3) -- who was cut from the UFC for the second time in July following a loss to fellow housemate CB Dolloway as well as some questionable comments about the Rampage Jackson situation -- didn't have much trouble finding work outside the Octagon.
"Cocoa the Monkey" will compete in the main event at Total Combat 32: "Notorious" at the Sycuan Casino & Resort, which is just outside of San Diego, Calif., on October 2. The former middleweight will make the move down to 170 pounds to face Drew "The Master" Fickett (35-6).
Fickett is a huge step up in competition for Taylor. In fact, he hasn't faced anybody with even half the experience of "The Master." To make matters worse, the experience isn't even the only thing that makes this match up look one-sided.
All three of Taylor's career losses have been by submissions, which is Fickett's strongest attribute as a fighter. In fact, he's won by way of tapout 24 times in his career. Therfore, if Taylor had trouble with Dolloway's submissions then one can imagine what kind of problems a technician the caliber of Fickett poses for him.
Regardless, Taylor is going to be a beast at welterweight. And it'll be interesting to see just how much of a strength advantage he'll have at 170 pounds. He was known for his wrestling and control while on the show and he'll need to be at the top of his game in those areas to have any chance at all against "The Master."
Kim Couture -- wife of UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture -- will also be in action at Total Combat 32 "Notorious," facing Team Quest product Megan Gangitano.
Total Combat also just announced a partnership with MTV 3, which will be the new home for the mixed martial arts organization.