Jesse Taylor, Joe Ray Added to BattleGrounds MMA Welterweight Tournament on Oct. 3

By Tristen Critchfield Sep 16, 2014
Jesse Taylor will take part in BattleGrounds MMA’s one-night tournament. | Dave Mandel/

Jesse Taylor and Joe Ray have joined BattleGrounds MMA’s one-night, eight-man welterweight tournament on Oct. 3.

Taylor and Ray replace Dennis Hallman and Chris Honeycutt, both of whom had to withdraw from the bracket. BattleGrounds MMA "O.N.E." takes place at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., and airs via pay-per-view for $19.95. WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross and former UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen will serve as the broadcast team for the event.

Cody McKenzie, Brock Larson, Luigi Fioravanti, David Mitchell, Roan Carneiro and Trey Houston are also scheduled to take part in the 170-pound tournament.

Taylor, 30, recently came up short in his bid for World Series of Fighting gold, submitting to a David Branch brabo choke in the first round on June 21. That defeat snapped a seven-fight winning streak for “JT Money,” who owns notable wins over Kendall Grove, Denis Kang, Tom Watson and Chris Camozzi during his 37-bout MMA career.

A two-time Strikeforce veteran, Ray enters the tournament on a six-fight winning streak in which he has finished all of his opponents inside of the distance. The Tiger Muay Thai representative’s most recent outing came this past October, when he submitted Ole Laursen at Dare Fight Sports “Rebels of MMA.”


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