Information courtesy of Kevin Iole at Yahoo Sports:
“A lot of guys, they get off the show and they’re embarrassed by what they’ve done. And think about this: I’ve faced a lot of challenges since we’ve had the UFC, but I have a kid (Taylor) who pissed his pants on television and now I have to turn him into a star.”
“Without a doubt, the kid deserves another chance,” White said. “He made himself look like a fool, and he’s aware of that, but everyone deserves another opportunity and we’re going to give it to him. He acted like a moron. He’s embarrassed by it, which he should be, but what he did doesn’t amount to enough to ban him forever. Come on. He was just young and stupid, but at least he seems to have learned from what he did.”
According to the article, Jesse Taylor enrolled in Alcoholic's Anonymous after being embrassed by his behavior after the last season of TUF ended. I have to say that I can't fault White for giving the kid another chance. Three months or more is enough time for a young man to reflect on his mistake and realize the opportunity that was pissed away. The guy DID earn his way into the TUF finals. Most people seem to forget that tapings for TUF actually ended months ago...although because the incident happened at the end of the show it would seem Taylor's return to the octagon is premature.
Another nugget from the interview is in regards to the fighter's behavior in the house. Many people have suggested that Zuffa has influenced what the fighter's do while in the house. White's response...
“Whoever told you we encouraged them to tear up the house is (an expletive) liar,” White said. “Nobody ever told them what to do on the show.
According to Iole the repairs to the staircase which was destroyed during the last season cost $70,000 to repair. Any damages done to the house during the filming of the upcoming season will have to be paid for by the fighter's.