by Matt Lo Cascio
“I guess Louis Taylor is the train station because these hype trains keep stopping when they meet him.” – UFC Fighter Belal Muhammad
Young lions look great. They are intriguing. People want to see them. But they still have a lot to learn. Louis Taylor gladly provided some education for young lion Phil Hawes Saturday night at WSOF 32, leaving Hawes twitching on the ground after a fight-finishing guillotine choke. They said it was an upset, that Taylor was the underdog. Maybe now they know.
It was Taylor’s sixth-straight win and it likely earned him a WSOF middleweight title shot. Check out the finish:
Taylor shoved Hawes off of him after the tap. He said in a Facebook post that Hawes had been disrespectful all week, but he clarified the move with Chicago’s MMA.
“Honestly, I wasn’t aiming to shove him. I just didn’t want to be laying under him after the ref broke up my guillotine. I didn’t feel him tap so my adrenaline didn’t cut off until I saw him unconscious.”
Now Taylor gets to play a game he’s played all too often before — the waiting game. He should be in line for a title shot, but current champion David Branch holds two belts in the WSOF and that plays havoc with logistics.
“Ray (Sefo) wants me to have another number one contender fight before I get a title shot, but with Branch ruling both weight classes WSOF makes the wait line longer,” Taylor said.
It’s been quite a year for Chicago Fight Team with Taylor wrecking people in WSOF and Belal “Remember the Name” Muhammad winning the Titan FC title, then making his UFC debut. He’ll fight Augusto Montano on September 24 in Texas. But CFT might have to wait until 2017 to get that WSOF belt.