Louis Taylor Embracing Uncertainty Ahead of Professional Fighters League Debut
By: Mike Sloan Jul 26, 2017
The last time the mixed martial arts world saw Louis
Taylor inside the cage, he lost a spirited battle with David
Branch for the
World Series of Fighting middleweight title last December. “Put
the Guns Down” has been anxious to get back into the realm of
combat in an effort to land another crack at a world title.
Unfortunately, the Chicago native’s path back to action has been
slow and while he knows he’ll continue fighting, he doesn’t know
what his future holds. Taylor is a former WSOF fighter among many
who are now fighting for the new Professional Fighters League and
while the promotion has made bold claims about its future plans,
Taylor is unsure.
“I honestly have no idea what’s going on with me and them,” Taylor
told Sherdog.com in a recent interview. “I was in the WSOF and last
year they said they weren’t going anywhere, but then a few months
later they sold and became the Professional Fighters League. So,
no, I honestly have no idea what to expect.”
To interpret his words as sour or frustrated wouldn’t be fair,
however. He revealed that he loved fighting under the WSOF umbrella
and is pumped for what the
Professional Fighters League has in store for 2018, with its
million-dollar purse for each weight class at the end of the grand
“I love what they have out on paper,” he said. “I think if they can
pull this all off, it’ll be amazing and it’s something this sport
needs. I absolutely love the plan. But they haven’t told me
anything. The only things I know about their future is what I’ve
read in the media. I’m not sure where I fit in their plan, when I’d
be fighting, how much money I’d be making... None of that. So,
yeah, it’s frustrating because I am excited for this new venture,
but I literally don’t know anything.”
When pressed whether he thinks the promotion’s brass is keeping him
in the dark on purpose, he scoffed.
“Oh no, man,” he laughed. “I don’t think that at all. I think these
guys are still trying to figure everything out and their hearts are
in the right place. I don’t think any of it’s on purpose, but as a
fighter who likes to plan things out, I would like to know what is
If that wasn’t frustrating enough, Taylor has had to prepare for
multiple opponents ahead of his bout on Saturday in Everett, Wash.
To make matters worse, the man he’ll be locking horns with is a guy
that he literally won’t have any time to prepare for at all.
“I was originally supposed to fight Bruno
Santos and that is exactly the type of fighter I want to
fight,” he said. “I am coming off the loss to Branch and Santos is
perfect: he’s got a good name and he’s tough. He’s one of the best
in my weight class. I couldn’t wait to test myself against him and
see where I stand. But then they (PFL) switched him to fight
someone else. I had prepared my whole camp around him and to have
that happen, it’s disappointing.
“So then I was supposed to fight Tyler Vogel
and I began preparing for him, but now he can’t fight,” he added.
“He had licensing issues or something. They (PFL officials) just
told me about that and now I am fighting Zach Conn.
I’m glad that I’m still fighting on the card but I don’t know
anything about this guy. Literally nothing, It’s really
Taylor said that he was not going to let the last-minute opponent
switches hinder his performance, though. His goal remains to get
back into title contention and prove to the PFL what he’s made of
and show how important he can be to the fledgling promotion.
“My plan has always been to go out there and dominate my opponent,”
he said. “I prepared to look great against Santos and prove to the
PFL my value. It’s hard to prepare for a guy like Conn because I
don’t know anything about him. I know that smashing a guy like him
probably won’t mean much, but that doesn’t change what my original
approach is, and that’s to dominate in impressive fashion.”