Jesse Taylor went from sleeping on beaches to winning $290,000.
Taylor won The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption, submitting Dhiego Lima in the finals in Las Vegas Saturday night. Taylor's road to the crown included defeating current UFC fighter James Krause, in addition to Mehdi Baghdad and Hayder Hassan. You can see an excerpt of our Fightful.com live coverage below.
Round Two: The round begins with Lima dropping a swinging Taylor with a left hook, Lima goes to the ground and Taylor scrambles to get back control. Taylor catches Lima in the rear naked choke and the tap out follows.
Official Result: Jesse Taylor def. Dhiego Lima by submission via rear naked choke (0:43, R2)
Jesse Taylor's 31-15 record doesn't tell the complete story, as he's actually 7-0 in The Ultimate Fighter exhibition bouts. He was removed from the TUF 7 finals after kicking the windows out of a limo. He was given a shot in the UFC, but lost his debut bout, and became a journeyman.
During his nine years out of the UFC, Taylor defeated Drew Fickett, Murilo Bustamante, Tom Watson, Dennis Kang, Kendall Grove, Chris Camozzi, Marcel Fortuna and Seth Baczynski, fighting for the likes of DREAM, Strikeforce, Cage Warriors, KSW and WSOF.
You can see our full TUF Redemption finale coverage at this link.