Taylor was preparing to fight on November 18th when his pre-fight medicals came back with an elevated white blood cell count. He was referred to UMC’s emergency room for follow up testing, and on November 9th was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. Taylor has competed in so many wrestling matches, countless Jiu Jitsu tournaments, as well as many MMA fights. Unfortunately, this will be the toughest battle he has ever fought. The good news: it's a non-terminal form of cancer and doctors said he can use treatment and medicine to battle his leukemia and eventually recover to a relatively normal life. The bad news: he has no health insurance (seeking) but has already acquired medical bills as well as expenses for chemotherapy and treatment.
Taylor grew up in Antioch, CA. He attended Antioch High School where he developed a love for wrestling. Once he graduated, he went on to attend Santa Rosa Junior College, where he continued his passion for the sport and became a Junior College Wrestling All-American. This passion gradually led him to newer arts including MMA, Muay Thai and Jiu-Jitsu. Through his 20’s he fought all around the world as well as against UFC Champion, TJ Dillashaw. He’s trained at many gyms including Combat Sports Academy, Xtreme Couture, FTCC, where he received his black belt in 2015 under Darren Uyenoyama, Drysdale BJJ, but has now found his home at Dunham Jiu-Jitsu in Las Vegas, NV. As he continued on through his MMA career, Taylor grew into an instructional role, particularly in kids’ jiu jitsu. He’s taught at Xtreme Couture, CSA, UFC Gym, FTCC and now currently at Dunham Jiu-Jitsu.
As a full-time kids instructor for Dunham Jiu Jitsu, Taylor has always dedicated his time and skills to the families in his community. But this time he is the one who needs help. Please join us in our fight with Taylor to win the toughest fight of his life!
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