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Gerald Harris’s ‘TUF 7′ Blog: A Rock and a Hard Face


(Jesse Taylor pisses his shorts on national television.)

Every Thursday morning, Team Rampage member Gerald Harris blogs his reactions to each new episode of The Ultimate Fighter 7 on CagePotato.com. Here’s what he had to say about last night’s ep, in which retard-strong (and retard-smart) Jesse Taylor pounded his way to victory, and Amir Sadollah and Matt Brown put on the best fight of the season.

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By now everyone should know that Jesse Taylor is for real. He’s not the most exciting fighter in the world, but he’s solid and gets the job done. I can’t hate, because I respect winners and he’s also a Team Quest fighter so I was rooting for him. Dante just laid there and took a beating. He’s a veteran in the game and also a brown belt under Ricardo Almeida, so I assumed that he would catch Jesse, but Jesse just punched the [blank] out of him for two full rounds.

Now, let me get to the action! Matt Brown vs. Amir Sadollah was crazy. That’s a fight that people would pay money to watch. I think the first round could be given to Brown for the aggression and last second takedown. Amir seemed to pick up steam in the second round, took Matt down, punished him from the top, and eventually sunk in a triangle choke. I liked the fight because it wasn’t a sloppy slugfest. Brown has a great boxing background and Amir showed his Muay Thai and ground game with the strikes and sub finish. It’s crazy that the more you pressure him, he gets stronger and doesn’t fold — that’s the quality of a good fighter. I can say the same about Brown plus he was very humble in his loss and showed respect for his opponent.

Once again, it was hard to watch Amir get his hand raised, because I felt that that it should’ve been me. By this point, it finally kicked in to get over it and move on. If I dwell on that loss, it will haunt me forever. It serves as motivation. Every time people talk about him, they say “Man you should’ve won,” “You’re better,” but in reality, look at what he’s doing and where I’m standing — on the sideline. Oh yeah, I got a couple “You got knocked da fuggout!” by my friends and random people on the Internet boards :-) I hate that damn clip of me getting kneed in the head on every commercial!

Anyway, there wasn’t a lot going on in the house this week — it was pretty much all about the fights. The only crazy thing that happened was when Jesse’s smart ass pissed his shorts and jumped in the hot tub. If you watch the show, you’ll notice that I don’t have any hot tub scenes — well maybe one or two, but that was after they drained and cleaned it out. It was pretty funny when Dante hopped right in the pee tub minutes after. Since we have no forms of entertainment in that damn house, anything was funny. Now pissing your shorts and jumping into a shared hot tub is not that funny, but I’ve seen worse things in my college years.

Next week is going to be interesting with the last two quarterfinal match-ups (C.B. Dollaway vs. Cale Yarbrough, Dan Cramer vs. Tim Credeur) and the drama that Jeremy May starts with Jesse. So tune in!

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Jason R- May 29, 2008 at 2:13 am
Amir is definitely one of the smartest fighters on the show, even if he let his nerves get to him before the fight. Most importantly, he kept it together mentally when they were tied up and MB was trying to toss him. He also obviously has a helluva chin. MB landed some pretty solid stuff but ran out of gas. I hope we see more of them both.

Mungo has decent take-down ability and did land punches with some power from up top but was never able to pass guard or do anything while standing up. I don't hate him but I wish he would get a hold of Jeremy May in the next episode.
Aikura- May 28, 2008 at 7:34 pm
Now remember - earlier this season we all agreed to call Jesse, a.k.a. the love-child of Nicolas Cage and Big John McCarthy, "Mungo" for the duration of the show (and likely beyond).

Matt Brown was obviously head-f&*ked by the idea of fighting a friend. Dude thinks too much, you can see it on his face. Rampage said it best, though: "The guy's got a samurai spirit."

Amir is hilarious! Definitely, one of the most entertaining match-ups of the year thus far!
Walrus- May 28, 2008 at 6:17 pm
^I really didn't notice that.

I think Matt Brown was throwin' some great punches and was surprised he didn't win the fight. So, props to Amir.

I wouldn't be surprised to see Matt Brown show up on some undercards in the future.
Some bitch- May 28, 2008 at 5:50 pm
Since the beginning of the show when Jesse spit in the octagon, I've been waiting like a kid on Christmas eve to see him beaten and bloodied. That first show of disrespect hasn't gone without repeat episodes on his part either. Aside from being a dim-witted oaf and breaking things in the house, who PISSES themselves and then gets back into the hot tub so that everyone else has to soothe their aching muscles in hot toilet water? He may be strong of body where he lacks a mind, but he's a boring fighter and has displayed very little knowledge of ANY technique beyond ground and pound. I am so far from impressed and can't wait to see him get the snot beat out of him when he finally goes up against a proficient fighter. Thank goodness Matt and Amir made the episode worth watching.
skidding- May 28, 2008 at 4:34 pm
@Kablamo

Matt Brown is a badass. The reason they let him in this season's show was because he's a welterweight.
Trippin Ninja- May 28, 2008 at 4:33 pm
I have to admit I was pretty damn bored during the first fight. Jesse was staying busy but not being very effective. I kind of agree with Dante when he says it was cheap that Jesse's corner was yelling every submission he tried to pull. I would imagine it would be really hard for a BJJ guy to win a match like that. We all know Jesse isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer so I have a feeling he would of fell into one of those submissions had his corner not been so vocal and basically holding his hand through the whole match.

Amir vs Matt was awesome! Those guys went in there and went all out. Both of them are classy fighters and deserve a future in the sport.
Jburg- May 28, 2008 at 4:30 pm
Jesse vs. Dante was surprisingly entertaining for a 10 minute long GnP fight. Plus I don't really like Dante for some reason, so seeing him laying down getting punched in the face for 10 minutes was fun. He complained about Forrests corner shouting out every sub he went for, but they all seemed half-assed anyway... he stood no chance against the Meathead.

Amir vs. Brown was killer too. Amir can take a hit with the best of them, plus his post fight commentary is always funny. I like that guy, hope he goes far.
Kablamo- May 28, 2008 at 3:51 pm
Everybody on the show has made Matt Brown out to be some bad ass. The guy has a record of 9-6. Not great. Seemed like every time he got hit with a good punch or knee he wanted to turn and run. Not bad ass.

And did you guys see that front kick to the head Amir landed? That was pretty sweet.


What can you say about Jesse? The guy is amusing, to say the least. Dante's face looked like he had taken a beating.
Armbreaker- May 28, 2008 at 3:41 pm
Am I the only person who was having trouble seeing Spike TV last night? The screen kept going black and the sound would get very loud and then very quiet. I missed most of both fights. And it wasn't my tv, because I turned on another to check. The other channels were working fine.
Aryan- May 28, 2008 at 3:17 pm
Amir is fucking awesome.. I think the whole low confidence thing is just acting..He's smart..
The steroid retard should fuckin drown in that pool what a fuckin tool..oh and he's much bigger than dunte so wasnt really a fare fight
Clue-by-Four- May 28, 2008 at 2:51 pm
Jesse is an idiot, but one thing he does is LISTEN. With the exception of the fight where Rampage told his fighter to put his knee on his opponents elbow to break a kimura attempt, he's been pretty much the only fighter to listen and do what his corner was telling him to do and it kept him from getting caught by multiple sub setups.

Amir keeps impressing more and more with each fight. The kid has loads of heart and just doesn't give up.
C-Bus Allstar- May 28, 2008 at 1:44 pm
I was EXTREMELY impressed by Amir's chin. He took some GNARLY fuckin' shots and just kept coming. In the second round where Matt Brown came out swinging, I thought Amir was done for, but after all was said and done and Matt Brown was retreating because he was worn out from throwing bombs, Amir, seemingly un-phased by the shots, threw a flying knee. Totally random, yes, but what it did was completely de-moralize Matt Brown. Brown just didn't have anything left after that second round flurry, and Amir capitalized.

I also could have sworn that triangle sunk in awfully easy. Did MB give up?
Blackleg- May 28, 2008 at 1:01 pm
Yeah, Brick is something.... special. I can't foresee any instance where'd I'd think pissing myself would be an awesome thing to do. If somebody teaches him how to pass guard he might have something of a career ahead of him. Rivera on the other hand... I know you're getting clubbed in the face... a lot.. but christ man at least try to do something other than waiting for your melon to break the guy's hands.

Big hand for both Amir and Matt. They weren't the prettiest strikes I've ever seen but they both threw enough of it it didn't bother me that much. If they'd both work their form a bit better one of 'em would've gotten KTFO. I saw a TON of knees that would've been nasty if they'd actually put hip into it rather than just going 90% leg and missing the target by 8 inches. I was, of course, cheering for the VA boy but I gotta say my heart sank a bit when saw him on his back - they hadn't mentioned much about his ground game so I thought Brown was going to have the upper hand, WTG Amir!
Matt Herpes- May 28, 2008 at 12:53 pm
So Jesse's literally mentally handicapped, right? Thank God we live in a world where guys like him can make a living fighting in cages. Fifty years ago they'd be taken out "to see the rabbits" and shot.
Hope Jesse's kicks lands on Jeremy's head!- May 28, 2008 at 12:08 pm
Great fight between Matt and Amir. Amir is a fucking warrior! Although I recall seen Matt rocking Amir 1 or 2 times Amire pulled it off. Strong mentality on that kid and awsome skills.

Now I wish that the kick that Jesse thru at Jeremy at the end of the show lands! Man I hate that fucking kid Jeremy, but then again who doesnt?

CB by TKO over Cale and a slugfest between Dan and Tim should be something to look forward too, and of course that Jesse gives that bitch ass kid Jeremy a BIG fat lip!

Good episode none the less.
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