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Gerald Harris’s ‘TUF 7′ Blog: Brain vs. Brawn

(Tim Credeur in happier times.)

Every Thursday morning, Team Rampage member Gerald Harris blogs his reactions to each new episode of The Ultimate Fighter 7 on Here’s what he had to say about last night’s ep, in which Forrest Griffin proved that white men can jump, and Mongo Taylor smothered his way into the finals.


This episode was pretty good, but I can’t wait until next week. It feels like yesterday, I was sending in an application and audition tape. Now, I’m sitting at home watching all the action unfold like I wasnt a part of it.

As you know by now, Team Rampage has been losing a lot in everything except Go Karts and shit-talking, so when the basketball challenge was announced I “assumed” we finally had a chance to win. My college coach told me that when you assume you make an ass out of yourself and I felt like a big hairy ass when Forrest started kicking Rampage’s. Before the game started I did every dance move known to man as I held 10 grand in cash, but they were slowly shut down by Forrest’s accurate shooing and Rampage’s attempt to build a house with all them damn bricks. He admitted that he sucked at basketball, but it hurt to lose again — not only did we lose, but Forrest put some stank on it and dunked at the end. Damn!

Well, once again America gets to see the many sides of Jesse. Me and Jesse were cool because of Team Quest and I mentioned before that we were both fathers, so we talked about missing our families. I was obviously rooting for him, but I doubted him because of his actions in the house. You didn’t see me in many scenes of his outburts, but I thought he was throwing his opportunity away; I felt like he was taking his position for granted. Little did I know that he’s an animal — not CoCo the monkey, but like King Kong in that damn cage. He’s not that exciting, but very solid. Sure, the dude pisses his shorts, but he kicks ass, so what can you say?

I made it clear also that I didn’t like Tim as a person but respected him as a fighter. I learned a lot about him in this episode. Now, I myself along with many people don’t agree with him giving JT tips before the fight, but he explained his actions well. I was also drawn in by his passion for the sport. His interview showed that he’s been through a lot and his family is his backbone. People asked me “why is he crying?” and I explained how it’s the opportuniy of a lifetime and this is his big break. He’s been doing this for over 10 years, so it’s life or death. On the other hand, fighters like Riddle are fun and full of potential, but Tim is really fighting for his life in there. Also, I’m the last one to say something about somebody crying. ;-)

I can’t say much about the fight, because it was like three duplicate rounds of action. I do feel that if Tim kept his guard open he could have pulled off a sub, but Jesse just stayed busy as usual and pulled off the victory. If you listen during the bout you hear my big-ass mouth the entire fight, because I wanted Jesse to win for his son and Team Quest. Tim told me that I was getting on his nerves and Jesse thanked me afterwards. In the end, Jesse’s in the finale awaiting the winner of CB vs Amir.

The small leak at the end of the show shows a fighter kicking out the limo window — now, I’ve heard a hundred rumors and none of them are true. I have no comments, but I can say that was a crazy night! Tune in next week to find out who it is and don’t miss an insane fight with CB and Amir.

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Koko- June 16, 2008 at 2:27 pm
@Brad - Matt Riddle is on the card for the finale. The window-smashing episode happened weeks/months ago. Why would Riddle be on the card if he's not gonna fight?

I agree that them needing to "pick a replacement" sounds it's one of the finalists, which would mean Jesse of course. He really would've beat the shit out of J-Rod if there hadn't been 10 people holding him back. He obviously needs anger management.

On a side note, Jeremy's plan of getting Jesse kicked out of the house would definitely have worked if he'd had the balls to go after him with fewer people around.
KTFO- June 13, 2008 at 7:19 am
Don't make Jesse angry, you wouldn't like him when he's angry......Jesse mad, Jesse SMASH!!!
Frank- June 12, 2008 at 9:29 am
I think it could be jesse cuz of the Jeremy May problem!!! I don't think Amir or CB would do that window bashing or anything, well maybe but I think Jesse would do something like that before they would!!! I mean look at how he trashed the house!!! He looked like he took more Pride in that!!! Jesse wouldn't last long against someone with GOOD Takedown DEFENSE like Chuck Lidell or George St Pierre!!! I would have liked to see Matt Brown Win!!!
sol- June 11, 2008 at 10:49 pm
@Dango- 6 fights have been booked and there are usually like what 10 fights on a TUF finale card? I think the last few fights are going to be all TUF guys because any non-TUF guy would have been announced by now.
The Icing on the Ice Cream- June 11, 2008 at 9:57 pm
If Big John Mcarthy raped one of the Horse/men from Chronicles of Narnia and the Horse/man decided to go through with the pregnancy and conceive the child, it would look exactly like Jesse Taylor.....
emil- June 11, 2008 at 9:36 pm
Is it just me or does Jesse Taylor look something like Big John McCartney's little brother?
They both have that neanderthal-look going.
Dango- June 11, 2008 at 9:17 pm
I heard they weren't bringing back all the fighters? There are already 6 or 7 bouts on the card.
The Icing on the Ice Cream- June 11, 2008 at 9:17 pm
@Brad-He said he was out of the Finale and they neede to pick a fighter to replace him in the has to Be Jesse!!
freako- June 11, 2008 at 9:00 pm
Tim should of known what Jesse was gonna do....go for the shoot and then ground and pound....Jesse is one dimensional like that. When Jesse shot in, Tim should of answered with a knee everytime. And I'd put money on that being Jesse kicking out the limo window...out of the 3 possible people left, he's the only one with that much of a douchebag attitude to blow a career changing opportunity !
Brad- June 11, 2008 at 8:52 pm
You guys need to remember that Dana White said "He is out of the finale, and out of the UFC" Not out of the finals. We need to remember that everyone is usually in the finale (unless injured or ended up proving to be worthless). My guess is that its not a finalist unless it was Jesse trying to kick Jeremy May. More then likely it will end up being Matt Riddle, or one of the others that have been doing serious drinking since being eliminated.
kwagnuth- June 11, 2008 at 7:31 pm
When he was standing there peeing himself it did kinda look like something King Kong would do.
sol- June 11, 2008 at 7:26 pm
lol teachbug so true.

I think the final match is going to be the same as next weeks fight; Amir vs CB.

Whoever wins or loses in CB vs Amir it doesnt matter because I think they are going to be fighting in the final anyway because it has to be Jesse doing the window kicking.

Amir is Forrest's boy, just as CB is Rampage's boy, if those two had to pick someone to replace Jesse it'd be one of those.
teachbug- June 11, 2008 at 7:07 pm
I'm gonna take a wild ass guess and say it is jesse doing the window kicking.
nick- June 11, 2008 at 6:34 pm
his second fight was a sub win
The Icing on the Ice Cream- June 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm
Turd Ferguson- June 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm
That fight was boring as all get out, but what are you gonna do? I don't recall has jesse won a non-decision fight? I dont recall, help a brother out.

2ndly, what in the world was up with the dude bashing out the limo window? Dana said he is out of the finale and out of the UFC... any clues to whom it could be? I mean the show has been over for a little while now and as some might think no changes on the UFC fight card would mean anything.

Just wondering.
BIG CHRIS- June 11, 2008 at 2:25 pm
That was the sorriest fight ever....JT should be pissing his pants at home, not on national TV....
Doph- June 11, 2008 at 2:06 pm
Yes, good luck at Starbuck's, Tim.
lolwut- June 11, 2008 at 1:27 pm
Theres nothing more frustrating than watching a dude keep trying submissions but just cant quite get them, ah well gl to tim in the future.
Sam- June 11, 2008 at 1:23 pm
Just bleed Jenna's dumpster hole... just bleed.
Jennas Dumpster Hole- June 11, 2008 at 1:01 pm
That fight was boring as hell. It was more like 3 rounds of gay humping on the mat.
Earl- June 11, 2008 at 12:31 pm
He's The Juggernaut bitch! Jesse may not be the most exciting fighter of the bunch. But, he's damn entertaining outside the ring. The "dishwasher door" scene comes to mind. Good for him. Hope he smashes Dollaway.
winklepicker- June 11, 2008 at 12:02 pm
Taylor totally needs to change his nickname to Mongo.