(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 CagePotato.com. 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.