(Amir and his hail-Mary armbar against CB. Photo courtesy of UFC.com.)
Every Thursday morning, Team Rampage member Gerald Harris blogs his reactions to each episode of The Ultimate Fighter 7 on CagePotato.com. Here’s what he had to say about last night’s insane ep, which we’ve already summarized here.
Damn, what a season! Now, I can’t sit here and say it was the best season ever, because I didn’t watch many of the previous TUF shows, the finale hasn’t happened yet, and who am I to make such a bold statement? All I can say is that we fought our asses off and hopefully built a strong fan base for ourselves while bringing some new faces to the UFC.
I don’t want to overshadow the two fights with Jesse’s incident so I’ll address that now. I feel sorry for him, but every man is responsible for his own mistakes. It’s not like getting caught with a punch or submission — this is a voluntary act that you can control. There are consequences in the real world and unfortunately Jesse picked the wrong time to learn a lesson. I witnessed most of the events that night and even tried to help him get home, but he was out of control. With a son to feed and a future career in the UFC, the decision to go home instead of party would have changed his life.
I could go on and on about that, but I’m sure he’s getting enough bashing on the net already. I gotta take a second and give a shout out to Amir. He’s a damn soldier and you can’t call it luck. Call it nuts, heart, guts, but don’t call it luck. As much as it hurts to watch someone advance after defeating you, you have to come to the reality that they were the better fighter that day. I’m focused on getting better myself and being a much better fighter the next time I step in the Octagon. Everyone knew in the back of their mind that Amir was capable of beating CB, but if we had to put money on it, it would have went on CB. Great fight, and Amir never lost composure. Just like in his other battles, he kept a cool head, gained confidence and pulled out the victory.
Tim vs. CB was a great match up, because of Tim’s jiu-jitsu and CB’s wrestling. I was surprised at Tim’s stand up and so was CB, but CB seemed to hit harder and have more confidence. With only three weeks to train they both showed improvement, but CB fought harder and smarter to advance to the finals. I wish that I could be in their position, but wishing don’t get you nowhere; hard work, discipline, and knowledge can get you further than athletic ability and luck. Those were two things that I had going for me on the show and look where they got me. Don’t get me wrong, I trained very hard for the show, but maybe I wasn’t ready for this opportunity.
In the end it’s CB vs Amir again! It’s gonna be a battle and I’ll be there to witness it. I hope that you all enjoyed this season and once again I appreciate you taking the time to read my blogs. Tune in Saturday to see the fights, and then come back here next Thursday as I post a final blog to break down the matches and my future as a mixed martial artist.