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Gerald Harris’s ‘TUF 7′ Blog: Episode 12

(Amir and his hail-Mary armbar against CB. Photo courtesy of

Every Thursday morning, Team Rampage member Gerald Harris blogs his reactions to each episode of The Ultimate Fighter 7 on 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.

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somebody- June 19, 2008 at 1:45 pm
Yoda: the guys on the card for Saturday are the guys who made it past the first elimination round, except for Jessie & Dan Cramer (who's hurt). I personally would rather see more of Mike Dolce & Gerald than yet another Dante or Cale fight, but a win is a win in professional fighting, even if it was ugly and/or controversial, & regardless of the fact that some in the 1st round had easy opponents while others had to face the best guys in the house.

As for Jesse, this could be the best thing that ever happened to him. He obviously loses control quickly after he begins drinking, & though this might seem like a huge loss to him as a result, hopefully he will figure out that he just shouldn't be drinking anymore. Time to grow up & stop risking everything for a little fun. Lots of people learn that lesson after a drunken driving accident in which someone was hurt or killed. He, on the other hand, still has a chance to get back what he lost.

I also agree w/ Dana's comment about what's he gonna be like famous - needs to get his head straight first. Dana's doing Jesse favor as much as the UFC.
Michael M.- June 19, 2008 at 3:26 am
Thanks to Gerald Harris and the powers-that-be at Cage Potato for a series of entertaining and informative behind-the-scenes glimpses. I have a pretty low tolerance for so-called reality television. In fact, TUF is the only reality show I've ever watched more than three episodes of, and I probably would've given up on this season were it not for looking forward to Gerald's posts. Mr. Harris, best wishes and best of luck to you in and out of the octagon, hexagon, decagon, 5th-dimensional tetracontagon, or whatever geometric shape MMA promoters come up with next.
Yoda- June 19, 2008 at 12:38 am
This guy is cool man, if you go back through his blogs he's pretty humble. Remember the dude was a stand up comedian so he says some off the wall stuff - Even Amir mentioned how Gerald came to him and Forrest after the fight and aplogized for throwing a fit. If you go to the spiketv website you can see the video and he tells Amir that he's a great fighter and he didn't mean to disrespect him. This was the best season ever, but it ended the wrong way. Not just Jesse being cut, but I heard they cut 8 guys including Gerald. They only kept Matt Brown, CB, Amir, Dante Rivera, Matt Riddle, Cale Yarbrough, Tim Cradeur, and Dan Cramer.
whaaa?- June 18, 2008 at 8:26 pm
Hey Gerald if the guy who beats you advances to the finals it proves you didn't lose to a bum. If he went into his next fight and got blown out easily what would that say about you?
joey- June 18, 2008 at 6:08 pm
r u going to be fighting in the ufc any time soon cuz i saw ur name wasn't on the finale card but cale was and u are clearly a much better fighter than him
Aikura- June 18, 2008 at 6:03 pm
Yeah, loved how Dana let the coaches watch the limo clip cold without any warning or preamble. Forrest is thinking "Shit! That could've been me!" Also noticed DW feigning rapid breathe once JT left the meeting. So dramatic. You're dead on Howie! That guy loves pulling the strings.
James- June 18, 2008 at 4:14 pm
Great blog Gerald, every Thursday morning I would logon to CP to read your blog. It was always very entertaining and insightful.
I also pee my pants..- June 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm
the key word was "tries"

and that was a really tough 15 minutes to watch. i almost had to change the channel, JT money is hard enough to understand when he is not upset about blowing an oppurtunity of a lifetime.
Did he refer to himself as a hero?
Chris J- June 18, 2008 at 3:39 pm
Damage on the ground? Did he actually finish anybody with GnP or did he just flap at them with panicky hammerfists, like I did in my first fight, back when I was eleven? Hmmm.

Agree with you on Forrest and Jacksons faces, never seen two tough guys squirm as much. I had to laugh. Until my disgust at the blubbering and snivelling made me run to the bathroom.
I also pee my pants..- June 18, 2008 at 3:31 pm
I agree with mike. What makes this match up any more exciting? CB pulls useless takedowns just to score points and lay on his opponent. I believe that his stand up is a little better than J.T's but at least mongo tries to do a little damage on the ground.

also. how uncomfortable were forrest and rampage during that meeting, the look on their faces was priceless.
Chris J- June 18, 2008 at 3:20 pm
@ mikeraphon

"...the CB/Amir fight will be boring."

The CB vs Amir fight will be awesome. I'll bet you a tablespoon of Ipecac on it. Oh wait...
Anonymous- June 18, 2008 at 3:17 pm

I don't doubt that the UFC wants exciting fights, and you may have a point with the whole 'sweep it under the rug' scenario, (i.e it could have been) but I think it is how it seems to be.

Trapped in the house with nothing to do, guys are going to let off steam. They are fighters, and can't fight each other so trash the place. I hate seeing this type of behaviour but I can understand it, I can also see why Dana allows it.

What's the excuse out on the town? These guys are representing the company, they have to tow the line whether they like it or not. As has already been mentioned, ANY company would sack you for that kind of behaviour. I think you are seeing a conspiracy where none exists my friend.
mikeraphon- June 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm
@ Howie! -- I only partially agree with you. Sure, they could have swept Jessie's antics under the rug, and sure it was probably a business decision that lead to the course of action they took, but I don't think it was because Dana White was motivated by a potentially more thrilling fight.

Rather, I think DW wanted to take the opportunity to show the world that the UFC is trying to attract fighters with both ability AND character. They want to show that this sport is no place for meatheads like JT. It works in their favor when they can publically weed out a misfit and say "the UFC isn't like this...we're professional athletes..." etc etc

oh, and the CB/Amir fight will be boring. You heard it here first.
HOwie!- June 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm
Although I agree with the disciplinary actions against JT I think its more of a marketing decision than anything else. That could have been just as easily swept under the rug and few people would have been the wiser about it. The UFC's demographic of 19-34 year olds could care a less about kicking out a Limo window and yelling at some women in a bar. After watching them tear a beautiful house apart and pissing in the halls lets stop and think about it. I know I know Dana said 'do whatever you want to the house but behave out in public" and he is going to suffer the consequences but if Dana knew that Amir and JT would be a stand up drag em out exciting fight he would have looked the other way and cut a cheque for the limo window and graciously tipped the driver to keep his mouth shut. Dana is just trying to make the show as exciting as possible and having JT snag Amir and Lay on him hoping he gets a point each round for a take down isnt going to cut it. With all of the events popping up Dana wants to try and maximize the entertainment value for each UFC show.
Chris J- June 18, 2008 at 2:50 pm
Thanks Gerald, always cool to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse. I raise a cold one to your future, but I have to disagree with feeling sorry for JT. Call me harsh, but you gotta know when to stop. You imagine if he'd started a fight with no ref to pull him off? He could've seriously hurt somebody, or worse. I hope he sorts his shit out, but in the meantime I cannot, nay I WILL not feel sorry for him.

And after his 'shenanigans' with the female patrons of Vegas, I'm sure his missus is gonna kick his arse for him. Now THAT I would pay to watch. ;)
NICK DIAZ FOR PREZ...HOMEY!!- June 18, 2008 at 2:22 pm
Kimbo Slice- June 18, 2008 at 1:50 pm
I was with Amir since he stepped foot on the show. This really was a great season, and Dana White wasn't kidding when he said the sh*t hit the fan.

The Amir CB fight was badass. I don't think ANYONE expected that armbar. It happened so quick and when I saw Amir's face after, I knew he was just as surprised as anyone else. The rematch will be a good one. Amir is going to be big in the UFC no matter what now.

I do feel sorry for Jesse though. I mean yeah, he could of done the right thing. But shit. He deserved what he got. Dana told him to call him in a few months, and I can expect to see JT in a Pay-Per-View down the road from now. I certainly wanna see him back.
ksgbobo- June 18, 2008 at 1:45 pm
Thanks for the post Gerald. It must be tough seeing the guy that beat you that you couldve beaten in the finale. Thats tough. Good luck to you, and I enjoyed this season, especially last nights episode.