Every Thursday morning, Team Rampage member Gerald Harris will be blogging 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 tensions rose between Jeremy May and Mike Brown, and Brandon Sene and Dante Rivera went head-to-head in a three-round war.
In case you didn’t notice, Matt Brown isn’t the happiest person in the house. If I had to pull a prank on someone, he would be the last one on the list. Matt seems like the type of person where you wake up in the middle of the night and he’s standing over you, in his underwear, sharpening a butcher knife. So, instead of possibly getting killed in my sleep I chose not to participate in the “lime juice” prank. That’s a national rule: You don’t put lime juice in a Southern man’s dip! Like midgets to amusement parks, gas prices to SUVs, or diarrhea to a track star in the 100-yard hurdles, those two things don’t go together. I actually like the fact that somebody caused some trouble, because we were pretty damn bored. You’ve probably heard that we don’t have any TVs, radio, magazines, books, internet access, phones, and worst of all, no women! Except for the ring girls — and we enjoyed every step they took around the ring. Every step.
The Brown-May incident kind of overshadowed the actual fight pick between Brandon Sene and Dante Rivera. There was no drama between those two, so we just wanted to win and get control. From an mma view, that was a pretty good fight. From a fan’s view, it could have been seen as boring because people like action — especially stand-up action. Sene was busy and could have won the fight if he had escaped more, but Dante maintained control and pulled off the victory. What people fail to realize is that when someone loses on the show, reality kicks in. Brandon had sold his car and had just moved into a house so he planned on making some money to support himself. His only hope now is that someone gets injured and he gets a second chance.
May seems to get on everyone’s nerves except mine. He’s a talented dude, but very playful and not everyone likes to play. A lot of the guys were hoping he would get picked to fight right away, including some Team Rampage fighters, but we’ll have to wait until next week. It really sucks to be down 0-3 because all people talk about in the house is how much money they made in their fights — they also know who’s fighting next, so they can control the tempo of their training. I was surprised that they didn’t pick Patrick Schultz, because he was coming off of a loss to Luke Zachrich and would be considered an easy target. At this point, Rampage is upset, but he continues to show confidence in us. One thing they haven’t shown is that Rampage comes to the house the night before every fight and checks on his fighter. After the Dante/Brandon fight he pulled me aside and asked me if he should stop coming to the house, as if he were bad luck. I felt bad for him, because he feels so guilty about our losses.