MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Gerald Harris’s ‘TUF 7′ Blog: Episode 5

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.

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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.

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BIG CHRIS- April 30, 2008 at 6:21 pm
Kalib Starnes could beat either one of those guys....and we all know where he wound up....
cw- April 30, 2008 at 6:16 pm
"I know I wouldn’t ever pay money to see either of them fight, ever."

You pay for cable?
johnnynormal- April 30, 2008 at 6:05 pm
That fight was rediculous, it wasn't even interesting from an wrestling standpoint, if those dudes fought like that at an event, I hope Dana would fire their asses the next day. Puh-thet-ick. I know I wouldn't ever pay money to see either of them fight, ever.
TheFeniX- April 30, 2008 at 4:43 pm
@cw

Dante was already starting on the take down just before the ref stepped in. But I agree, the ref should have stuck with the stoppage and broke the fighters apart.

Personally, fighters should know how judges call these fights by now. Bitch all you want, but I knew Dante had round 1 and the sweep by Sene at the end of round 2 gave him a good impression and the judges awarded him the round. Also, with how much time was left in the episode, I figured there'd be round 3 anyways. I get bitched at non-stop at our UFC PPVs because I call the scores correctly much more often than not. No, it's not because I know everything about MMA or boxing, it's because I know how UFC judges score rounds. It's not fucking rocket science.

Dante won round 3 because he had the most time on top and was busy. He controlled most of the round, so the judges gave it to him.

KNOW HOW THE JUDGES CALL FIGHTS and react accordingly. Bitching about "I/he should have won that fight" is worthless. One of the few really decent things Dana White says is "forget the judges, finish the fight so you don't have to worry about it."

Both guys were fighting not to lose, Dante was just a bit better at it. Suck it up and improve your game.
bump- April 30, 2008 at 4:07 pm
That bout (can't even be called a fight) was a boring hugfest. I didn't see any submission attempts from Rivera, unless it's possible to submit a guy by squeezing his torso. Mazzagatti should have stood them up every time they wound up in that tender embrace on the mat.
cw- April 30, 2008 at 3:16 pm
I lol-ed at Mazzagatti trying to break them up on the cage. Mazz yells 'okay stop', Sene stops, Rivera uses that opportunity to take Sene down and then continue fighting. And then Mazz steps back and says something like 'okay continue'. It reminded me of how Scott Smith got robbed by bad reffing a few years ago.
Gong- April 30, 2008 at 2:32 pm
What Joe said. I don't see how y'all can say that Sene won that fight. They weren't being particularly impressive, but Rivera's ground work and sub attempts required more effort and skill and work on his part than Sene's pitty-patty shots.
skidding- April 30, 2008 at 2:12 pm
Here's a little known fact:

On February 18, 1861, Hannibal Hamlin, Abraham Lincoln's Vice President, put lime juice in Jefferson Davis's tobacco during a game of backgammon.

Approximately one month later, on April 12, 1861, Confederate forces attacked a U.S. military installation at Fort Sumter in South Carolina, commencing the hostilities of the Civil War.

Coincidence? I think not.
Vrax- April 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm
I wasn't at all impressed by Dante's BJJ technique. He was struggling for the americana that wasn't there, all the while missing that Sene would roll his left (near) arm up. When he did that Rivera had an easy angle to shoot his right leg over Brandon's face while scooping the close arm. It was an easy arm bar, a blue belt arm bar.

Thanks for the recap, I'm all for anything that mixes hurdlers with diarrhea and tobacco pranks.
Jeff- April 30, 2008 at 2:05 pm
Can't win a decision from the bottom? Tell that to Shinya Aoki...
Joe Son- April 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm
Oh, and I'm not opposed to someone winning a decision from the bottom, like, say, using their guard. But from the bottom in side control? No way. You are clearly not winning if you're in that position for the majority of the fight.
Joe Son- April 30, 2008 at 1:53 pm
Earl, I hear you. Certainly, he wasn't as active on top as he could have been. I think it's a symptom of him being mostly a jiu-jitsu fighter who looks to submit first and strike second. It may also be because in the first round when he tried for a submission from side control he lost the position and let Sene back to his feet. that might have made him more focused on controlling Sene in the third round, maybe playing it too safe.

I'm not saying Rivera fought a great fight, but he did enough to win. He's got to add some tools to the toolbox if he wants to go anywhere, but I can't see how anyone could give that fight to Sene.
Earl- April 30, 2008 at 1:41 pm
Joe, I won't disagree that Rivera did some of what you said. It just seemed to me that he was laying more than he was trying to do damage. One man's opinion. And, you're right, you won't win a decision from the bottom...unfortunate, but true.
Joe Son- April 30, 2008 at 1:28 pm
I don't feel like it's lay-n-pray when you're passing guard, moving into side control, and looking for submissions. That's what Rivera did. Sene threw some little punches and elbows in close, but they only looked good. Did Rivera look "damaged" to you afterwards? Passing guard IS being busy.

It wasn't a dynamite fight, but that was the only justifiable decision in my view. You can't spend most of the fight on your back in side control and win a decision. You just can't.
Earl- April 30, 2008 at 1:21 pm
I agree totally that Sene shoulda won. He was busy the entire fight. That "lay and pray" stuff does nothing for me. Being on top does not always equal "winner". On a side note, being a southerner myself, you NEVER fuck w/ a man's tobacco. The Brown/May staredown may have been the most uncomfortable one I've ever seen.
lolwut- April 30, 2008 at 12:44 pm
ima cockslap those judges so hard, was dante the dude who dana white metioned in the first or second show that just took his opponent down and did the old lay and pray technique?
Blackleg- April 30, 2008 at 12:23 pm
I was watching and thinking, "Wow, it's a good goddamn thing they didn't pull Rivera last week to fight Riddle after all the needling Dante was doing." If that was Dante's "A" game Riddle would have tore him up. Yeah I think they gave it to him on takedowns... well it would kinda have to be on takedowns since he didn't really do anything else.

I give Sene credit for staying busy even if the majority of the shots were off-target and without much behind them. At least he was trying to actively win the fight. Aside from the knee-bar/ankle thing and the half-hearted keylock attempt in the 2nd Rivera seemed content to cuddle and wait for the bell. Disappointing, to say the least.
Caged- April 30, 2008 at 12:21 pm
True, Sene got robbed - I think that Harris was just respecting the judges and Rivera. Sene won that fight
C-Bus Allstar- April 30, 2008 at 12:02 pm
Might wanna change that first paragraph. It says "... and Brandon Sene and Mike Dolce went head-to-head in a three-round war." When that Mike Dolce should be Dante Rivera.


ON TOPIC:
BRANDON SENE (and Rampage's entire team) GOT ASS RAPED OUT OF THAT FIGHT. THOSE FUCKING JUDGES JUDGED THAT FIGHT SOLELY ON TAKE-DOWNS. Brandon Sene, although he was getting manhandled position wise, was inflicting the most damage, landing the tougher shots, and defending the take-down EXTREMELY effectively. I'd say that was probably the worst judging in UFC history.
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