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 CB Dollaway got his first inevitable win and the quarterfinal matchups were announced.
Let me start by apologizing for not speaking on the Yarbrough-Schultz fight in last week’s blog. I was really going through some things — it’s hard to walk around knowing the outcome of the show and holding it from your friends and family. You’re drowned with questions and angry people wanting to know what happened, and also claiming to know the outcome. Last week was a shock to a lot of people close to me but not to many outside of that circle. I learned a lot from the experience and took the loss as motivation. I was also mistaken on my words threatening to hurt Amir after the bout. I was being very sarcastic and I’m very humble about the incident.
Now, it was no surprise that CB was fighting Nick Klein this week. The only surprise was “who the hell is Nick Klein?” Well, let me fill you in. Klein is a tough dude — we were actually respecting him a lot, because he was very quiet in the house. Quiet people are unpredictable and are usually hiding something…like talent. Klein had a lot of it and even earned the name “Killa Klein” for his random funny outbursts. I hate to use the word “underdog” on this show because we’re all at the bottom of the mountain trying to become UFC fighters. In this case even Klein felt like an underdog because of CB’s high profile and #1 pick status from Rampage.
Most of you already know about CB. I didn’t know much about him other than his great wrestling before the show, but I would soon find out about his grappling and Muay Thai skills. I thought that he was just another wrestler, but after training with him I noticed that he was well rounded. He hits hard as hell, has great subs, and he’s meaner than a muthaf*$#a when it’s time to fight. He has this alter ego called the “DOBERMAN” and I saw that as he entered the cage.
We knew about Klein’s ground game, but most people thought that he would go in there and get his ass kicked like the first guy CB fought. I knew it was gonna be a battle and it was. Klein actually had good stand up, but forced the guard because that’s his strength. All of our hearts dropped when he got CB in the knee bar, because we wanted CB to win and we were already down 6-1 to Team Forrest. But CB squeezed his way out, pounded on him, and eventually got the submission in round two.
I was injured at the time and on crutches with limited use of my right eye. In my fight with Amir I sprained the ligaments in my ankle, bruised the bones, and my cornea was scratched from an accidental thumbnail in the eye. I was pretty F’d up, but it only took a couple days to heal. Most people thought it was from the knee, but that cracked me on the temple. I was shocked at my own recovery and all we could talk about is our second chance if someone was unable to continue. At the same time everyone got caught up in the beef between Rampage and Forrest, so it caused separations in the house.
Rampage kinda pulled Forrest’s card, but Forrest ain’t no damn punk. He got pissed because Rampage called him out and he didn’t have much of a comeback. Forrest is just a laid-back cool dude and when Rampage went off on him he didn’t react in anger until he noticed what was going on. Rampage told him “I bet you my whole purse that our fight will not go to a decision” and Forrest reply was “I’m not betting” in a sarcastic way. Then he just went nuts and broke the whole damn door in half. That was enough for me to get my ticket, hotel, and flight for this fight because Forrest is coming with his A-game like he did in the Shogun bout and Rampage promised to knock his ass out!
I was surprised at how quick they calmed down and actually started playing pranks. As pros they didn’t really carry that incident over to the next day and even talked to each other at times. But I know they had it in the back of their minds and it’ll be a factor in the fight. After Rampage got netted he asked us if he should bring in a damn tiger and put it in the cage. And he was serious. He only changed his mind because we told him that the tiger would jump out and kill somebody. He also didn’t want to get into a prank war with cars, because he has an Audi and Forrest is still rolling the Scion he won in season one. He’s not broke by any means — he just doesn’t feel the need to buy a new car.
Well, the worst day of all was the quarterfinal picks. I had to sit there and watch the final eight get called in one by one. There were all kinds of rumors going on about who picked who and why. People were saying that Tim picked Cramer to avenge “Mississippi’s” loss, while others said he was trying to pick easy fights. It’s a competition of course, but if you think you can get around tough fights then the truth will come out when you get smashed in the UFC. It’s hard to say what he was thinking, because Tim is so skilled and he’s been fighting for over 10 years.
The funniest pick was CB calling out Cale Yarbrough. Cale put his foot in his mouth by calling CB and the other guys boyfriends in the hot tub for wearing the same shades. Let’s see if he can back up the trash talk in their fight — he’s got heavy hands, so anything can happen. As for the other match-ups, I wasn’t too excited except for the Matt Brown vs Amir bout, because they both have good stand up and previous comeback victories in separate bouts. Brown came back in his initial fight against Josh Hall to get into the house and Amir stuck to the game plan and defeated me last week.