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“Laissez les bons temps rouler”: TUF 7.4 Recap

(Tim Credeur takes a brain-scrambling illegal upkick.)

One of TUF 7‘s brightest prospects had to work his ass off to keep his place in the house on last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter, as Tim Credeur battled his way through a very game (but ultimately too inexperienced) Matthew Riddle. The fight was one of the best in recent TUF history, but before it went down, the following happened:

Jesse Taylor, who we’ll henceforth refer to as “Mongo,” followed up his brilliant can’t-figure-out-the-dishwasher performance from last episode with a sequence of him not being able to figure out how to open a bottle of beer, then accidentally breaking some wooden window blinds. He also has “questionable spots on his body,” and with Paul Bradley’s herpes scare still fresh in their minds, Mongo’s housemates spray him down with Tinactin. Mongo is unfortunately poised to be the Private Pyle of the house.

— Matt “Chipper” Riddle is chomping at the bit to fight. His goofy enthusiasm rubs Dante Rivera the wrong way, and some trash talking ensues. Rivera claims he’ll retire from fighting if Riddle ever beats him, and after it’s announced that Riddle has been picked to face Tim Credeur, Rivera tries to bet Riddle $500 that he’ll lose the fight. Riddle refuses, and accuses Rivera of trying to get inside his head. “I live inside your head,” Rivera says. “You’re my son right now.”

— Tim Credeur knows that the Ultimate Fighter experience is a do-or-die moment in his career; if it doesn’t work out, he may need to find a different line of work. And the fact that he could be derailed by some punk-ass mama’s boy visibly upsets him. “For [Riddle], it’s a cool time, it’s neato mosquito,” Credeur says. “But for me, this is not neato.” He then says “let the good times roll” in French.

— Rampage tries to instill hatred of Team Forrest in his guys by suggesting that “Team Brown Nose” gets better treatment. “I bet their gloves fit them,” he says. In one scene, he goes to CB Dollaway for his take on what the next matchup might be; Dollaway may be emerging as Rampage’s consigliere.

So, Tim Credeur (Team Forrest, 10-2) and Matthew Riddle (Team Rampage, 1-0) finally go toe-to-toe, and it’s a wild one.

Riddle locks Credeur up early in the first round and takes him down. Riddle takes Credeur’s back, but seems lost on how to use the position; a single choke attempt is easily deflected. Credeur eventually gets up and the two fighters exchange strikes. The fight goes to the ground a second time with Riddle on top, but Credeur gets up for another brief strike exchange. The fighters go to the ground a third time with Credeur on top of Riddle against the cage. Riddle reverses and tries to take Credeur’s back; Credeur tries to roll into a leglock, and Riddle escapes and drops a big elbow from the top. Then Credeur reverses and gets the mount. For a scary 30 seconds, Riddle has to hang in while taking bunches o’ punches from Credeur. Riddle rolls to his back in the closing seconds. Credeur sinks in a rear-naked-choke but the horn sounds. Riddle gets up, bloodied and shaken. 1st round to Credeur.

Round 2: Riddle immediately goes in for a desperate-looking takedown, but manages to land on top of Credeur. Credeur reverses the position, and while trying to defend, Riddle nails him with a very nasty illegal upkick (Creduer’s knees were on the ground). Credeur works some elbows from the top, but Riddle gets up and fires the kitchen sink at Credeur, blasting him with punches, kicks, and knees, and finally taking Creduer to the mat. Rampage, sensing that Riddle was beating Credeur in standup and is outmatched on the ground, pleads with Riddle to get up. But Riddle refuses to give up his position, and him and Credeur exchange punches on the mat. Rampage’s fears become realized as Credeur nearly sinks an arm triangle from the bottom, then reverses Riddle, briefly gets the mount, and snatches an armbar. Riddle taps.

Rampage is pissed at Riddle afterwards, but tells him he’s not mad — he’s just disappointed. Team Rampage is now down 0-2, and their coach is no longer the jolly joke-cracker. In the preview for the next episode, Rampage flips over a table, and Michael Bisping stops by to say “oi.”

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emil- April 28, 2008 at 10:52 am
Is it just me or does Jesse Taylor look like John McCarthy?
KTFO- April 24, 2008 at 7:38 am
Second round if Chipper stays on his feet he gets the K.O., Credeur was rocked
GrandPrick- April 24, 2008 at 1:22 am
That fight was weak. All the fighters are tired as shit from training. CW is right about the toes. Good game plan, come out and play with another mans toes. Chipper should have went with what worked in his first fight. Drop your left, duck your head and throw that right hand like a-motherfucker.
tim sylvia's pussy- April 23, 2008 at 7:42 pm
haha @ cw i saw that too when he started bending his toes apart. that shit was dirty and i dont think anyone noticed
TobyRow- April 23, 2008 at 7:29 pm
Well, I think what Rampage was saying was Chipper looked to have the better of the standup exchanges and had the BJJ guy backpedalling right before he went for that wrestling takedown. He was yelling at him to get up because the kid was a few bombs away from a possible TKO. But instead got armbarred by a way more experienced, submission expert because he chose to go to the ground instead.
Aikura- April 23, 2008 at 6:29 pm
"Get up! Get up! Get up!" That's some fine coaching.

Riddle would have been better off listening to Griffin's corner and doing the opposite.

Can I get a "Sweep the leg, Johnny?"
cw- April 23, 2008 at 5:37 pm
Riddle made one illegal upkick. Credeur engaged in digital manipulation in the 1st round (bending Riddle's big toe backwards when Riddle had his back) and then picking Riddle up to spike him by his ears. That was the dirtiest shit in the fight - but no comment on it by the ref or Forrest 'THAT'S ILLEGAL!!!' Griffin.
walrus- April 23, 2008 at 4:24 pm
nah, i doubt Tim will go out that fast.

I'm not going to give the credit to Riddle (like ^); he didn't listen and got jits'd by the black belt.
1stko- April 23, 2008 at 4:22 pm
I was not impressed by Tim, fighting a kid with that little experience and he got worked by him. Tim should have walked away with the fight, but he'll be out next round. I am calling for Pat Schultz to win the season.
mmacoach- April 23, 2008 at 4:00 pm
Tim C will get worked next round. That fight wasn't good for his confidence I would suspect. "Riddler" might get another shot. Good wrestler, willing to bang, no-name camp... the kid brought it. If he gets serious, he will be one of the top 10 85ers within 5 years.
cordoyne- April 23, 2008 at 2:30 pm
You have to consider that the wrestling of Riddle vs. the Jiu Jitsu of Tim is a very tyring combination. While young and inexperienced, Chipper has the strength and determination of a kid with something to prove. Im sure they where both gassed, I mean the shere strength of Chipper vs. the experiance of Tim is enough to offset eachother enough to empty there gas tanks. In the end the experiance provailed as it more often than not does, and the best man moved on. Im sure Chipper will evolve into a great fighter with time.
TheFeniX- April 23, 2008 at 2:21 pm
I'm getting seriously annoyed by the advertisements for TUF lately. Every damn commercial they point out some "big plot point" which turns out to be nothing. "Most controversial win" my ass. When I saw Griffin yelling to the ref, I was thinking his guy was winning and Rampage's guy would pull some bullshit illegal move and win the fight with it.

Instead, I see one illegal upkick from an inexperienced fighter that was shaken off and a clear win decided. Wow, BIG controversy. I think the people still watching TUF at this point don't need the fucking up-played drama anymore, especially when it isn't even fucking drama to begin with. We're past that, please stop. I just hope Mike Rowe asks the writers every once in a while "You expect me to read this shit? I want an extra 10 grand for it."
Blackleg- April 23, 2008 at 2:03 pm
Don't know about anyone else but they both looked gassed from the first punch. I saw some of the sloooowest punches I've ever seen in a MMA match. I kept expecting Credeur to lock down one of the multitude of opportunities he had for chokes/locks since he was the "Jujitsu Guy" but Riddle kept getting loose without seeming to really be actively defending. Don't think his nose was gushing enough to be all that slick but...

Decent match though and Rampage was right, the dullard probably would have Credeur KTFO if he'd backed off and let them stand 'cause I thought he'd wobbled Credeur with that flailing towards the end of the round.
Gong- April 23, 2008 at 1:19 pm
Hahaha, "Oi."
lolwut- April 23, 2008 at 12:50 pm
hahah the chipper