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TUF 7.12 Recap: The Shocker


(Amir gets all “Rocky” on us.)

I’m assuming that most of you watched last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter — which, hype aside, was easily one of the greatest episodes in the show’s history — so I won’t bore you with extraneous details. But here’s a quick recap:

CB Dollaway and Amir Sadollah square off in the last semi-final fight. Aside from a couple of hard body kicks and a close armbar attempt from Amir, the first two rounds are all CB, who controls the action from the top, and delivers a Rampage-style body slam as well as some brutal elbows that open up a large gash under Amir’s right eye. CB nearly locks in a rear-naked choke in the third round, but Amir spins out, momentarily tries to figure out a toe-hold, then catches CB in another armbar that immediately causes him to tap. With his professional MMA record still 0-0, Amir Sadollah has battled his way to the TUF 7 finale.


(Afterwards, getting sewn up.)

Jesse Taylor sticks around Vegas for a couple of days after the show wraps, where he goes on a lunatic spree of chaotic drunkenness, kicking the window out of a limousine, then terrorizing the female guests and threatening security guards at Palace Station (“a Station Casinos property”). Videotape gets to Dana White, who calls Jesse in and delivers the most chilling line of the season: “This is my town, bro…I know fucking everything that goes on.” It’s decided that Jesse’s not quite ready for the UFC, mentally or emotionally, and he’s pulled from the finale. Jesse laments the great opportunity that he blew, and how close he came to achieving his dream.


(Tim and CB trade shots.)

— An emergency match between CB and Tim Credeur (the two losing semi-finalists) is held to determine who will meet Amir in the finals. It’s a wild slugfest, with CB seemingly not wanting to go to the ground with the submission ace. Luckily, CB gets the better of the standup exchanges, and comes within a hair of scoring a TKO in the second round after some knees in the clinch and further abuse against the cage has Credeur close to unconscious. It’s eventually a unanimous decision win for CB, who earns a chance to redeem himself against Amir in the finals.

Stay tuned for an exclusive interview with CB Dollaway, right here on CagePotato.com, and let us know how you feel about last night’s episode in the comments…

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cs5050- June 19, 2008 at 12:59 am
Was it just me, or did it look like CB was in the lobby with Jesse after he kicked out the window? CB didn't seem all that surprised when Dana told him Jesse had flipped out either... I'm looking forward to Amir's smashing his upper-lip-curling gum showing face. What a douche...
adbyrd77- June 18, 2008 at 11:01 pm
Amir's the guy who really got screwed over with all this crap. He almost certainly would've beat Taylor, but CB again... He cannot be a happy camper.
Dr.- June 18, 2008 at 8:26 pm
CB is a gasser and not a finisher. I know people are saying that he looked great in the fight with Tim but he wasn't doing much to impress. Granted he did beat Tim but if he was doing "great", he would have finished. He got the unanimous decision but it was a squeaker. He looked like turd compared to how he did against Amir - until he got caught. Considering how he was already talking past Tim before the fight, he's lucky he's in the final. On another note: Could Tim stick his chin out anymore waiting for a KO? But I guess when one (CB) doesn't show KO-power, you're not as worried.
Willow- June 18, 2008 at 7:34 pm
Awesome show. As for the finale, I think we'll see a much more polished Amir. The kid already has good stand up and decent jujitsu, with him buckling down and training, I only see him getting better. CB is a beast, however he hasn't impressed me, he has take downs and ground and pound, but seeing the shots that Tim ate in the standup with him, makes me question his power. If there is one thing Amir can do, it's take a punch and keep on delivering.

I'm calling the fight Saturday in Amir's favor by TKO in the second round!
teachbug- June 18, 2008 at 3:50 pm
I am glad to know that first off I guessed that Amir would end up in the finals, and I also guessed correctly that Jesse(dumbass) Taylor was the window kicker, and was gonna get kicked off. That makes me happy, for we will not see Jesse piss himself in the ring like a retard anytime soon.
Dana was 100% right in firing his dumbass.
and yeah Terrorizing women is dumb thing to do, and then screaming how fucking famous you are as security throws your drunk ass out is just another example of how NOT ready JT is.
I think the boys an alcoholic, he can drink to oblivion wake up the next day and go fight....like the poster above said " he has retard strength".
the only way Dana White will allow his goofy ass back in is if he goes thru rehab, and shows certifiable proof of it. with that said his destiny is right up there with the other big dumb country fuck from last year named speers that got knocked out cold and is fighting for brand-x.
I am gonna pick Amir again to win, this time for all the marbles, CB is just not "the shit" that he thinks he is, I think Amir is more well rounded, he has a natural ability, and when he gets proper long term training he is going to be another george rush st.pierre.
The very first season of TUF was, and always will be my favorite, but this last episode was by far the best episode of any season. Not only did the fans nt have to sit thru another boring jessee fight, but we actually got an extra fight that might not have even happened during the live show depending on the booking, its was great match up like Tim said between the 2 #1 picks, as a fan you cant beat that.
And even in losing Tim established himself as warrior, and I bet we see more of him in the future than CB.

now if my luck can stay right, Im picking Forrest over Rampage, I like them both, i just think Rampage is gonna lose.
Myles Kilometers- June 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm
Amir's not really the most technical fighter...or even a very good fighter for that matter. But motherfucker...can he take a beating.

His strategy isn't unlike Homer Simpson's boxing technique. Let the dude pound on you until he gets gassed then catch him with a knee or submission. It usually makes for an entertaining fight...but I can't see it being the best strategy against anyone outside this season of TUF.

I'll say CB GnP's his way to a unanimous decision victory on Saturday. I think Amir's zero professional fights will probably be a factor and fighting in front of that big a crowd will probably mean his nerves will get the best of him. But I've underestimated him all season...so what do I know.
Captain Lay'n'pray- June 18, 2008 at 2:54 pm
Man, I was so excited that Amir won the fight, since CB had one of the most boring lay and pray performances ever. But then he comes back... DOH!
WakeDL- June 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm
I didn't think CB looked good in either of those fights. Looks like he has a glass jaw and he instantly gasses when he gets hit in the face. Once gassed he goes for a take-down and lays on his opponent for 45-60 seconds to rest. Not an exciting fight.

The officials give way to much credit for take-downs. Seems to me if you take your opponent down and lay on him for a minute to rest (or to keep from getting hit) it should count against you - not win you the round. Same thing happened with Dante - laying on the other guy should loose you the round, not win it.
mikeraphon- June 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm
I'm disappointed that CB now makes the finals. In my opinion, he's won his fights the same way Koschek won his fight against Diego Sanchez. CB is taking down guys with virtually NO takedown defense and then laying on top of them. He had absolutely no offense on the ground in either fight (Amir or Tim). Sure, he caught Amir with an elbow but at no point was Amir in any danger other than losing a decision.

So far, CB has beaten Nick Klein (2nd to last picked) via an unimpressive guillotine, he's beaten Cale Yarborough via Cale's vagina bleeding out, lost to Amir when he got completely gassed and submitted, and then was taken to a decision by Tim Creuder.

My prediction for this weekend, CB wins a snoozefest where all he does is lay and pray on top of Amir, while Amir fights his butt off from the bottom but loses the decision.

In fact, I would say that almost any 185 pound fighter would mop the floor with anyone from this season of TUF. Can you imagine any of these jokers in the ring with Bisping, Eastman, Grove, Marquardt, Quarry or Leben? Those guys are not "top of the foodchain" guys, and they'd kill these kids.
Blackleg- June 18, 2008 at 2:38 pm
Fuck yeah, go ahead Amir. He had me worried with that rear-naked though, for a second it looked like he was just going to let CB lock it in. I thought CB gassed worse in the second fight. He did throw more single "please let this knock him out" shots against Tim but he seemed to be just as winded. Really surprised me that he didn't really commit to GnP in the second fight, if Tim's shown us anything it's that he'll let you beat the fuck out of him while you're in his guard. Good god though if somebody would teach Tim to keep his chin down and CB to keep his eyes up when they punch they'd be much better strikers. So of those shots were so awkward it made me cringe.

I too was a bit bummed that CB lost then gets an immediate shot at redemption but honestly you know this fight would have been done a few months down the road anyway.

I'm glad JT is done. Little skill, little aptitude and no common-fucking-sense whatsoever. Good riddance.

cw: There's a difference between 'chatting up" and "terrorizing" the ladies. If you don't understand what it is please enjoy your time in jail. Showing your ass (whether literal or figurative) in public while yelling your employers name will get you fired in more places than the UFC. There isn't a business out there that would tolerate shit like that.
Chris J- June 18, 2008 at 2:33 pm
Right on the money C-Bus. Good points.
Chris J- June 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm
Agree with armbutt. He got the submission, he bided his time, waited for his opportunity and took the win. No fluke in that at all. He deserves to be where he is because of skill, not brute strength and lay+pray. I think he would have submitted the gorilla in round one, Amir vs CB will be a great war.

And please no sympathy for the Apeman. He might mature and be a good fighter oneday, but for the time being his reality check was MORE than justified. Bring that suckers feet back down and nail 'em to the fucking floor. Good job Dana.
C-Bus Allstar- June 18, 2008 at 2:24 pm
Call it luck, call it skill, call it heart or whatever you want, fact is, you can't doubt the fact that Amir knows how to win, and he knows how to stay in a fight even when he's getting his ass handed to him. CB was fucking DOMINATING him for most of their fight, and Amir wouldn't go away, he kept working, he kept striking, and eventually pulled out the armbar. It was an epic fight with the best man winning, what can you complain about?
armbutt- June 18, 2008 at 2:07 pm
How many "upsets" does it take before they're not "upsets" anymore? Amir was a big underdog against CB and pulled out a great win, wasn't luck, was a great win.
johny- June 18, 2008 at 2:01 pm
really sucks about jesse taylor... it deff. would have been a kickass finale with him and CB. amir, i believe, has pretty much lucked his way this far. notice all of the "upsets" whenever he beats someone. its still gonna be a kickass fight scince both of the fighters know how the other one works.
line of the night- June 18, 2008 at 2:00 pm
Dana White had the best line of the show when he said, "Dude, you're not even fucking famous yet." That's reality for JT. That whole scene was making Forrest and Rampage squeamish. You could see them cringing on the couch.

But Dana was absolutely right. JT is not mentally ready to be a professional, not ready to represent the UFC. Amir, CB, and even Tim Credeur are all much better choices.
sol- June 18, 2008 at 1:57 pm
@ Chris J - I noticed that too, he looked massive, considering is 0-0 in pro MMA, I think if he was in a good training camp between filming and now he could still walk away with the W over CB. As good as his wrestling is CB looks very prone to the submissions.

Awesome end to a crappy season, bring on the finale and then the coach's matchup.
armbutt- June 18, 2008 at 1:45 pm
That's true, CB really didnt look great against Amir, but I feel it's lame for CB to get a second chance, and also for Amir to have to fight the same dude again. That being said, Jesse Taylor probably would have been a worse match up for Amir than CB is so I guess thats positive.
ksgbobo- June 18, 2008 at 1:41 pm
I agree with you Chris J. Amir looked ripped and in great shape, as well as CB. Its going to be a great fight this weekend regardless, much better than the one we saw last night.
But JT screwed himself over. Sucks to be him.
cw- June 18, 2008 at 1:40 pm
I don't think Jesse was thrown off for the just the reasons they showed. I'll bet he leaked the result of the final matches when he was drunk - that would fit with what Dana White said about him claiming to be 'a UFC Fighter'. I figure he was more like 'I'm fighting in the finals bitches!!' hahaha. I can't imagine that they would really pull him for just what they showed on the video and discussed about chatting up the ladies. Interesting too that all of this happened in a casino owned by the Fertittas. Dana's claim that nothing gets past him in Vegas is crap. He only knew about this cos' of the Fertitta connection. Do you really think LVPD would call Dana if one of the TUF guys ended up in the drunk tank after the show finished filming???
Chris J- June 18, 2008 at 1:37 pm
@ armbutt - I think we will see a totally different fight. I dunno what the hell was up with CB in his first fight but damn he gassed quick. He went down off a blocked kick? I don't think he was anywhere near 100%

Then in his fight with Tim it was like watching a different guy. Quick, accurate, went three rounds. Not much power in him, but training will fix that.

As a side note, at the end of the show during the finale preview, did anyone else notice how fucking BIG Amir looked? That kid's bulked up, so like I said it is going to be a VERY different fight.

I can't wait.
CWR- June 18, 2008 at 1:36 pm
@ Forest vs Bonnar 3

Yeah, apparently Mir and Nogueira will coach and then fight afterwards.
Vrax- June 18, 2008 at 1:34 pm
Until last night I like "well I'm done watching TUF, I skipped last season and this one was pretty shitty." Now? I'm actually interested in how they will retool the show going forward and hoping to see some awesome Nog training.


(Awesome Nog is like egg nog, except with MUCH better Jiu-Jitsu)
CWR- June 18, 2008 at 1:33 pm
Despite JT's actions I hated to see him pulled from the finale. I cannot help but feel sorry for him but obviously his own actions were the cause of his punishment so I can only feel so sorry. Hopefully he will shape up and make his way back into the UFC, minus the attitude.
armbutt- June 18, 2008 at 1:32 pm
I'm pretty disappointed that the final is going to be a rematch. Amir pulled off a great win against CB only to turn around and have to fight him again? Seems a bit Meh.
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