TUF 7 season finale ranking

Final episode

– That random gladiator dude appears. CB says we will see a new CB Dollaway. The fight will make or break him. Evan Tanner’s Bear Hugger beard trashes Kendall Grove. Kendall looks forward to defeating Evan Tanner.

– Jeremy Stephens. Spencer Fisher. Diego Sanchez. Amir Sadollah. CB Dollaway. Evan Tanner. Kendall Grove. Decent group I must say.

– Goldberg tells us the forces in Afghanistan are watching on the Armed Forces network. It takes true dedication to. . .watch MMA at four or five o’ clock in the morning. Goldberg names off all of the winners in TUF and that everyone has launched their career.

– We are told subsequent losses for Kendall’s career sent him down on an alcoholic path and he is recovering. Sounds like the same path Jesse Taylor went down prematurely.

– The hype begins for Amir and CB fighting AGAIN. Am I the only one who finds it unfair that if CB wins this fight that he’ll get the contract despite losing to Amir already during the show?

First fight

MATT RIDDLE VS. DANTE RIVERA

– Matt Riddle’s knockout of Dan Simmler is re-shown. Dante Rivera meanwhile is a 33 year old.

– They touch gloves. Scion is our sponsour. They dance around. We are told CB is at a real camp. Dante tries a leg kick but does not land. They clinch. Dante knees Matt’s body. Matt swivels to get the underhooks on Dante. Dante has Matt in a headlock while standing. Matt takes things slowly. Dante fires a knee. Audience is like the Pride audience. Very quiet. Matt breaks free. Dante has trapped his right arm against the cage. Matt knees the groin but it goes unnoticed. Foot stomps. Knee to the back of the thigh by Matt. Dante’s mouthguard falls out. Herb breaks them up after Matt unintentionally strikes the groin again. Time is called for Dante to grab the mouth guard. Fight resumes. Dante dances around before clubbing overhand lefts. Matt tries to clinch Dante but Dante has the body control. Herb warns the knees of Dante. Matt knees the stomach. Matt knees the back of Dante’s legs some more. They break the clinch. Dante moves around. Leg kick by Dante then feints a shoot. They clinch. Matt trips Dante down quietly. Half guard. Elbows by Matt. Matt stands up. Dante attempts up kicks. End of round.

– Dante is dancing around. Matt closes the distance. Both exchange overhands but Matt takes Dante down. Half control. Matt stands up and lazily kicks Dante’s legs. Dante continues to rest on his back and attempt up kicks. Dante almost captures Matt’s leg. Matt runs away. Both stand up. They exchange strikes before clinching. Knee from Matt. Dante tightens the clinch while against the cage. Herb calls for them to work. Matt knees. Dante fires a knee. Matt lands punches on the chin. Dante clinches and lands knees to the chin before shooting in and failing to take Matt down. Matt is against the cage. Foot stomps by Matt. Matt twists Dante into the cage. More knees by Matt into the gut of Dante. Herb calls for them to work. Dante fails to get a takedown. Matt knees Dante’s thighs. They spin again. Dante is against the cage. They split up. Dante fires a huge overhand left but only somewhat connects. They clinch and Matt takes Dante down. Full mount. Matt is really high. Matt works Dante against the cage. Dante sweeps and is now in Matt’s full guard. So close, Matt. So close. Matt slaps on a triangle choke and is pulling on Dante’s arm. Ten seconds left. Matt pounds elbows into the ribs. Dante pulls his head out. End of round. Dante survived it all.

– They touch gloves. Dante’s body kick is blocked. Dante is circling. Matt closes in. Dante simultaneously leg kicks while Matt clinches and fires knees to Dante’s stomach. Matt knees Dante’s body before slamming Dante down. Rubber guard by Dante. He is trying an oma plata. Dante is throwing his other leg over. Then draws it back. Dante is striking from the bottom. Matt looks like he has no air to breathe. Matt breaks the rubber guard. Matt elbows the ribs of Dante. Dante scrambles to his feet. They clinch. Action stalls on their feet against the cage. Dante works to trip Matt but fails. Dante has the under hooks. Matt controls the takedown and is on top of Dante. Herb says they are too inactive and stands them up. Matt throws an overhand left. Matt takes the opportunity to clinch and takes Dante’s back and is mounting Dante. Dante tries to hold Matt close. Matt punches Dante from the top and Dante gives his back. End of fight. If it went on for a couple more minutes I think Riddle wins.

– It’s six o’ clock in the morning in Afghanistan as the soldiers watch. Oh, it’s Wanderlei Silva. Fight replay. They know Matt wanted to win by submission but Dante defended. However Matt did show off a well-versed game.

– Matt wins 30-27 in a unanimous decision. Matt is happy to be at a real camp and Joe said that he’s 22 and says he has a bright future ahead of him.

– They interview Dante too. Dante says he is not retiring. Meanwhile Rampage is posing with Matt Riddle. Everyone is all smiles.

– Interview with Dana White. A fight announcement. Anderson Silva is moving UP to 205 pounds to fight James Irvin. The Spider is only doing this because he wants to fight every three months. James has dropped a weight class. Wow. A guy goes up a weight class to fight an excellent fighter who drops DOWN a weight class? Anderson Silva took the fight on short notice. Plus it’s going to be on UFC Fight Night. This is wild.

Second fight

SPENCER FISHER VS. JEREMY STEPHENS

–  Former training partners will face each other for the first time. Jeremy has a cult following. Spencer went to Thailand to improve his striking after a couple key losses. And Spencer is ten years older than Jeremy. Ah.

– Buffer introduces our heroes.

– They touch gloves. Jeremy does a looping legkick from a mile away. Spencer closes the distance to strike. So does Jeremy. They clinch. Jeremy takes Spencer to the ground but Spencer gets up immediately. Spencer spins then Jeremy pulls Spencer to the ground and pulls guard. Spencer frantically strikes while Jeremy is switching up his guard from the bottom. Spencer is gearing Jeremy towards the cage. Jeremy throws elbows and punches from the bottom. Jeremy works for a wrist. Spencer uses Jeremy’s aggression to pass the guard and get side control. Jeremy traps a leg and has half guard. Great inside elbows by Spencer Fisher. Spencer has a knee on Jeremy’s shoulder then draws back. Spencer delivers brutal elbows. Jeremy has a headlock. Spencer slides into full mount and Jeremy gives his back. Hooks are in. Jeremy swivels and Spencer is back in Jeremy’s full guard. Spencer still delivers serious elbows and punches to Jeremy’s noggin. Spencer punches Jeremy’s body. Spencer stands up over Jeremy to bring down his momentum to punch Jeremy’s ribs. He is back in Jeremy’s guard. Jeremy is grabbing Spencer’s wrists. Jeremy elbows from the bottom. Spence strikes some more. End of round.

– Jeremy throws a leg kick from a mile away. They close in and trade strikes. They clinch. Spencer elbows Jeremy a few times before Jeremy pushes Spencer against the cage. They break the clinch. Spencer counters Jeremy’s head kick with a right hook. Jeremy shakes his head while smiling. They clinch. Jeremy is against the cage but is controlling Spencer’s body. They trade strikes. A mouthpiece has fallen out. Spencer points at it. Mazzagatti calls time. Spencer takes it. Fight resumes. Spencer body punches Jeremy. Jeremy misses his own body punches. Spencer fires a leg kick. Spencer dodges a right hook then shoots. Spencer has Jeremy against the cage. Knees to the thighs. Both fighters work themselves low. Spencer takes Jeremy to the ground. Side control. Elbows to Jeremy’s head. Jeremy manoeuvres into full guard. Spencer stands to try and pass but fails. Spencer strikes and moves constantly to pass. Jeremy moves to take Spencer’s legs to stand up then slam Spencer to the mat. End of round.

– They trade strikes immediately. Jeremy doges a few of the strikes and lands leg kicks and punches of his own. Then misses. Spencer is closing in. Jeremy misses a superman punch. They trade punches. Jeremy closes. Knee to the body and a punch combination. They clinch. Then breaks. Spencer fires a body kick. Then a leg kick. Then a combination. Jeremy misses a counter of an uppercut. Spencer launches a combo that Jeremy blocks. Spencer shoots. It backfires because Jeremy takes Spencer to the ground and has a guillotine choke. Spencer bucks and has side control out of nowhere. He advances to full mount and strikes. Spencer decides to get out of the mount and into Jeremy’s half guard. Why? Spencer tries to advance again but Jeremy bucks and we are back on our feet. They trade a few strikes before Spencer clinches but Jeremy uses his weight to force Spencer to take himself down. Spencer has a butterfly guard. Jeremy gets into a more solidified full guard of Spencer’s. Jeremy stands up. When Spencer tries to get up he goes for a guillotine but Spencer reverses it and elbows Jeremy against the cage. Jeremy suddenly puts an arm around Spencer’s neck and is squeezing as much as possible. Ten seconds left. Jeremy squeezes some more. Spencer doesn’t tap. End of fight.

– We see Kevin James choke Rampage from a seat behind Rampage. Rampage taps but Kevin pulls a Renato Sobral and doesn’t let go. Rampage is unconscious and droops to the ground. Kevin continues the beatdown by reigning down six o’ clock elbows. The Nevada State Atheltic Commission will suspend him for a year.

– Unanimous 29-28 decision in favour of Spencer “The King Fisher”.

– Joe Rogan sits between Rampage Jackson and Forrest Griffin. Interview time. Rampage learns Forrest drink coffee every time. He notes Forrest looks like Shrek.

– We are shown the troops again. BJ Penn, Urijah Faber, Carlos Condit, and Michael Bisping are hanging out with them.

– The road to the finale for CB Dollaway and Amir Sadollah in the house is shown. In addition Wilmer Valdarama is in the house. He is more well-known for being in the audience of UFC events than he is for anything else since That 70s Show.

Third fight

DIEGO SANCHEZ VS. LUIGI FIORAVANTI

– They circle. Diego shoots but Luigi runs away. Both feint when they close the distance. They touch gloves over and over. Diego looping head kicks and misses. Diego charges but Luigi gets out of the way. None of them are connecting. Luigi lands a leg kick. Diego comes in and charges again. Luigi fires a kick but Diego blocks. Diego lands a nice combo then a flying knee. Luigi is trying to counter with uppercuts but Diego blocks. Diego fires a head kick. Both feel each other out. Luigi closes in and lands a good combination. Diego comes in with a combo of his own before clinching. Luigi has Diego against the cage and strikes. Diego moves away. Luigi is feinting. Diego misses a looping head kick. Luigi charges but Diego gets away. Diego misses stright lefts. They clinch. Diego uppercuts. Luigi defends another takedown attempt. Luigi picks up Diego and slams him to the ground. Diego pounds the mat in frustration and goes after Luigi. End of round.

– They stare each other down. Diego closes in. But Luigi starts the combination. Diego counters well with punches. Luigi hurt his ankle as he runs away clenching it. Something must have happened. Diego charges in and Luigi defends. Diego shoots in and drops Luigi with a right hand. Half guard while Diego is attempting to advance. Diego is working the left wrist. He punches Luigi’s gut. They are against the cage. Diego is in mount but moves to half guard. Luigi scrambles up. They circle around each other. Diego closes in. Diego head kicks. Luigi somewhat blocks it. Diego takes Luigi’s back. Luigi takes an arm and spins away. They stare each other down yet again. Luigi bounces on his feet. Luigi leg kicks. Luigi fires off a decent combination. Luigi feints. Diego has an open palm. Diego connects with a punch on Luigi’s chin. He is all over Luigi throwing several more shots. Luigi is dropped but grabs a leg and gets back to his feet. Diego spins. Luigi bounces on his feet and his hands are lowered. Diego’s hands are low too. Luigi misses a punch. A head kick by Luigi is blocked. Luigi stumbles on his hurt knee. Diego waves Luigi to close in. They are against the cage. Luigi throws a huge combination. Nothing lands too solidly though. They dance around each other. Diego shoots and end of round.

– They touch gloves. Luigi misses a left hook. Diego misses a head kick. Luigi misses a looping leg kick. Luigi charges but Diego reacts with a punching combo that forces Luigi to retreat. Both take their opportunities to launch combinations. Diego is circling. Diego lands a leg kick. Both fire a combination simultaneously and all miss. They clinch but break immediately. Diego feints. So does Luigi. Diego feints then shoots. Luigi has a knee on the mat but gets up and pushes Diego away after Diego shoots again. They circle each other. Diego bounces up and down. He clinches with Luigi. Diego has Luigi’s body. Luigi punches Diego’s gut. Diego shoots in but Luigi pushes him away. Luigi stumbles on the right foot. Diego throws out a punch that misses. Diego lands a jab. Diego misses. Diego takes Luigi’s back and rolls to the ground. The hooks are in but Luigi scrambles miraculously and back on his feet instantly. Luigi has a combo. Diego lands a brutal head kick followed by a knee to the head. Luigi is against the cage. Diego rushes in and punches relentlessly about twenty unanswered times before the referee stops it. Wow!

– Rampage’s and Forrest’s fight is hyped up. A really serious promo shows that next season will be Rodrigo Nogueira versus Frank Mir. No dramatic reveal like last season with Forrest and Rampage? Disappointing.

– Meet CB. He is in Tempe, Arizona running up a ton of stairs in a hot summer day. Then he jumps into a pool. He had poolside parties after The Ultimate Fighter. He trains at a real gym. He learned from Tommy Speer’s mistake.

– Meet Amir. Richmond, Virginia. Amir has lived here since he was six. He lives at home with his parents and his brother. It’s tough to train too. He went to Vegas trained. He loves getting beat up every day.

– CB Dollaway slowly walks to the octagon. Sure enough he has Eminem music playing. Real original. Where’s his Affliction shirt while we’re at it? Rosenthal is too close to the camera for comfort. Leon Tabbs’ hair is whiter and greyer than ever. Amir then makes his way to the ring as well.

– Here we go. CB has a three inch height advantage but the reach advantage is only one inch. CB’s nickname is the doberman. I can see why. Amir’s nickname on the other hand is. . .nothing. Forrest looks on. Herby is our referee. Buffer gives him the microphone. They touch gloves. Amir copies Tito Ortiz’s pre-fight jumps.

Fourth fight

CB DOLLAWAY VS. AMIR SADOLLAH
– They touch gloves again. They circle around each other. CB leg kicks Amir. Amir has a front kick of his own. Another front kick. And another. CB lands a leg kick and misses a head kick. Amir throws an overhand but CB ducks to shoot and take Amir down. CB is in Amir’s guard. He moves to half guard. Back to full guard. Amir has a butterfly guard. CB is striking from the top. CB stands up which forces Amir to change his legs on Amir. CB has side control and almost has a crucifix. Amir is rolling. CB nearly takes Amir’s back. He finds himself back in Amir’s full guard after a few rolls. Amir puts his hand on the cage to improve his position. CB is striking from the top. CB scrunches Amir and punches his face. Amir slaps on a body triangle and has straightened an arm. CB taps once. Herb ends the fight.

CB: I did not tap!
JOE ROGAN: He tapped.

We see the instant replay. Stop pouting, CB. You clearly tapped once. The fight could have gone all three rounds.

– Bruce Buffer announces Amir Sadollah as the winner of The Ultimate Fighter. He is the eleventh champion. UFC immortality awaits, Amir. Congrats. The movie Wanted (another one I haven’t heard of that sponsours the UFC) is sponsouring the instant replay.

– Dana White presents the trophy and the six-figure contract. Dana is clearly happy for Amir. Joe comes into the octagon and interviews the self-deprecating Amir. Amir is super quiet. He blandly thanks his family and is happy to hear he is champion and calmly can’t believe it. He raises the trophy. Joe is cracking up.

– We see a highlight reel of Amir’s victories. CB loses by armbar twice except this one took place much earlier.

– There is an interview of two people on the new Spike original series Factory. It is partially scripted but a lot of ad-libbing. The show sounds terrible. I love how Spike is a haven for the worst shows and movies to be promoted on their UFC events. We even get to see a trailer. Joe did not laugh once. Neither did I. Mike hopes we enjoy it. I doubt Mike’s quality promotional hype could save the show for more than ten episodes.

– Bear Hugger–I mean Evan Tanner brags about his forty fights. Kendall on the other hand is excited.

KENDALL GROVE: Evan is washed up.

More like dried out given what happens in a few months.

FIFTH FIGHT

EVAN TANNER VS. KENDALL GROVE

Joe talks about Evan as an adventurer. Unfortunately that will backfire in a few months. He lists off Evan’s dozen jobs. He comes out to All Along the Watchtower. How poetic that he comes out to a Jimi Hendrix song who is an artist who is taken away from us too early. Evan has been in the UFC for eleven years.

JOE: He is competing with Kimbo Slice for the best beard in MMA contest.

Heh. Joe is on fire tonight. Evan is 37?! Kendall meanwhile is 25 and is six inches taller than Evan as well as possessing a five inch reach advantage. My goodness.

– They do not touch gloves. Kendall reaches out with his jabs. Evan shoots but Kendall grabs Evan’s head. Kendall is against the cage. Good elbow by Kendall. Kendall uses his elbow to press on Evan’s chin. Evan is working Kendall. Evan has a hold of Kendall’s body. Good ol underhooks. Kendall is down. Evan has side control. He has Kendall’s back. A knee to the chin of Kendall as Kendall gets up. Evan works Kendall against the cage. Short elbows by Kendall. Kendall grabs the shorts. Elbow by Evan. Kendall knees Evan to the head and kicks. Evan falls after delivering a head kick. Evan uses this opportunity to jab. They chase each other around with strikes before clinching and Kendall delivering more knees and an elbow. They are against the cage. Evan has a single on Kendall. Kendall uses the other leg to fly up and knee Evan in the face. Beautiful! Evan maintains the grip. He has a double. He struggles a bit before getting a smooth takedown on Kendall. Kendall gets out of it. Kendall leg kicks and Evan is down on the ground. Kendall has Evan’s back. One hook is in. Evan’s face is very bloody. They are lying down against the cage. Kendall has both hooks in. Kendall is too high and Evan shakes him off. Evan stands above Kendall. Kendall misses a couple up kicks. He lands an up kick on the chin. Evan cannot reign down a strike and settles for being in Kendall’s full guard. Kendall has an active guard. Evan punches Kendall’s face as they kneel against the cage. They stand up to their feet on the cage. End of round.

– Evan leg kicks Kendall. Kendall uppercuts. Evan is coming in with a combo before clinching. Kendall breaks it so he can knee Evan then clinch and deliver elbows. Uppercut by Kendall. They are walking all around the cage. Straight right by Kendall. Kendall feints before hitting a body kick on Evan. Kendall misses a straight right. Evan lands a straight right to the body. They clinch. Evan tries to drag Kendall to the ground. Evan has a very low centre of gravity. They stand up to their feet. Kendall has an arm around Evan’s neck but lets it go. Kendall flies up with a knee to Evan’s face. He elbows Evan’s face and sides as Evan is below him controlling the body. Evan takes Kendall down. They are against the cage. No real guard. Evan is kneeling. A couple strikes by Evan. Kendall gets to his feet as Evan still has the underhooks. Knee by Evan. Evan gets Kendall to the ground but Kendall is up right away and delivers a few nasty elbows and knees to the face of Evan Tanner. Kendall gets in a few more punches before Evan gets a clinch to close the distance. Kendall is against the cage. Knee by Kendall. Kendall aims to foot stomp but misses. Evan gets away and drops his arms. Exhausted. Kendall comes in to clinch and knees Evan. Evan delivers one of his own. Evan nearly delivers a low blow. Kendall strikes Evan’s body. Evan has one underhook. Kendall is coercing Evan along the cage. Both deliver short elbows before breaking up the clinch. Kendall fires a head kick partially blocked by Evan. Body kick by Kendall. A couple jabs to Evan. End of round.

– Kendall body kicks and jabs Evan a couple times. Evan comes in to clinch Kendall. Evan has Kendall against the cage. He has under hooks on Kendall. Kendall dodges the trips. Kendall tries to re-grip. Kendall has the Muay Thai clinch. Inside elbows. Even delivers knees to the thigh. Kendall pushes off of Evan. Evan walks away and shows his back to Kendall before turning around. Evan and Kendall both uppercut each other in the clinch. Kendall has a Muay Thai clinch on Evan. Evan elbows Kendall’s face. Evan punches Kendall’s face. Kendall fires a knee. Evan has the under hooks and tries to take Kendall down but Kendall flails as a defense. Dirty boxing by Evan. Kendall spins to have Evan against the cage. Evan fires an inside knee. So does Kendall. Evan breaks the clinch and drifts to the centre. Kendall fires a few jabs. Most of them miss. Evan connects with a couple jabs of his own. Kendall pulls the Muay Thai clinch. Evan misses a wild swing. Kendall has the Muay Thai clinch. Evan gets away. Clinch again. Evan uppercuts. Kendall misses big jabs. Straight left by Kendall. Evan lands a few wild swings. Kendall pulls the Muay Thai clinch. Evan breaks it and fires a few hooks. Kendall almost drops but clinches Evan. Kendall retreats and jabs. Kendall clinches and lands a knee to the head. End of round and fight.

29-28 Tanner (what?), 30-26 Grove, and 30-26 Grove. Joe enters the octagon and his first question is if it should have been a split decision because he looked like a clear victor. Kendall announces he will open a gym with Troy Mandaloniz.

Sixth fight

DREW MCFEDRIES VS. MARVIN EASTMAN

– Pretty much Drew punches the feces of Marvin for a minute straight until the fight is stopped. Yep.

– Goldberg bids us farewell to TUF 7 and wishes we will return to see Rampage and Forrest fight. Should be a good one.

Rank the fights

1) Dan Simmler vs. Matthew Riddle (Guys? What happened? Which episode are we on? Did these two fight? I can’t remember if they fought. They didn’t fight? Was it an amateur bout? Was it real? F— you, Rampage tell me what happened!)

2) CB Dollaway vs. Amir Sadollah I (What. A. War.)

3) Amir Sadollah vs. Matt Brown (Rock em sock em robots in the octagon. Both have excellent chins. I have never seen fighters survive so many doggone knees. The ground game was highly technical prior to Amir locking on the submission.)

4) Matthew Riddle vs. Tim Credeur (The pace was great. There was some decent striking. Excellent back and forth on the ground. No idea who would win either. Tim pulled out the submission with only 50 seconds left in the fight to avoid a Cecil Peoples scorecard. Awesome.)

5) Gerald Harris vs. Amir Sadollah (Gerald engineers the biggest slams ever seen on TUF. Sure there was a bit too much holding but Amir’s striking and scrambling that concludes with a KO by a knee to the chin makes this fight worth viewing again and again.)

6) CB Dollaway vs. Nick Klein (Numerous sweeps and submission attempts. Striking on the feet. It’s too bad Nick tapped out so quickly at the end.)

7) Josh Hall vs. Matt Brown (An incredible pace. Both guys gave it their all. Submission attempts, slams, kicks, punches, grappling. Funky positions on the ground. Another one of Rampage’s friends goes down. The unknown Cincinnati Kid takes it all with a really smart game plan. Best fight of the first two episodes beside the outrageous knockout.)

8) Jeremy May vs. Matt Brown (Jeremy May acts like a jack— all season. His cardio is terrible. He appears that he may beat Matt Brown after all. But then the pain comes. And a sweet head kick KO.)

9) Daniel Cramer vs. Luke Zachrich (A fight where fatigue was a factor. Both of these guys deserve credit for taking a bunch of knees and nasty hits before Luke had zero energy left in him and let Daniel win.)

10) CB Dollaway vs. Amir Sadollah II (Picture their first fight. Now condense it into less than four minutes. And a slower pace. And someone who gives up way too quickly in the fight. A bit of a letdown for a final fight.)

11) Daniel Cramer vs. Tim Credeur (They started off striking. Cramer was uh sweepin, but then Credeur got on top and Cramer was uh beaten. Pretty boy tapped to a telegraphed heel hook.)

12) Cale Yarbrough vs. John Clarke (Excellent grappling match-up. Dropping seventeen pounds in one day can really affect your fighting ability.)

13) Tim Credeur vs. Erik Charles (Erik’s claim to being the fastest guy is debunked as Tim’s slick black belt jiu jitsu travels at rocket speed to successfully take Erik down and submit him within about thirty seconds. Great lessons to be taught from Tim’s technique.)

14) Brandon Sene vs. Dante Rivera (‘Twas a fine grappling match for a good chunk of it. Fights going to the third round avoid BS decisions. For the most part. Unfortunately this fight should have been a draw in round three and go to a fourth round. Oh well. It triggered Rampage flipping over s—.)

15) CB Dollaway vs. Cale Yarbrough (A fight all of us will forget by the end of the season. It was the quarterfinals. CB got Cale to the ground after about a minute. Strikes. Full mount. More strikes. Referee stoppage. End scene.)

16) Patrick Schultz vs. Cale Yarbrough (Neither fighter knew what to do on the ground. A few strikes traded until Cale decides to take Patrick down halfway through the first round and continue to do so until the end of the fight.

17) Luke Zachrich vs. Patrick Schultz (Great technique by both fighters except with Patrick taking himself down despite having the under hooks.)

18) Prince McLean vs. Mike Dolce (An overall good match I s’pose. Striking and grappling proves both of them were very capable of making it into the house.)

19) Tim Credeur vs. Jesse Taylor (At least Tim was bucking and Jesse looked to finish the fight in the third round. Although all that occurred is a decision like everyone knew it would be. Oh well.)

20) Steve Byrnes vs. Amir Sadollah (A slow war of attrition before Amir pulls out the victory/the arm.)

21) Nick Rossborough vs. Jesse Taylor (There was a guy who somewhat resembled Slim Shady and possessed a Boston Rob accent. That’s about it.)

22) Jeremy May vs. Dave Roberts (Nothing noteworthy about this early bout. Rampage loses a dear friend.)

23) Mike Dolce vs. Jesse Taylor (Jesse could have finished the fight so much earlier. Or be more aggressive with his excellent position. Same goes for Dolce in the few instances when he had the dominating spot.)

24) Dante Rivera vs. Jesse Taylor (Jesse’s third showing and my goodness it is worse than ever. Snoozer. Heavyweight fights in TUF 2 have more action than a Jesse fight.)

Confessional count

PRINCE MCLEAN 2 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessionals: 2
Confessional average: 2.0

JOHN CLARKE 3 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessionals: 3
Confessional average: 3.0

STEVE BYRNES 2 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessionals: 2
Confessional average: 2.0

DAVID BAGGETT 1 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessionals: 1
Confessional average: 1.0

JOHN WOOD 1 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessionals: 1
Confessional average: 1.0

DAVID MEWBORN 0 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessionals: 0
Confessional average: 0.0

REGGIE ORR 1 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessionals: 1
Confessional average: 1.0

DAVE ROBERTS 3 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessionals: 3
Confessional average: 3.0

DAN SIMMLER 0 / 1 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessionals: 1
Confessional average: 0.5

ERIK CHARLES 0 / 1 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessionals: 1
Confessional average: 0.5

AARON MEISNER 0 / 0 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessionals: 0
Confessional average: 0.0

MIKE MARRELLO 0 / 0 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessionals: 0
Confessional average: 0.0

JEREMIAH RIGGS 3 / 1 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessionals: 4
Confessional average: 2.0

NICK ROSSBOROUGH 0 / 2 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessionals: 2
Confessional average: 1.0

JOSH HALL 0 / 1 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X
Confessionals: 1
Confessional average: 0.5

PAUL BRADLEY 0 / 0 / 1 / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X / X

MIKE DOLCE 2 / 0 / 13 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 0
Confessionals: 18
Confessional average: 1.5

MATTHEW RIDDLE 0 / 1 / 2 / 11 / 2 / 3 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 0
Confessionals: 24
Confessional average: 2.0

BRANDON SENE 0 / 1 / 2 / 2 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Confessionals: 12
Confessional average: 1.0

JEREMY MAY 5 / 0 / 3 / 1 / 5 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0
Confessionals: 24
Confessional average: 2.0

LUKE ZACHRICH 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 7 / 0 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0
Confessionals: 14
Confessional average: 1.17

GERALD HARRIS 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 1 / 0
Confessionals: 15
Confessional average: 1.25

PATRICK SCHULTZ 0 / 2 / 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Confessionals: 12
Confessional average: 1.0

NICK KLEIN 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 8 / 1 / 2 / 0 / 0
Confessionals: 15
Confessional average: 1.25

DANTE RIVERA 1 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0
Confessionals: 17
Confessional average: 1.42

MATT BROWN 0 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 6 / 7 / 0 / 1 / 8 / 1 / 0 / 0
Confessionals: 25
Confessional average:  2.08

DANIEL CRAMER 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0
Confessionals: 13
Confessional average: 1.08

CALE YARBROUGH 2 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 2 / 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 / 0
Confessionals: 13
Confessional average: 1.08

TIM CREDEUR 0 / 2 / 2 / 9 / 3 / 6 / 1 / 1 / 3 / 8 / 15 / 4
Confessionals: 54
Confessional average: 4.5

JESSE TAYLOR 0 / 3 / 8 / 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 7 / 11 / 6
Confessionals: 42
Confessional average: 3.5

CB DOLLAWAY 3 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 11 / 0 / 9
Confessionals: 37
Confessional average: 3.08

AMIR SADOLLAH 2 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 3 / 6 / 3 / 10 / 3 / 1 / 7
Confessionals: 36
Confessional average: 3.0

Conclusion

I must say the finale is weak. Besides the championship fight the other fights we did get to see were lacklustre. No crazy Scott Smith or Gray Maynard finishes. The finales are known for having the wildest finishes in UFC history but all of these bouts are pretty unmemorable. It will be known as Evan Tanner’s farewell as he dies from heat exposure in a desert about three months after the TUF 7 finale.

Overall did I like TUF 7? Sure, I guess. Am I not giving you a convincing enough answer? Sorry. I just don’t feel overly joyous after watching it but am not disappointed with it either. It is better than the trainwreck of TUF 2 but is nowhere near the quality of the last couple seasons. Why did this season ultimately not do as well?

1) Too rushed. They needed to increase the episode order if they wanted to have 32 fighters for two episodes. 23 tournament fights shown in 12 episodes where most of the fights go at least two rounds makes for one really long fight card rather than a fully developed competition.

2) No characters stand out. Who is the biggest character of the season? Matt Brown for being a quiet but tough man who is a bore in confessionals? Jeremy May who is an early boot that has about three episodes where he is featured? CB Dollaway who emerges as a d—-bag at the end of the season? Chipper for his funky attitude? This cast is like Survivor: Cook Islands. No one will stand out after the season is done. Roman’s first round exit from last season trumps Paul Bradley’s in terms of entertainment value and possessing a personality. This season could very well go down as the least memorable season ever.

3) No storylines. This season is all telling but no showing. The fighters tell us what happened but there is not any context. Jesse Taylor’s raging incident is pure shock value as we know nothing about Jesse that would make us think he would do something like that. Matt Brown doesn’t do any psychotic things in the house but yet everyone boasts about how tough and how much of a maniac he is. But as a viewer it does nothing for us.

4) Too many fights in too little time. By the end of the season we average about twenty minutes of fighting per episode. Add in the promos, recaps, and ‘previously on’ and ‘next time’ on segments and we are given very little content that can be stored for us.

5) Having 32 fighters added nothing. It did not eliminate poseurs nor pu–ies. Paul was sent home because of stress from the twist. Jeremy made it into the house. And Jesse, the biggest poseur ever when he is drunk, made it to the Final Two. Production should be very happy that none of the fighters got injured despite having to do three to four fights in less than a month. I assume this will backfire much more in later seasons if they continue the 32-person cast in the future.

However, there are some good things about the season:

1) Rampage is the funniest coach in TUF history. Forrest firing a net gun and Chris Leben’ing a door are major highlights. Forrest’s screaming too is great. Rampage losing his temper is perhaps the most memorable thing of the season.

2) Those who love MMA but hate reality shows will love this season. You get to see fight after fight after fight without the house nonsense.

3) Never has the house been more destroyed. Pretty impressive to kick out a railing.

4) Most of the fights were competitive and overall fun to watch.

5) John Clarke drops seventeen pounds successfully in 24 hours.

6) Rules go back to whichever team wins the fight controls the next fight pick.

7) Jesse Taylor’s post-production incident creates one of the strangest and most unusual production situations for a competitive reality show ever. There has not been a stranger situation in over twelve years that I have seen play out on TV in this genre. Noah Inhofer’s exit is no longer the dumbest decision made on TUF.

That’s really all I have to say regarding TUF 7. I look forward to Noguiera versus Mir and hope that we don’t have sixteen fighters squished into ten episodes. Will production learn their lesson? We will soon find out.

The Ultimate Fighter 5 – 8.99/10
The Ultimate Fighter 3 – 8.5/10
The Ultimate Fighter (1) –  8/10
The Ultimate Fighter 6 – 7.7/10
The Ultimate Fighter 4 – 6.8/10
The Ultimate Fighter 7 – 6.5/10
The Ultimate Fighter 2 – 6.0/10

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