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Team Rampage blog: C.B. Dollaway on episode No. 11 of "TUF7" |
by C.B. Dollaway on Jun 12, 2008 at 8:49 pm ET
Welcome back to my blog for the latest episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 7.”
The show is winding down, and the best fighters are in the semifinals. I wanted to thank all of you for the time you have taken to read my blog. I try to bring a little behind-the-scenes stuff to you and share with you what it was like living a life on a reality show that is aired on national TV.
This episode started with the coaches’ challenge, which was a game of H.O.R.S.E. (UFC-style), and Rampage Jackson got smoked. That was not editing; he really sucked that bad at basketball.
Rampage is lucky he has a UFC contract and that making baskets and fighting do not have anything to do with one another. Forrest Griffin, on the other hand, was on the money. He made easy work of Rampage, and he has some serious basketball skills.
After the game we hung out in the suite and ate sushi, and the guys who were out of the tournament were drinking and enjoying themselves. Team Forrest loved the extra $2,000 they each just won due to their coach. Everyone was pretty excited, and these little breaks from the house really helped us all get our minds right.
Then inspired by Forrest "Chuck Taylor" Griffin, Dante Rivera challenged Dan Cramer to a game of hoops. Dante said he would spot Cramer five points and bet $100 (we are poor, so $100 to us was like $10,000 to Dana White) -- a bet that Cramer gladly accepted. Surprisingly Dante had some serious game and made a real run at Cramer, but the five points he spotted Cramer cost him the game and the $100. Still, Dante has some good skills on the court.
JT Money. That was Jesse Taylor's alternate personality. We all called him "Little John" (as in "Little John McCarthy"), but he was all about the JT Money. When they show Jesse getting his hair cut and ranting about JT Money, that perfectly captured life with Jesse. He was a constant source of entertainment for all of his housemates. His poetry will hopefully be on a bonus disc when the “TUF 7” DVD is released.
Jesse is a great wrestler and, as it was shown in his fight with Tim, he has some pretty effective ground and pound. I think Jesse is one of those anomalies in the sport. He can party like a rock star and still find a way to cut the weight and show up fight ready. For me I have to cut all that crazy stuff out of my life months before I fight. I don't know how he does it, but as you saw on this episode, he does -- and it does not affect him when he fights.
When he was in the hot tub all drunk, he asked for "one more drink." I figured I would add fuel to the fire, and I headed in and grabbed a bottle of gin and handed it to him. He didn’t look at it or anything; he just grabbed it and started chugging it. As the bottle emptied into his body, he got a strange look on his face and stopped drinking and said "YUCKIE" and then started throwing up in the hot tub. He then jumped into the ice-cold pool to rinse the puke off him. Yes, they had to drain the hot tub after this incident.
This party happened right after the quarterfinals, and almost everyone was ready to blow off steam. We all had a week until we had to fight again, so the party got pretty out of hand.
Tim Credeur and Dante Rivera seemed to take care of Jesse when he went on his journeys. They were always right there with him trying to get him to drink a little less and party a little less. They were his handlers. As you saw on the show, Tim is just one of those guys that seems to really care about everyone he comes into contact with. He and Jesse really formed a bond that will last beyond the show.
When Tim and Jesse were getting ready for their fight, they chose to train together. They felt that they had trained together this long and a few days apart wouldn't make that much of a difference. I was training for my fight with Amir Sadollah as it was the same day as Tim and Jesse's fight, and I was glad none of them came over to our side. If I advance, I am fighting one of them, and I wanted as much focused attention as I could get.
We all four weighed in on the same day. I know I am seen in my underwear a lot; I want to assure you I am not trying to get an Under Armour underwear contract or anything like that. I am sure my fellow cast mates will tell you I was not walking around fulltime in my skivvies. I never -- and I mean NEVER -- sparred or play-fought anyone in my underwear.
When they showed Jesse and Tim checking their weight they were about 10 pounds over. Most of us were walking around at 195, and when we would finish practice. I would be about 190. I do not think anyone really had any troubles making weight.
A lot of people ask me if Jesse was like that or whether he was the product of outrageous editing. Jesse was what we saw. Initially I thought it was an act and he was BSing us all. Over time it was apparent that that was and is Jesse Taylor. I think everyone really enjoyed Jesse and his antics.
The fight was pretty lopsided between Tim and Jesse. Jesse was too strong for Tim, and Tim waited too long to figure out his butterfly guard was effective against Jesse. When Tim had Jesse in his guard, he was eating punches the whole time. Tim had some great submission attempts, but overall, he was just overpowered and took too long to impose his game plan on Jesse.
I am heading into a battle with Amir. Just in the few clips they showed at the end of the episode, I saw things I did not recall in the fight. Our bout is an all-out war, and it is a fight you do not want to miss.
HW: Andrei Arlovski, Cain Velazquez
LHW: Tito Ortiz, Forrest Griffin, Rampage, Ryan Bader
MW: Rich Franklin, Gegard Mousasi, Jorge Santiago
WW: GSP, Carlos Condit
LW: Kenny Florian, Sean Sherk, Nate Diaz