Team Rampage blog: C.B. Dollaway discusses episode No. 7 of "TUF7"
by Eric Foster on May 15, 2008 at 10:23 am ET
Welcome to my latest "TUF" blog. I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day, and happy belated Mother's Day to all the moms out there. I wanted to thank everyone who has responded positively to my sponsors, my website and these blogs. I struggle with what to write and am glad you enjoy what little I have to say.
On this episode, we are shown two more fights, and again, very little house time. Back at the house Patrick Schultz, Gerald Harris and I are discussing the possible opponents and getting to know one another. Both guys are great and made for excellent roommates and training partners. Gerald was in Arizona this week, and he came by Arizona Combat Sports and trained with us a few times. He really impressed the coaches and my teammates at ACS.
Patrick is just that guy. You know the kind that just makes you feel like you have known him for years. I was really enjoying training with and getting to know Pat. He has traveled many places, and his experiences in life help him in the fighting world. He wasn't the most skilled fighter in the house but he made up for it with (in my best Boston accent) HEART. Every thing you see on screen is even better off camera, even the hair. If you check out his MySpace, you will see that his students have made a lot of tribute goofs on his hair. He displays them all proudly, and that is the kind of stuff that makes me a Patrick Schultz fan.
When we found out Rampage Jackson was going to pair up Gerald with Amir Sadollah, Pat and I then began dissecting the final two. I think we all thought control was going to stay in our hands. If we won, I wanted to fight Cale Yarbrough pretty bad. He was running his mouth to me in the house, and it was getting old fast. Cale was acting as if he was somehow above all of this stuff because his coach and friend, Forrest Griffin, helped him with making the final 32. The fact is the one time in Cale's life he needed a friend's help was at the tattoo parlor. I swear he must have gone into the tattoo parlor with $2 and a don't-take-no-for-an-answer attitude. Who the hell brands himself outside of prison? He needs to get that thing worked on; it's not hardcore!
I wanted Cale and felt like either he or Nick Klien would match up nicely for me. I have wrested since I was 4 or 5 years old, and to be honest, it bores the hell out me when overly used in MMA. I love wrestling with a passion, but I am proud to be called a striker. When in a fight, I love to stand and trade punches with my opponent. I knew Cale liked to stand, and I would've loved to kick and punch him a few times for all of the stupid stuff he had said.
Patrick also wanted Cale -- not because of his attitude but because Patrick felt that he could win a lot easier with a stand-up guy rather than a wrestler. I knew Patrick and I were going to fight the same day, so in my mind, I prepared for Klein and dreamed about smashing Cale.
So the day of the Gerald's fight is here, and basically, both teams are sure they have a victory in their pocket. Gerald is a great wrestler who has a lot of top-level experience. In practice he was strong and aggressive, and he really impressed us all.
Amir was someone we did not know a whole lot about. Coming into the show, he was 0-0 in MMA. He had a mullet, which was just amazing to see in this day and age. When I saw his first fight on TV, I was less than impressed. This fight, however, showed me something I had not seen before. Amir is a calculating fighter; he is almost always setting something up. He is also very tough; he allows his opponent to beat on him, and he stays extremely calm and continues to work on his game plan.
In the fight Gerald showed how powerful he is, and in most circumstances, those slams would change the tide of a fight. In this fight all they did was tire out Gerald and allow Amir some more opportunities to look for an opening. I am sure everyone watching the fight gave round one to Gerald.
Round two begins with Gerald being very tired. He still goes out and imposes his will on Amir. In my eyes he is once again doing enough to be winning this round on all scorecards. Then out of nowhere that knee appears to land on the button, and Gerald looks out.
I have seen a lot of people get KO'd like that, and to this day, Gerald says he was not out. Either way he was dropped by the knee and then did not intelligently defend himself, and the fight was called.
The melt down that ensued was edited in Gerald's favor. He really lost it, and that went on for about 10 minutes. He had given up so much to get here and the feeling of that coming to an end was too much to bear. I had an empty feeling in my stomach for Gerald. It feels terrible to be winning and then all of a sudden you have lost. It is very difficult to deal with. In your mind you were dominating, and therefore, there should have been no way for you to lose.
Amir proved he has a lot of heart, a crazy sprawl and staying power. I loved the kick off to a flying knee. There is no doubt in my mind Amir is not a practicing member of Jeremy Jitsu.
Forrest regains control, and Schultz and I are a little pissed by the fact that when we fight and who we fight are back in Forrest hands.
At fight selection it was decided that Patrick would face Cale, and Nick and I would fight. The fights would happen the same day, and I was stoked to be fighting soon.
Last night was the first time I saw the Patrick-Cale fight, as I was getting ready for my own fight when it originally took place. I do not quite understand how that fight went to a decision. It was easily tied after the second round. Patrick beat Cale "I Hate Grappling" Yarbrough on his feet -- he actually dominated Cale. In round two Cale needed to fall back on that grappling he loves so much. I would score round two 10-9 for Cale, but I had round one scored 10-8 for Schultz. Either way this fight had to be heading toward a third round for the tiebreaker.
When I was in the holding area I heard the commotion and knew we had either a huge KO or controversy. Imagine warming up -- and your corner and the other team's corner gets in a fight on national TV. Both corners were cursing and throwing things around, and I was trying to get ready for a fight.
From watching it on TV and hearing about it a few times from my team, it was clear that Rampage was pissed about Forrest's lack of backbone. When Dana White said "we have a decision," both coaches were on the same page and saying "no way" and "we need a third round." Then out of nowhere Forrest backs down from his "we will do a third" comments and accepts a BS win.
Rampage says what he means and means what he says. He expects that out of everyone around him. His furry is less about a close fight going to Team Forrest and more about the fact that had Team Rampage got that win, Quinton would have still wanted a third round. What is right is right, and that is what sent Quinton over the edge.
I think everyone is frustrated at this point. The judges are affecting outcomes, and the results are devastating to those on the losing end. Both coaches had an opportunity to right a wrong, and only one stood up. I am up next, and I cannot wait. I know that whatever happens, I cannot leave it up to these judges.
For me the funniest line was when Patrick told Forrest to shut up and that he couldn't wait for his fight against Rampage. That is Patrick's East Coast swagger in full effect. I hope that after my fight next week, we get to show you some of us spending time in the house. So far Rampage has been over to the house a lot, and we are all really getting to know him. It's a shame they don't show that each week.
Every Wednesday night at 10 p.m., my training partners and I from Arizona Combat Sports watch "TUF 7: at a local bar called The Baer's Den in Tempe. It would be great if any of my local fans can come out and watch my fight next week with me. There is no cover, so come out and hang with me.