Amir Sadollah’s Ultimate Fighter Blog (Episode 6)
May 8th, 2008, 8:41 am · Post a Comment · posted by carias
Amir Sadollah. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE UFCAmir Sadollah is one of 16 middleweights to fight their way into the house for a chance to win a contract with the UFC on Spike TV’s reality series “The Ultimate Fighter 7.”
Sadollah is writing a weekly blog to give ocregister.com readers a behind-the-scenes look at everything that goes down in the house, during training and in the fights.
TUF 7 airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on Spike TV, and Sadollah’s blog posts immediately following each episode.
Riding in the van was the only time of day we got to see the outside world. Our days usually consisted of waking up, going to the gym, coming back and eating, going back to the gym, coming back and eating again.
Other than that, we had nothing to do but sit in the house and look at each other. So twice a day, like excited dogs going to the park, we got in the van and got a little view of the outside world and cracked jokes.
Jeremy taking shots did have us fooled, and it wasn’t until later we found out they were fake. Matt was quick to remark that it might be a trick or a cop out, either way, he wasn’t going to be lulled into a false sense of security. Whether it was his playing mind games or just trying to make room for excuse, Matt didn’t let Jeremy get in his head.
Matt Brown was indeed the most intense guy during sparring. The scene where he and Forrest were going hard before and after the bell was the norm. Forrest and Matt went hard with each other. They both are the type that go as hard as you can go, not afraid to escalate the situation to a brawl. One time Forrest and I started to bang pretty hard, and he joked, “Take it easy, you’re not Matt Brown, we don’t have that kind of relationship.”
Jeremy admitting his knee was not as hurt as advertised was surprise in that he actually said it out loud. The whole season we knew he did little to nothing during their team practice, and it was obvious it had little to do with his knee. It was kind of a slap in the face to all the guys that went home the first day, and would’ve killed to just be there and learn, fighting or not.
The fight between Matt and Jeremy was, as usual, very much like our coaches surmised it would go. Jeremy would come out throwing wild, looping punches and would quickly tire out. Despite his intensity and killer instinct, Matt is not a mindless brawler. To forget that, and think he is just going to swing until he hits you is a big mistake.
He took his time, saw what Jeremy had to offer, and then made his openings. Matt almost looked nonchalant, like he didn’t want to throw the head kick, but he decided the fight was getting boring to him, now.
Matt told me after the the fight how everything Jeremy threw was so unorthodox and sloppy it made him think something crisp and accurate was coming behind it, like he was being set up. When Matt saw that this was all he was doing, he took control and it was downhill for Jeremy from there.
I wished they had a bubble in the top corner of the screen of Forrest screaming for Matt to, “Let the animal loose!” at the top of his lungs. Then I wish they looped that over and over, even while Matt was like, making breakfast, playing cards, waking up in the morning, etc…
It didn’t make the air but on the way back to the warm-up room after the fight, Jeremy punched the wall and Pat Schultz said something to the effect of, “Too bad you couldn’t do that in the fight.”
Rampage asking Forrest how we were doing the picks was an example of Rampage hanging out and messing with us while his team was leaving and ours was entering. He would usually hang out for a few minutes, crack jokes, make fun of us, just kind of mess around to get a reaction out of us.
Luke vs Cramer was another good match up. Luke is a very intelligent fighter, both in training and in style. Cramer is well rounded, and one of the more game competitors this season. On paper and in reality this was a great fight.
I think Luke was very thrown off by Cramer’s aggressiveness, and started to figure out what he should be doing after he got fatigued. It’s true we joked how Cramer was kind of a pretty boy and doesn’t look mean, but one of the first lessons you learn as a fighter is never to judge a book by its cover.
Definitely, getting the nod for slugfest of the season, the first round was back and forth, but I gave the edge for damage done to Cramer, and Luke the advantage on the ground for getting the takedown and back mount.
Luke said his legs were gone when he stood up for the second round, he just felt like they were rubber. Your legs are probably the worst thing to have go in a fight, and its easy to justify why he felt like that, the first round was super high energy. I was really impressed with Cramer in that fight, he came out banging and finished the fight against a great opponent.
To quote Mark Beecher, our Muaythai coach, “Defense was a myth in that fight.”
One last thing, Rampage is a funny guy. I have no elaboration on that other than I was laughing out loud this whole episode.
I wonder if his “I got control” dance will catch on.