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The Ultimate Fighter 7: Week 4 Recap

When we last left you, Team Forrest’s Jesse Taylor secured a RNC to tap out Team Rampage’s Mike Dolce and take control of the house.

Here are the teams, sans Dolce, coming into tonight’s episode:

    Team Rampage

    * C.B. Dollaway
    * Matt Riddle
    * Patrick Schultz
    * Daniel Cramer
    * Gerald Harris
    * Jesse May
    * Brandon Sene

    Team Forrest

    * Tim Credeur
    * Amir Sadollah
    * Jesse Taylor (Won)
    * Matt Brown
    * Cale Yarbrough
    * Dante Rivera
    * Nick Klein
    * Luke Zachrich

As we join the house the fighters are, you might want to sit down for this, drinking. Jesse Taylor is having trouble opening his beer to celebrate his win and once he accomplishes that he goes on to the second house favorite of breaking something (the shutters). Jesse seems like he has trouble doing alot of things but opening a beer isn’t one of them.

Matt Riddle (Rampage) and Dante Rivera (Forrest) are exchanging insults and busting each other’s balls. Rivera states, “on camera,” that if Riddle ever beat him he’d retire.

Team Rampage discussing who they think Team Forrest will pick to fight. Most believe they’ll select Patrick Schultz as they’ve already seen him lose and he just returned to the house. Schultz says he’s training like he’s fighting Dante Rivera.

Fight Announcement: Team Forrest picks Tim Credeur (Forrest) vs Matthew Riddle (Rampage). Forrest states Credeur approached him about the fight saying he thought it’d be favorable and Forrest agreed. Weigh-in the next day and fight the next.

Riddle and Rivera continue to exchange insults in the living room with Rivera betting Riddle $500 that he wouldn’t get out of the first round. Riddle responds that he’s not interested and he’s not a betting man. Especially funny that Rivera is still talking even though he had the chance to fight Riddle and didn’t take it. Rivera: “I used to be a used car salesman so I’m pretty good at getting into peoples heads.”

Weigh-in: Matt Riddle (183) vs Tim Credeur (186). Credeur makes a couple of rude comments in the staredown.

Riddle comments that he loves his mom and she drives him around everywhere. Oh dear.

Tim Credeur (10-2) vs Matt Riddle (1-0)

Round 1: No touch to start and Riddle immediately goes for the takedown, goes around Credeur, gets his back, and takes him to the ground. Riddle, with back control, looks for the hooks as Credeur looks to break his feet apart. After a minute Credeur breaks free and we’re back to our feet in the center. Hard leg kicks by Credeur as Riddle fails with a takedown attempt. Leg kick returned by Riddle as he fails at another takedown but slams Credeur to his back when he tries the same. Credeur works to his butt and stands up against the cage to restart them. They exchange solid shots before they’re back to the ground with Credeur on top for the first time up against the cage. Nice upkick by Riddle as Credeur looks to improve position but loses it and Riddle takes his back yet again. Credeur looks for a leg but Riddle comes back over the top with shots to get dominant position again in Credeur’s butterfly guard. Credeur again does solid work to take the top and transitions into the full mount, raining down punches on Riddle’s head, landing a few solidly. Tim lands four or five more very hard shots as the ref is starting to take a closer look near the end of the round. Credeur takes his back with a body triangle and attempts a choke but the round ends.

Riddle looked like the better fighter for the first 3 1/2 minutes but Credeur absolutely dominated in the end and probably stole the round.

Round 2: Riddle with a takedown to start the second and we begin as we started last round. Credeur with nice control on the ground as Riddle can’t really do anything to improve his position as right on time it’s swept and Credeur has Riddle down against the cage. Credeur using short elbows looking to set up a kimura before standing back up and sending down a couple more hard punches to Riddle’s head. They’re back up and Credeur looks a bit gassed suddenly and Riddle uses the opportunity to fire away and land several strikes before taking him back down. Unsure why he did that as Rampage yells, “he should have stood up with him.” Rampage screaming at Matt to let him up but he’s not listening as he’d apparently rather be trapped in Credeur’s guard doing nothing. Riddle transitions his way right to his back as he’s still not learning his lesson. Matt with a chance to get up but he’s too slow and Credeur takes advantage hopping on him looking for an armbar. He gets it and Riddle taps.

WINNER: Tim Credeur, sub (armbar), 4:05 of Rd 2

Rampage is more than upset that Matt Riddle wasn’t listening to him, and who can blame him as he was his second pick. Riddle showed some solid ability but he wasn’t thinking and made poor decisions. Though he certainly made a good impression and we may be seeing him a few years down the line.

Team Forrest now leads 2-0 and keeps control of the house.

NEXT WEEK: Rampage loses his temper and Michael Bisping shows up as a helper coach.

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