Two quarterfinal bouts are on tap this week as four of Team Forrest’s six remaining fighters go head-to-head for their spot in the semis. Jesse Taylor faces Dante Rivera and close friends Amir Sadollah and Matt Brown go toe-to-toe this week on “The Ultimate Fighter 7”.
The first order of business is determining which two of Forrest Griffin’s fighters will be cornered by opposing coach Quinton Jackson. Griffin refuses to make a decision so Dana White flips a coin and Griffin will corner Taylor and Sadollah while Rivera and Brown temporarily head to Team Rampage.
After a bit of weight cutting antics from Taylor, who ate junk food leading up to the bout then cut weight by playing ping pong in a plastic suit, the first bout commences and its Taylor versus Rivera.
Taylor takes Rivera down from the outset of the bout and doesn’t let him up for nearly the entire duration, ground and pounding his way to a unanimous decision victory and a spot in the semifinals.
We quickly switch gears to the second bout as friends Amir Sadollah and Matt Brown square off in the octagon. Brown fires fast and furious from the onset but Sadollah’s chin is superb and he weathers the onslaught before returning with an offensive assault of his own. The furious pace continues for the remainder of the opening round but quickly resumes in the second. After some more standup offense by both fighters Sadollah is able to take his opponent to the ground and transitions to the mount position. Sadollah is able to ground and pound briefly from the dominant position but Brown escapes. In the scramble Sadollah secures a fight-ending triangle choke that forces the more experienced Brown to tap. An impressive offensive showing by Sadollah and Brown but it’s Sadollah moving on to the semis.
Next week it’s Dan Cramer versus Tim Credeur and Cale Yarbrough versus CB Dollaway in the final quarterfinal bouts.
- Jesse Taylor def. Dante Rivera via unanimous decision
- Amir Sadollah def. Matt Brown via submission – Round 2
- Daniel Cramer (1-0)
- CB Dollaway (1-0)
- Gerald Harris
Eliminated by Amir Sadollah – Week 7
- Pat Schultz
Eliminated by Cale Yarbrough – Week 7
- Jeremy May (0-1)
Eliminated by Matt Brown – Week 6
- Brandon Sene (0-1)
Eliminated by Dante Rivera – Week 5
- Matthew Riddler (0-1)
Eliminated by Tim Credeur – Week 4
- Mike Dolce (0-1)
Eliminated by Jesse Taylor – Week 3
- Paul Bradley (0-0)
Eliminated due to medical issues
- Jesse Taylor (2-0)
- Amir Sadollah (2-0)
- Tim Credeur (1-0)
- Cale Yarbrough (1-0)
- Dante Rivera (1-1)
Eliminated by Jesse Taylor – Week 9
- Matt Brown (1-1)
Eliminated by Amir Sadollah – Week 9
- Nick Klein (0-1)
Eliminated by CB Dollaway – Week 8
- Luke Zachrich (0-1)
Eliminated by Daniel Cramer – Week 6
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