TUF: Episode 2: Rampage & Forrest Griffin

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Some people have complained about TUF having the guys fight before allowing their characters to develop.  But I think it was a good idea to shuffle things up.  I think they could have at least let the fighters know that they would have to fight their way into the house. It might have been 30 seconds of good TV to catch the look of surprise on their faces, but these guys give up a lot to be on this show.

Plus, did they get paid for these  pre-fights?

As far as BJJ is concerned, Timothy Credeur and Matt Brown stood out. Timothy Credeur easily dispatched his opponent and Brown demonstrated fluency not only in BJJ but has an all around game. I love to watch MMA but I wonder how the sport will look when everyone has black belt level Jiu-jitsu skills (or the equivalent) and have striking skills to match. 

One last point: Do some fighters know their opponents are out and ‘go for the kill’ anyway?  It seemed as if Matthew Riddle, who made Dan Simmler moan uncontrollably after pounding him senseless after he knocked him down, could see that his opponent was out. In MMA they say go until the ref stops it, but if someone really gets hurt because of just one senseless punch, MMA may be relegated to the underground again….



2 thoughts on “TUF: Episode 2: Rampage & Forrest Griffin

    Bronson said:
    April 14, 2008 at 7:55 am

    It’s pretty creepy when the other guy keeps pounding an opponent that’s obviously out from our perspective in the audience. But you’ve got to leave it to the ref to stop the fight, because you honestly can’t expect the fighter to be that cognizant of what’s going on.

    A fight is a lot more intense than a match in a jiu jitsu competition – The guys from my gym who have fought talk about how they can’t even remember what happened in their fights until afterwards, when they see video of it.

    Simmler’s knockout was the worst I’ve ever seen, but even his injuries weren’t life-threatening. I heard that his jaw got broken in three places which is pretty gruesome, but not crippling or life-threatening.

    JiuJitsu365 said:
    April 14, 2008 at 9:52 am


    You’re right it is a delicate balance.

    I used to box a little bit and I have been out on my feet and was able to continue fighting; even though I knew I was in lala land. Sometimes when I would open my eyes, my opponent would be standing there in full attack mode without even noticing my brief departure.

    My only hope is that those who do know that their opponent is out will stop.

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