TUF finale - Jesse Taylor's Meltdown, Tim and CB's second chance

John Lombard@@JohnLombard3Senior Analyst IJune 19, 2008

Last night's episode of the Ultimate Fighter showed two of the best fights I've ever seen in seven seasons. The fight between Amir Sadollah and CB Dalloway kicked off the show to see who would fight Jesse Taylor in the finale this Saturday. 

I believe CB was winning the fight through the first two rounds.  He was able to get Amir on the ground and punish him, although he couldn't finish him off as he did with Cale Yarbrough and Nick Klein.  Amir was able to get some good shots in on him and knocked him down a few times. 

Near the end of the third round, CB had him in what he and most of the viewers though would be a rear naked choke.  Amir, the toughest fighter on the show, was able to get way with it and submit CB with an arm bar. 

This win seemed to be quite an upset around the gym, even to Amir.

Before the fight, he even stated he thought he was the underdog. That title wasn't a hindrance to Amir as he came out and gave CB an absolute war for three rounds. 

Once that fight was over, we heard Dana White talking about how some of the fighters stayed in Las Vegas for a few extra days. Dana told them to have fun and all that stuff—but to behave and represent the UFC the right way. 

Jesse Taylor must've been in the bathroom during this speech.

White was shown security tapes from the hotel parking lot and lobby.  The first tape showed Jesse Taylor kick out a window from the limo he had ridden in that night. 

Then he got out and ran into the hotel and started harassing some of the female workers. When security tried to calm him down he starts shouting "Do you know who the F#$% I am? I'm in the F'N UFC!" 

Dana called in Forrest and Rampage to show them the tapes and get their reactions.  They both pretty much responded the same way, saying they were disappointed Jesse did that because they liked the guy. At the same time they also remarked that you don't want someone like that representing your company. 

The decision for Dana was simple. 

Jesse then came back to the gym for what he thought was just a follow-up to get ready for the finale.  Dana asked him what happened that night and ultimately, after much evasion by Jesse, told him that "Vegas is my town and he (Dana) knows everything that goes on there" so he's out. 

There is some incentive for Jesse to try to keep his wits about him.  Dana did say to just go home and get his head on straight and then call him in a couple of months when he's settled down. 

I watched an interview that SpikeTV.com did with Jesse Taylor this morning and he said he's been attending Alcoholics Anonymous classes and has completely ruled alcohol out of his life. 

I hope he gets a second chance and is thankful for what he's being given the second time.  He's a good fighter and could have a good career in the UFC.

So after all this Dana had to make a decision. He brought CB and Tim back to the gym to explain what happened. Then he told them he had decided to have those two fight each other to see who is going to replace Jesse in the finale. 

This was a match-up I wanted to see all season long. The two number one picks for each coach were finally going to do battle.

Dana brought Amir back in to explain the situation and have him watch the fight. 

As far as the fight goes, I'm sure fans of CB are happy to see him get a rematch but I don't think he won that fight. 

The first round was very close and tough to call. 

My opinion is that Tim won that round by a close margin. They were both exchanging big shots and CB did some damage to Tim. Tim knocked CB down with a punch near the end of the round. CB only had one take down in the round and it was with about three seconds left. 

The second round I gave to CB without question. The fight was almost over for a second when CB had Tim against the fence and was unloading bombs on him.

I gave Tim the third round.  I thought he landed some good shots and when CB would take him down he defended his mount very well.  CB didn't do enough to grant him the third round in my opinion. 

When he did take him down he would just sit on top of him and catch his breath.  With about a 1:20 left in the round he was standing up as Tim was trying to get to his feet after a take down and just stood there for 20 seconds doing nothing. It appeared that he was stalling. 

He was staying close enough where Tim didn't dare try to get up or he'd expose himself but at the same time I don't think he was planning on doing anything except stand there. Tim eventually kicked him away and got to his feet. 

I was shocked when the decision was a majority decision for CB.  I though if anything it'd be a split decision if CB was to win. 

Now Amir and CB will go to battle again.

I think the advantage is in CB's corner.  He was the favorite in the first fight and is again in this fight.  Now he's got time to train and get ready for Amir and will have the whole redemption thing going for him. 

I don't think it's going to be an easy win for him if he does win but he's got that on his side.  Amir is going to give him an absolute battle so CB better come ready to fight.

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