TUF 7 competitor Jesse
Taylor will be writing about his experience during
the show. Look for a new posting after each episode. Thanks to Jesse
family, friends, fans, and enemies! You are all loved, much respect to y’all.
Sorry for the late blog people. I just got back from Houston, Texas for a
wedding and it was great. I’m eager now to get back to training and
getting beat up at Team
Quest for daily
So episode 4 starts out
with me having a couple drinks and having some fun. I love the dudes at Spike
and UFC and how they portray me because it’s entertaining. I will give
them that. On the show I did have some fun; however, I worked my ass off-
harder than other people and drank on the show only 3 times. Those three
times were wild times, but I am curious to see if they’re going to
make me seem like a drunk. I think my fighting and training that they show
you guys will tell you that my work ethic is what makes me a good fighter
and good fighter to come. Hard work and training is what makes anyone awesome
at what they do. I can’t even tell you guys how many countless push
ups I do in the shower and that is one beautiful sight!
My philosophy on training
and everything is different, I believe. What I do is get a little loose,
have some drinks to unwind and relax after weeks of training. This makes
me want to get back to training even more for some reason, and I believe
it’s good to give the mind, body, and soul a break once in a while
to regroup, then get back to it. That is what I do and that is what you guys
saw. The blinds and dishwasher are so far some of my worst enemies and very
tough opponents for me in the fighter house. Ringworm is another tough cookie
to combat, but it is defeated by tough-acting Tinactin, as my good friend
and bunk mate Tim Credeur pointed out to me in the house.
BREAKDOWN OF FIGHT,
So tonight we see me unwinding
(after my fight) in the house, strategies of coaches, Dante Rivera and Matt
Riddle arguments, and training. If you pay attention to the show I think
our team, Team Forrest, had the advantage of training and coaching. We just
had more coaches and the advantage of a constant Muay Thai coach of Mark
Beecher. Now, people have different philosophies of training, but I believe
if you always go hard and pretty much just beat each other up on a daily
basis while learning new techniques and trying new fight moves, you’re
going to get better. We also conditioned better, had our own coach, and did
drills to work on our bodies so we could maintain our muscle mass and get
in better overall shape. With these tools you could not go wrong, plus our
own coach trained with us daily so we got better from that as well.
Our team, like I said earlier,
was diverse in their fighting styles. Each one of us was a different style
of fighter so we got to see different looks. Forest, Cameron, Mark, Gray,
and Norm also kicked my ass a lot, so with this hands-on experience of our
coaching staff we all got better. I feel Team Rampage got limited quality
time with their coaches. Forrest would spar and grapple with us constantly.
I do not believe Rampage did that with his team and definitely not all the
time. It is evident from watching the first two fights that our hard work
ethic, coaching, and diverse fight team was working out well for Team Forrest
(team BROWN NOSE).
Dante and Matt bickered
a lot, but it was mostly friendly arguments and consisted of Matt kind of
being the younger brother and Dante being the older brother. They would talk
shit to each other quite frequently and it was humorous. It was also strange
seeing the strategies of Team Rampage. Having the ball in your court is awesome,
and for future coaches I think it is more important getting to choose the
fights than picking who you think the best fighter is! We kept Team Rampage
constantly on their feet and from the looks of things they never had a clue
who or when they were going to fight. This is hard and we have a clear advantage
here. Mind over matter works, and it was tough for them not knowing when
they were fighting or who they were fighting. Patrick Schultz was not picked
as they thought and Matt Riddle was. Like I said before our strategy was
to get rid of some of their best fighters early – not to do Best vs
Worse because that is also not the warrior way. To me and from watching the
show it seemed we were going to do Best vs Worse but that was not our game
plan. Rather we chose our tough guys against their tough guys and considered
some good style match-ups. That was the genius plan of Forrest and our team,
and it worked.
I trained with Tim daily
and knew he was a tough brawler who loved to battle. He did not mind getting
hit in the face and like me could not go light. He relished the opportunity
to fight anyone and the dude’s a warhorse. He slept right above me
in the house, and would make terrific Southern Cajun style food for me, and
constantly let me eat his leftovers like a hungry dog. Tim is a seasoned
vet, who is comfortable anywhere in the fight, not to mention he’s
a black belt in jiu-jitsu, and he does THUG jitsu. That means he will hit
you in the face or bust a hole in your lip to get the choke or armbar. I
loved his training style and he loved the concept of fighting and being a
warrior. We had something in common. Riddle was a tough wrestler, good at
jiu-jitsu, and had powerful fists with a sprinkle of cockiness. That’s
also what makes a good fighter – you need to think you’re the
best to be the best. We heard it from Riddle, sometimes a lot. I still liked
the guy but although he was funny and entertaining, I still have to go with
my teammate here. I was confident going into the fight Tim would handle Riddle.
Matt Riddle proved once again that he was a gamer and tough kid by battling
with the seasoned vet Tim Credeur. The fight was back and fourth with plenty
of action. Stand up was a little to Riddle's side, and wrestling takedowns
even. Tim had much better ground work as the fight showed and it paid off.
Tim was constantly reversing Riddle on the ground while peppering him with
punches and elbows, even a high kick was thrown. Matt Riddle had good stand
up but was just not comfortable there and Tim loved to bang so he was. On
the ground Tim's jiu-jitsu was too much for Matt and I give Tim Round 1 because
he finished on top in full mount landing bombs on Riddle and causing his
nose to explode with blood.
Round 2 was much the same,
however, Matt Riddle had the slight edge here with his takedown and some
stand up work. Tim again reversed Riddle, and as Riddle was slowly fatiguing,
Tim Credeur went in for the kill, landing bombs on Riddle’s face, then
securing a beautiful armbar. 2-0 for Team Forrest!
The fights keep getting
better, and the show really hasn’t even begun yet. There’s going
to be drama, possible house fights, and I’m sure this is one of the
craziest houses and seasons yet with a ton of surprises never seen before.
This season will be never forgotten and best for years to come. Keep watching
lucky season 7 because it’s about to get CRAZY!!!!!! Later y’all
and see you next week.
Also come to McKee’s
Tavern Wednesday night in San Diego, off Camino del Norte, for a great
time. I will be there and give you secret details of what went down each
episode, and will be selling JTMONEY shirts that you can wear to support
me and give me secret power to try and win the whole deal. So come to McKee’s
Tavern and kick it with me!
Taylor's Website http://YoJTMoney.com