There are a bunch of talented guys on TUF 7 this season, but Tim Credeur is one of the two fighters that I've been paying the most attention too. C.B. Dollaway is the other. Tim got his black belt in jiu-jitsu from Rodrigo Medeiros and his black belt in judo from the All-Navy judo team. He's trained with some of the biggest names in MMA such as Ricco Rodriguez, Tito Ortiz, Javier Vazquez, Travis Tooke, and Jean-Jacques Machado, just to name a few, and is highly noted as being the jiu-jitsu instructor for MMA veterans Yves Edwards, Carlo Prater, and Rocky Long, among others. He's also been a friend of OTM for years and is featured on our 101 Submissions DVD.
Forrest Griffin was well aware of Tim's jiu-jitsu black belt as he told Dana White and Rampage Jackson about this during the preliminary elimination process, where there were 16 fights on Day 1 to determine which 16 fighters were worthy a spot in the house on TUF 7. Forrest commented on how legit his jiu-jitsu black belt was as the fight began. As Rampage went to thank him for the inside information, Dana said I don't think it's a secret now, just look. He said this as Tim systematically took down his opponent Erik Charles, passed his guard, and set up a flawless walk-around armbar from side control. Forrest went on to choose Tim as the first member of Team Forrest during the team selection process.
Last night on TUF 7: Episode 4, Tim lived up to Forrest and his assistant coach Cameron Diffley's expectations and avenged the vicious KO loss that his jiu-jitsu and OTM brethren Dan Simmler suffered at the hands of Matthew Riddle during Day 1's elimination. In what was one of the most action-packed battles in TUF history, Tim prevailed by displaying beautiful sweeps and guard passes to neutralize Riddle's very impressive wrestling and takedowns.