Tim Credeur & Fightville III
By Sandi Martin
If you are from Louisiana, live in Louisiana or are just a fan of Louisiana MMA then you definitely know who Tim Credeur is. The legendary teacher, coach and retired fighter is a Rodrigo Medeiros BJJ 3rd degree black belt. At the end of 2017 you probably saw him give Dustin Poirier his black belt!
You might know him as Coach from Gladiators or Headkicks, South Louisiana’s most respected schools for mixed martial arts. I remember him as one of my first favourite UFC fighters because he talked like me and there weren’t a whole lot of guys fighting out of Acadiana back then.
You probably mostly remember “Crazy” Tim Credeur from his memorable appearance on The Ultimate Fighter Season 7, but just in case you’ve forgotten that drama, let’s recap it.
After losing a disappointing decision to his friend Jesse Taylor in the semi-finals, Taylor went out to celebrate in Las Vegas and that’s when things got a little out of hand. A drunken Taylor was captured on hotel security footage kicking out the side windows of a rented limousine and announcing himself as a “UFC Fighter” to hotel security and guests close by.
That was obviously the end of Jesse’s stint on TUF but Dana White did soften the blow by mentioning a possible scenario where Taylor could eventually earn his way back to the organization a few months down the road after going home and getting his life together.
The sincerity of his offer was cemented when Taylor joined AA and portrayed a serious new sober attitude that sharply contrasted his reckless behaviour during that Las Vegas incident that would come to define him.
Credeur seemingly caught a lucky break when Taylor was disqualified, but his second chance against replacement, C.B. Dolloway, ended with him on the losing end of another decision. Dolloway went on to fight and be defeated by Amir Sadollah in the TUF finale, but we had not seen the last of Tim Credeur, not by a long shot.
In the UFC the Cajun submission specialist from Breaux Bridge banged out a string of victories, including wins over Cale Yarbrough and Nick Catone. After suffering a loss to Nate Quarry, he was KO’d by Ed “Short Fuse” Herman and ultimately made the decision to retire from fighting in 2013 in favour of coaching at his new gym in Lafayette.
Bayou Fighting Championships is the MMA Promotion owned and operated by Tim Credeur and his business partner, the legendary Joe Ancona. The State of Louisiana is not always an easy place to do business, especially when that business is fighting, but these two are pulling it off and doing it well.
Now on the third instalment of the Fightville franchise, the formula has seemingly been perfected and this particular card has “barn burner” written all over it. With big local names like Justin Mead, JD Domengeaux and Chris Jean Baptiste at the top of the official fight card, this third instalment will almost certainly be the best card Bayou FC has assembled. Tickets are selling fast and there is an air of excitement extending far beyond the state of Louisiana.