"The Ultimate Fighter saved my career," says Tim Credeur

Tim Credeur almost stopped fighting before being tapped to be on The Ultimate Fighter.

“I don’t know if I was going to quit fighting completely, but I hit 30 and I had been doing this a long time,” he told MMAWeekly Radio recently.

“I didn’t really see any foreseeable future in terms of me having to support my family. I was kind of in a situation where I was finishing school and it was time for me to get on it about the fight thing or do something else. I have a wife I love very much. Seeing someone you love going through all those trials and tribulations for you trying to follow your dream is kind of tough. I couldn’t see myself making the sacrifices and her having to make it too anymore unless there was going to be some light at the end of the tunnel.”

The Louisiana native took a few fights before submitting his application to The Ultimate Fighter for consideration. “I took a fight at the end of September with a guy who had 60 or 70 fights and I took a fight at the end of October on one of Rich Clementi’s cards and I beat a pretty tough guy from EliteXC.”

Luckily for the fans, Credeur was accepted to The Ultimate Fighter and made it to the semi-finals of season 7, losing to Jesse Taylor by decision. When Taylor was kicked off of the show, he came back and lost a unanimous decision to C.B. Dollaway. Credeur recently defeated Cale Yarbrough at UFC Fight Night 14.

“I sent my application in to The Ultimate Fighter and that was it. If I wasn’t going to get in The Ultimate Fighter, I would have called it quits,” he said. “Just because it was getting to be time where I could see it being the twilight of my career, and still fighting in small shows just wasn’t an option for me anymore. I think The Ultimate Fighter saved my career. We’ll see how it goes from here.”

Credeur is currently preparing for a fight against Nate Loughran on Wednesday night at the UFC’s Fight for the Troops on Spike TV.