What's up everyone and welcome to The Ultimate Fighter 13 episode three blog with Chuck "Cold Steel" O'Neil. This episode was a lot more exciting than the first two and there's a lot to talk about so I'll get right into it.
After Chris' big win we headed back to the house, where myself along with the rest of Team Lesnar were left pretty confused as our coach referred to us as chicken sh**. This led to my highly talked about interview, where I referred to Brock as an a**hole for calling us that. This may seem disrespectful but I was pretty straight-forward about it and brought the situation up to him at practice as well, so it's not like I was talking behind his back. Brock sat us down and rambled on about chickens and salad and talent and none of it made any sense or made anyone feel better.
As a group we sort of came to the conclusion that we were in this for ourselves and our careers so it didn't really matter what Brock said or did. At this point Clay and I actually started calling him Unky Brock and messing with him a lot. Surprisingly he actually loosened up a lot at this point and started having some fun with us. It didn't make him any better at coaching but at least he wasn't such a blow-hard anymore.
The new edition to the show was introduced this episode, as Cincinnati resident, Justin "lil Randy Couture" Edwards was brought in as Keon's replacement. Justin was the other alternate flown out to Vegas with me as we were the top alternates. We got to know each other pretty well and got a lot of info on each other's fighting style and career. This ended up creating a weird situation with us being on different teams. Justin is a tough dude with a solid record of 7-0 filled with KO's and Submissions so he's an all around threat. I was excited to see my fellow alternate get the shot though, because I knew he wanted this opportunity as much as I did and he definitely deserved a chance!
Our team did some sparring while Brock and the coaches were deciding who would fight next. Even though we were all pretty comfortable with a pretty heavy pace the coaches kept saying that we were going too hard. At this point I was starting to get a little annoyed with having what I felt were fairly easy practices. Brock was also starting to get on me about my weight a little bit.
Being a fairly big 170 I normally cut a lot of weight for my fights, sometimes coming down from as much as 200 lbs before I start dieting. Weighing a bit more than 183 wasn't that big of a deal to me, but Brock seemed to think otherwise. Between relatively tame practices and constantly harping on my weight I was starting to get pretty annoyed with Unky Brock and company.
The Chris Cope situation had been going on for a while before this episode, this was just the first time it was actually on camera. Since the first day I got to the house Chris was constantly hanging around with the other team trying to get "intel" on their fighters. The whole thing seemed weird. Honestly how much dirt and info did he think the other team was willing to dish out? Things got uneasy between Chris and the rest of our team when we found out Keon was going home.
Chris decided to pipe in and tell us "oh yeah I knew he was leaving for a few days now". Chris followed up that statement with telling me how funny he thought I was because he was looking through my journal. We also started noticing Chris paying close attention to us at training while he had to sit out due to his stitches. We just started making a game out of it and made up BS stories to tell Chris just incase he was in-fact giving the other team dirt. For the record, I like Chris a lot. But he definitely wasn't making many friends on Team Lesnar at this point.
The third fight was announced and it was Len Bentley from Team Lesnar vs Ryan McGillivray from Team JDS. Since I missed the team tryouts I didn't know too much about Ryan outside of what I had heard from my team and what I saw from him in the house. They described him as having good BJJ and solid hands without too much wrestling. My opinion on him from the house was that he was obsessive with his diet (which included mayonnaise and crackers) and we definitely weren't getting along too well.
Ryan and I actually ended up hitting it off towards the end of the show, but at this point he hated me and I just thought he was a weird Canadian. Now as for Len I got to grapple and do MMA rounds with him quite a bit as Brock seemed to like matching us up for rounds during practice. Len is a scrappy guy with solid submission defense, a solid left hook and a above average high school level wrestling skills so I felt like it would be a close fight.
This fight was exciting to watch on TV and in person, especially after the first two fights were so boring. I recall watching the fight live and thinking "man, there really needs to be a third round here", but watching the episode and fight a few times at home I could definitely see where 2 of the 3 judges gave the fight to Ryan. First round had both guys dropping each other and both guys going for submissions, but Ryan showed more control of the stand up.
Second round was super close and I think what lost the round for Len was how tired he looked while Ryan kept coming forward. Regardless, both fighters went out and put on a show and Dana was definitely happy about it. Obviously Len was let down and felt he was robbed of a chance toward a deciding third round but he said it himself, "don't leave the fight in the hands of the judges."
Ryan on the other hand showed a lot of emotion. He had his daughter on his mind the whole time during the competition and wanted to give her a better life. Guys usually get a hard time for crying after a fight but he kind of got a free pass on this one. He's a guy that loves fighting, was here for the right reasons, and had just won a tough fight.
That's all for this week. Make sure to check back next week for the episode four blog with the most charming man on the show, Chuck "Cold Steel" O'Neil!
Check out the blog for: Episode 1
Check out the blog for: Episode 2