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  • 04-13-2013, 09:53 PM
    I like bubba's interview. Yeah a lot of people are going to say he's making excuses, and maybe he is. But shit he's a fighter, they do that all the fucking time. Because they are human, and I'm sure most of us do it too. Yeah it's not fun to hear excuses but I've come to accept these guys as human beings who can and should express themselves. I think Bubba did so in a classy way and found a way to put a positive spin on things. At least he isn't pulling a Nick Diaz. I think Bubba will get another opportunity and who knows? If Jon Jones believes in him them there must be something there....
  • 04-11-2013, 05:15 PM
    TUF 17's Bubba McDaniel freed by the haters
    TUF 17's Bubba McDaniel freed by the haters - MMA Fighting
    "I was very down on myself when I first got out of the house," McDaniel admitted to "I really was. I was down on myself, and I was not liking the way I finished the show. I did consider myself something of a [favorite]. I'm in [Jackson's MMA] giving these guys hell everyday, and going in and underperforming, of course I'm going to be down on myself.

    "Now I'm back to a point where I'm feeling positive again. And if I didn't feel positive going into this fight, man, why am I still fighting? So I have to get back to being the guy that I was walking into the other fights. I was on a nice fight win streak before I got into the house. Technically I still am, but in my own head I'm not. I've got to rebuild, and that's what I've done. I've rebuilt. I went and talked to a sports psychologist. I've had to get myself back in tune with the person I want to be when I fight."

    It was tough for McDaniel, a teammate and sparring partner of coach Jon Jones and once one of the favorites of the show. McDaniel entered the house believing himself to be an alpha, and left a shell of his former self following a string of increasingly disappointing performances.

    McDaniel's new sports psychologist, Dr. Keith Wagner, is an old friend from his days at Wichita Falls. Wagner put McDaniel back in tune with the man he was before the show, and the 29-year-old fighter glows as he speaks of it. "I had to re-find the animal that I want to be in a fight," McDaniel said.

    Today's world is a strange place. Someone you've never met, someone halfway across the world, can not only form an opinion about you, but then tell that opinion to you directly, with whatever variation of colorful language they manage. The public can be merciless, even if what it sees on TV isn't always representative of how events occurred in reality. In the case of TUF 17, miles worth of footage was left on the cutting room floor, most of it far more flattering to McDaniel than what ended up on television.

    But ask anybody who knows him and real life, and they'll tell you. McDaniel is a likable guy. He jokes, he laughs, and for the most part, he's not bitter at the experience, despite how he was portrayed on the show.

    "Am I happy all the way around?" McDaniel asked with a chuckle. "No, of course not. But I'm portrayed on the show as somebody that got a lot of airtime, and a lot of people understand the hard aspect of being a guy that's supposed to go in there and perform well and then not [doing it]. I feel like that all day long. I didn't perform well. These people that are seeing the fights, they're like, ‘You suck!' And I'm like, ‘You're right. That sucked.'"
    "At the house I tried to cut it down to where I didn't have to [cut] so much [weight]," McDaniel explained. "But you've got to remember, at the house I couldn't carb load back either, because I had to think, okay, maybe I'll have another fight.

    "I remember I looked one time and I was 211.5 [pounds], and I was like, ‘Holy crap, I've got to make weight again.' It was bad. It was one of those things ... the physical and mental toll. The physical toll, I think, actually started playing a part on me mentally because I was asleep most of the time if I wasn't [training], and then I was starving if I was awake. It was bad. It was really bad. I had a lot of head games being played with myself at that point.

    "I was honestly broken down before the Kevin Casey fight," McDaniel recollected. "Making weight for the Kevin Casey fight even, I was looking at myself in the mirror going, ‘I don't want to make weight.'"

    It's probably unfair that, for the most part, people accept what they see on television as fact. But of course we all do it, especially under the inexplicable lens of reality television, where opinions and judgments are incubated purely at the discretion of an unseen editor.

    "Honestly, it's one of those things where, I did it too before I got there," admitted McDaniel. "It's because you don't understand what it's like being there and you don't understand how much [weight] each guy is actually cutting. You just see what they look like on TV. You don't know what people's real weights are. What they're actually eating throughout the day. You don't understand. I've looked at other seasons since then and thought, man, I understand what that guy's going through. But it's something that I don't think the fans can even understand or even start to comprehend until they have to live something along those lines, and that's the only place to do it.

    "So do I take a lot of [the criticism] with a grain of salt? Yeah, sure. Is it unfair some of the times? Of course I'm going to feel that way. I'm getting a lot of crap talked to me, but it's okay. It's like they say, anybody that's at least talking about me, it's always a good thing. At one point in my life would I have thought that this could ever happen, where people around the world would be talking to me? Even if it is talking crap? Na. Never. It was in my wildest dreams, and now it happened. So I'm okay with it."

    White: Hall 'most-feared guy coming out of TUF ever'
    White: Hall 'most-feared guy coming out of TUF ever' - Mixed Martial Arts News
    In 17 seasons of "The Ultimate Fighter," the UFC's long-running reality competition series has produced three world champions and nearly 200 UFC fighters. Uriah Hall might prove to be better than any of them.

    "Every guy Uriah fought wound up in the hospital," UFC President Dana White told USA TODAY Sports and (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps). "The first fight to get into the house, he breaks the kid's arm. Then he knocks out Adam Cella with an incredible spinning high kick, then he knocks out Bubba McDaniel and then Dylan Andrews had a broken nose. That's never happened in the history of 'TUF.'

    "He is without a doubt the most-feared guy coming out of 'TUF.' Ever."
  • 04-11-2013, 04:00 PM
    i think aside from urijah and kelvin, luke, dylan, and josh samman all have decent futures in the octagon. i'm especially impressed with luke as i didnt expect much from him, but the dude showed tons of potential/heart imho and can take one hell of a fuckin punch.

    on a side note, i actually liked josh lol. i truly thought he and urijah were the top two seeds, but kelvin (who's a damn beast) certainly proved me wrong.
  • 04-11-2013, 02:48 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by cpac77 View Post
    I'm so torn between the two finalists. I'm already a fan of both guys. I hope they both get UFC contracts regardless of the outcome.
    +1 I like them both and was impressed with their tenacity. Both guys showed to be very good fighters and separated themselves from being the usual TUF suspects. I can say I actually enjoyed these fights. I usually watch TUF because of interest of mma, but I was actually antsy waiting to watch the fights this season.

    I dunno why you guys think Uriah Hall is good. He lost to two guys a 2 years ago, so he must be bad.
    "Can't agrue with that." the Tick
  • 04-11-2013, 03:37 AM
    Hall would eat Weidman's heart if they fought again. part of me kinda wants to see Calvin pull of the rocky thing, but Hall means to hurt you, you very rarely see guys fight with accuracy, power, and pure fucking malice toward their opponents. I used to think his insecurities were his biggest weakness, but that fear and doubt keeps him sharp and very dangerous. Still I'd like to see him tested and pushed, to see if he breaks or gets angrier. Then we'll know if this guy is a legit contender or just a bully.
  • 04-11-2013, 02:58 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Fe1 View Post
    To Weidman and Philippou. No shame there.
    It was a jab at Sakara for him saying there is no reason why Uriah Hall should be helping Weidman train for Silva.
  • 04-11-2013, 02:47 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Sniggles View Post
    I dunno why you guys think Uriah Hall is good. He lost to two guys a 2 years ago, so he must be bad.
    To Weidman and Philippou. No shame there.
  • 04-11-2013, 02:28 AM
    I dunno why you guys think Uriah Hall is good. He lost to two guys a 2 years ago, so he must be bad.
  • 04-10-2013, 08:31 PM
    Just a heads up show airs in the UK tonight as most people don't stay up to watch it live.
  • 04-10-2013, 08:22 PM
    loved seeing josh get tapped. Hoping urijah takes it but no hate toward calvin
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