When we got to Las Vegas, they put us up in a hotel room at the Palace Station. I knew what to expect. They keep you in the room for 24 hours. You didn't really know exactly what's happening, and you end up watching about 16 hours of TV or so. We couldn't leave the hotel room, and we had to hand over our phones and our wallets. The phone in the room was disconnected, as well.
When we did come out, we saw 14 guys standing in the hallway. I'm thinking to myself, "Is this it?" Then we get in the van to go to the gym, and I'm looking around to see if there's a different van. They bring us to the training center, and I'm still only seeing 14 people. I kept thinking maybe the doors would open and there would be another 14 guys, but it was just Dana White. I was like, "Thank God!"
My biggest concern was just getting in the house. I've seen so many seasons where guys that are good fighters don't make it in. My buddy, Kyle Reid, he's a really good fighter, but he knocked himself out trying to take down Frank Lester in season nine, and he didn't get in the house because of it. Of course, it wasn't a complete free pass. When Dana told us we didn't have to fight, he also said he was expecting more from us because of it. Everyone was celebrating, and he says, "I better not see any chicken[expletive] fights, and I better not see anybody bitch out. You guys have been given a [expletive] gift, so don't mess it up."