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    Mike Ricci: The Ultimate Fighter was 'an absolute nightmare'

    "TUF took a lot of what was left as far as humanity and remorse for this sport and people and kind of took it away," said Ricci. "[It] made me realize how much of this sport is just business."
    "It was an absolute nightmare, I wanted to sue for psychological damage, I wasn't the same person," Ricci said. "I actually thought I had a case, ‘I'm not the same person, I can do this and win.' But, I felt like don't get me wrong, I knew what I was getting into I knew how I was going to react. Even some of the producers in the house toward the end were like, ‘Geez, you're the most institutionalized fighter we've ever seen, we've done 11 seasons and we've never seen anyone like you, you're like a robot now.'

    "I was taken away from my family and from my friends and from life, you literally, you vanish, you're gone, there's no sign of you whatsoever," Ricci continued. "Its almost like to everyone in the outside world you're dead and you're gone. There's no sign of you whatsoever. And, things like for instance I didn't know what was happening with my people on the outside, it was upsetting, people had gotten new jobs or changed their hairstyle or experienced different things I missed out on, it iust upset me. It still upsets me to this day."

    Ricci has watched himself on TUF as the season has aired, but he says doing so is a difficult task.

    "I watch it and it brings back a lot of emotions for me," he said. "It's hard to watch, when I watch it I don't even realize it, five minutes into the show I'm frowning and my eyebrows get lower and I have this look on my face and I'm getting right back where I was just by watching. But, and also with my situation it was even harder, I was the smallest guy in the house, lightweight, looking the way I look and being quiet it just kind of made me a target for the jokes in the house and being picked on and whatnot. It made my situation a lot harder."

    All of this begs the question: Why did Ricci join TUF in the first place? According to the fighter, in the long run, the opportunity to gain the same benefits so many other TUF winners have gained over the years outweighed the negatives.

    "I feel it was an opportunity for me to get ahead and go faster than I would have by the usual route, fighting your way up on undercards," Ricci said. "I know that it was a lot of work that was going to be crammed into a short amount of time, but if I looked good and was successful ... I feel like I brought in just as much exposure and gone as far forward fighting four fights for TUF than I would have four fights outside of TUF. But the time status is those four fights could be in a year, and I did it all in the span of a summer. That's why I did it."
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    Although he's whining right now I still hope he somehow finds a way to beat Colton.
    Colton might be even more boring than Jon Fitch and Jake Shields combined.
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    If he can't stand that he should avoid the military.lol. 8 weeks boot camp aprox same time advance than possibly shipped across the world were people shoot at you.
    living conditions no where near the resort he had

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    Quote Originally Posted by The8thPlague View Post
    Although he's whining right now I still hope he somehow finds a way to beat Colton.
    Colton might be even more boring than Jon Fitch and Jake Shields combined.
    No shit. I fast forwarded through his last fight. Watching it in fast forward almost looks like it's just paused because he almost is in the same position the entire round, every round.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The8thPlague View Post
    Although he's whining right now I still hope he somehow finds a way to beat Colton.
    Colton might be even more boring than Jon Fitch and Jake Shields combined.
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    No shit. I fast forwarded through his last fight. Watching it in fast forward almost looks like it's just paused because he almost is in the same position the entire round, every round.
    Not to mention Colton's first fight to get into the house. Wasn't he the one that pretended that he was going to touch gloves and then ducked under for a double leg? That was fuckin dirty.

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    Can't stand either guy, here's to a double ko. One can hope lol

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    I like Ricci. I hope he wins it, and does well after the show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fe1 View Post
    Not to mention Colton's first fight to get into the house. Wasn't he the one that pretended that he was going to touch gloves and then ducked under for a double leg? That was fuckin dirty.
    YES! Ever since THAT moment Ive been waiting for him to get smashed...now hes in the Finals and my last hope is Ricci lol.

    I hope he elbows his face exactly like Magneys, that was vicious.

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    This reminds me of when Carmen Electra did an interview wishing she never got breast implants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LefthookStcrook View Post
    YES! Ever since THAT moment Ive been waiting for him to get smashed...now hes in the Finals and my last hope is Ricci lol.

    I hope he elbows his face exactly like Magneys, that was vicious.
    It'll happen if he can manage to keep his back off of the cage.

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