THUG NASTY: THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER - SEASON 27 BLOG - EPISODE 8

RICHIE’S RETURN FROM THE HOSPITAL

We were disappointed when he told us the news that he was out of the competition, but there is nothing you could do about it.  It just sucks.  He and Ricky both came home from the hospital that same night and they were both messed up physically and emotionally. 

If you watch the episode closely, you can see a mark on Richie’s face.  It looks like a pimple but it was really a herpes lesion outbreak.  It’s on his chin and it flared up.    That was a clear sign that his body was stressed.  It wasn’t an injury that put him out of the fight, it was a medical condition.  The lesion was swollen bad like a boil on his face.  The fact that he had a flare up on the same day he had rhabdo shows how messed up he was.  The whole event stressed him.  He sounded confident and I believe mentally he was ready to fight.  But the overtraining and rhabdo made the lesion come up and his kidneys shut down and there was nothing he could do about it.  When he came home from the hospital he just chilled.  

TYLER DIAMOND

This fight happened four days after the Ricky/Suman fight and the Richie incident. 

I like Diamond.  We got along just fine.  We swapped hunting stories in the house and he’s a great training partner.  I trained a lot with him when I was getting ready for my semi-final fight.  He wanted the fight with Dulani bad and was very confident that he would win.  Heck, everyone knew that he was going to beat Dulani. 

Speaking of hunting stories, one of the first conversations I had with him once the show started airing he was telling me that he was getting a lot of criticism on social media because he hunts.  I just thought it was a few people hitting him up and that he was over exaggerating but he wasn’t.   Now I am getting that same kind of criticism and know what he was talking about. Ha ha

DULANI PERRY

Let me start out by saying that as much crap as Dulani talked to people in the house, he was always cool with me and never started anything with me like he did with some of the others.  We were all good.  He would always dress up no matter what and whenever Team Stipe went out and did anything, he would go all out and dress up ever more.  I’m not sure if he was playing it up for the cameras or not but one night we were playing pool and Dulani said that all he was doing was what Conor McGregor is doing and they are basically the same and Richie, who is Conor’s teammate, says in his Irish accent “Conor is witty and funny and you’re f-----g stupid!”  We thought that was hilarious.          

One thing about Dulani is he by far ordered the most food in the house.  He would write a ton of stuff down on the request list.  He always had so much left over that his meat was starting to go bad.  We had no room in the refrigerator for our stuff so everyone was encouraged to eat all of his stuff because he had that much.  So everyday the first thing I did was go to the fridge and ate something that said “Dulani” on it.  One time we took all of his crab legs, like five pounds, and our team had a cookout.  He never said anything about it. 

As far as Dulani and fighting, he had to know that he was going to lose to Tyler.  He had to know that after tryouts that he wasn’t good on the ground. 

FIGHT DAY

Pretty much everything happened that I thought.  It was so one sided.  Dulani landed a few good sidekicks.  I’ll give him that, he has good ones, but after that it was all Tyler.  

Tyler has a teammate from Team Alpha Male who is a 125 pounder and that was Dulani’s last fight and that 125 guy dropped him.  So Diamond knew he was going to f--- him up.  A good 125 would whoop Dulani.  My training partner Jeremiah Cullum (V3Fights’ flyweight champion) would beat Dulani bad.  I would put good money on Jeremiah and he would choke out Dulani

After the fight he was saying ‘ I got my ass whooped ‘ and stopped talking crap. 

SEMI-FINAL MATCHUPS

Right after the fight, they announced all four semi-final matchups.  I already knew that they were going to have me fight Brad.  I heard someone talking about it so I was expecting it.  Even before they announced it, DC had me and Brad stop training together, and I knew what he meant. 

I had no clue when they brought in Jay and Gunther and told them that they were back in the tournament.  I found out when they announced it.  I didn’t care that Jay was brought back after I already beat him and I feel he is outmatched when they announced him fighting Tyler.  I thought Jose was going to be the one replacing Luis because skill wise he is better than Gunther, but Jose was heavy, had multiple stitches and Gunter is a teammate of Stipe.  As far as Ricky’s replacement, Kyler was getting drunk a lot and Jay asked Dana so they picked Jay.  A few days after Suman’s fight, they told him that he was out and tore his ACL and he was pissed about it.  Kyler and Jose were pissed about not being brought back too.   

So round one is over and the semi-final fights are set.  There are some awesome fights still to come so tune in next week when I break down the next episode.  Thanks to everyone for their support!  

- Thug Nasty