Former V3Fights' featherweight champion and newest UFC featherweight, Bryce Mitchell breaks down the series finale for TUF 27. Congratulations Thug Nasty and good luck in your UFC debut on Friday!!!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Here we go with another episode and what a crazy one it was…
The show starts out with Ricky coming home from the hospital after his fight. I remember he didn’t get back until really late. When he got back from the hospital, I thought he was going to be fine and so did he. But he was in a lot of pain that night. He was in so much pain that he started drinking to help his foot feel better. I think he was drinking whiskey. He had certain stuff that he wanted because he was putting it on the request list. But that night he drank a lot.
After he had been on crutches for a few days and still had the black eye, we knew it wasn’t looking good for him because his next fight was only a week away. He was wearing sunglasses because the light was hurting his eyes. They showed me bringing him food and stuff and that happened a night or two after his fight. All he did was eat ice cream and drink whiskey so I brought him some real food. I didn’t know what to make him at first, but I knew he needed something for energy. I remember one day I saw what he had for breakfast so I just made that for him.
When he came home from the doctor the second time, he told us that he was out of the competition. We were pretty depressed about it. At this point we were hoping that because we lost guys to injuries, that maybe they would bring Thailand back. Ricky was on crutches the rest of the time that we were in the house. Once Ricky found out that he was done with the competition, he started drinking every damn night, and a lot of times during the day as well.
He was still on crutches at the airport when filming was over.
ALLAN AND RICHIE
These two fighters were featured this week because they were next up to fight. I got along with both guys really well.
Allan didn’t speak English so Jose would translate for us if we needed him to since he spoke Spanish. Allan is a wild dude. We would exchange stories and I would use hand signals and body language to help communicate and if I got stuck I would get Jose to translate for me. The first thing I taught him was the word ‘catfish.’ I knew ‘gato’ means cat and ‘pescado’ means fish so I taught him catfish. When he didn’t understand me at first, I had to draw a picture. I definitely learned some Spanish on the show and the Spanish I already knew got better because of Allan. When I first started talking to him he was telling me all of the animals that he had. I didn’t think he knew what the word 'pet' meant, and he was telling he had all of these pets. And then when I saw his home video when the show aired, sure enough he had that many reptiles for pets. He’s a wild man. Out of all the places where everyone on the show was from, his was the coolest. I loved how his backyard is a river where he can fish whenever he wanted and on the other side of the mountain is a beach.
Richie was cool as s---. I got along with him really well. He’s a savage and an awesome training partner. Richie can leg lock people from anywhere. Even when you are on top of him in mount, his leg locks are scary and he can still get to them. He trains with Conor McGregor in Ireland. He talked about Conor a lot. He really doesn’t know him outside of the gym, but in the gym he said Conor is awesome and has amazing boxing. He says that Conor stays right outside of the punching distance from his opponent and is as close as can be without getting hit. So that was cool that he could share stories and talk about the biggest name in the sport. Richie trained three times a day. He would go running in the morning before our two a day practices. He would run 5 to 10 miles on the treadmill before we even had our first practice. He thought this was helping him out, but really it was his downfall as you saw later in the show.
The stare down was intense. That whole exchange escalated slowly and I blame the producers for this. They had them face off for over a minute with no one there to separate them and the two just got closer and closer and eventually the coaches had to get in there because the producers never told them that the face off was done. That was the most anticipated fight so far just because of that weigh in. I was super pumped when it happened, we all were, but the difference with me was I had 5 cups of coffee in me. Ha ha
If you recall, Dana White at one point said, “This has been a crazy day,” and this is what he meant…
So last episode Ricky fought Suman and you just read everything that happened with Ricky. However, Ricky and Richie were supposed to fight on the same day, so when this was actually happening, everything that went down with Richie was happening the same day that Ricky fought Suman. Richie and Allan were actually supposed to fight first and Ricky and Suman were supposed to fight five minutes after that, but when Richie started cramping up, they had Ricky and Suman fight first to give Richie more time to heal up.
The morning of the fight, Richie said that he started feeling funny and that he felt bloated. He noticed that he put on more weight than usual and felt bigger. And again, he and Allan were supposed to fight first and then Suman comes out and tells us that Richie’s stomach is messed up and he may not fight. We really didn’t know how severe this was with Richie and that it would go away and the fight would still be on. After a lot time went by, we heard one of the female commissioners say that she saw this happen before and that the fight isn’t going to happen and that Richie is done.
Richie had what is called Rhabdo. Rhabdo is when muscles break down and they release their contents, including muscle enzymes into the bloodstream. The toxins block up your kidneys and can harm the kidneys and cause kidney failure. So Richie caught cramps in his calves from overtraining and was in a lot of pain. I helped carry him out so I knew this was serious. The female commissioner said that this takes weeks to recover and that sucks.
So in the same day, Ricky and Richie both went to the hospital and Pena is already out.
I knew that Allan was upset and crying after the fight. I thought it was funny because I know Allan is a wild man and wanted to fight. I didn’t know that he got the finish bonus but it was badass that he did.
Dulani and DC go at it during the announcement and Dulani started crying. I saw a teardrop drop off of Dulani’s face onto the mat. Nobody let him live it down, even at the house. I trained with Dulani some, so I felt good about Tyler winning this fight. But at this point we knew we had almost half of our team down with injuries, so we were all wondering what the heck is going to happen.
Things just keep getting more interesting so tune in this week for my breakdown of the last fight of the first round. And as always, I want to thank everyone for all the support that you are showing me!
Thug Nasty here again and I will be breaking down this week’s episode of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Season 27: Team DC vs Team Stipe. I will be doing this every week for the entire season and giving you some behind the scenes information of what went on during that night’s episode as well as what I was feeling while it was happening.