If you haven’t been following news on the new season of TUF (and I can understand why … after the first two episodes it’s fallen back into it’s ultra-predictable stale ass formula), you’ll have missed the drama where Mike Dolce blames Quinton Jackson for his loss in episode 3 – you can read the whole sob story over at MMA Weekly. While I doubt any of the past TUF coaches would have responded nicely to these accusations, Rampage just stepped up and apologized:
I read that Mike Dolce may have thought he was overtrained going into his fight. My bad on that. The thing about Mike Dolce being overtrained is that a lot of those guys came into the show training real hard because they were cast months in advance, and my dumb ass was not aware of that.
My whole theory is to not to overtrain guys, just to have them do enough to be ready to fight. Mike Dolce said that he was at his breaking point, but I did not catch it or understand what he was talking about, so we kept pushing him. Had he been more specific or explicit in not wanting to go any further, I would have let up a lot. I made a lot of mistakes with him because I didn’t have enough time to get to know him and what he’d respond to in training. I blame myself for that loss. Mike, if you readin’ this, I’m sorry man.
I’m pretty impressed that Rampage would go on the record about it. As usual, the show is dividing up nicely where one coach is the ‘good guy’ and one is the ‘bad guy’. Right now Rampage is filling up the good guy role, while Forrest Griffin has had so little camera time that he doesn’t really have a role at the moment. But if you take the fact that Forrest Griffin has a history of being a douche, I’ll just slot him in the bad guy role.