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TUF reality check

As I mentioned earlier, I haven’t gotten around to watching the latest episode of TUF7 yet, but I did see the clip of Dan Simmler getting knocked the fuck out. Dan had the unfortunate luck of being KO’d in a relatively quiet environment, so we all got to hear him moan like an autistic kid at the opening of the Special Olympics. If the whole thing looked pretty vicious, it’s because it was. Simmler posted about the damage on some forum after the episode aired:

So, I have a deviated septum in my nose, cant breath good at all with out a breath right strip, I had one on and right before my fight, I was told I couldnt wear it. I wasnt given a good reason, just that I couldnt, so as a result, I was breathing through my mouth the whole time, that just made things worse when I got hit. My mouth was wide open and I broke my jaw in three places. two on the left, one on the right. It was very painful to say the least.

One week after I got home to the day I decided I was going to train “Light” with a student, and I took his back and he pushed off and his head smashed me under the jaw with the back of his head, rebreaking the jaw. The hostpital is literally across the street from the school and I was kept over night and had surgery the next day. They put two small plates, 4 screws and wires back to keep it shut. For a little over 7 weeks I had nothing but shakes and tomato soup. It was horrible. I lost about 20 lbs and now I am waiting to get the ok to spar and get back to the grind. Ill be back and do better.

I guess this is a reminder that even though TUF may seem like just another reality show, it’s still very fucking different. Oh no, you got voted off the island? Boo hoo. This guy got his jaw eviscerated – and that was just trying to earn a spot in the goddamn house. It’s times like this that the whole TUF grind kinda makes me sick … these guys aren’t getting paid for these fights. They’re all there essentially gambling with their health and their financial well-being, hoping that they do well enough to make up for the fact that they quit their jobs to come onto the show.

Normally I don’t care too much … previous seasons worth of fighters saw how the show propelled all but the dregs to either a spot in the UFC or at least a prominent place on other promotions’ cards. Seeing that, it seems like less of a gamble and more of a straight up opportunity. But this season is different … these guys agreed to come onto the show expecting the same situation. Instead, half of them are being tossed out immediately, and it also looks like the UFC has decided to dump nearly all the fighters except the finalists.

To me, it just seems like a bit of a raw deal. If the UFC had been upfront and honest with the guys, maybe I wouldn’t have such a problem with it. But the guys definitely weren’t told about the ‘half must go’ thing, and I doubt they were informed of how the UFC was going to drop the majority of the guys from the finale as well.

  • Márcio

    I’m still hoping that all the guys knew that they had to fight to get into the house and they just played it like they didn’t for dramatic effect. If not that was a really fucked up thing to do, just goes to show everybody one more time how much Dana White loves and respects the fighters.

  • Atom

    “Fighter Saftey is our number one concern” (expect when we surprise you with weight cuts in a day)

    “These fighters train very hard for their fights” (except when we spring them on them at the last minute, and they don’t have time to)

    Part of the quote that FL didn’t include was that the UFC did pay for his medical bills, which they didn’t have to do. So, That makes up for EVERYTHING, right?

  • Smitler

    Man fighters don’t do themselves any favours. I agree they’ve been handed the shitty end of the stick for this season of TUF but rolling wth a broken jaw!?!? What was he thinking?

  • clint notestine

    I love the look on dana’s face when the guy is moaning on the ground… classic.

  • Pontus

    Atleast the ufc paid for his medical expenses…

    Imagine going there getting knocked out in brutal fashion on tv, not getting into the house and on top of that getting this huge medical bill.

    And was it just me or was the guy that knocked him out a bit of a dick by pounding on him when he was out? I have nothing against some killer instinct but he had to see that the other guy was out cold.

  • MacDaddy

    Cage potato has a nice little video of him pulling off the flying triangle in a grappling match:

    Nice way to stuff the single leg…

  • Jersey Tomato

    I loved the horrified expressions on the faces of the other fighter’s. It even seemed to shake Forrest and Rampage. Only dickhead White and the winning fighter (who understandly was excited by his “knockout of the century”) were inappropriately giddy after the cage was cleared.

    I hear Simmler trains with Matt Serra. Normally I would expect Matty Boy to kick Simmler to the curb (a la Joey “I miss my girl” Scarola) but since the idiot reinjured himself in the dojo a week later, I must assume Serra did not throw him out (yet).

    If you ask me, all them screws and plates that needed to be added should be at dumbass Simmler’s expense. Who doesn’t know it takes a min. of 4 to 6 weeks for broken bones to heal?? Talk about a knucklehead…

  • Jim

    As usual, this was an insightful post. It drives home just why refs try to err on the side of caution.

    However, I’ve gotta point out: eviscerating means to extract organs. You can’t eviscerate a jaw.

  • Captain

    That second paragraph you quoted from Dan was definitely the funniest thing I’ve read on FL in months. Not saying it’s the funniest thing I’ve seen on FL in months cause, well, there was that Sam Caplan has a torn vagina video and that shit was fuckin hilarious. Start being more funny Ryan and Jake.

  • CCCombo Breaker!

    Raw deal?
    Since when was fighting through your way through the show a “raw deal”? Yeah yeah, in the past some folks pussied their way in, but how do you NOT anticipate having to whip ass in order to prove your mettle as an Ultimate Fighter?

  • Swedish guy

    ….and as others have pointed out: why the fuck do you roll ONE WEEK after breaking your jaw? Fuck that.

  • JJ Smith

    Dude, one week after he came home means his jaw was still broken. Dumbass.

    They make no promises on reality shows; the surprises are what shows who is going to step up. And on this show it’s not going to be a fingerpainting challenge.

    When I watched the fight I thought the ref should have stopped it as soon as he went to ground. The guy fell like a rock, he didn’t roll like he was going into defense. Those last few hammer fists were probably what broke his jaw.

  • Xavier

    “I hear Simmler trains with Matt Serra. Normally I would expect Matty Boy to kick Simmler to the curb (a la Joey “I miss my girl” Scarola) but since the idiot reinjured himself in the dojo a week later, I must assume Serra did not throw him out (yet).”

    Lord, is that ever a stupid paragraph.

  • Tanner

    I think they’ve booked more than one non tuf alumni fight for the finale because they’re going to have more than 9 fights. Recently the cards have had atleast 10 and up to 12. I would imagine that most of the tuffers from season 7 will be on there but rather than 8 fights they’ll be 10 or 11.