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.