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Chris Tuchscherer Didn’t Know He Could Stop Fighting

(Photo courtesy of Sherdog.)

You know what the most painful part of Chris Tuchscherer‘s loss to Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 102 was? Getting place-kicked in the nuts, obviously. But you know what the second most painful part of that loss was? The fact that he was basically forced to keep fighting by inept Portland officials. While fans figured Tuchscherer’s decision to fight on after the illegal groin-shot was simply because he’s a tough son of a bitch, Chris told a different story to MMA Junkie:

"No one knew what was going on…between the doctor and the referee. No one could tell me a straight answer on if I couldn’t finish what would be the result. So I was out there and didn’t know what to do. I asked the doctor many times what would happen if I can’t continue. ‘Is it a no-contest? What happens here?’ And the doctor and the ref couldn’t tell me. They kept passing the buck on to each other out there, so no one could tell me what was going on."
About that time, Lesnar came cageside to check on Tuscherer. The heavyweight champ first inquired on his training partner’s health, at which time Tuscherer told him he thought, "My [testicle] is up inside my body."

Ultimately, he felt like he was rushed into a decision.
"So then the doctor is standing there and asking me if I can continue," said Tuscherer. "I’m like, ‘What happens if I can’t continue? I feel like my [testicle] is up inside me.’ The doctor said to me, ‘Do you want to go in the back and look at it?’ I’m thinking to myself, ‘What the hell is this guy talking about? Does that mean we go in the back and check it out and come back and fight?’ He couldn’t tell me what would happen if I couldn’t continue. So I’m sitting there thinking the worst. I don’t want to take a loss because I can’t continue, and you’ve got all these emotions going on, and it’s your first UFC [event]. I’m a tough guy, and I have a stubborn head, but with it being my UFC debut, I didn’t want to go out like that.  So basically, I got pissed off and said, ‘Let’s just do it.’"
But even before that conversation, Tuscherer could be seen wrestling with officials. He said it was indicative of his frame of mind soon after the brutal kick first landed.
"I was passed out for whatever amount of time it was, and I had come to, and what I remember is that I thought I was on the ground fighting," Tuscherer said. "That’s the part where you kind of see me going wild there. That was me coming to and thinking I was still fighting, and basically whoever was in front of me was who I was going after."
A couple minutes later, after the in-cage antics and decision to continue, Gonzaga picked up his third win in four fights and blasted a still-ailing Tuscherer with a kick to the head. The TKO stoppage came mere moments later.
Looking back, Tuscherer knows he should have never continued.
"All I was wondering was if it’d be a no-contest. Would that have been the deal? If someone could have been telling me … it would have been a no-contest, I think my mind would have thought a little different that way. I would have thought to myself, ‘Hey, we’re not fighting on some small show here. This is a huge fight. I’m fighting a guy who’s a top-10 heavyweight in the world. I’ve got to be a 100 percent if I’m going to be out here.’ That’s probably what would’ve went through my head…
I talked to a few of the UFC guys on the night of that fight, and they apologized that it was done that way and that the Oregon State (Athletic) Commission didn’t really know what was going on, that it was the first time [the UFC] had been out there. I don’t blame the UFC at all. I blame the other guys for not knowing what was going on. That’s out of their hands, so I can’t blame them. So I’m hoping they’ll give me another shot so I can prove again that I do deserve to be out there. "

It’s not like the sport of MMA is new to Oregon, but last Saturday’s show was the first time that the UFC had come to the state, which means every referee, doctor, and miscellaneous member of the OSAC should have gotten a crash course in the rules of the game. It’s one thing when Donnie Jessup screams at two grappling fighters to "do something!", and another when a clearly injured fighter is sent out to absorb more injury because nobody knows what the fuck is going on. Let’s hope Tuchscherer gets another chance to prove himself in the Octagon, this time with both testicles outside of his body.

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bouch42- September 3, 2009 at 9:13 pm
The only thing more brutal than that kick to the nut sack is lesnarisafag's written usage of the English language. I've received emails from Nigerian scammers who seem like English professors compared to this clown. Word's spell check couldn't fix his ramblings.

When asked about the value of education, lesnarisafag responded, "edcashun is fore thoos hoo dont not have street smarts."

I guess I just expect more from someone with the user name of lesnarisafag... And I'm probably the first person to have high expectations from you.

Ed M- September 3, 2009 at 8:05 pm
Gabriel Nutpow Gonzaga
Komodo- September 3, 2009 at 4:49 pm
That's fucking disturbing.
oc in this bitch- September 3, 2009 at 4:18 pm
that lil bitch is lucky he got kicked in the nuts. he now has an excuse why he got horrified. he would have gotten beaten five minutes faster.quit bitchin you dont belong tubby.gonzagas an animal and you eat too much.
Krazy Kracker- September 3, 2009 at 2:41 pm
Tuchscherer says "Gonzaga was greasy"
google- September 3, 2009 at 12:14 pm

There was a link here a couple of days ago under the fighter payout article or the fighter plus minus article from the event.
Da Spied Her- September 3, 2009 at 11:40 am
To make things fair, the kickee should be allowed a free groin kick on the kicker. Then once both have recovered, the fight can go on.
ScottieCarbomb- September 3, 2009 at 9:35 am
Thank God the CSAC rep on the left was ready and quickly picked up Chris' testicle off the mat. Unfortunately he didn't know he should stop squeezing it.

On a side note, without a doubt, Chris deserves a second chance. He's a badass and won't be able to prove it until he comes back. At least I know he's susceptible to the ninja ball strike if I ever find myself in a confrontation with him...

Chinstroker- September 3, 2009 at 9:13 am
Does anyone know if the Gonzaga/Tuscherer fight has been uploaded free online anywhere?
google- September 3, 2009 at 9:08 am
oh well, one less meal for on edge 24 7.
portland mma- September 3, 2009 at 8:51 am
Holy shit lesnarisafag your comments may actually be the least intelligent thing I've ever heard in my life. Helen Keller's grammar is better then yours. I pray for the love of humanity that you are as young and feeble as your writing and ideals represent or this world is in a whole lot of trouble if someone actually lets you breed with them.
One Two- September 3, 2009 at 8:33 am
yeah the ref should've told him but in less your retarded you should know getting illegaly kicked in the balls isn't grounds for a loss. its either a dq for the other guy or a no contest i'm not a fighter and I know this its common fucking sense.
Barc- September 3, 2009 at 8:17 am
The problem, Mr. Bag, is that it's the ref's call. We know what it should be; but, what the ref says goes. Of course, the athletic commission sometimes has the power to overturn a referee's ruling. Look at CroCop/Al-Turk for recent evidence; Johnson/Burns 1 for more obvious proof that whatever the ref says is what goes in the book.
shitbag- September 3, 2009 at 7:41 am
It would be a No Contest.

If a fighter is unable to continue due to a foul, then the fight will be ruled a No Contest.

If a fighter is unable to continue due injury (or legal strikes) then it is a TKO.

He received one of the most brutal nut shots in MMA, its a No Contest, plain as day. The fact that the referee didn't tell him that is stupid, BUT he still should have known that. You can't get TKO'd from getting kicked in the balls!
Frank Mur- September 3, 2009 at 7:04 am
@lesnarisafag...real nice ending a mean ass message with PEACE. ur a douche!
Mike Milbury- September 3, 2009 at 7:01 am
People who mention their drug use or that they're drunk online need to be banned instantly. Or locked in a room with TUf Guy or CAPLOCKS_HAL for like an hour.

Back to Tuchscherer, he really should have taken 15 minutes to go over the Octagon rules. All parties including Chris kind of sound like morons for being so damned confused.
Barc- September 3, 2009 at 6:48 am
After that kick to the ol' bag of beans, I can't fault the dude for it; but, it's kind of a shitty excuse to say, "it's their fault. They couldn't tell me how the fight would be called. I had no choice." You can tap to an armbar, you can wave off from strikes, and you can cry after a shot to the nuts. If it's a TKO, hell I'd rather get a TKO from a punch to; but, a kick to the nuts shuts most of us down just as efficiently. Damn bad luck. Brush yourself off and get back on that horse; buddy. Don't fight Kongo in your next fight, though. Give the fellas a little time to recoup.
lesnerisafag- September 3, 2009 at 6:47 am
@ crap factory

stfu. you suck; an im stoned, you try typeing like a fuckin champion when you just got done a wake an bake that could trank a horse.

me ftw, faggot you an lesner should get togther some time!!

BM2- September 3, 2009 at 6:42 am
Nice to see that the comments section of this site is still terrible.

I will contribute. Poop.
Crap Factory- September 3, 2009 at 6:38 am
@ lesnerisafag:

You can't spell worth a shit. Back to the 8th grade with you douche bag.

Chris Tuchscherer deserves a second chance. He is one tough son of a bitch for getting back into the fight. A rematch with Gonzaga is in order here.

lesnerisafag- September 3, 2009 at 6:26 am
lesnar come up to check on his buddy, ''ooo noo buddy, does this mean tonights reinactment of brokeback mountian is cancled??'' Chris replies. '' i dont think i can pitch brock im sorry. brock storms off angry, horney an full of gay closet pride.

ahah true story i was their.
C. Sample- September 3, 2009 at 6:25 am



agentsmith- September 3, 2009 at 6:23 am
@ ArmFarmer:

It's also pointless, since the refs work for the athletic commissions, not the UFC.
ArmFarmer- September 3, 2009 at 6:13 am
That Donnie Jessup petition looks like it failed miserably.. a whopping 25 signatures.
NOTSOB- September 3, 2009 at 6:08 am
testies 1 2. testies 1 2 3