Junie finally got to fight this week. He had been talking all this crap about Rolando Delgado not making it out of the first round. At first I thought this was by the far the dumbest thing I had heard all season, but Junie is good at making people get that impression. At the house people started questioning Roli’s black belt. I didn’t need to question the man — he wouldn’t be here if he wasn’t legit. During the fight announcement Junie brought a black belt with him, and decided it would be cool for the cameras to throw it at Rolando’s face and then spit on it. I couldn’t believe this. It was very disrespectful not only to Rolando but to everyone who has worked for that belt. I don’t have a belt but I know people out there who live behind theirs, and to spit on it is ridiculous. Even Anderson Silva was there and when I was talking to him he was telling me that he disliked Junie. I don’t know about you, but if I found out that Anderson didn’t like me I wouldn’t want to make him mad.
Now back at the house, Junie wouldn’t shut his mouth talking about how good he was and that Rolando wouldn’t have a chance. I think he was trying to get into Roli’s head and at some point I was thinking that he was, but Rolando took it very well and just went with it. Junie is the type of guy that wants to be talked about no matter what you’re saying about him; he just wants to be remembered. So weigh-ins arrive and Junie was having a hard time making weight. I started tell Rolando to look at Junie and told him he’s going to be weak tomorrow because he’s really hurting to make weight. Finally he made weight, and I was happy for him because I wanted to see if he could really back all that shit up.
On fight day Junie looked confident, but he always “tries to.” As for Rolando, he looked a little scared but the coaches tried to get him focused. Now when the fight started they went at it. Junie letting Rolando punch him was weird but hey, whatever works — the kid must have watched some Rocky movies before he came to the show. Rolando really didn’t look like he had a lot behind his punches but it was a good first round. During the second round Junie started to land his shots and they went to a sudden death third round. By that time I noticed that Junie was scared of Rolando’s ground game. But in the end, Junie won the decision. So finally I got to look at what he had to offer and I wasn’t surprised that he is all talk. Now Junie gets to move on, and I need to talk to the coaches to see if they will let me fight him. But we won’t know until the semi-finals. Because there are still other fighters out there that may want to beat Junie up.
Other notes on last night’s episode…
— Did anyone else get a Cobra Kai/Daniel LaRusso vibe from the scene with Junie spitting on the black belt? Frank Mir is officially John Kreese, and Big Nog is Miyagi. Mir suggests that Junie pick off the weakest member of Team Nogueira because Junie would “devastate and destroy him.” It’s just something you wouldn’t hear Nogueira say. Blue Team = bad guys.
— Stankie’s new mantra is “Fight, fight, kill, kill.”
— According to Junie, Kentucky is the #1 state for inbreeding. Seriously — it’s on their license plates and everything.
— Though we were pulling for him as an underdog, Roli Delgado proved that he didn’t belong on the show. He had nothing to offer after the first round, either offensively or defensively. It’s too bad we couldn’t see just how legit his BJJ was, but his takedowns sucked and Junie was smart enough not to follow him to the ground. Still, the fact that Junie couldn’t finish Roli showed that he may not be as tough as he thinks he is.