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Efrain Escudero’s TUF 8 Blog: Episode 6

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.

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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.

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Junie's mom- October 23, 2008 at 1:56 pm
Junie is an epic fail of a person. I fast forwarded through the last round it was so boring. I can't wait until he gets his ass fed to him by a man not a pussy ass fake black belt
KTFO- October 23, 2008 at 3:18 am
Mir: Fear does not exist in this dojo, does it?
Mir's team: NO SENSEI!!

You hit the nail on the head with the Karate Kid comparison. Nog going to the house to ask Mir's team to stop the pranks was like when Miyagi goes to the dojo and asks Crease to stop beating up Daniel.
Dagnut- October 22, 2008 at 10:39 pm
agree with Arsenal-- I shouldn't of called the guy a stick just read his interview and he fights 145. fair play to Rolando
Bill C.- October 22, 2008 at 9:58 pm
"Teila Tuli’s Tooth = Great Name"

I agree. Best I've seen in a long time.
Arsenal- October 22, 2008 at 9:53 pm
I think 4re summed it up perfectly.

I dont think anyone was expecting anything other than mediocre stand up from Roli, but he showed heart and got his moment in the sun, and made Junie eat his words aswell as making Mir look like even more of a twat. Fair play to Roli
J.- October 22, 2008 at 9:25 pm
Teila Tuli's Tooth = Great Name
Dagnut- October 22, 2008 at 8:39 pm
all i can say is June is rubbish he hasn't got power either he landed at least 12-14 solid shots and couldn't knock that stick out...people comparing him to lebing? lebing would of knocked that stick out 1st round.
JesseL- October 22, 2008 at 7:06 pm
Well I personally thought the fight was over hyped. I actually liked Junie ,but now that I know how much of a bitch he is. If he was talking about his ground game why wouldn't he prove that he really didn't deserve it. I think that would've been more embarrassing then the lame Kimbo "Thats all you got d , then its over" I do like Junie's stand up though.
mmmiles- October 22, 2008 at 6:20 pm
That fight put me to sleep, which was a plus because I got up nice and early.

Those 2 don't have any business being in the UFC - can you imagine either of them going against even the bottom rung LWs? Yikes.

I would be happy to stop having Junie pollute my TV for a half hour every week, but Roli was so hopeless that it wouldn't have been right for Junie not to send that guy home.

Maybe Roli has real JJ skills, and he does well against people at his own gym. Junie does a good job against local brawlers, but neither of these guys are even close to well rounded enough to fight in proper MMA.

If you thought that was a good fight, then you probably shouldn't be watching MMA. There's still lots of boxing on TV.... you know, for now.
Me- October 22, 2008 at 5:48 pm
Just because people watch chicken fights (or midget cage fights in our case) does not meant hey are good. It means we are bored.
boober- October 22, 2008 at 5:39 pm
just because the guys overall skill levels may not have been up to snuff doesnt mean it was a shitty fight, people watch chickens fight for fuck sakes
Tomass- October 22, 2008 at 4:58 pm
Kentucky aint bad UKs got that hottest ladies hands down fo sho
Aaron- October 22, 2008 at 4:52 pm
Disclaimer: I am not a fighter. But I have done some boxing. From my comfortable couch, I felt that if given the chance, I could have taken either of those guys. Of course I weigh 195, but I definitely know I would get beaten down by almost all of the UFC 155 pound regulars. These guys looked bad enough to inspire some Wednesday night confidence. We can definitely now confirm without a shadow of a doubt that Junie is not the next Anderson Silva. Whatever happened to keeping your hands up fellas? I wish Roli had some power on those punches. Everyone was hoping for an upset.
Rem- October 22, 2008 at 4:32 pm
That was a horrible fight.

Both gassed by the end of the first round and swinging at each other like amateur woman's MMA night. Kelly Kobald woulda thrashed em both.

Roli was scared as hell and couldn't commit to any moves, he had a 5 inch reach and a 4 inch height advantage for christ's sake

Junie was getting peppered in the face with weak jabs and couldn't commit to any moves, if he would have listened to his coach and did the double jab + hook he would have won easily.

In fact, neither of them took any advice from their corners. C'mon Roli, you had Anderson frickin Silva and Big Nog in your corner WTF!

Well at least we know that Junie is gonna get rolled in a future episode by a real fighter.

Go Arizona Go!
1glove- October 22, 2008 at 4:02 pm
For years now I loved watching Frank Mir fight and before the show wanted to see him beat Big Nog. Now I think he is a disrespectful punk and I will root for Big Nog all the way. It is obvious why the Brazilians do so well in MMA, they take it seriously.
Canucklehead- October 22, 2008 at 3:23 pm
I find it really hard to be happy with any fight where both guys gas in the second round. Both of them are lucky that they happened to have been paired with someone with equally shitty cardio. That said, despite the fact that I've wanted Junie tossed from the show since he threw the glass, had he not had to cut the weight, Mr. Browning would have likely destroyed Delgato. Even at the end of the first round Junie started tagging Roli with some pretty heavy shots.
On the McDojo-Belt-Gate, what was the deal with Delgato's Black Belt story? I understand that editing can play a part but that story seemed sooooo sketchy.
#1StankieFan- October 22, 2008 at 3:17 pm
I love Stankie. I want one.

Fight, fight, kill, kill....
Me- October 22, 2008 at 2:18 pm
Stankie is the most motivational guy to ever grace any sport. He actually convinced a guy who just learned to throw a punch that he should stand and take it to a boxer.

Roli's takedowns were as pathetic as I've ever seen, the way he shot for the leg and collapsed as soon as he made contact. He also looked like he was fighting in middle school the way he would turn his back and go in all afraid. But it worked!!! That's the sad part.

I somehow managed to go away respecting him in that fight for the heart he showed, where as Junie should just quit fighting.
Hey Jackass- October 22, 2008 at 2:17 pm
Rocky Balboa you are not!! You forget that after Rocky hung his chin out there to be pounded on he came back and did some major damage, you weak ass. And maybe the most important thing is that Rocky was a likeable guy, which obviously you are not. If you piss excellence you do it sitting down.

Junie=Joke
The Tengu- October 22, 2008 at 2:07 pm
Roli puches like a wet noodle. As for Junie, if he couldn't decimate that wimpy guy, he is nothing but hype.
Vrax- October 22, 2008 at 1:44 pm
Oooh Damn, Thacker, yeah god...yeah. Hmm, I dunno - WHAT DO THE REST OF YOU THINK? => Who is weaker!? Thacker or Bowman, you decide.

Dear CP,
can we get a "Who is the worst contestant in the history of TUF" poll on the side?
Adam- October 22, 2008 at 1:32 pm
Junie's punches (when he decided to punch) had some sting behind them no doubt, proving Roli's chin. Poor Roli just didn't have anything behind his punches or takedown attempts. If he could become faster on his feet and better at takedowns, he could just submit dudes with his tall, lanky body. Still though, I think it proved Junie isn't as amazing as he makes himself. I like fighters who prove themselves with their fighting skills, not mic skills.
Ubernoober- October 22, 2008 at 1:28 pm
That fight was like Kimbo V Thompson. The overhyped scary looking one looked bad against the guy he was supposed to beat easily. That fight was boring, Junie gassed instantly, and Roli was too much of a twiggy alien to do anything about it.
mayhem420- October 22, 2008 at 1:18 pm
@Vrax

Now I'd buy that for a dollar! lol
Teila Tuli's Tooth- October 22, 2008 at 1:16 pm
@ Vrax...

Weakest link = Jason Thacker.
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