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Escudero, Nover, Bader, Magalhaes Advance to TUF 8 Finals

("Okay, my turn next," said Stankie, taking off his pants.)

Efrain‘s guest blog is going to be a little late this week, but we wanted to get up at least a small post about last night’s TUF double-header so you could discuss it, if you wanted to, in the comments section. Basically, here’s what happened:

Ryan Bader def. Eliot Marshall via boring fucking wrestling
Phillipe Nover def. George Roop via storm/kimura
Vinny Magalhaes def. K-Sos via scary, scary, high-level jiu-jitsu
Efrain Escudero def. Junie Browning via submission (punishment)

Of course, Browning actually competing in his semi-final match was a story in itself. Discouraged by his performance in practice, Browning announced to Frank Mir that he was quitting the competition; Mir had no objection. Back at the house, Browning threw a coffee mug at Shane Primm and started swinging at him. When the dust settled, Dana White stopped by to play psychologist, asked the guys if they wanted to kick Junie off or beat him off — we’d assume that Tom Lawlor voted "beat him off" — and convinced Junie to stay. Oh, and the best part? Junie is going to be on the main card of the TUF 8 finale, solely on the basis of being a ridiculous head-case. (Fittingly, he’ll be fighting Dave Kaplan, the runner-up to Junie’s reality-show dumbass crown.)

For the record, Junie places most of the blame for his loss to Efrain on having awful cardio. As he writes in his final blog entry for

I was so dead. Yes, I heard Frank Mir yelling ‘three’ through the fight. But the thing about conditioning is, it doesn’t mean you’re not listening to a person, but sometimes your body won’t allow you to do it. In my mind, I was like ‘okay, I’m gonna throw three punches,’ and then I was like ‘#$%^, I’m too tired, I can’t throw three punches.’ You can’t tell because I tried to put my game face on, but I was so tired during the fight. In the back, when we were warming up, I had to quit warming up because I was getting tired.

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Woody- December 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm
No man, I completely understand why the public would have the opinions that they do, it used to bother me at first and I would try and defend him and end up having the forums all bashing me, so I realize that there is nothing I can say to change peoples POV on the kid. But truth of the matter is if you have seen the kids interviews post show and read even the new interview here, it shows the true him. Not some drunk kentuckian who snaps at the drop of a dime.
Biohazardone- December 4, 2008 at 1:41 pm
Junie is a basket case. He is completely messed up. I think Dana put him in the finale to have him loose and to fuck with his head. Once again, Junie will be proven that he is not the caliber of fighter he thinks he is. REALITY CHECK BITCH!
Massiveamounts- December 4, 2008 at 11:29 am
@ Woddy, look man I respect anyone who fights, but I cant stand anyone who continually makes excuses or blames others for their mean to tell me people shouldn't be annoyed with this...?...even if he was just playing a role for the cameras he still makes lame ass excuses over and over again blaming others for him loosing...if his cardio was so bad who was holding him can get on a bike or train your cardio by yourself, before that it was "no one will roll with me" prob because you get hot headed and someones afraid you'll fuck up lash out and ruin their chance at fighting at the UFN. I don't blame them, I would do the same. You can't nor anyone else who knows Junie or not can defend his actions, he's been a punk to everyone, even his own teammates whom he sold out, he's made excuses for his own short comings blaming anyone and everything he could besides himself,......doesn't matter if he was like that in KY or not, he's been like that on the show and that's what we're talking about. I look forward to seeing a more deserving humble less self absorbed fighter kicking the ever loving shit out of Junie, he deserves it.
brandorm- December 4, 2008 at 11:26 am
I personally can't stand the way that Junie acts and thinks he acts like a bitch, but he complained more than once on the show about his training. Frank Mir specifically said that he is happy to see Junie leave and that he really hasn't liked him the whole time. I wouldn't be suprised if Junie got the cold shoulder the whole time in trianing on the show, and that would be frustrating. It didn't appear throughout the show that Frank did much coaching other than sit against the wall and BS with the guys. I'm interested to see if he has progressed with XC. and about his attitude, I think there might be some credibility as to what Woody is saying, because i don't imagine XC would put up Junie's crap.
Hebrew Hammerfist- December 4, 2008 at 11:07 am
Junie is a bitch.

I am more pissed that he is going to be on the main card (i.e. TV time), while a guy like Krzysztof gets no TV time.

I just don't get how he is given so many extra chances. GOOD RIDDANCE!!!
Clue-by-Four- December 4, 2008 at 10:48 am
Junie doesn't want to talk about how Kim Couture keeps knocking him out in practice.
Old, Bald and Irish- December 4, 2008 at 10:16 am
Y.H.M. makes some good points.

Can I pile on and mention the video that was posted here of Junie and his brother being interviewed on a local MMA show? His arrogant nature and claim to urinate excellence?

He does seem to have a track record for abrassive behavior.

Woody: Right on for defending your friend. As a matter of fact, that's what you should be doing and you have my respect.

I'm willing to hold judgement because I know for a fact that a lot of people act completely different once a camera is rolling. While I wouldn't go as far as my Adolescent, Hirsute and Latino friend with soup kitchens and cats in trees, I think there is a curiosity about what Junie is REALLY like. Is it the guy on TV, or someone completely different...

...and why?
Young, Hairy and Mexican- December 4, 2008 at 10:09 am

You're his friend, you defend him and thats just fine. But saying that he doesn't act like that at home is just unbelievable. Did he suddenly turn into another person on the show? Is he a volunteer at an old folks home or a soup kitchen back home? Maybe a volunteer fireman who saves cute little kittens out of trees perhaps? I just dont buy it. The guy is unstable. For him to come on the show and act like that IN FRONT OF MILLIONS, is beyond stupid to me. Shane didn't even really do much last night on TUF and Junie went berserk. Sorry man, it just doesn't make sense...
Old, Bald and Irish- December 4, 2008 at 9:52 am
@ Woody

Ok...I'll take your bait.

I'll buy into the concept that you're the real deal and you know JB.

Answer me this: Why do you think he is acting the way he is? Also, why do say he's working his butt off at XC, but he wanted to drop out of the show?

One other thing: Since you say he signed with TapouT, that would lead me to believe that Junie could actually get into close physical proximity to the TapouT guys. Could you please ask him to kick all three of them in the nards really hard? Thanks! That would make my day!
Woody- December 4, 2008 at 9:46 am
You must feel really cool trying to act like someone you don't even know...and wouldnt you wanna act like someone that people really like? lol
I don't even know why I'm going this in depth to prove that this dude is an idiot, but
and i'm one of Junies top friends on his myspace (not trying to sound like a highschooler or anything, just wanting anyone who believes this douche bag to know its a fake)
Beqwith- December 4, 2008 at 9:37 am
Bader is going to beat Vinnie. They are both one dimensional but Bader will KO him on the feet. Vinnie is too afraid to get hit to throw a punch. I think he threw two against Krislowkiopopolis. Bader knows how insane Vinnie's BJJ is and he won't even shoot on Vinnie or get close enough that he can pull guard.
Junie- December 4, 2008 at 9:34 am
Woody, STFU and stop actin like you know me. And the rest of yall, kiss mah ass!
Imbecile- December 4, 2008 at 9:34 am
Vinny's BJJ looks really smooth, but I wonder how it would be against a guy who knows better how to defend against that, as well as someone who can keep it on the feet. Vinny won't be able to get Bader onto the ground nearly as easily, even if he is pulling guard.

Speaking of Bader's "boring fucking wrestling," I think Elliot deserves some of the blame for this. Sure Bader took him down plenty, but if a solid BJJ black belt like Elliot wants to simply hold you in their guard, well... there isn't a lot you can do. If Elliot isn't trying to get up, and isn't trying for any submissions (which he wasn't), then he can just keep you in his guard all day. Bader definitely has a lot of room to improve, and can certainly learn to improve position better, but a lot of the blame falls on Elliot for this one.
Woody- December 4, 2008 at 9:00 am
OK so most of you know from my previous posts that I'm a really good friend of Junie and have tried to argue with people, but it's just not worth it. lol. Anyways, no Junie hasn't posted on here, he does read the boards but doesn't post. Also speaking with him yesterday he has been training his ass off at XC getting ready for his fight against Kaplan, also just signed with TapOut. Like I said before I give you my gods honest word that Junie is nothing at all like he has been acting on the show. Obviously you guys would have every reason to call him all the names you have because of his actions, but I for one am here to wish him the best of luck at the finale. And for what it's worth anyone in the Lexington area we're having his coming home party at The Saddle Ridge the following Thursday night.
The Yert- December 4, 2008 at 8:50 am
Gina Carrano has a weakness, you should try to catch her in a nippurah. It the lock where you crank her tit around behind her back and then elevate. You know this lock Junie, Yes?
Old, Bald and Irish- December 4, 2008 at 8:48 am
Ooooh, man!

If only that were the REAL Junie!

"Mac Danzig calls me a little bitch."

Da Truth- December 4, 2008 at 8:34 am
hahaahahhahahahaaha Junie Youre just lucky to get your Ugly Cracker Box Squashed Looking head stuck between Gina and Kims thighs... live it up!
The Junie Browning- December 4, 2008 at 8:31 am
What's up OBI? I read this shit. None of these turkeys could even hang with me. So fuck all of yall. I'm still training hard now at Xtreme Couture for my fight with Dave Kaplan. I'm still getting regularly subbed by Gina Carano and Kim Couture. I'm still not allowed near Randy and I cannot look Jay Hieron in the eyes, but I'm working my way up the ladder. I'm hoping one day that I can stop having to disinfect the mats everyday... oh and that I can stop getting subbed by Kim and Gina.

Mac Danzig calls me a little bitch.
Farthammer- December 4, 2008 at 8:29 am

Both Serious Cat and Homophobic Turtle frown on your love of Junie.
mayhem420- December 4, 2008 at 8:25 am
This made me laugh....
You guys rock... lol

Old, Bald and Irish
Young, Hairy and Mexican
Joe Dirt- December 4, 2008 at 8:23 am
The only reason I can think of that Junie did not get kicked off earlier
was because he had so much talent and ability that we would all be amazed at the end. WRONG!!! Just another loud mouthed punk.
Vinny's BJJ is sick. Sorry Bader, don't see that fight lasting a minute.
I like Efrain, but Phillipe looks like the real deal. 1st round submission.
MrFeexit- December 4, 2008 at 8:21 am are a little bitch. Excuses are like assholes....everyone has one. Hey....get some psychological help, for real.
Da Truth- December 4, 2008 at 8:21 am
It just goes to show once and for all that TALENT has nothing to do with getting into the UFC..its all about whether that Fat Bald Semi-Closet HOMO Dana White wants to suck your cock.
He has been drooling over Junie the whole show and was gunna sign his frosted blonde ugly ass no matter what happened just so he can get into his dirty undies after the fight.
UFC= Ugly Fudgepackers Cocksucking.
Young, Hairy and Mexican- December 4, 2008 at 8:10 am
"("Okay, my turn next," said Stankie, taking off his pants.)"

The Yert- December 4, 2008 at 8:08 am
I think the Nover vs Escudero fight is gonna be a good one. Efrain if you read this you did great to whip Junie, but I wish you could have put some Popknots and knucklebumps on his dumb ass face. He deserved much worse than what you did to him!