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Exclusive: TUF 8′s Dave Kaplan Says He Didn’t Eat the Special Sushi, Dicusses Last Night’s Loss

It was an Ultimate Fighter first when the cast members exchanged various bodily fluids via warring food pranks on last night’s show. Eliminated lightweight Dave Kaplan talks us through it in this exclusive Cage Potato interview, and claims all was not as it seemed. We also discuss Junie Browning‘s betrayal and what went wrong in the loss to Phillipe Nover, among other things. Enjoy. Now that we’ve all seen last night’s crazy and often gross show, what are your thoughts overall?

I liked the show a lot. That might seem counter-intuitive. Obviously, the end of the show wasn’t the best for me, but I’ve had three months to deal with that. I liked the stuff that they showed. I thought I came off as funny, the type of person that I wanted people to see. I didn’t talk shit about anyone, and I feel good about that. All in all, I thought it was a good show. I might be biased, but I thought it was the most exciting and interesting of the episodes thus far.

It seemed like we spent a lot of time watching these food/bodily fluid pranks unfold.

You know what the funny part about it is? I had nothing to do with any of the pranks that happened. Any of the stuff that Krysztof did with people’s underwear or any of that stuff. I had fish put under my bed, which I thought was a lame prank anyway. But I can’t even tell you where I was when they peed in the fruit. I wasn’t part of any of that. I guess it makes for good television if you like the gross-out factor there.

The semen on the sushi, did you feel that was going too far?

I would say so. Here’s my take on that, and I have to be perfectly honest. I did not eat the sushi. I said that I did, because at that point in the show Kyle Kingsbury was getting on my nerves and I wanted a reason to retaliate, plus Tom Lawlor had actually eaten a piece and I wanted to have his back. So I said that I did it so I could retaliate, which Tom and I did.

The thing with the fruit tray was he would go home every day and they were just brazenly eating his stuff. So he pissed in his own fruit tray. It’s their fault for eating it. I thought that was cool. But the jizz, I think there’s a difference between urine and semen in that context. And I don’t know what Phillipe was saying, but no one was eating his sushi. At least, I wasn’t eating his sushi. We all had a list and you could put on there whatever you wanted. I had my own sushi. I didn’t need to eat his sushi.

So you didn’t eat the sushi at all?

No. That kind of sushi, it’s not even the kind that I like. If there was some that I liked that was in there, then I might have eaten semen. But fortunately that didn’t happen. I can tell you that if I had eaten it, the retaliation would have been immediate.

On a more fight-related topic, what did you think when you saw Junie giving tips about you to Phillipe Nover? Did you know he had done that?

I didn’t. I found out about it last week. Tom Lawlor called me up and told me. He’d seen the episode already to write his blog, so he let me know about it. I’ll tell you two things about that. One, it doesn’t bother me because you can tell someone what somebody else does and it doesn’t necessarily help you that much. All of us who fight at this level, you usually watch tape to get ready for a guy and it still doesn’t prepare you 100%.

Number two, I don’t expect anything else out of Junie. He didn’t care about anyone else. He was consistently saying, ‘This isn’t a team. These aren’t my real coaches.’ There were those of us who really learned a lot and took all the great coaching and used it to get better, but he was always complaining so it didn’t surprise me to see that.

He did seem pretty dissatisfied with the team. Would you say you got a lot out of being on Team Mir?

Definitely. When I found out who the coaches were going to be, I was very happy. I was happy on Mir’s team and would have also been happy on Nogueira’s team. Either way. Both coaches had different styles, but both coaches were awesome. For me, Mir’s style was best. He brought in guys who could help us. If we needed help with grappling, you can’t get better than Demian Maia and Robert Drysdale. As far as striking, Ken Hahn is one of the best coaches there is.

The thing about Junie was he didn’t want to learn. As far as training with him, I was probably the only person who didn’t want him kicked out of the house because he was a decent training partner. But at the same time, there’s only so much you can help a guy who doesn’t want help. It’s funny, I got a lot of calls last night from guys on Team Mir when they showed Junie saying that people didn’t want to train with him. We just laughed. It couldn’t be further from the truth. I trained with him almost every day, as did Shane Nelson and George Roop.

We would submit him and he didn’t ask how we did it or try and figure out how to avoid it, he’d just jump up and throw a tantrum. You can see me grappling with him on the show and telling him he was getting too emotional. That’s why you see Frank and the coaches laughing at him, because he threw tantrums all the time.

Now that you’ve had a chance to see the fight again, what would you do differently? Where do you think you went wrong?

The outcome of the fight was based on me being grossly overconfident. I didn’t have a lot of respect for his skills, and that caused me to drop my hands and let him punch me. In retrospect, I would have a lot more respect for his skills. I didn’t get to see him fight to get into the house. I just heard about it and people made it sound like he was getting beat and Joe Duarte just gassed out and that’s why Phillipe won.

I was also hearing from Frank and the coaches that I was just going to pound him. All that made me overconfident and made me go in there and do something stupid. I’ve never been knocked out, that’s the first time I’ve ever been knocked down, and I’ve trained in Holland with some very good Thai boxers. But it made me better for the experience and I’ll learn from it.

You said after the fight that you felt you were the better fighter. Do you still feel that way?

You know, I do. That might sound like sour grapes, and I told Phillipe afterwards that I hope he wins the whole thing. I definitely want to fight him again and if I’m going to lose I want to lose to the guy who wins. I think I have a better combination of things. I think he does a few things well, but I think overall I do more things better than him. But he’s an exciting guy and I’d love to fight him again. I do feel that I could beat him, and that’s what’s hardest about it. I think I was probably the best fighter in the house.

Not to say anything bad about any of the other guys. Some of him might have better skills than me in one area, but I think I’m the better combination of skills. So that’s why it’s hard to take, but you have to learn a lesson from it.


  1. Krazy Kracker Says:

    Wed, 11/05/08 - 09:08

    Tom Lawlor seems like the kind of guy that would knowingly eat semen sushi. By far the most androgynous fighter I have ever seen... dammit... forgot about Petruzelli & Cote... fine, top 3.
  2. Filho's Seeing Ghosts Says:

    Wed, 11/05/08 - 09:16

    Kaplan's full of crap... Nover handed his ass to him, and yes Kaplan.... you did eat the sushi, you are a liar. Just because you do some RainMan type shouting out of some country's capital doesn't make you hyper-intelligent.
  3. Dr. Says:

    Wed, 11/05/08 - 09:29

    I loved every second of the fight. One over-confident gong-show weird looking dude getting beat down and then saying that he thinks he's still better than Nover. Had he said, "I know I'm better than what I showed in there." - that would sit better than saying you're better than the guy that beat you - NOT because you let him beat you, because YOU GOT BEAT BY HIM. Those 7 or so glorious months in Holland, huh? Really enjoy hearing that get brought up every time you open your mouth. Kaplan seemed like an ok guy until he gets all bitchy about supposedly eating someone else's sushi with jizz in it. And then he starts running his mouth before the fight in the interview - and after. And I loved how the blue team all sat around Pappa Mir in the gym trying to act like a crew. What a joke. Go Team Nog!
  4. Patrick Says:

    Wed, 11/05/08 - 09:30

    Ha. What a turd. I hope he does fight Nover again, because he'll get his ass handed to him again...and probably still claim to be the better fighter. Excuses, excuses, excuses. Of course, it won't happen because Nover will be fighting in the UFC whether he wins the show or not. Kaplan, I don't like his odds.

    Wed, 11/05/08 - 10:04

    kaplan...your a douche. a no class douche. i hope you read this and respond because i'd like to pick your douchemind as to why the fuck you can't respect the fact that you got beat the fuck up and nover would beat your ass again in the same fashion. douche.
  6. Anonymous Says:

    Wed, 11/05/08 - 10:19

    i wish you guys had the balls to say that to his face he would destroy you
  7. jean guy tapette Says:

    Wed, 11/05/08 - 10:46

    I was planning to scroll down the usual TUF 24/7 coverage you carry because...we'll i dont suck cock like the rest of you reality tv lovers but this bolded question caught my attention: "The semen on the sushi" Tell me with a straight face that this show isnt fucking totally GAY. Ever hear Rogan do that bodybuilder bit with the two Guidos trying to see how tight their glutes were by trying to fit each others dicks in tehir ass while contending that its not gay? That's what you faggots sound like trying to defend this circle jerk. Instead of jacking off on someones food, Im sure well soon see some queers give facials to guys who fall asleep. This is what happens when you get all tehse wrestlers together in a room.
  8. Huh Says:

    Wed, 11/05/08 - 11:01

    I dont think the shows gay at all. They have nothing to do and pull pranks. i find it quite amusing and if I was on the show id prolly be doing some dumb shit too. Doesnt mean im gay, im far from it. Ive probably slept with more girls than you. These guys seem to be comfortable with their sexuality, ive noticed through my years its always the guys calling wrestling gay, or everything else out there gay, and trying to be macho are ususally the ones coming out of the closet. But thats just me.
  9. huh part 2 Says:

    Wed, 11/05/08 - 11:07

    on the other hand kaplan, off the start seemed like a decent guy. But he is way too full of himself and pretty much doesn't think straight. he didnt really "screw up his game plan", he essentially got caught with some nice punches, and better ground game. Im pretty sure most people just call that getting KTFO. He should go down a weighclass. At 5'6 im sure he would be great at a lighter division. Im sure he could knock me out, probably? but, im saying in a UFC, higher elite level. He might want to consider another sport, a different weight or something.
  10. Harbz Says:

    Wed, 11/05/08 - 11:22

    Tune in next week, when Krzysztof reveals in an after supper confession that he replaced Jules Bruchez' chicken marinara with an aborted fetus!
  11. Patrick Says:

    Wed, 11/05/08 - 11:32

    *"i wish you guys had the balls to say that to his face he would destroy you"* Dave?Is that you? What a stupid ass argument. I suppose we're supposed to never express any opinions about anyone unless we can figure out where they are, drive or fly there, and say it to their face. Shut up. Shut up, douchestick.
  12. BigMacIraq Says:

    Wed, 11/05/08 - 11:50

    He ate the jizz...
  13. he ate jizz Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 12:25

    lol he ate jizz, and then denied it. We all saw it. Atleast the piss drinkers all laughed it off... some even enjoying it?. This guy is a liar.
  14. steve Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 02:07

    to each their own, but let's call a spade a spade here guys. if you thought that shit was funny, you need to check yourself.
  15. BigBawler Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 02:14

    Kaplan got jizzy with it!
  16. Jens Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 03:21

    2 retards could have put on a more exciting fight that one. What a waste of an opportunity for that funny looking dude. I am sure it is not the 1st and definitely not the last time he eats semen.
  17. Bigmark Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 03:35

    He ate it, and he didn't do crap in the fight except watch his own eye swell up. Dominated in the stand up (that was supposed to be his strength) and destroyed on the ground. Unless there are more places to fight, he'd kick your ass again. I think most of these guys should focus less on pranks and their hair, and more on their fighting skills and cardio.
  18. OneHump Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 03:39

    First he eats cum, then gets owned in the cage, now he's intent on showing the world that he's delusional narcissist who thinks we're all stupid enough to buy his bullshit.
  19. Anonymous Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 07:57

    the emphatic denial is just pent up homoeroticsm! next time use your hand dave show they're quick somewhere
  20. Anonymous Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 08:01

    and a far distant 3rd in the top 155 jizz eaters to "bj" penn and roger huerta tough luck chump
  21. Gabe Kaplan Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 08:12

  22. skull Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 10:55

    If gulping down someone else's man cream is what makes a UFC fighter, then I am now going to pay homeless street bums a buck a load, fill up a jug, and then chug it after supper every night! I will even have Dana whack into a shot glass and down it! It looked like idiot Kaplan has feasted on baby batter many times before the show!
  23. Earl Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 11:24

    He has a Ron Perlman head.
  24. England Rules Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 11:43

    Yanks are piss drinking, sperm munching, gay pass me a hand bag so i can fight this batty rider without breaking my nails, cum chumps! What ever happened to smashing the UFC house up and shooting some rappers on the strip? Dudes get back to your roots!!!!
  25. Jay Smith Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 01:25

    And the English are a bunch of cock gobbling, london britches falling down in the boys locker room, ball juggling, boy loving, pussy avoiding, bitches. Even your queen looks like a dude ready to enjoy a tall glass of penis pop. America is the best country on the planet. That's why you're on an American site jockin us. Have a dick and a smile and shut the fuck up!
  26. England Rules Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 01:32

    At last a goof ball from the States grows some balls climbs out of his trailer and gives me some shit. Jay i love you dude sent me some of your man cream, dont waist it on your bed sheets put it to good use! OH and about Hellboy getting busted up by Nover, dude where was your big fucking red fist when you needed it most??
  27. JP Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 02:26

    First off, "England Rules" should probably find an English site so he can with other snaggle-toothed Brits. This guy annoys me and I'm not even American. Also, Dave Kaplan is another classic case of talking a heavy game but not living up to it at all. Put plainly, he got his ass kicked by Nover in very little time.
  28. Todd the Angry armchair fighter. Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 05:18

    "Ive probably slept with more girls than you" My Pappy, after he came back the from kicking the Shit out the krauts in WW2, told me "Son you may build a thousand bridges but you eat one semen crusted sushi on a reality show, and everyone will know you not as a bridge builder but a cockgobbler." then he hit my in the face with a half empty bottle of cheap canadian whiskey for looking like a hippy queer. And Dave, be honest if you are going to be picking a fight with someone, you don't need to eat "the man-glazed doughnut" to find some reason to fight him. I think we can all agree that the only lesson learned from this episode, is to only eat pre packaged food, and when you are playing "Salt the cracker" keep the camera men out of the room.
  29. rbk Says:

    Thu, 11/06/08 - 06:49

    "i wish you guys had the balls to say that to his face he would destroy you" -- coming from Mr. Anonymous. Nice. Kaplan got what he deserved - if he thinks he's even UFC worthy and the epitomy of intelligence he's seriously suffering from delusions of grandeur. Maybe Junie can tune his ass and give him another lesson.
  30. emptyhandkiller Says:

    Fri, 11/07/08 - 10:00

    Todd ------ You are so right!!! When my daddy came back from WWII, he drove up to our farm and right away caught two of our two bit ranch hands bumblasting each other behind the barn. He beat them both into comas, and then he bashed my head in for watching them! He said, "Son, if I EVER hear of you getting bumblasted, or thinking about drinking someone's jizz, I will put you on a tv show all about fighting." Todd, I wonder if our daddies were in the same platoon?
  31. skull Says:

    Fri, 11/07/08 - 10:07

    "England Rules".... Rules WHAT?????? What a laugh! The only thing more rotted than your teeth is your brain for even thinking that Englans means anything anymore. You are an island, slowly sinking into the ocean, never to be seen or thought about ever again. We saved you in WWII, and ever since then, none of you has had the guts to stand up for a thing. The only people I hate more than you are the French.... I wouldn't even turd in a frenchman's face, out of respect for my own turd. I wouldn't want to hurt its feelings by planting it on such a losers' face.
  32. Spanki Sushi Says:

    Sat, 11/08/08 - 04:26

    "First he eats cum, then gets owned in the cage, now he’s intent on showing the world that he’s delusional narcissist who thinks we’re all stupid enough to buy his bullshit." -OneHump my thoughts exactly. LOL this ugly sea bass gets his ass handed to him, then has the balls to say that it was because he "DIDN'T FOLLOW HIS GAME-PLAN"??? well shit Quazimoto, who's game-plan is it to get beat the fuck up??? the facts are, that's what happened to your huge headed ass, so deal with it. and since you can't admit to eating ahi-jizzum-tamaki, or losing to a better fighter despite all you're WORLD CLASS THAI-BOXING training and what nots, maybe... just mayyyybe you can at least BE HONEST. Nover beat you fair and square, follow your noggins example and be the BIGGER man and just admit it.
  33. Alexander Black Says:

    Sat, 11/08/08 - 07:13

    I learned all the U.S. State capitals in a week. Give me a month of and I could learn all the countries of the world. That said I don't feel it necessary to fill my brain with useless trivia -- that's all that is. It's not really that impressive. The only reason I learned the state captials is because it was drilled into my brain by a geography teacher back in grade school. But this fella seems to think it makes him some fountain of exceptional knowledge to know these things. Enjoy your Splushi, as SpikeTV so accurately put it. TUF is a joke now, and all partipants should be ashamed of yourselves, i'm embarrased for MMA having clowns like you represent the sport on a reality tv show.
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