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Mike Dolce Exposes The Ugly (Drunk) Side of TUF

Mike Dolce has decided to tell it like it is. In a blog entry penned for MMA Weekly, the season seven contestant on The Ultimate Fighter lets us in on the untold story of booze and buffoonery behind the scenes:

Moving on to this week’s episode, what can I say?

At the risk of pissing a bunch of people off, I’m going to tell you.

Personally, I knew something was seriously wrong with this production when, as a sequestered, professional athlete in the midst of a major sporting event, I could not obtain a free range chicken breast for almost 48 hours of repeated requests, but a bottle of tequila, a half rack of beer and a funnel could be delivered in twenty minutes at any time of day or night with a single belligerent phone call. All under the guise of trying to determine just who was The Ultimate Fighter…the epitome of professional athletics.

Dolce is not making himself any friends with this, but he does point out an obvious contradiction in the way TUF is run. We saw the problems created by providing the fighters with bountiful, free alcohol back in season one. Then we saw it over and over again in successive seasons. Clearly the alcohol is there because it causes problems on a show that has very little going on outside the cage. The fact that it seems antithetical to a sporting competition doesn’t seem to concern anyone.

So okay, the producers are more interested in getting the fighters plastered than in getting them to act like serious athletes. Not exactly a revelation. But wait, there’s more.

As a testament to that option, would you believe that some of the cast members showed up to the fights drunk? Some made it a point to get trashed just to go to the weigh-ins and fight-picks? Would you even believe that some of my fellow cast members showed up to team practices too drunk to participate in any meaningful capacity other than captivating the cameras with their slurred speech and bouts of random uselessness?

Believe it friends, because it happened, often!

There’s something they don’t seem to be in any hurry to show, which brings up an interesting point. They provide these guys with as much liquor as they can drink, but even the producers must have realized that it was a bad idea to show them drunk in the gym. That would make us think, as Dolce points out, that they weren’t taking it as seriously as they should have been. So they cut it, while leaving in the drunken property destruction back at the house. Very interesting decision. I guess that’s reality for you.

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DarthMolen- June 8, 2008 at 11:33 am
Inexplicably, the article on MMAWeekly was taken down.
Teachbug- June 5, 2008 at 11:39 pm
hey damian what exactly makes sanchez and cummo douches?
is it because you are a jealous guy, and secretly wish you could be as popular?
Or is it that they succeeded and you are a failure?
clarify that will ya.
dude- June 5, 2008 at 11:01 pm
@tully

Someone told me that they replay Ultimate Fighter on Bravo on Saturdays, but i'm not sure if that's true or not. Could be helpful
GSP for Prime Minister- June 5, 2008 at 10:22 pm
what goes ON in vegas... STAYS in vegas, Mike!!!
Spacealias- June 5, 2008 at 10:19 pm
Random Thoughts: Can you get a DUI for driving a go-cart drunk? Matt Riddle is in desperate need of a Dad or Big brother or something, how many traits from other fighters is he going to adopt on the show... So far he has dyed his hair like Brandon Sene, taken up Chew a la Matt Brown, bought and worn the same glasses as CB and now I hear he is studying French with Tim Credeur. I was surprised to see CB be such a leader in the destruction of property seemingly before his fight (which was probably way before his fight or afterwards and just shown out of chronological order). That guy has got a lot to lose and I would have thought he would have steered clear of 'the demolition'.
forrest44- June 5, 2008 at 4:40 pm
At the end of the day all reality shows are about are ratings. Since there is very little action outside of the cage, producers need to create some themselves... so they screen fighters at the tryouts for 'reality tv-friendly' personalities & attitudes, not necessarily fighting skills. We all know this and it should surprise no one. If a fighter chooses to be a drunken ass and not take his situation seriously that's their loss. Those clowns usually don't make it to the finals.
shutup- June 5, 2008 at 3:07 pm
I just want my free range chicken breast...is that too much?
Cry me a river- June 5, 2008 at 2:35 pm
Sorry about the double post. I submitted prematurely. (Story of my life)
Cry me a river- June 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm
Sorry about the double post. I posted the first accidentaly before I finished.
Cry me a river- June 5, 2008 at 2:30 pm
Seriously with this nonesense? All this guy does is cry. He got smashed in his first fight once he was in the house and right away crying and making excuses about how the trainers didnt know him and he wasnt able to adecuetly prepare. Now more reasons to cry.

I personally dont condone the wrecking of the house as I think it is disrespectful but this guy knew EXACTLY what he was getting himself into. He put himself into the situation and now he is crying about it. You cant tell me he never watched an episode of the previous seasons or talked to one of the guys from the previous seasons?

All of the sudden he is this holier then though guy who doesnt believe in that type of stuff. I can guarantee if he was still in this thing he wouldnt be whining whatsoever. Its like joining the army and then being pissed because they sent you to Iraq. He knew exactly what he was getting into.
Cry me a river- June 5, 2008 at 2:27 pm
Seriously with this nonesense? All this guy does is cry. He got smashed in his first fight once he was in the house and right away crying and making excuses about how the trainers didnt know him and he wasnt able to adecuetly prepare. Now more reasons to cry.

I didnt say I didnt agree with his points just stop whining about it. He put himself into the situation and now he is crying about it. You cant tell me he never watched an episode of the previous seasons or talked to one of the guys from the previous seasons? All of the sudden he is this holier then though guy who doesnt believe in that type of stuff. I can guarantee if he was still in this thing he wouldnt be whining whatsoever. Its like joining the army and then being pissed because they sent you to Iraq. He knew exactly what he was getting into.
love a good fight- June 5, 2008 at 1:00 pm
I have an aquaintance who was scouted for TUF7, awesome fighter! He was 20 yrs old. They cut him from even trying because he was under age and they didnt want him provided alcohol. I thought the show was great without all the drama alcohol brings. (remember Leben and Coscheck? Both were assholes, but lets face it, it got ridiculous, and look at where Leben is now.)
Fighters are an extreme bunch. Thus they need to participate in extreme activities in order to get the same charge... Ultimately, they make up their own minds, but I have always thought trashing the house should be stopped. (remember even Diaz?) come on now... you want to be treated, paid and have benefits like a pro? Start acting like a pro.
Damian- June 5, 2008 at 5:20 am
not everyone has to drink, Mac Danzig didnt last seasone Deigo (Douche) Sanchez didnt and neither did Luke Cummo. granted the latter 2 of these guys are douches but all all made it to the finals and never drank.
Tanner- June 5, 2008 at 4:24 am
@ Old, Bald and Irish - Do you die a little bit each time someone poors out some of their colt 45 for one's homie?
godzillad- June 5, 2008 at 3:22 am
F those guys. They put the booze in the house to test the guys. They could be the best fighter in the world but if they're stupid enough to drink themselves out of the competition then they don't deserve to be in the UFC until they get some maturity.
KTFO- June 5, 2008 at 2:39 am
I can't wait unti Dolce, or anyone for that matter, exposes the fact that Jeremy May is actually a life size bottle of Massengil dressed in human flesh. Say what you want about the dude but I doubt he EVER has that not so fresh feeling.
tully- June 5, 2008 at 2:14 am
and the real ugly side of TUF is the lack of repeats. if you miss it wednesday at 10 good luck seeing that episode ever, unless you buy the crap dvds.
poopypants- June 5, 2008 at 1:47 am
The more I think about it, this probably IS the UFC's way to weed out the guys who aren't taking this opportunity seriously. Also, I lied.... they could put some Robitussin in front of me and I'd be cooking that shit up...... oh yeah.......
poopypants- June 5, 2008 at 1:41 am
Give me a damn break. Just because alcohol is flowing freely from all spigots in the house doesn't mean you HAVE to imbibe. For shit's sake, if you're serious about wanting to win this semi serious show and a great opportunity/contract, then train right, eat right and act right. How old are these clowns, I mean they are adult males, right? If I was on the show, they could put all the booze/drugs in front of me they wanted - doesn't mean I'd partake. Maybe this is Dana's way of weeding out the posers. Man, I flip flop between thinking Dana's an okay guy and a total toolbag.
Patrick- June 5, 2008 at 1:25 am
I'm not surprised. I was always amazed at the amount of alcohol that seemed to be around. If I want to watch drunk drama I'll watch the real world. Usually I would only watch the end of the shows to see the fights, now I dont even watch. I'd much rather watch what training and prep guys go through instead of the drunk idiots. And they wonder why the Ulitmate Fighters ratings suck.
Old, Bald and Irish- June 5, 2008 at 1:23 am
DID SOMEONE SAY "FREE BOOZE"!!!???

Oh...sorry. That was my "Irish" acting up.

Whoops....spilled my beer....!

(sound of an Irishman crying)
tully- June 5, 2008 at 12:35 am
free booze? i gotta get on that show. its official im gonna be an ultimate fighter. i gotta get in the gym.
bfowlkes- June 5, 2008 at 12:31 am
In defense of Dolce, he's a smart guy with a heart of gold, and I don't believe it's sour grapes coming from him. He's also a welterweight, not a middleweight. Like a lot of guys who do the show, he went up a weight class just to get the opportunity. I'm not trying to make excuses for anyone, just trying to add some perspective.

@fightfan: I see what you're saying, but wouldn't getting drunk before practices only hurt your chances of being invited to fight on the finale? I can understand wanting to drown your sorrows (I know I'd probably want to), but how many times have we seen guys pull out with injury on this show? Behaving that way during the competition says something about your character. You aren't helping other guys prepare that way, and you aren't seizing a great opportunity to learn and improve as a fighter.
stupid- June 5, 2008 at 12:28 am
I find it so stupid that these dudes trashed a house like that. It makes fighters in general just look like a pack of assholes. Fuck em all Pat Schultz should have won
The Survivalist- June 4, 2008 at 11:55 pm
Perhaps if Dolce got drunk before his fight he wouldn't have sucked.
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