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Mike Dolce Reveals The Untold Story Behind His TUF Elimination

Mike Dolce
(‘Okay fists, I don’t like you and you don’t like me, but let’s work together here.’)

Mike Dolce may have been eliminated in this week’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter, but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to fade into the scenery just yet. In a well-written and surprisingly insightful blog entry for MMA Weekly, Dolce lets us in on some info that didn’t make it to air on Wednesday night.

Apparently, “Rampage” Jackson has his own ideas about how to prepare for a fight, even when you just fought a few days ago. Dolce doesn’t agree with him, but like most of us would have done when confronted with a big, bad man like “Rampage”, he went along with it despite being battered and exhausted and well under the weight requirement the day before the weigh-in:

The plan was for Rampage and Zach to alternate taking me down and just as I scrambled up, for the other to shoot back in and take me down again. For 15 minutes with no break.

Do you see the comedy in this? I’m laughing again as I write this.

Again, I tell both coaches I’m shot, and they tell me, “Don’t worry, we’ll just go light.”

Light? It was more like a live-drill pace than a fight pace, but in no way was it light.

When that was finally over, the other seven athletes on my team were brought into the cage and told to start in on double legs (takedowns) and make me fight out of it.

This fun little game ended when Dolce tore a ligament and damaged his rotator cuff, an injury he says he’s still being treated for.

“Surprisingly,” Dolce writes, “none of this made it to the television screen either.”

To Dolce’s credit, he doesn’t offer this as an excuse for his loss. He was pretty well dominated on the mat in that fight, and one gets the sense that the rotator cuff injury wasn’t all that stood between him and victory. Still, you can’t help but feel for him when he writes this:

“All things are possible to him who believes.” – Mark 9:23

I must have repeated that statement five thousand times, between the weigh-in and actual fight. You see, at no point did I ever question the outcome of the fight. I knew I was going to win. Losing wouldn’t even register in my mind. Even while lying on the floor of the octagon, with two grown men rubbing heating lube on my bare thigh and torso with television cameras catching every sordid detail, I did not question my chances of winning this fight. No way.

Damn. Tough break for Dolce. If only The Bible had made clear the need for a good takedown defense, things might have turned out differently.


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dolce is a beast- April 19, 2008 at 6:48 pm
i bet VV has never even been in a real fight.. let alone one that u plan for and use every thought in your head to prepare for... that shit is mentally draining. And if u couldnt tell rampage is a few cards short of a full deck.... so im sure he isn't the best coach.. but he sure is a DECENT fighter.
VV- April 19, 2008 at 5:49 pm
No, you dont have to give him any props. Even before watching them fight I was hoping Dolce would lose because he was so fucking annoying. He was acting as if he was undefeated or something. Wake up bitch, your on the ultimate fighter and used to work with taxes. He lost and should just go back to training instead of blaming Rampage who is the light heavyweight champ of the world. Like shit. Suck my dick Dolce.
walrus- April 18, 2008 at 9:11 pm
Dolce's a good guy -- I wish he would of lasted longer
dolce is a beast- April 18, 2008 at 8:03 pm
he was hurt.. still fought a tought fight, got owned on the mat. but obviously that meathead didnt want to stand and bang with dolce even tho he was hurt.. and how many of u pussies would fight 2 fights in 1 week after putting every ounce of energy into training that week.. that has to be mentally and physically challenging.... besides the quote.. u gotta give him some props
NipGrip- April 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm
So is he blaming everyone, including God, for his poor performance? Oh, he had it set in his mind he was going to win, no other way he could see it, I gotcha. No other fighter has that mentality. Most fighters I know, they are in that backroom doing shadow boxing thinking to themselves, "I'm gonna lose.."

Clue-by-Four- April 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm
Jesus Christ. The regular commenters here make Sherdoggers look like Nobel Laureates.
Apexified- April 18, 2008 at 1:52 pm
Did Dana forget to put in a "no whining on your blog" clause in the contract? It would be funny if all the losers went on to give us insight on what made them lose.
Bill- April 18, 2008 at 1:14 pm
Sounds like he is crying to me...You are 4-4...not 8-0...shut up and do what he says...and after you lose dont complain or cry on how he prepares you for a fight or even himself for that matter...he is a champ for a reason and that is why you are 4-4!...

Whaaa?- April 18, 2008 at 1:06 pm
Once again this season you can tell who is gonna lose based on the amount of air time given the two athletes.
Aryan- April 18, 2008 at 12:15 pm
“If only The Bible had made clear the need for a good takedown defense, things might have turned out differently.”
The Truth- April 18, 2008 at 6:15 am
What a whiny little bitch. Is he going to abandon his "faith" now that God let him down by not delivering unto him his victory he earned through his vigilant prayer and bible study?

Nice comment Mr. Potato - "If only The Bible had made clear the need for a good takedown defense, things might have turned out differently."

I hate "christian athletes"
bump- April 18, 2008 at 3:24 am
Let's all hope this isn't going to be a weekly thing. Loser cries about whatever he thinks caused him to not get a fair shake. Shut up already.
Peterw- April 18, 2008 at 2:25 am
haha the guy on Forrests team is definitely a meat head
grant- April 17, 2008 at 11:05 pm
bad appropriation of scripture
Turd Ferguson- April 17, 2008 at 10:51 pm
All the best for Dolce.

I think Jackson's training is questionable... But then again, he himself said he hadn't coached anyone or had little experience.

I think Forrest's team will win it this season (and thats not based on the their first win)

That one dude is just a total MEATHEAD. I think he has a speaking disorder and possibly a slight mental disorder.
Bdizzle- April 17, 2008 at 10:39 pm
Atleast he didn't get herpies after the gang bang. Hmm... wheres Paul at?

I hope for a speedy recovery for Dolce, ligments always take a little longer then muscles to heal and the problem comes back when least expectide.