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Quote of the Day: TUF 16 Finalist Mike Ricci Wanted to Sue the Show “For Psychological Damages”

*Super Friends announcer voice* MEANWHILE, IN THE DINING ROOM…

If you thought watching the sixteenth season of The Ultimate Fighter was hell, just wait until you hear how bad it was to be one of the show’s participants, and a winning one at that. As finalist Mike Ricci will tell you, TUF 16 wasn’t exactly Dancing With the Stars, where everyone got to take their perfect-bodied Ukranian supermodel partner home and have their way with them (although to be fair, the above video makes the case that there certainly was a lot of banging going on). No, TUF was much, much uglier. In fact, during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Ricci admitted that he hated his time on the show so much — despite being a finalist, mind you — that he wished he could sue the show for the “psychological damages” he suffered:

It was an absolute nightmare, I wanted to sue for psychological damage, I wasn’t the same person. I actually thought I had a case, ‘I’m not the same person, I can do this and win.’ But, I felt like don’t get me wrong, I knew what I was getting into I knew how I was going to react. Even some of the producers in the house toward the end were like, ‘Geez, you’re the most institutionalized fighter we’ve ever seen, we’ve done 11 seasons and we’ve never seen anyone like you, you’re like a robot now. 

Now I know what you’re thinking, “How will Danga shoehorn a Shawshank Redemption reference into the next couple sentences?” Truth be told, I thought about it. Hell, I even wrote a couple quotes down. But I’m not going to do it, Nation, because I honestly feel for Ricci here and wouldn’t want to reduce his plight to a few lines from a film, albeit a great one at that. Because CagePotato is kind of like the TUF set, if you replaced wannabe fighters with wannabe writers. In here, we’re important men, we’re educated men. On the outside, we’re nothing, just a bunch of used up cons-DAMN IT.

Anyway, Ricci also claimed that it was the time away from his family and friends that truly made the experience unbearable. Again, I just want to clarify that we’re talking about the favorite to win the season here:

I was taken away from my family and from my friends and from life, you literally, you vanish, you’re gone, there’s no sign of you whatsoever. Its almost like to everyone in the outside world you’re dead and you’re gone. There’s no sign of you whatsoever. And, things like for instance I didn’t know what was happening with my people on the outside, it was upsetting, people had gotten new jobs or changed their hairstyle or experienced different things I missed out on, it just upset me. It still upsets me to this day.

OK, Ricci, now I’m kind of glad I went the Shawshank route when breaking down your case. If the sacrifice you had to make in order to launch your career – the career you chose, by the way – was to miss out on a friend getting a haircut or telling you that they now work at the Jiffy Lube instead of the Outback’s Steakhouse (quite a career change, I realize), then I’d say you’ve got fuck all to complain about. For Christ’s sake, Michael Chiesa lost both his father AND his home last season, and cried about it for approximately five seconds. But yeah, continue to talk about the dark, depressing loneliness that eats at your soul because you missed out on a trip to Fantastic Sam’s.

So why, one would ask, would Ricci choose to partake in such a venture, knowing full well how grueling TUF can be from the 15 previous seasons that documented this exact process?

I feel it was an opportunity for me to get ahead and go faster than I would have by the usual route, fighting your way up on undercards. I know that it was a lot of work that was going to be crammed into a short amount of time, but if I looked good and was successful … I feel like I brought in just as much exposure and gone as far forward fighting four fights for TUF than I would have four fights outside of TUF. But the time status is those four fights could be in a year, and I did it all in the span of a summer. That’s why I did it.

So there you have it, in order to become semi-famous in one’s trade, one might be forced to neglect their tanning regimen for a few months. No wonder Colin Fletcher is one of the TUF: Smashes finalists, dude must have been neglecting his G.T.L. for years now.

-J. Jones

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cman- December 13, 2012 at 9:08 am
The overall lack of fortitude by this guy alone makes me wonder how he fights at all.
masterbaitntackle- December 13, 2012 at 8:15 am
That assgoblin needs to get his ass kicked by everyone that ever served in the armed forces and then "shaw"- shanked by a few prisoners that are "wrongfully convicted" for bitching about being away from his family for a month and a chase his dream....hey, signed up for this willingly....
stak- December 12, 2012 at 11:46 pm
Geez this guy is a douche. He thinks six weeks in the TUF house and away from your family is rough?

Try being in the military ya douche. Six weeks and he's complaining? I'd really like to smack this guy right now.
mma4ever- December 12, 2012 at 6:19 pm
Is that guy from canada? What a bum.
Mr_Misanthropy- December 12, 2012 at 5:41 pm

This season and its's participants/ lone prospect are exceptionally mediocre.
teep- December 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm
For those of who aren't aware, Super Cuts currently has a coupon for $4 off an adult haircut. F U Sam.
coldbeer78- December 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm
These walls are a funny thing. First you... ah fuck it
smellypiratehooker- December 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm
Obviously the above video shows that the sister's like it when you play " hard to get ". They just have a hard time deciding who's turn it is.
J.Jones- December 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm
@Socratic - Oops, I got TUF: Smashes and TUF 16 confused. Can't say I'm shocked given the amount of each season I've seen. Thanks for the heads up.
SocraticMethod- December 12, 2012 at 3:21 pm
Aren't they all welterweights?
tmanifold- December 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm
Can we get Brian stann or Tim Kennedy to interview him "you have no idea how tough it was, I had to spend six weeks on a real..... Ow why did you hit me?"
The12ozCurls- December 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm
To be honest, I think this kid is on to something. I am going to put in a call to my attorney and see if my DVR can sue the past few seasons of TUF “for Psychological Damages"
Kid Clam Curtains- December 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm
These fucking rubes actually paired their braised short ribs with pinot instead of cab. Can you imagine? And the TUF house fois gras left a lot to be desired let me tell you. Luckily when I landed back in Montreal Rory and I threw on our sweaters, messenger bags and wayfarers and treated ourselves to a proper meal at Garde Manger. Never again, Dana.
anderson wanderlei paulo thiago alves silva- December 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm
I stopped after let me bang bro
O Chan- December 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm
I can understand the hairstyle thing. I mean look at the guy for Christ-sake! Have you ever seen such a well-groomed head of hair on TUF before? I think not!!!
intercept440- December 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm
after seeing that blatantly homoerotic fagatastically annoying clip, i was so fucking glad i didnt watch any of this seasons episodeds it brings a smile to my otherwise shitty day...(in a crying cracking justin beiber voice) "let me bang bro....let meeebang... WHAAAAAAAAA ... douchetards
Fried Taco- December 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm
I wish Ricci had been able to go along to Fantastic Sam's and get a new haircut as well.