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TUF 11 Fighter Rich Attonito’s Guest Blog: Episode 10


(Attonito and his ATT wingman Mike Brown. Props: Rich’s Facebook page.)

In the latest installment of his TUF 11 guest-blog for CagePotato.com, Team Liddell’s Rich Attonito discusses the battle between Jamie Yager and Josh Bryant on this week’s episode, tells us about some of the house-related chaos that you didn’t get to see on the show, and reveals the annoying dude who keeps yelling "heeeeey!" during the fights.

Wednesday’s episode started with a continuation of last week’s news of Tito pulling out of the fight with Chuck. The only way Chuck wanted to give Tito an opportunity of being a coach on the show was if he was able to punch him in the face at the end. Now that wasn’t gonna happen and Chuck was pissed. I remember him saying from the first day that Tito was never going to fight him and he was only using the show for exposure. I don’t know about Tito’s intentions coming into the show but it turns out Chuck was right about the fight. Regardless of the medical reasons, which are obviously very serious.

I knew this episode would be special because everyone wanted to see what was going to happen in the Yager-Bryant fight. Yager’s been the guy with the cocky attitude and the big mouth, and everyone has wanted to see if he could back it up. Up to this point he’s done a good job of that, but Josh put a painful stop to that when he beat Yager into exhaustion and forced him to quit going into the third round.


I don’t think there was anyone on Tito’s team besides Kris McCray that wanted to see Yager win. I remember guys wishing Josh good luck before the fight and telling him they hope he beat Yager. I guess they all had enough of his ego and antics. They wanted to see him get his ass whooped. Josh was in the process of accomplishing that when Yager said "No Más" after the second round and that was all she wrote. Afterwards guys on the other team were congratulating Josh and were ecstatic that Yager lost. I got along with Yager, as we always had mutual respect for each other. But I remember thinking that his ego would be as inflated as ever if he landed himself in the semi-finals. Needless to say I was glad to see Josh get the win for a few reasons.

One of the more annoying things through out the fight was Tito’s BJJ coach Cleber yelling "heeeey hey hey heeeey!!" I had people texting me during the show asking me who the hell was making that annoying noise the entire time.
Yager got carted off in the stretcher with a neck brace. Later he said that it was a stinger he got in the neck that caused the scare. I remember when he got back from the hospital he was pretty down and his spirit seemed broken. The house had never been so quiet after that. Yager was pretty much a ghost for the remaining time in the house. This was some of the most peaceful and quiet days that we had seen since the start of the show. Made you wish he got beaten a long time ago.

After Tito got dismissed from the show by Dana, he came over with his team of coaches for a last goodbye. Him and his team were definitely bummed about the situation. Everyone in the house took the last-minute opportunity to get Tito and his coaches’ autographs on some of the apparel from the show, and vice versa. It turned into a big autograph memorabilia signing party. Kyle Noke took the opportunity to get my casted splint away from me and have everyone sign that as well. It’s made for a nice addition to my collectors items.

Kyle also kept insisting I let him sign my head — so much that I would have gotten a restraining order on him if I could get in front of a judge that would grant it. One day in the house him and Brad tried to muscle me to the floor and sign my head. I fought them off for a while, one-handed and all, until caveman Joe stepped in and helped. Then it was my trusty side kick Charlie Blanchard, a.k.a. The Hobbit, who stepped in and saved me before my dome was covered in Sharpie ink. With short time left in the house I had to be careful not to fall victim to any last-minute pranks people might try to pull off.

One major prank in the house came at the expense of Josh. Kyle and Brad were the main culprits. From the beginning of when teams were picked, they kept saying Josh was a little light in the loafers because of some joke he made. They were like a couple of fifth-graders and ended up breaking his balls the entire show. They never let him live it down. Every day these two guys would give him a hard time. If he put his hat on a certain way, if he made a comment, or even looked in their direction inside the van on the rides to the gym they would be basically accuse him of being a fruit cake. Not that theres anything wrong with that! Might I add that it was absolutely hysterical and commendable how long they continued the heckling.

So in the end the idea was sprung to dress his bed up in pink sheets, pillow cases, blankets, stuffed animal unicorns, boas, rainbows, and a life-size male blow up doll who was adorning a tiara. We pulled it off after practice back in the house while Josh was outside in the hot tub. We only had a small window of time to pull it off and everyone contributed to make sure it was a success. Except Court, his ADD kicked in during the operation and he got sidetracked drawing a bunny rabbit on a sock that was pulled over one of the edges of the second floor stair railing. When Josh finally saw the prank he laughed and took it like a good sport. Its amazing what six weeks locked up in a house will drive you to do for the sake of personal entertainment.

The semi-final match ups were announced and the road to the Finale was set. Now Team Liddell would see two teammates do battle as Brad and Court square off. On the other side it was a much anticipated rematch of Josh and Kris. With so much on the line and only a few days left in the house excitement was brewing to see the conclusion of this crazy show that we had all signed up for. Everyone was going to be happy to finally be going home, as soon as the remaining business was handled. In the meantime, we just had to keep from killing each other, which proved to be more difficult for some of us then you would think.

Thanks to my sponsors: Buffalo Wings & Rings (Coconut Creek), Institute of Human Performance (IHP), and American Top Team. Be sure to follow me @ twitter.com/RichAttonito and on Facebook for all the updates on my life and training.

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Hexed79- June 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm
The constant "heeeyy" stuff is a Muay Thai thing. You hear it all the time in Thai Boxing matches. It's something corners do to try to get the judges attention when a strike lands (or when it looks like one lands).

It's a not so subtle way that Thai corners try to influence scoring.
Angry Whopper- June 4, 2010 at 3:20 pm
The best part of that writeup was,

"Except Court, his ADD kicked in during the operation and he got sidetracked drawing a bunny rabbit on a sock that was pulled over one of the edges of the second floor stair railing."

Proving once again that real life is better than fiction.
Harry Nips- June 4, 2010 at 1:32 pm
So we had fat fuck last week & heeeeeeeeeeeeeey guy this week. Tito's assistant coaches turned out to be some annoying douchebags. I haven't been this surprised since I found out Cris Cyborg's oversized clit is actually just your regular everyday run of the mill penis.
El Famous Burrito- June 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm
Bellator is awesome, and those write-ups are pretty good, for a chronic bedwetter like this Richardson guy.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm
Hhhhmmmmmmm.......
El Famous Burrito- June 4, 2010 at 1:26 pm
There we go. It makes 3 times as much sense to me now.


ReX13- June 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm
Yes, this is all well and good, and Mamaplata and i noticed the pink sheets as well, but...

what happened with Bellator? it's always a good show, and i enjoy that guy's write ups.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 4, 2010 at 1:16 pm
You're right. I slipped one in there for you.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 4, 2010 at 1:11 pm
New Caption:

"One of the few remaining photographs from the pre-separation celebration that was held for Rich Attonito and his now deceased conjoined twin brother. Sadly, Julio "Tony" Attonito never survived the difficult separation operation, and he took two thirds of the cerebral mass with him to the grave."
ArmFarmer- June 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm
It would be nice to get an explanation for the heeeeeey in addition to who it was that was doing it. What was the purpose? And why did no one turn and say SHUT THE FUCK UP! I would have...
El Famous Burrito- June 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm
Nice one, Mister M, but you and I both know that there's no way anyone has two Italian boys and not name one of them Tony.

Other than that, spot on.
GUI-uh-TEEN- June 4, 2010 at 1:02 pm
They should have saved the money on the blow up doll and just got Dick Ring to trim his bushy Freddy Mercury 'stache and put on his 'Mr. Nose Man-Thong' and sprawl all over the pink sheets...
LittleDoomsday- June 4, 2010 at 12:54 pm
Heeeeeeeeey! Heeeeeeeeeey! HEEEEEY! Yeah. That shit was annoying. I was actually wondering why someone from the show or even Dana didn't tell him to cut that shit out.
Almost North- June 4, 2010 at 12:23 pm
I saw some skank wearing those shorts two days ago. True story.

Another solid write up. I was also wondering about the pink bed. If anyone deserves a throat chop its this Cleber fellow. If you don't use your voice box responsibly then we will have to take it away. Tough love.

Nobody cares but this new keyboard sounds like the world series of dice every time I type. Clickity Clack Clickity Clack.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm
Oh yeah,I lost my comment. It fell out of my pocket here somewhere... oh here it is...

Good re-cap, one of the better one's from any web-site. I was wondering why Bryant's bed had pink blankets, I noticed that during the episode. I just chocked it up to this horrible fascination with the worst parts of the 80's that seems to be rearing its ugly head everywhere. Or that he was busy helping Nick wax his mustache.

The first person I see in black spandex shorts with a hot pink stripe down the leg is getting a knife-edge backhand to the throat pipe. I don't care if they're a stranger and it's in public.
nicey- June 4, 2010 at 12:15 pm
nice post.
Mr_Misanthropy- June 4, 2010 at 12:05 pm
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