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TUF 11 Fighter Rich Attonito’s Guest Blog: Episode 2

Cage Potato guest blogger Rich Attonito returns with his take on last night’s episode.  Read on to find out what it feels like to be Chuck Liddell‘s second pick, and why his oatmeal-making technique makes for important television.

After the preliminary fights were done, Dana White congratulated us and gave us a brief run down of what was to come. Team picks were going to be held the next day, but first we were going to be taken to the fighter house where we would be spending the next 6 weeks of our lives together. For better or for worse.

The lights of the Las Vegas strip lit up the night as we barreled down the highway in two sets of vans. I remember feeling a great deal of relief and for the first time in the past several days I was able to relax a little bit, until the vans arrived at our destination. Suddenly everyone started piling out of the vans and running into the house like someone had told them there was a million dollars inside for the taking.

Some of us took our time getting inside and I found my spot in the master bedroom, closest to the balcony which faced the backyard. I saved the bed next to me for my friend and teammate from home Charles Blanchard, who had also won his fight. I was glad I was not going to have to sleep in such awkwardly close proximity with a total stranger.

As I got acclimated to my new environment I started to realize how nice of a set up we were in. Fully furnished house, refrigerator stocked with food, outdoor pool and jacuzzi. We had a pool table, shuffle board, cards, and a chessboard for games. I had not played chess in quite some time but had the feeling I would spend a good deal of time playing to pass the hours. My only hope was that someone else in the house was a decent player and could challenge me. Otherwise what fun would it be to beat up on someone who does not even know how to move the pieces?

The next day came and it was time to pick teams. Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz stood in front of us and it was hard not to feel a little starstruck looking at these guys. I had watched both of them fight for years and dominate the 205-pound division during their title runs. Now one of them was going to be picking me to be a part of their squad. They almost didn’t even seem real, like cartoon superheroes. I knew that whichever team I was on I could benefit from both of the coaches and their assistants.

However, I was pleased when Chuck chose me as his second pick. Now I was teamed up with my close friend and boxing coach from American Top Team, Howard Davis Jr. I felt like I was at home. As the rest of the picks played out I knew Chuck had assembled a strong squad. While we were not going to be the tallest of middleweights I knew that everyone had a strong set of different skills that would bring great diversity to our team and training. Besides, who cares how tall the other team was? It’s not like we’re playing basketball or competing in the high jump.

Over the next few days we practiced hard as a team and began to grow very close and gel as a unit. Everyone seemed to be on the same page and understood that we needed to help each other so we could all succeed in this competition. I really liked all the guys on my team. At the same time I began to get the impression that Team Ortiz’s guys were not getting along so well. Jamie Yager seemed to be rubbing guys on his team the wrong way – figuratively, of course.

One night around three in the morning we had the pleasure of being awoken by the deafening sound of a few air-horns. My first instinct was that we were being hazed by our coaches. I suddenly had this vision that they would make us throw our running shoes on and go out into the desert for a midnight run. Not sure what prompted me to think that, possibly flashbacks of college wrestling. Later I would find out that Brad Tavares, Kris McCray, and Yager were the culprits. I recalled a collective agreement amongst the group not to mess with anyone’s sleep. Obviously these guys didn’t get the memo.

We had the first fight pick and Chuck called on his top draft choice Kyle Noke to take on Clayton McKinney. I knew very early on from only a few days of training with Kyle how talented he was. He had quick elusive striking and slick BJJ skills. Not to mention a stellar pro record of 16-4-1 and several years of training with Greg Jackson´s camp. I was confident that we would keep control. The Moneyshot was definitely a dangerous opponent but Kyle didn’t disappoint and finished the fight in the first round by triangle choke.

Our team had the momentum and you could sense us growing stronger as a unit by the day. I have to say that Chuck is by far one of the most solid individuals I have ever met. His calm and laid back demeanor brings a sense of confidence to everyone around him. During the show he was not concerned with much else other than the well being of all of the guys on his team, and getting another chance to fight Tito of course. We all knew that Chuck had our backs no matter what.

The first week on the show was definitely a step outside of reality. Everything you do there are cameras and sound guys following you. I remember one morning they extensively covered me making breakfast. I never knew that watching me make oatmeal was such an important event. There were lights and cameras everywhere and you always had to wear your microphone necklace, which would start to feel much like a collar.

Either way I was happy to be in the position I was and very focused on the task at hand. Every night I would write in my journal and look at a few pictures of my wife Ana and I from back home. There was one of her and I down in Miami with palm trees and aqua blue ocean in the background. I thought to myself that would be one of the first places I would go back to when I returned home. I missed her and my home a lot. I thought of my family and friends as well. All of these were small doses of sanity that helped give me strength in this otherwise insane situation.

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Yeti Stomp- April 10, 2010 at 9:14 am

Lick balls, dude. For one thing, I was overexaggerating the grammar thing to make a point. For another, the Yager reference at the end was to bring things back on point, since this is an MMA forum and not a spelling bee. So, just because you think you're all clever and shit, that doesn't make it so. Time for you to eat a hot bowl of dicks.
fatbellyfrank- April 9, 2010 at 8:54 pm
Love your work as always Rex, and BTW MyPostIsBetterT..... That would be critique, not "critque" and au contraire my impatient friend, here at CP we pride ourselves on our gramer :)
dranokills- April 9, 2010 at 7:24 pm
I was talking with Yager, and shockingly enough HE also thinks that you are a dickhead as well.
He told me to tell you, if you liked he would kick you to hell and back, if that helped you any at all.
I don't think he is afraid of your superhuman grammar skills.
Yeti Stomp- April 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Bwahahahahahaha! Your 19:08 post was the SHIT, my man. Way to set the record straight.

While this is an MMA comments section, and we started out commenting on a fighter's report of a specific time span within the TUF house, here we are bashing each other all over the place for grammar.

That said, here it is, bitches:

They're = They are. The apostrophe, in every contraction, is a substitute for the vowel. In this case is swaps places with the 'a' in the word 'are'.
There = indication of proximity to your location, as in "over there."
Their = plural possessive, as in "the girls squeezed their boobs together, and it was beautiful."

While we're here, get this shit straight as well:
It's = It is. Once again, the apostrophe substitutes for the vowel.
Its = an individual possessive, as in, "a porcupine can't throw its quills."

Finally, and perhaps most importantly (you fuckers), there is never any case in the English language where an apostrophe is used to indicate a plural. Never. And don't say that it's used to indicate a decade, as in "the 90's", because that is wrong. The apostrophe in that case indicates a possessive. The proper plural in that case is "the 90s." Same goes for CDs, LPs, and so on.

Back to MMA, I think Yager's a dickhead!

MyPostIsBetterThanYours- April 9, 2010 at 8:15 am
My point exactly.
ReX13- April 9, 2010 at 7:58 am
MyPostIsBetterT... Says:
Fri, 04/09/2010 - 09:36
"Arguing on the internet is like winning running in the Special Olympics, even if you win... your you're still retarded!!!"

TIFI, you're welcome.

"Only dorks, nerds, and faggots sit around arguing over the internet. . ."

Welcome to Cage Potato. I see you've heard of us.

". . .nobody gives a shit. . ."

Well, not nobody...

PS>> Your a retart, go play in trafik.
MyPostIsBetterThanYours- April 9, 2010 at 7:36 am
Arguing on the internet is like winning the Special Olympics, even if you win... your still retarded!!! Only dorks, nerds, and faggots sit around arguing over the internet about how bad or good someone's grammar is. Get a fucking life, this is an MMA website, not a place for tool bags to come and critque each other and prove how smart you are, nobody gives a shit, just read the article and move on
ShitFacedCockMaster- April 9, 2010 at 5:19 am
He sounds articulate. No need to hate on him because you don't like his style.
dranokills- April 8, 2010 at 10:12 pm
opposites attack your new nickname is " shut the fuck up asshole Nancy boy."
fatbellyfrank- April 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm
Damm you El Famous, wish I'd thought of that
sevvi- April 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm
Good reading, nice blog keep it up and good luck in your fights.
El Famous Burrito- April 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm

fatbellyfrank- April 8, 2010 at 5:08 pm
OK, here go's, someone on this website is a complete fucken retard who knows fuck all about MMA and is a faggot asshole for daring to express their opinion, so go fuck yourself ya know nuthin fuckin retard noob,I'm just not sure who it is, hope it ain't me
Over to you gentlemen
okemos- April 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm
This thread was about Rich Antonito's blog being better than expected, so it screwed us all up and we started arguing about grammar and someone's nuts might -- I say might -- get shoved up someone's nostrils, and then there was the thing about opposites, the thing about initial caps and now I think we are free to go anywhere from here. I suggest we start with someone laying into someone else with a harsh, critical comment.
Edith Christ- April 8, 2010 at 4:37 pm
Um, kinda the point. Not to mention my fav T-shirt.
fatbellyfrank- April 8, 2010 at 4:15 pm
Oh and @ opposite's attack, That would be "YOUR new name is Sally", and you should have used capital letters in each of the following instances,
" you're new name is Ssally. Tthat is because you are a 12 year old girl. Nnow go learn to bake me a pie. Aand make it good. Bbitch.

Although realistically you shouldn't have those full stops in there, it's fairly innapropriate punctuation and totally negates any form of sentence structure,

Just shitten ya bro, couldn' give two fucks about anyones spelling or grammar, now, what the fuck was this thread about again?
ReX13- April 8, 2010 at 4:08 pm
okemos>> i see people screw up there/they're/their all the time. As for your comment about language evolving, i would agree, but i don't see the rules of grammar crumbling completely. Then again, Webster's actually amended their dictionary because our president was a functional illiterate and couldn't pronounce "nuclear" properly, so i suppose you've got me there.

opposites attack>> For the most part, you will not find grammar nazis at CP. Misspellings are common, contractions are used (or not) improperly, and spoonerisms and mixed metaphors are part of the fun. Hell, sometimes we misspell words for fun and profit (see: ghostboner). It's all cool, unless you use a lot of textspeak or in general rape the english language (see: daniel.mtl). Busting the balls of contributors or editors is considered fair game, because they are compensated as professionals. On the other hand, if you make a comment about someone else's spelling or grammar, then god help you if you make a typo/screw up your native language (see: Edith Christ). For we will strike down with great vengeance and furious anger on those who would seek to poison and destroy our brothers.


PS: Don't mean to twist YOUR nuts, but YOU'RE using the contraction of "you are" incorrectly. Just consider this some friendly coaching for the SATs. (Also, you can swear all you fukn want.)
ReX13- April 8, 2010 at 4:07 pm
okemos>> sorry, that was for opposites attack.
fatbellyfrank- April 8, 2010 at 4:04 pm
Dubbs, it's a diverse and many faceted MMA site where all types of intellectual discourse is encouraged, it's mainly MMA related but we occasionally digress into other matters of importance such as the state of the English language, hot ring chicks we would fap to and busting the balls of retards making stupid fucken comments.
Welcome aboard son
okemos- April 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm
ReX13, I'm cool with everything. I have a fun time reading comments on this board. They are actually more entertaining than Ben and Ben's blogs -- sometimes. But how do I use "you're" incorrectly? You should point it out to me, otherwise it's like telling an illiterate to go look something up in the dictionary. Maybe we all can learn something from you.
Shibumi- April 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm
That means I'd have to go to the D.M.V., An I HATE the D.M.V... so I'll stick with Awesome McWonderful.
okemos- April 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm
Our language continually changes. It is driven by common usage. When the majority uses "your" instead of "you're" then eventually "you're" will no longer be used. We will be able to write, "It is your right to say your retarded." The word "your" will just have multiple meanings. What is curious to me is why don't people screw up "they are"? They never say "there retarded." A lot of times people write what they hear because they don't do much reading to find out things.

When I read what people write these days it doesn't make me mad. For me, it's all about what you mean to say. If what you have to say is interesting enough and the masses want to hear it, you can always hire an editor.

Let's get back to swearing and arguing now, and throw in some stuff about mixed martial arts and the UFC.

Where else but at CagePotato?
Dubbs- April 8, 2010 at 2:48 pm
Hey guys, I'm new here and.....

"i am going to twist YOU'RE nuts off and cram one up each of your nostrils until you suffocate on your own jizm, FU"

What the hell kinda mma site is this???

Opposites Attack- April 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm
oh and since you feel the need to correct me even though you obviously know exactly what I am saying, you're new name is sally. that is because you are a 12 year old girl. now go learn to bake me a pie. and make it good. bitch.
Opposites Attack- April 8, 2010 at 2:36 pm

how can i not laugh at that. too awesome. awesome in a really retarded way, but awesome none-the-less.