Could it be over this soon for TUF 11 contestant (and CagePotato guest-blogger) Rich Attonito? Richie Boom-Bats looked like a true ass-kicker in his round-of-16 match against Kyacey Uscola, until an illegal knee put an abrupt end to the fight. But instead of taking his DQ victory and sailing into the quarterfinals, Attonito wound up with his hand in a cast. Read on to find out what Attonito had to say about last night’s action-packed episode…
During the Tavares-Hammortree fight we catch a glimpse of Yager cheering Brad on against his own teammate. Afterward Nick pulls Yager aside and confronts him about cheering for the other team. Yager hears Nick out but I don’t think it mattered much to him as he seemed to have his own idea about whose team he’s on. That’s when we catch a four-way discussion between Yager, McCray, Noke, and Tavares about forming their own alliance called the Minority Report.
The rest of the guys on Team Ortiz didn’t take the situation lightly. Especially Kaycey Uscola who likened Yager to the S— on the bottom of his shoe. The bickering we saw in practice aside, this was something major that began to break the unity between some of the fighters on Tito’s team. I understand Yager is close with Brad but I didn’t think it was appropriate to cheer for the other team. If anything he should have sat quietly or cheered impartially just to encourage the fighters. Only one fighter is gonna win the contract so its definitely an individual sport, however, your team and training partners are whats going to help you get there. If this was the mafia, Yager would be getting whacked out for going against the family.
Shortly after the fights are picked and who’s up but yours truly. Chuck decides to send me in to take out one of Team Ortiz’s top picks in Kyacey Uscola. I think it surprised most of his team that we decided to go after him. Kyacey was the most experienced and seasoned fighter in the house and in my opinion one of the top guys. I was definitely going to be the underdog in most people’s eyes.
After the fight announcement Kyacey’s sweatshirt came up missing. He went looking for it and found the sweatshirt in Yager and McCray’s closet. Kyacey immediately accused Yager of stealing it and the argument ensued.
I remember I was close by and watched the entire episode. Kyacey got right up in Yager’s face and at one point it looked like their noses were touching — always an uncomfortable proximity to be to a man’s face when having a conversation. I’d rather argue from three feet away, I can still get my point across. I thought for a second that they might start swinging. None the less they went back and forth about it until it was finally broken up.
Yager called Kyacey a slut about twenty times, and I thought to myself, that’s not really much of an insult to call a guy. Their argument continued down the stairs, into the van, and even at the gym. At one point there was talk of hollow tip bullets and bustin’ caps in each other. I’m not sure how the conversation got steered in that direction. Things were looking more like a scene from Menace II Society rather then The Ultimate Fighter show.
Back at the gym Tito squashes the problem between the guys and verifies that Yager never took Team Punishment shirts he was also being accused of. Even though McCray told Kyacey that he had put his sweatshirt in his closet and Razor Rob let everyone know Yager had asked permission to take the shirts Kyacey won’t apologize. Not sure why, I guess he genuinely just doesn’t like Yager and had made his mind up about him.
I felt for Yager on this one because he was getting accused of doing something he didn’t. I would be pretty pissed off if I was being accused of something I didn’t do and I understand why Yager got so defensive in this situation. I think a lot of the time Yager was a little misunderstood, but people didn’t want to take his side because of some of the other behaviors he exhibited or the way he would react. Either way you get a glimpse of Yager’s good side when I share some pictures of my wife with him. I know I bust quite a few jokes at Yager’s expense but thats just the wise-ass in me coming out. Overall, I always got along with him.
Now its time to go to war. I know everyone on the other team is expecting me to go out and try to take Kyacey down. I know it’s not gonna be that simple and I had every intention on standing and out-boxing him.
After some stand up exchanges I drop Kyacey with a nice right hand. He’s hurt and I swarm him with punches. He does a great job of staying in the fight and eventually stands to his feet. I lift him and pile drive him down on his head, and follow up with some big punches. We get into another scramble and Kyacey does a nice job of turning me with a Kimura. I wait patiently for my opportunity to get back to my feet. As I scramble back to my feet Kyacey anticipates my move and clinches my head. At this point I know I need to stay down so I don’t fall into his trap. Then before I know it he starts dropping a few knees into my head and the ref steps in to stop the fight.
I didn’t expect to get hit with knees in that position and I didn’t see them coming. The first knee sneaks between my gloves and catches me in the temple and the other just clips me towards the front of my head. Still it was enough to ring my bell and the doctor came in and asked me where I was. I replied: "fighting in a cage." I thought it was a good answer. I guess it wasn’t the answer he was looking for though because he calls the fight.
Kyacey gets DQ’d. I feel like if I had a minute or two to recover, I could have kept going. If you get hit in the balls or poked in the eye they give you up to five minutes, not sure why the same rule doesn’t apply in this situation.
To make matters worse as I make my way back to the locker room I start feeling my right hand. When they begin to take my glove off I realize it’s broken. This is the icing on the cake for an already frustrating situation. Later at the hospital the doctor confirms the severity of my broken hand. I’m all too familiar with incurring injuries through years of competing in sports. Many times this has happened to me with poor timing, this case being no exception.
The situation has left me very unsettled because I never want to win a fight like that. I REALLY HOPE IN THE NEAR FUTURE THAT KYACEY AND I WILL GET A REMATCH SO WE CAN FINISH THE FIGHT PROPERLY.
Just as soon as my fight ended the next fight is picked. This time it’s going to be Blanchard vs. Yager. Charlie had been dealing with an ankle injury that he had before the show started but we were hoping he was going to be able to ground Yager and win the fight with his superior BJJ skills.
Yager did a great job of defending Charlie’s initial takedown attempts. Yager comes back with his own attack and drops Charlie with a nice right hand. He quickly swarms Charlie with punches and gets the referee stoppage in round one.
Yager steps up and gets a big win for Team Ortiz and now the control has finally shifted. With Tito getting his first opportunity to pick a fight we could only wonder what the next match up would be.