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TUF 11 Fighter Rich Attonito’s Guest Blog: Episode 4

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.

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adult dating- February 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm
Good gradually.
leftyjeh- April 24, 2010 at 11:09 pm

All that energy you spent during the last couple of weeks talking shit about Yager... trying to get the nice folks on this website to view that video of Yager stealing shirts and getting caught in a lie. Your an idiot. You fell for the producers of the shows tricks. I think you should appologize for trying to stir shit up when you didnt even know the real truth...Kyacee (How ever you spell his name!). I found it funny that I didnt read anything about the Yager situation from your responses.

To anyone else who is hating on Yager... if he was such a douche than he would be a douche 24-7. He opened up with Rich. He tried to bring the team together after he won his fight. If you look back after his speach... he reaches out to hug that gay canadian (sorry, I forget his name).

Rich was whoopin that ass!!! But the fact remains... it really looked like he took a dive after the second knee. He seems like a good dude though.
tnbp- April 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Yeah, I understand what you're saying but I feel it's subjective. As I've been saying, from what I have seen, I feel like the first knee caught him pretty flush. And from the replay, it seems like the second one is probably how he broke his hand. So I would say that the reason why he wasn't mad the ref stopped the fight was because he was hurt from the knee he knew he took illegally. But I guess that's the nature of controversy. You think he didn't take the knees, I guess, and wasn't *that* hurt. I think he did take them and reacted how he should if he was, in fact, hurt. It's all good. You can think he's a puss. You're not alone. I refrain from casting judgment on him because it looked to me like he took the shots.
Japanadian- April 24, 2010 at 11:24 am
@Cynic UFC rule #11 Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea. Don't know where you got the idea it was legal.
Also if you watch the ultimate fighter aftermath, Rich Attonito says that he practices slamming people on their heads like that, he just puts guys down nicely in training.
@tnbp even if both knees somehow clipped him, he still pussed out, he wasn't even mad the ref stopped the fight or say anything that might persuade him to continue the fight. Rich should go play soccer if he's such a puss.
MMAposeur- April 24, 2010 at 10:36 am
"Kyacey should never have thrown those knees but so what, NONE hit his head, thus should not be a DQ!"

Yeah, and I never should have shot that guy who made fun of my mom, but since I didn't kill him, I shouldn't be charged with attempted murder...

You fucking idiot.
Dante- April 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm
Cynic is a fucking retard as well. fucking turd.
Bunnington- April 23, 2010 at 11:55 am
Fake ass punk
Ratel- April 23, 2010 at 8:53 am

So here I am. I've been fairly anti-Yager so far, but not for the alleged theft or other nonsense like that. It's a personality thing; sure, I can understand his being majorly pissed about the false accusations of stealing, but dude just couldn't communicate to save his life. I hate when a person is in an argument and all they can do is repeat the same goddamn thing over and over. That, and the way he's flexing his nuts on everyone all the time - real badasses never do that, and people fuck with them at their peril.

However, I gotta give mad respect to the guy because no matter what personality foibles he may have, or the show's editors may be projecting him to have, that sumbitch can fucking fight. The show's called The Ultimate Fighter, and he's the best and most exciting I've seen there in a few seasons. I agree that no matter what, Jamie Yager will be on the finale. And good for him. Too bad Rich broke his hand, 'cause he was laying waste to Kyacey.
ReX13- April 23, 2010 at 6:39 am
justscrappin>> if you mean that i'm full of shit...

Well, yeah.
tnbp- April 23, 2010 at 6:34 am

Listen, listen, listen... I have, in fact, trained in martial arts in my life. But I don't see how that's relevant because we're actually talking about physics, here.

If you're talking about boxing, you're talking about padding in the gloves cushioning and diffusing the force of the blow. That's very different from getting hit on the 4 ounce gloves in MMA. Obviously even with the 4 ounce gloves, it does SOMETHING-- especially if you're standing in the middle of the cage where your body can cushion some effect of the blow, potentially, just by being free to move in an open space. It also depends on HOW you block a strike, as well. For example, if you are parrying it (as opposed to strictly absorbing it), you're deflecting some of the incoming force and redirecting it into open space. I didn't say it didn't help. But you're talking about a prone opponent with his back to the cage, so there's less space for his body to diffuse the force coming into him and less mass in the gloves to strictly absorb the strike.

Also, if someone is standing and blocking a head kick, yes, it is diffused much, much easier than if you don't block it at all. But look at Yager's first fight (to get on the show), as a counter-example. He hit his opponent with 2 or 3 head kicks that were all blocked and his opponent was still rocked by them. So blocking a blow doesn't automatically diffuse it so much that it becomes inconsequential, which is what a lot of other commenters seem to be implying about Attonito-- that because his hands were in the way, those knees shouldn't have been a big deal.

I never said blocking didn't do anything. I did, however, mean to imply that blocking doesn't do everything. My point was that whether the first knee hit his skull cleanly or hit the gloves covering his skull, there was enough force behind it without enough ways for the force to be diffused that it still would have been damaging (despite being illegal.)

I say all that, though, predicated on the fact that I see the knees landing. I'm sure I'm looking at the same camera angles as everyone else. I still see it how I see it. I slowed it down and looked at it frame by frame. I'm not sure how people are saying neither hit him (unless they are saying they hit his hands, instead, which I would be in agreement with-- but his hands were in front of his head at the time.)
justscrappin- April 23, 2010 at 6:17 am
Rex...your dangerously packed with fudge. Just you!
ReX13- April 23, 2010 at 5:28 am
ghost>> we appear to be on opposite schedules, which is a goddamn shame. Tools in a box? Of course that's where we want to put em.

This post is also dangerously packed with hilarity.
ghostboner- April 23, 2010 at 1:51 am
@CYNIC - Well I agree on the oil checking for sure...

@dranokills - Funny, I was going to post that exact comment again. I wasn't sure anyone got the innuendo the first time. Glad to see somebody was on top of it.
theberserker- April 22, 2010 at 10:51 pm
Kyacey and Yager looked like little bitches in this episode. Kyacey did not want to admit that he was wrong about Yager being a thief due to a general dislike of Yager. Yager was pissed about it, and rightfully so. And this kind of overshadowed the fights, which is where the focus of the show should really be on anyway. Kyacey should not have thrown illegal knees especially with all his talk about supporting his family. He knew this was one of the most important fights in his career to screw up on the rules like that. But, Rich Attonito definitely is a pussy for faking it. I see it as he knew his hand was busted and he took the easy way out. Rich talks about needing time and he would have been able to continue. Yeah, ok. You had Kyacey shouting across the octagon from you to let it continue and you still let it get stopped. As far as Blanchard vs Yager, that fight went exactly as I thought it would. Yager is going to do well in the show but will eventually get grounded and beat.
dranokills- April 22, 2010 at 9:51 pm

ghostboner Says:
Fri, 04/23/2010 - 01:15

I like to put my tools in a box.
I think we have come full circle and are now back to talking about MOM's again :)

Ok now let me sum up:
Kyacey's a douche with no skills.
Attonito is a blog writing faker, but at least he won.
yager is cool as hell.
and the rest of the tools are finally where they all belong
according to Mr_Misanthropy.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm
I have a tool pouch, tool bag, tool case, tool box, and, on occasion, a tool shed. I guess you could say I like to put my tools (of which I clearly have many) into whatever the fuck I can fit them into.
swc52583- April 22, 2010 at 9:26 pm
@CYNIC Stone Cold Steve Austin got his neck broken by a pile driver and done that way they can be seriously dangerous but what Rich did on the show definitely looked to me like he got dropped on his shoulders...not saying that dropping someone on their head should be legal just saying that what he did on the show didn't look that way
CYNIC- April 22, 2010 at 8:42 pm
@ Tnbp

You have never trained in any Martial arts have you? If putting your hands in front of your face to deflect a blow didn't due much then why the fuck would people do it. When i block punches in boxing it probably takes the damage down at the very least 75 percent if not more. Same thing goes with head kicks in MMA. Block it and your still standing. Take the full head kick and your laying on the ground.
CYNIC- April 22, 2010 at 8:38 pm
And btw. Knees and kicks to a down opponent should be legal. If you are some dumbshit on your knees thinking "SAFE" or "BASE" then fuck you for being a pussy. The pile-driver rule makes sense because you can break someones neck with one of those...Was it not Hulk Hogan who got a broken neck do to a Pro Wrestling Pile Driver gone wrong? Did you know that it is LEGAL to punch someone in the throat? That is shit that is done in the street to escape an ass beat down. And while I'm enjoying my own voice narrating my paragraph, downward elbows should be legal, so should headbutts, and checking the oil. Lol. If you don't know what that is...then you have probably never wrestled. Look it up.
CYNIC- April 22, 2010 at 8:28 pm
Unless you were there or have special camera angles other than the ones displayed on the show...It doesn't appear to have landed. A crisp jab would have been far more damaging than that knee. Now i'm wondering if you even watched the show.
swc52583- April 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm
if anyone is interested the episode is on spike right now 11 eastern time so I'm guessing it'll be on at 11 in the west too...just in case anyone missed anything or hasn't seen it
gameface- April 22, 2010 at 5:53 pm
seek better angles, neither made contact
tnbp- April 22, 2010 at 5:49 pm
I must be one of the blind/stupid people because I have been watching the replays and I see him get hit in the head with both those knees. Yes, his hands are in front of his head both times, but I'm still pretty sure that doesn't matter, in terms of the rule. It explains why the knees didn't leave any marks, at least.

From what I am seeing, the first one hits him square in the head (again, with his hand in the way, which I could guess wouldn't diminish too much the impact damage from the blunt force) and the second one crushes his wrist against his head (more blunt force.) I don't see how that fight could NOT have been stopped, even if they had consulted replay. Like I said, I must be a blind idiot because I see those two points of contact.

Besides, I'm not sure what people expected there. Attonito at best got his bell rung real good. The ref asked him where he was and he answered. They didn't even ask him if he thought he could fight on. What was he supposed to do? Quickly jump up and say, "Wait! I'm fine! Just gimme a minute!" after having taken at least the first knee (which I contend landed flush.) I don't know. I didn't have a problem with the stoppage, myself.
T_Durden- April 22, 2010 at 5:14 pm
Dear Rich,

I really don't care about the knees....let's talk about your wife.

ha, jokes. I just had to. Sorry.
justscrappin- April 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm
Do any of you guys reverse pile drive in your soccer league?....I fucking love that move. Anywho....I really want to give the guy the benefit of the doubt...cuz he seemed like a decent guy from a decent team, but when they showed the replay I though there was barely contact on the first...and a ghost whiff on the second. Actually they showed one angle...and it looked like it hit...but then they switched the angle...and you saw that it didn't. It really disappointed me he didn't say something...and then the answer....scratch that....question: "fighting in a cage?" Yeah you sound like you want to continue. Also Yager is a little abrasive...but at least he wasn't wrong when he said he didn't steal it. Kyacey was a douche towards Yager...and I think he is a little too suburbian and is stereotyping Yager. I was impressed by how he recovered though..and seemed to be gaining momentum. Pretty reckless of him to throw those or not.