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TUF 11 Fighter Rich Attonito’s Guest Blog: Episode 5

In the wake of Rich Attonito discusses the frustrations of being sidelined due to injury (yet stuck in the prison-like environment of the TUF house), and how underestimating Josh Bryant turned out to be Kris McCray‘s downfall.

The Wild Card speculations begin and everyone’s curious to see who the picks could possibly be. None of this had any impact on me anymore since I had a broken hand. I was going to have to sit by and watch the entire competition unfold in front of me and there was nothing I could do about it. I tried to remain positive and be as helpful to the guys on my team as I could. Mostly giving them some pointers with their wrestling, since that was what my background was in.

I spent a lot of time doing cardio and trying to exercise the rest of my body as best I could. I had to keep myself in as best of shape as possible so that eventually when my hand healed my transition back to training would be easier. Also, the only relief from the monotony of the house was when it was training time. Now I was barely even going to be afforded that luxury, as it was near impossible to do anything with my hand being as badly broken as it was.

Clayton was another member of the walking wounded in the house. After re-visiting the doctor he found out he was going to need shoulder surgery. I remember he didn’t want to get it done because he was still thinking about having a chance for a Wild Card spot. But after a little time he realized that his injury was severe and the only thing to do was go under the knife to get it fixed.

Soon after Team Ortiz’s victory it was time to pick the next fight. Tito chose Kris McCray to take on Josh Bryant. I knew the other team was going to be severely underestimating Josh.

At first glance he looked too nice to be a fighter. He didn’t have the typical persona you would expect a fighter to have. Josh never walked around with a single degree of machismo, in fact he didn’t even seem to have a mean streak in him. However, when it was time to train it didn’t take long before you realized why his nickname is The Beast. He was strong, aggressive, and well rounded. He also sported an undefeated record of 10-0 with some significant wins over proven opponents. It would be a mistake to underestimate a guy like this and I knew that he would take Kris by surprise.

I knew Kris had a strong reputation coming into the house for finishing guys fast in the first round. In his fight to get into the house he lived up to it by dispatching his opponent within the first minute of his fight. Kris is definitely a beast himself.

I remember the night before the fight some of the guys from Team Ortiz were making bets with their Tapout & UFC shirts as to how fast Kris was going to finish Josh. It was like the same betting system used in prison, except they had to use t-shirts instead of cigarettes. I think underestimating someone is the ultimate mistake for anybody to make and I’m sure that it only fed Kris’s confidence in thinking he would take Josh out easily and early in the fight.

In the end, Josh shocked Tito and the rest of his team by pulling out a win in a three-round war. Kris came out in the first round and dominated early. But Josh came back to take rounds two and three as Kris seemed to struggle with his conditioning through the rest of the fight. I think he unloaded too much energy in the first round trying to take Josh out and never was able to get his wind back.

McCray’s got a hell of a chin, to say the least. I watched as he took shot after shot without going down. Most other guys would have gotten dropped by some of those shots and been laid out. But he just kept coming until he had nothing left. Both guys emptied their tanks and fought with everything they had; Josh just had a little more fuel left.

With another win for Team Liddell, control moved back to our side and we would pick the next fight. Tito’s frustration mounted and everyone began to get the feeling he would only push his team harder and harder to make up for the losses. The only question was if he was over-training his fighters.

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joeyroberts- May 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm
Attonito dominated the whole fight, fought w/ a broken hand and Kyacey threw some intentional illegal knees out of desperation since he looked to be getting up......Why was he so shocked that he got a DQ ? I was more shocked he didn't break his neck when he got dumpd on his head. Let it "follow you around for a while" so theres hype for a rematch.
fatbellyfrank- May 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm
@ bada Bingo, I agree and I said it on a previous post and I'll say it again, Kyacey threw those knee's with serious illegal intent to a downed fighter, just because his technique is shit doesn't mean there not illegal.
He was gettin his ass handed to him and threw illegal blows in frustration or anger, who fucken cares. The ref did the absolute right thing by DQing him, listen to the tape again and hear the reaction to the knees by those in attendance. The only two people who thought the fight should continue were kyacey and Ortiz(nuff said).
If you dont wanna risk a DQ dont launch illegal strikes
Bada Bingo- May 3, 2010 at 4:55 pm
Oh I see you have a few other wierdo's contributing to your sore loser ville gay face too, sorry i forgot to read the entire expose of comments. Glad to see there are a few on this site that have some relevant intelligent comments to contribute. May I say thanks Rich for writing this for us , there are lots of us who enjoy your perspective.
Bada Bingo- May 3, 2010 at 4:35 pm
Hey GameFace or is it wanna be face or is it SH_T faced - even Kayce apologized you moron. You're one of those couch sitting bull Sh_tting idiots that can't fight his way out of a wet paper bag. Man you can't see it so hear it even Dana White reacted to the ILLEGAL KNEES. It was a cheap shot by a desperate man to stay in the house. See the interview A-hole and then shut up. We're sick of your f'n whining. What are you Kaycey's pimpmaster. Kayce showed he was a street fighter with bully skills. Rich has superior technique and he showed it by the pounding he gave. Had he been losing and took a dive would be another story but the ref did the right call - no question. The ref's do a great job of protecting these guys from permanent injuries. Why don't you go follow a sport you know something about.
Dagnut- April 30, 2010 at 7:51 am
did you all miss the first knee landing?
kofmanmi- April 30, 2010 at 7:35 am
i don't know why you guys are so hating on rich, he was destroying kyacey before he took those hits. the guy was obviously dazed, and all he said was that he was fighting in the cage. what else can be expected of the guy? was he supposed to jump up and insist that the fight should be continued immediately? if he was given 5 min to recover, he probably could have gone on. if anything, blame the dumb-ass doctor who stopped the fight. kyacey is a d-bag anyway.
ytrebil- April 30, 2010 at 1:37 am
mothercruncher- April 30, 2010 at 1:37 am
I lol'd at the IQ's greater than 89 fail.
dranokills- April 29, 2010 at 9:10 pm
thanks gameface, you gotta admit the title fits him.
He is not gonna come on here from douchebag land and start attacking my buds. no one invited him, and nobody likes him.
there is no need to be nice FBF, and jimbonics you need to come to grips with the fact that we DON'T have to nice to this intruder motherfucker. being nice is reserved for cage potato users ONLY, and only when called for nicely, this cocksmoker doesn't deserve your kindly handouts so stop giving them.
fatbellyfrank- April 29, 2010 at 6:16 pm
@littleredcunt, we don’t do bans over here, unless they're smug, supercilious cunts like yourself, take your attitude and your stupid fucken dweebo comments back to Bloodycunts
Sorry Jimbonics, I tried to be nice, but he's a fuckwit
gameface- April 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm
did you mean
Neggar Wants a Watermelon- April 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm
Why do TUF fighters all look like they have IQs >89???
gameface- April 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm
drano, you have wooed me (i think it was douchasaurus that did it)
dranokills- April 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm
thisredengine Says:
Thu, 04/29/2010 - 21:51

Wow, gameface, a fighter who's taking time out of his schedule and training to write people a blog post and here you are being a whiny, keyboard warrior?

Say what you will about me, but d-bags like you need to be banned immediately.

fuck off all the way back to bloodyvagina land where you belong.
The only person who needs to be banned is YOUR ass.
No one cares what you say, and nobody likes you.
come on redvagina call for MY banishment next douchasaurus Rex.

LET IT RAIN- April 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm
he should at least elaborate on what he meant by d-bag. was it douche bag or dick bag?
jimbonics- April 29, 2010 at 1:45 pm
lmao littleredwagon hasn't been here two full days and he's already talking about who should be banned. Never got that banhammer at Bloody Cunts, eh Dickface?

What a twit.
PortlandMMA- April 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm
Oh, and Noke has this shit in the bag.
PortlandMMA- April 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm
I'm sure gameface has tons of fighting experience and has taken many illegal knees so his words are completely warranted.
Almost North- April 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm
This weeks show gave me TUF 10 flashbacks. I'm suing you bitches for re-aggravating the kimbo whoring, fake shit talking, sloppy fighting travesty PTSD I worked for months to overcome.
Japanadian- April 29, 2010 at 12:20 pm
I didn't read this at all cause i can't trust anything Rich says (due to the knees). I don't care if the first one landed right in his fucking face, he still went on the aftermath show where Bonnar called him out on the knees and Rich says "the first one hit me right here" points to forehead temple area, "or it could have been the second one", then he says "i don't really remember" (he just watched the fight lol). Rich then says "that second one cracked me, right on my head, it didn't put me out but it stung me"
I can't stand dives!!!! unless it's into the water
Rich "the diving guido" attonito.
BryanF- April 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm
Oh kyacey uscola....why he always be hatin'?
gameface- April 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm
very well could be... Rex, looking forward to your bellator coverage, dont fuck it up!! i would lend a brotha some crayons, but i ate them... i keep getting colors and flavors mixed up... not to mention periwinkle blue is just down right delicious
HotPotato- April 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm
Sucks that Rich got injured, I think he might have won the whole show otherwise. They're obviously gonna let him fight in the Finale anyway, so I guess if he keeps preforming like he did in that last fight he should be fine!

Cool that he blogs for us aswell, I like it.
LET IT RAIN- April 29, 2010 at 11:58 am
LOL. Is TRE Attonito?
gameface- April 29, 2010 at 11:55 am
listen, defend him, hug his nuts, do what you will... i would have no problems with the guy if he hadnt said he got hit with the knees. no one is defend kyacey throwing them, especially not me, but anyone who says they landed is blind, or related to him... you pick.

he does have a promising career ahead of him, i see a gold medal in his future, as he is excellent at diving