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TUF 11 Fighter Rich Attonito’s Guest Blog: Episode 8


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In the latest installment of his TUF 11 guest-blog for CagePotato.com, Team Liddell’s Rich Attonito recaps the fights from last night’s episode, reveals Nick Ring’s house nickname, gives his thoughts on Court McGee, and reminds everyone how awful it is to be stuck in the TUF house when you’re out of the competition.

The Wild Card fight is under way and the match-up is Uscola-McCray. Right before their fight Kaycey got the good news that his son was born. Everybody knew how much Kaycey was anticipating the birth of his child since we got into the house. Now the moment had finally arrived, but there wasn’t much time for reflection because his fight with The Savage was looming. It was the first time we were gonna see two guys on the same team go at it and everyone was anticipating how it would play out. I personally felt like Kaycey would take this one. But I wondered if the birth of Kaycey’s child was going to be a distraction for him going in.

In the end, McCray walked away with the victory by submission early in round two. Kaycey hurt Kris’s knee early with some well-timed leg stomps, but he got overzealous and charged in, allowing Kris to lock him up and recover from the pain he was in. McCray’s got a pretty sick body lock and he put it on display in this fight, as he eventually used it to ground Kaycey and finish him off.


With the Wild Card round finished the quarterfinal match-ups were announced. One of the key fights was going to be the rematch of Nick versus Court. Everyone really wanted to see the continuation of this fight. I know Court was excited for the opportunity to set the record straight after the controversial two round loss he had suffered just a few days before.

One night while we were hanging around the house doing our usual, whole lot of nothing, Forrest Griffin dropped by. He was wearing a long black trench coat and rocking a full beard. He looked like a mix of Van Helsing and Wolverine. Which is interesting because both characters are played by Hugh Jackman, yet Forrest doesn’t look anything like him. What an awkward observation for me to make. Anyways, things got a little more awkward as he started reaching into his pants and pulling something out from his groin area. I started to wonder what the hell was gonna happen, until he finally brandished the new UFC game.

Soon the TV’s were rolled out and Forrest let us know we were gonna be allowed to play the game for two hours. Everyone was fired up, it was a major break from the normal everyday routine. We weren’t allowed to watch TV, listen to music, read magazines or books, nor talk on the phone, for the entire time we were in the house. So you can imagine how exciting it was to be able to play a video game.

It was cool to sit back and get to kick it with Forrest. I’ve been watching him fight since he was on the show and now here he is hanging out with us playing video games. Forrest is a real funny down to earth guy with a goofy personality and I think everyone found him to be hysterical.

The not so hysterical side of things was Brad Tavares laying the smack down on everyone. He was the man to beat, and he ran through everyone in the house. Apparently he plays a lot of video games cause he put a whooping on everyone and didn’t get beat once. To get an idea of how boring life in the house can get, I remember being happily entertained just watching people playing each other. I didn’t even mind if I played or not, it was like a two-hour video game paradise.

Another night at the house we got another visit, this time from Dana White. Dana wasn’t rocking a trench coat and he certainly didn’t bring over any video game for us to play, so we knew something serious was up. He pulled everyone together and announced that Nick had torn his ACL and was out of the competition. The whole room was in shock. I remember thinking back a few days at one of the early warning signs that something was up with Nick. He had deviated from his usual diet and was eating junk food, cookies, and even some ice cream. I took notice and found it to be out of the ordinary because he was always super strict with his diet. He had been nicknamed "Fish and Berries" because that was all he seemed to ever eat. I remember seeing him eat grilled salmon with vegetables and berries for breakfast, which to me just doesn’t seem much like breakfast food.

With everyone still in awe of Dana’s announcement, Hammortree struck while the iron was hot and jumped all over the opportunity to step up and fill Nick’s slot. Joe Henle wasn’t too happy at all and paid the price for not asserting himself immediately. I remember Joe was so pissed he stormed around outside by the pool for a while, eventually ending up in the sauna that was outside, riding the bike. He was out there for at least an hour and looked like the angry caveman version of Lance Armstrong, minus the the Tour De France biker suit and a missing testicle.

I stop and think about how many injuries have happened since the start of this show and it amazes me. I don’t think there has ever been this many injuries on any other season of TUF. I felt for Nick because I know what it’s like to be on the injured side of the fence, it sucks. Things are completely out of your control and your fate has been sealed. Its frustrating and depressing, you know some one has to win this whole thing, its just not gonna be you. You watch practice after practice go by, and you can’t even participate in that. You feel like you’re just doing time, nothing left to do except follow the practice schedule and wait until fight day so you can be one step closer to going home.

So now the first quarterfinal match up was set with Court pitted to face the reborn Hammortree. After a hard-fought first round, Court capitalized on a poor shot by Hammortree and finished him with a standing guillotine. Just as fast as the round had started, the fight was over and Team Liddell’s lead on Team Ortiz was further extended.

I was real happy for Court. I knew he had overcome a lot of adversity in his past with overcoming drug addiction. He had been sober nearly four years and every day he would keep himself focused on staying sober and what his purpose was, not only as a fighter but as a person. He told me that his occupation was a fighter, but his job was to be of maximum service to other people. I knew he had a lot of people back home that he sponsored in AA that counted on him for support. I felt like Court had a strong message to tell the world and I knew after the show was over he would use his exposure from the show for very unselfish reasons, and that was to help and benefit people. Getting to know him a little more each day I definitely became a Court McGee fan and was rooting for him to go all the way.

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 training and what not.

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dranokills- May 23, 2010 at 6:13 pm
after reading your first post I have to call bullshit on you yet again.
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Dickface Says:
Thu, 05/20/2010 - 23:41

Am I the only one that doesn't give two shits about TUF? Honestly, I can hardly stand to read what happens, much less sit through an entire episode. i don't know if its bc I hate "reality" tv or if it is bc the show is terrible.
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Now that doesnt sound like to me you are trying to get an honest response to an honest question, it just sounds like you are fucking troll-a-sourass-REX.
MAYBE you should preface your posts with " HI it;s me the troll just ignore me I'm gonna troll now".
So in conclusion I am so sorry you took offense at me taking offense with you, I hope the case of vagasil I sent makes up for it, have a nice night.
Dickface- May 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm
Since the overwhelming response is that I'm the troll here, I will try to explain, if for no other reason than to try to prevent any more of this gay love fest.

I don't like all the bullshit that is involved in TUF. I could stand to watch the fights, but I don't have a VCR anymore. I like to read about the fights to know whats going on and here specifically because I enjoy the way the fight recaps are written. I realize that that was a previous thread. Maybe I should have prefaced my post with that or posted on the recap thread or not posted altogether, but it was an honest question that I was trying to get an honest response to.

As far as where it went from there, it seems that Drano has been picking my shit for about 3 weeks now and I took offense to that.

So, thanks for all the support.

Dickface
dranokills- May 22, 2010 at 8:08 pm
Oh I know it bro, I'm not even angry I am just enjoying picking this moron apart. He thinks he can somehow twist this around where he might come out looking good, but when you are like him, and all you have is douchbaggery, then thats what you fucking reap.
it's people like dickface who kill my groove man.
But dude had a be a dick and tell us all how he had the right to type where he wants, and I wanted him to know we also have the right to call him a window licking troll for it.
fatbellyfrank- May 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm
Jeesus fucken christ, @ Dickface, very appropriate user name, If you don't like something just move on,, although, I appreciate you have the right to go on any thread you like and say what you like, when you just post pointless shit " Who ever said I even read this article?" you will get hammered, I mean, you hate the show, you didn't read the article so what's the point of your post, you just wanna wind my bra Drano up?. That is trolling you fucken idiot. Post something relevant, humorous or on topic and we can chat for days. Post that stupid shit you started this thread with and you will get called on it. Thats just the way the Potato nation rolls, get with it or GTFO.
@Drano, 10 deep breath's my friend,this one's a genuine window licker!
dranokills- May 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm
Bada bingo why are attacking darciesdaddy? In case you didn't read it right he was telling dickface off just like me and everyone else was, including yourself.
Bada Bingo- May 22, 2010 at 3:34 pm
darciesdaddy.....oh isn't that cute. Better side of darcey must have went down you leg. You're another moron that is on here with very cool dudes who outclass you all the way. Go on another site jerk face or watch Mr. Rogers with darcie and play with her barbie dolls . OOPs I'm outing you now.
Bada Bingo- May 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm
Dickface - yea you dick head, ass wipe etc. What the hell are you doing here if you don't like the show. Kiss off. We prefer intelligent communication not losers that can't make it happen ever.
dranokills- May 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm
more like your playing with balls on your chin.
still not replying about posting on a topic you hate huh?
Think maybe it will just go away if you ignore it?
Come on troll boy, I need another witty answer. snap back.
Dickface- May 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm
I'm just playing up to my competition.
dranokills- May 22, 2010 at 7:40 am
and yet you are STILL posting on a thread you supposedly hate.
Clearly you cannot come to grips with this.
Your comebacks get weaker each time, and I still am berating you over the fact you are a window licker.
Dickface- May 22, 2010 at 12:02 am
I know you are amazed. Someone making sense would amaze me too if I were as retarded as you are. As far as twisting posts, you've done that poorly every time you've responded to what I've posted. You are giving yourself enough rope to hang yourself. No need for drano
dranokills- May 21, 2010 at 11:22 pm
Dickface Says:
Sat, 05/22/2010 - 09:00

Your first comment to me:

dranokills Says:
Tue, 05/04/2010 - 18:57
I think dickhead secretly wants to get naked in the hottub with you FBF....better watch out buddy.
Where do these fags come from?
answer: whats your mom's name again dickhead er I mean dickFACE?
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FBF and I were having a discussion about Randy and came to a reasonable understanding as intelligent individuals often do.

so, me saying something smart and on topic....check

you, said something stupid, useless, and in no way imporatant......check, again and again

curse words, fag (eh, maybe), dickhead-yes, so check again

calling out my nick, well dickhead is appropriate here again so check

looks like you passed the test.
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no no no you poor pathetic fool have you not understood that this is about THIS thread, not about some old thread from last 2 weeks ago or something. Your brain seems to bounce to much to focus. You bring up being a troll NOW, in HERE because I called you out for posting in a thread you hate remember?
You must be female, fucking chicks pull that " well you said such and such on this date five years ago, and my chick brain has finally caught up and I see what you really meant"...bullshit little girl, stay with the topic, thats HERE....try again Troll.
If I or anyone followed your flawed logic, I could go back to your first post and somehow twist that shit into something its not.
You simply cannot get out of this? You are a still the dumbass who posted how much you HATE Tuf in this thread, and I wasn't the only one to notice it.
Keep flailing I'm right here watching it with complete amusing amazement.
Dickface- May 21, 2010 at 11:00 pm
Your first comment to me:

dranokills Says:
Tue, 05/04/2010 - 18:57
I think dickhead secretly wants to get naked in the hottub with you FBF....better watch out buddy.
Where do these fags come from?
answer: whats your mom's name again dickhead er I mean dickFACE?
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FBF and I were having a discussion about Randy and came to a reasonable understanding as intelligent individuals often do.

so, me saying something smart and on topic....check

you, said something stupid, useless, and in no way imporatant......check, again and again

curse words, fag (eh, maybe), dickhead-yes, so check again

calling out my nick, well dickhead is appropriate here again so check

looks like you passed the test.







dranokills- May 21, 2010 at 10:38 pm
Dickface Says:
Sat, 05/22/2010 - 08:20

So by your logic, if you don't like (insert fighter name here), you shouldn't post on a thread about said fighter? As far as being a "troll", it is becoming increasingly evident that you are my troll, which I'm guessing makes you my bitch
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I am amused by your ignorance.
I never said jack or shit about whether you like or dislike a fighter, what was said you braindead fucktard is that if YOU claim to HATE something then post on the thread that you CLAIM to hate that makes you an idiot without a village, do try to keep up, it serves no purpose to have a war of wits with an un-armed person.
Let me educate you on the rule of thumb so to speak about trollism:
You see first off for me to your troll you would have to have said something smart or at least on topic, then I in return would out of the blue say something stupid, useless, and in no way important, say a few choice cursewords and direct my utter ignorance in your general direction calling out your nick. thus everyone who sees it will say'hey thats a troll".
You see in reality YOU are the troll here.....and the fact you wish to make me your bitch makes you a faggot ass cum-swilling dick-licking, ballchinian.
Are we clear or do I have to further educate you?

Dickface- May 21, 2010 at 10:20 pm
So by your logic, if you don't like (insert fighter name here), you shouldn't post on a thread about said fighter? As far as being a "troll", it is becoming increasingly evident that you are my troll, which I'm guessing makes you my bitch
dranokills- May 21, 2010 at 9:47 pm
Dickface Says:
Sat, 05/22/2010 - 05:32

^^Who ever said I even read this article?^^
Drano, go play in a field of landmines. I'll do what I please and it serves me well. It seems to piss you off, so I'll keep on keeping on. What was it? The Randy Couture remarks? Yeah, he sucks. Get over it assclown.
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aww did the truth hurt dickface?
sure do what you please, but understand that every time you post some asinine horseshit ,I, and others will be there to call you on it and further piss you off. Like I said if you don't like something don't post on it. You don't see me posting on every thread like some jackoff who just likes to hear himself rattle. If all you can do is be a troll thats cool we have lots of em but have the decency to admit you are nothing more than a fucking uneducated self important attention whore, and you have nothing to offer but attitude and douchebaggery.
From the looks of things you are even to goddamn ignorant to even realize why I called you out. It had nothing to do with Randy Couture, because I even doubt you really know anything about him, all you have said so far is how much you hate TUF....in a TUF thread, you uber-moron.
Dickface- May 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm
^^Who ever said I even read this article?^^
Drano, go play in a field of landmines. I'll do what I please and it serves me well. It seems to piss you off, so I'll keep on keeping on. What was it? The Randy Couture remarks? Yeah, he sucks. Get over it assclown.
Clue-by-Four- May 21, 2010 at 9:22 am
That episode was more commercials than content. Weak(er) production there, Zuffa.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 20, 2010 at 11:02 pm
Thirteenth motherfuckers: my lucky number.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 20, 2010 at 11:01 pm
Good stuff Rich, play your cards right and you could become a regular Porktato contributor after this is all said and done. I hear that shit comes with a lot of clout and the occasional free t-shirt. I am curious to know: how do you know Captain Caveman isn't missing any testicles? Is he Nick's roommate?

Don't eat too much of that ice cream and walnuts, we all know how much Dana likes a trim figure. Tell Nick that sucks that he blew his Ring out for the fourth time- I mean knee- hopefully he gets the surgery done while he's still in Vegas so he gets it done right this time.
darciesdaddy- May 20, 2010 at 10:20 pm
Dickface Says:
Thu, 05/20/2010 - 23:41

Am I the only one that doesn't give two shits about TUF? Honestly, I can hardly stand to read what happens, much less sit through an entire episode. i don't know if its bc I hate "reality" tv or if it is bc the show is terrible.
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dranokills Says:
Thu, 05/20/2010 - 21:25
then why in blue fuck are you posting in this thread?
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Or reading an article about it...
dranokills- May 20, 2010 at 9:25 pm
Dickface Says:
Thu, 05/20/2010 - 23:41

Am I the only one that doesn't give two shits about TUF? Honestly, I can hardly stand to read what happens, much less sit through an entire episode. i don't know if its bc I hate "reality" tv or if it is bc the show is terrible.
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then why in blue fuck are you posting in this thread?
oh BTW kudo's on a well named nick.
wifey- May 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm
Court seems like a pretty likeable and easy dude to root for, what with overcoming all of life's hardships and whatnot- he's sort of like War Machine in opposite land.

jimbonics- May 20, 2010 at 4:15 pm
By the way, Rich, this is the first of the blogs I've read from you. It's very well done and I am an Attonito fan now. Best of luck!
jimbonics- May 20, 2010 at 4:12 pm
I definitely became a Court McGee fan and was rooting for him to go all the way.

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