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‘TUF 13′ Drama Alert: Lew Polley Says Junior Dos Santos Was More Interested in Camera Time Than Helping Fighters

(“No, I’ve never been a male nurse. Why does everybody keep asking me that?”)

At the end of last night’s episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Lesnar vs. Team Dos Santos, we saw that tension was about to develop between Junior Dos Santos and his outspoken assistant coach Lew Polley. Reading Lew’s guest-blog for MMA Junkie, you get the sense that the two never really made up — why else would Polley be throwing JDS under the bus in public? Here’s what the Team Dos Santos wrestling specialist wrote about the coaching dynamic on the show:

Myself and the other coaches were starting to butt heads already. Junior had never coached before, and fights and trains as a heavyweight, which means he doesn’t cut weight, nor has he fought at a pace that isn’t conducive to a heavyweight fight. Junior has a limited understanding of English. This and my wrestling is why I was brought in. In the season opener, Junior said pretty much the same thing. His other coaches felt differently, and the tension was mounting.

Junior decided to bring in a strength coach that was not very good at his job, or at least explaining why he was having the guys train in such a manner. The Brazilian coaches felt I was pushing too hard because I was trying to maximize the time we had in the gym. Before the fight, it became an issue. I would suggest an aggressive yet normal approach to maximize the guys time and skills, trying to be more efficient. Junior and the other staff decided it was a wrestling vs. jiu-jitsu thing.

Honestly, I was ready to join Keon on the way out the door. But I had to remind myself that I was here to help these young men reach their goals. The other coaches in my opinion were there to create an image for themselves to increase their appeal to American fans. So far, they had shown me they wanted to tell the world they were on “TUF” with “JDS.” I am not sure if it was the production or the other coaches, but before long, Junior began to become more concerned with camera time and Americans seeing his face than the objective of helping these young men.

The Brazilian coaches said they felt that wrestling was boring and the way wrestlers trained was stupid. In a short amount of time, I went from “the guy that Junior was glad to have helping” to “the stupid wrestler that Junior felt was getting too much attention.” He even made it clear that he was the coach, this was his team, he was fighting for the belt and this was about him. I told Junior that I was there for the kids, that he invited me here to help these guys become better wrestlers, better fighters, and even more importantly, better men. I wanted Junior’s team to win the show. I think he saw things another way…

After the fight, it seemed like Junior and everyone on the team were content with losing. This Kumbaya moment was fake and for the cameras. I was mad. I felt like we beat ourselves, and it was not OK to be OK with that.

A wrestling ace who can’t stand losing? Sounds like Lew would be a much better fit on Team Lesnar. Stay tuned to see if the in-fighting on Team Dos Santos puts their fighters at a disadvantage…

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skyritz- April 8, 2011 at 7:52 am
Was I the only one who thought it was a poor decision on Lew's part to push for this fight? He said Cope didn't like dealing with wrestlers or being put against the cage...but that was against the guys at Xtreme Couture. Javier Torres may have potential, but he's also pretty inexperienced and nowhere near the level of wrestler Cope has trained with in the past. Isn't one of the main purposes of getting your ass kicked by the best in training so that you're prepared when your opponent tries the same things? It almost seems like Lew was understimating the level of training Cope got while training with his crew.
dranokills- April 8, 2011 at 7:50 am
heres my take on this:
EAT A BASG OF DICKS lew polley. when you become a fighter and have the credentials that Dos Santos has we MIGHT listen to you, until then fuck off into obscurity like you should you weak bitch of a trainer. I agree with karma, you were a cunt for exposing the weaknesses of a guy you trained. I can't stand cope but I didn't fucking train him I am allowed to say whatever I want. your job is to train, shut your stupid piehole and do your job. You are lucky it was Dos Santos telling you to straighten up, had it been Brock he might have pulled a crazy Iron Sheik on you, and took you down, and humbled you in old way....break your back...and fuck you in the ass!( fuck you Hulk hogan you are fag like Micheal Jordan...errr mIcheal jackson)
grrr I piss my pants for u now...
knucklesamitch- April 8, 2011 at 7:31 am
I don't see what the big deal about giving out the "insider information" is. I don't train in MMA, nor do I even have a gym membership to even run on a treadmill, but it would seem to me that fighters are constantly changing camps to give them the best chance to win. It's not like Lew said he still trained with the guy. Does anyone really believe that Randy Couture wouldn't give up "insider information" to his Xtreme Couture fighters on his old training partners at Team Quest???
mDino- April 8, 2011 at 6:44 am
No one is a "hater" when it comes to u karma. we all just want u to STFU and stop acting like ur special. and @ uppercut, no matter how u hide it thats racist and ignorant. i dare you to say that somewhere in public bud.
BossNasty- April 8, 2011 at 6:28 am

I thought I saw you on that show, To Catch a Predator with the rest of you caucasion child molesting homies. Aren't you the one sitting in the house naked waiting for a 13 year old boy to come out?
fatbellyfrank- April 8, 2011 at 12:21 am
@karmaatemycat, wish i had a penis like yours, just saying, you know what us wannabe hard men are like
KarmaAteMyCat- April 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm
That didn't post well did it. Lol.
KarmaAteMyCat- April 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm
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Redping- April 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm
oh and FYI, everybody's penis-envy of Karma doesn't really do much to dispel the myth that all internet-mma-blog-commenters are wannabe hardmen who are all jealous of people who actually put in effort in life and are actually part of the sport
Redping- April 7, 2011 at 9:01 pm
yeah that Lew guy seemed like a total tard from the moment he leaked information about the guy he used to train.

Also right after the loss, Junior was saying 'is ok, this is why we are fighters' and trying to be positive, and Lew started being like 'this is not ok, we have to try harder, blah blah' and tried to give some demotivational speech to override dos santos's intentions of staying positive. I have no idea who put this guy in the team but he obviously doesn't mesh with Dos Santos very well, maybe he should join Lesnars team and leak inside information the other way.

fat black guys who know how to wrestle, are a lot less important to me than Junior Dos Santos. His criticisms are mired in ego, and Junior Dos Santos comes off as a genuine and honest guy. the defense rests
jyveturkey- April 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm
I wasn't aware Karma knew their relationship personally.
Cookie Monster- April 7, 2011 at 6:07 pm
junior can't understand much of what polley says, how are they gonna talk it out?
CaptnJonesy- April 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm
@ Uppercut
Nobody talks about it more than you're mom though

Drum roll pleaaaaaaase
RwilsonR- April 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm
@ jjjjfjfjfjfjfff - Nothing tough guy about bringing up a problem you have with a person face to face before airing it publicly. I'm not saying they need to fight to settle their differences. I'm just saying he should be a man and tell Junior how he feels. Chances are, JDS would say sorry, and he, Lew, and Noguiera would all hug it out.
Uppercut Magnet- April 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm
Always the talk of the black cock!

YOU SIR, are a racist! Black people are more than just walking giant dicks waiting to ravage every piece of vagina in the world!

They are also great basketball players, marathon runners, sprinters and criminals!

It is a travesty that CP (haha child porn) has become such a haven for ignorant and racist attitudes.
CaptnJonesy- April 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm
I bet $10 that a black guy with a big cock used to drill Uppercuts girlfriend all the time and he knows his little pecker can't put a dent in that coochie.
It's okay if you're packing a vienna sausage, you can always tuck it and walk to strip with a wig on
Uppercut Magnet- April 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm
Junie browning has a psychological condition, muhfucka! dont' be hatin'
Bootylam- April 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm
Go fatbellyfrank! Be fucking serious, no race has a monopoly on drama. Junie (fagbitch) Browning. Rest my case. And to karma, why do you answer this shit like it really offends you? You honestly don't find it funny? You've been here about as long as me, it truly doesn't make you laugh?
Uppercut Magnet- April 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm
Also, the people you mentioned are all just smart businessmen working the mic. Big difference from the people I mentioned earlier.
Uppercut Magnet- April 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm
Yeah but Chael Sonnen sometimes looks like he has a tan.

fatbellyfrank- April 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm
@ Uppercutmagnet, you can add Chael Sonnen, Michael bisping, the entire M-1 management team,Josh Barnett, oh wait, there all whiteys, sorry, didn't mean to poke any holes in your dumbass racist argument
Uppercut Magnet- April 7, 2011 at 3:54 pm
Why is it that it's always people with darker than average skin colour that like to cause drama?

Mayweather Jr., Oprah, Osama Bin Laden, this dude, Rashad Evans, Jon Jones and Barrack Hussein Obama... for example.

Just sayin'.
CaptnJonesy- April 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm
I don't have to know you to see you're a weak little bitch =)
Squirrel- April 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm
*oh snap!
KarmaAteMyCat- April 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm
Oh noes the hate train is back with the same weakass trolling as before! :) Stop pretending you know shit about me nobody actually cares anymore you and your brother can suck my dick. K thx bai!