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Phillipe Nover’s TUF 8 Blog: Junie is full of surprises

The one thing I can say heading into this episode was that Junie was really dying to fight ASAP. He was going to explode if he didn’t get in that cage soon.

As you all can see, Junie decided to pick Delgado. It was a smart pick for him. Delgado didn’t win his fight to get in the house so Junie thought he would be an easy kill.

On the show, the editing made Delgado’s black belt look really fake. From first hand experience rolling with the guy, I can say he really did deserve a black belt. Black belts come at all different levels. He
might not be in the ranks of Vinny or Elliot on the show, but he sure did feel like a black belt. I also do think he had way better Jiu-Jitsu then Junie. That’s why during the fight Junie never wanted hit the ground with Delgado.

Junie is just full of surprises. The incident where he pulled out the black belt and spit on it wasn’t just disrespectful to Roli; he disrespected the art itself and all the black belts in the room.

All I remember is Anderson Silva that day looking really pissed off and saying something in Portuguese that probably meant “That guy Junie is a an asshole.” Anderson Silva is the last person you ever want to piss off. Junie doesn’t seem to have a problem with that. Even Mir himself didn’t approve of his antics. However he also didn’t punish him for it. If I was Mir I would refuse to teach him and corner him.

I never understood the concept of disrespecting your opponent. That is downgrading your opponent’s abilities before the fight to make yourself look better. What this actually does is make your opponent look
unskilled and if you beat him, so what? You just beat someone who you said “sucks” anyway. So how much better can you be if you accused your opponent of “sucking?”

A smart fighter must never underestimate an adversary. Instead, praise him up for being well-skilled in his craft and formidable in the cage. This way when you beat him it only makes you look better because you beat someone who is good. Anyone can beat a scrub so why call your opponent a scrub?

The fight between Junie and Delgado went the distance. I didn’t think Junie had the conditioning to go the full three rounds but he did.  With all that drinking alcohol and eating frozen pizzas he still managed to pull out a victory. Junie is pretty athletic but he would be so much better if he just focused and cleaned up his act.

I really wanted Delgado to win that fight.  I have to hand it to them; they both fought there hearts out. For the days following the fight they were both really beat up limping around the house. I know Junie went to the hospital for an almost-broken ankle and Delgado had two black eyes.

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