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Phillipe Nover: Thoughts on Junie as a fighter; Vinny disrespects Nogueira; personal appearance info; and more in weekly TUF 8 blog

Let me start by saying that with all the hype and talk that Junie promoted himself he should have beat Roli in the first round. Junie was first pick overall and fought the last pick overall. Either Roli was just better than everyone expected or Junie really wasn’t as good as he said he was. I chose the latter.

Junie was upset with his performance and so was Frank Mir. I would be too if I was him. He barely won the fight and Junie only has a few weeks to heal and sharpen up his skills before the semis. I remember him coming home after the fight with a swollen from getting and giving kicks. I can honestly say Roli might have humbled him a bit. Might I add emphasis the words “a bit,” especially for a guy like Junie.

I respect to Roli for being the underdog and fighting his heart out. He also has many tools but must improve, most notable when it comes to his standup and overall strength. I just know Roli is the kind of person to take that fight home to the drawing board, accept his flaws, and come back better.

I guess you can finally see my baking abilities. I can’t tell you how much my girlfriend laughed after seeing my cake for Big ‘Nog. All I can say is it came from the heart. I’m not the most experienced baker but I tried. Looks can be deceiving. ‘Nog and the team said my cake was tasty! Jules’ cake was even better with all that cookie dough inside!

Man I’m getting hungry writing this. ‘Nog must have really liked us to come over for his birthday. He could have done anything else. But he came over to share his moment with us. Again I must say how proud I am to be on the red team.

After hearing the comments from Nelson and Vinny, I couldn’t stop laughing. They called us gay and said we take showers together! Ha-ha. The blue team is just a bunch of haters! They wish they had the love we had! Just because we all fight in a cage for living doesn’t mean we can’t show some love for each other. Of coarse in a completely straight and non-gay fashion! We really did cook, clean, eat, train, and go to sleep and wake up together — in different beds of course! It made time go by faster and helped a lot.

I never knew that Vinny and ‘Nog had a falling out like that. I know Vinny can run his mouth a bit sometimes. He talks much about the “girls” which is funny. In the Philippines, we’d call Vinny a “Playboy.” He’s the kind of guy that young girls want, but mothers should watch out for. I do think that Vinny’s jiu-jitsu level is world class. He really is a freak of nature on the ground but you should never disrespect the world champ. And he did just that by labeling ‘Nog’s jiu-jistu “basic.” You really have to watch what you say on reality TV; everything is captured.

Vinny is still a little fish in MMA compared to ‘ Big Nog — the great white shark! He did apologize for his actions but I don’t know if they made up off-camera.

Jules is a really nice guy. I’m sad to say that his skill level wasn’t up to par with most of the guys on the show. Especially his ground game. He was pretty much a white belt on the ground. He had absolutely no chance on the ground against Vinny. He did have a chance on the feet with him but he didn’t execute the plan. He was supposed to throw his hands, let his strikes go and stay away from the clinch or any take downs. I thought the game plan was stick and move. I think was he overwhelmed and was afraid to commit punches. In fact, I think he threw two punches the entire fight.

Next week the lightweights go at it and I can’t wait! Speaking of next week, come join me on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. ET in New York for a TUF 8 viewing party that I’m holding at Aviator Sports and Recreation. The place is enormous so bring as many people as you can find! We’ll be hanging out at the sports bar on the second floor so be sure to stop by show your support for 5 Oz.! The bar serves food and the Aviator used to be a hangar for jets — which you’ll see when you drive along the airstrip. There’s even an airplane parked in the front. For more information, just click here for the Aviator’s website. See you there!

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