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The Juggernaut Diaries: Mike Wessel’s TUF 10 Blog; Episode 9

Mike WesselWell last night the show started out with Team Rashad coaching the team individually. They did this so there was no unfair advantage to another team member. I really thought that this was the best plan since everyone was going to have to fight each other till the end of the show. I really don’t think this bothered anyone on the team either because we have been in the house for four weeks now and the practices have been very difficult up to this point. It was a well-needed break.

I had hoped that most of this episode would go to Justin and Roy, but nope, it went half to Matt Mitrione and his “rattled brain”. Matt didn’t want to fight. That’s plans and simple. He was scared of James and was looking for a reason not to fight.

After all the bullshit he caused this season with our team, we were just sick of the acting and drama that he created every single day. I gave Matt the benefit of doubt up until this point of the show. I realized that one-minute he would be fine and playing cards, and the next he would be acting like a kid from a special needs 3rd grade class.

So after the acting Matt gets a day away from the house and goes to stay at hospital for the night. He comes home, does some more acting, and then when Dana shows up he smiles huge. Dana asks him if he will fight and with a smile Matt says, “I can’t say no”.

If Dana would have walked away right then and not continued the conversation I believe the acting would have ended. But Dana says lets see what the Doc has to say and immediately Matt see his opportunity to have an excuse. He explains how his brain is rattled and how he needs to see if he is up to it. Then he tells Dana that his brain is not just knocked loose from that fight, it’s from years of football. Dana immediately asks, “So you had concussions a lot in football?”, and Matt responds, “I don’t know, Maybe?”.

What a douche bag. He just told the boss that bullshit. I think Dana smells bullshit but you have to wait till the next episode to see what he says about it. Sorry….haha

Moving on, the fight between Justin and Roy was a great fight. I think that both fighters respected their ground games and kept it standing the entire fight because of that reason. Roy is a smart fighter and knows Justin is more dangerous on the ground. Justin also knows that if he goes to the ground Roy has 90% chance of catching him.

Justin comes out and puts the pressure on Roy and has him backing up for the first minute. Roy keeps Justin at bay by repeatedly jabbing Justin. Roy would move away and jab hook with the left hand and he rarely used his right hand. The fight is a good swing fest and had us on our toes the entire time.

I think it was called correctly because although Justin charged Roy the first minute of the fight, Roy controlled the bout with his jab, and only threw when it would connect. Justin was getting tired and throwing anything in hopes of something connecting.

I also believe that Justin gave his all in the first 10 minutes and that it would have been bad if the 3rd round was chosen.

Justin is a great young and tough fighter that will have a long career. He fought a more experienced fighter and came at him looking for a victory. It just wasn’t enough on that day. I think Justin wore himself out with the wild punches. Justin will get another shot in the real UFC and will win. He has to remember that this was an exhibition and a set up reality TV show fight. There is a huge difference.

Roy always sticks to his game plan and never drifts from it. He had said previous to the fight that he would keep it on the feet and try to make it exciting without taking damage. That’s what he did. Roy and Justin were really good friends on the show and I think that had a lot to do with his game plan as well. Roy wanted Justin to train with him after the show was over to help him and I think that’s why we saw the fight that we saw.

But, what I noticed throughout the fight that Roy threw his right hand only when he was pinned or in trouble. Roy maybe threw his right maybe 15 times in that fight. Roy’s right hand is his KO. If that guy hits you on the chin with his right, its game over.

So, Roy wins but the show stealer for me this week was a 1-sentence line given by Dana after the fight “Roy loves Roy more than anyone loves Roy.” That is a classic line and I laughed my ass off while I was watching the show with Roy. Funny stuff.

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