Talk about a rough start for Team U.S. I mean losing is bad enough, but for us to lose our first fight to the U.K. by knockout was even worse. Nick Osipczak fought a brilliant fight and was able to impressively wear down Mark Miller. Mark is a really hard hitting welterweight and Nick didn't brawl with him, he pretty much stay composed both on his feet and also on the ground. Then when the opportunity presented itself, he threw a beautiful head kick to finish the fight. It was really hard watching Mark lose, not only because he was a fellow teammate but because he seemed like a pretty genuine guy.
When it comes to being mentally prepared to fight, I love being the underdog so seeing Mark lose only gets me more focused and fired up. Normally I would want to be picked right away to fight so I could get more rest and heal up should I win before my next fight. However, after cutting weight twice in the first week in Vegas, I was hoping to get a little recovery time before getting picked. I also want the opportunity to work with Dan Henderson in training before I fight again.. None the less should I get picked to fight next I will be ready.
Team USA fighter Jason Dent will now blog each Thursday for Cage Writer. Watch Dent on "The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K." each Wednesday night (10 p.m. ET/PT) on Spike TV.
- Nick Osipczak