Let's start with last week’s episode and all the issues ... the first being Frank Lester replacing Jason Pierce in the last of the elimination rounds to see who gets into the semifinals. All I can say is that Frank has earned himself the respect of everyone, including myself, by stepping up to fight with four of his teeth missing. I think Dana White made the right decision in giving Frank the second chance since his last fight with James Wilks was an absolute war!
Talk about an emotional roller-coaster, both physically and mentally, for Frank. I mean he got called on short notice to fight his way onto the show. He beat Kiel Reid, then had to deal with a loss to Wilks, now only to be given another chance. I’d be very interested to know the amount of weight Frank had to cut for all of his fights together. I’d bet he may have possibly busted another TUF record in cutting the most weight of anyone on the show ever. Long story short, Frank's decision to step up and fight David Faulkner ended up being the right one. He defeated Faulkner mentally. I couldn’t believe Faulkner quit between rounds two and three. I had the fight pretty even myself cageside. After the fight, Dan Henderson was all smiles, seeing how Team USA had evened up the odds heading into the semifinals, bringing the overall score to four apiece.
Tracking back to the whole issue with Michael Bisping squirting DaMarques Johnson in the face with his water bottle: I found the whole scenario to be pretty funny and entertaining, to be honest. You can’t blame Bisping for being irritiated by all of the smack talk that both DaMarques and Cameron Dollar had been dishing out. On the flip side, you can’t really justify Bisping's actions either. As far as DaMarques wanting to fight Bisping in the street, my money would have to go on Bisping if I were a gambling man. I totally respect DaMarques, but he is way too loud and cocky for me to enjoy being around him. No matter who was in the room or whom he was talking to, he had to make sure he was always the center of attention.
On to last night's episode, where DaMarques had to face Nick Osipczak. I was really shocked to see that Pierce actually gave information on our teams training to the U.K. team. Without a doubt, no matter how much you might dislike your teammates, that’s crossing the line! Even though I myself was not a big fan of some of Team USA, I would never give the opposing team inside information. In my opinion, Pierce looked really bad, especially since he lied to directly to Henderson's face about helping the other team.
On to DaMarques' hard-fought victory over Nick: Talk about an awesome fight the two of them had. I was very impressed with both guys following the fight. I couldn’t believe DaMarques was able to weather the storm of punches that Nick put on him at the end of the first round. Even though DaMarques was able to control the action on the ground, Nick came the closest to actually finishing the fight by knockout. At the end of the day, even though DaMarques and I were far from friends, I was happy to see Team USA put the first guy into the finale.
I'm looking forward to seeing the last two lightweight fights on next week’s episode. I actually thought Dana was going to have us fight our teammates to guarantee a USA vs. U.K. finale. When they brought me out to ask me whom I wanted to fight, I really wanted to say Cameron really, really bad, but I didn’t want to be the one guy who wanted to fight his own teammate. It's funny now that I watch the show and see Cameron asking to fight me, and the whole scenario with Dana almost pitting us against each other ... it makes me laugh. If I were to have asked to fight Cameron, I’m sure Dana would've made the fight happen next, without a doubt.
To my family, friends, students and fans, thanks for the support throughout the whole show. It means a lot. To my critics, I fight because I love the challenge, and now that I’ve made a name for myself, I enjoy getting paid well for it. Whether you love me or hate me, just don’t forget to tune in to see me win or possibly get my ass kicked.