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Old 06-05-2008, 09:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Mike Dolce: What Is An Ultimate Fighter?

MIKE DOLCE: WHAT IS AN ULTIMATE FIGHTER?
Thursday, June 05, 2008 - by Mike Dolce for MMAWeekly.com

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Mike Dolce’s Ultimate Fighter 7 Blog: Week 10

Punch Drunk

First off, allow me to apologize for not submitting last week’s blog. I love writing this piece and was personally disappointed in not being able to fulfill my weekly commitment to you and to this web site, BUT (there’s always a BUT isn’t there?) I truly have a good reason.

Really!

You see, I’m currently training in the mountains of Big Bear Lake, Calif. with the UFC light heavyweight champion of the world, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. And, as well equipped as Big Bear is for helping athletes prepare for major sporting events, it is poorly equipped for out-of-towners who are accustomed to “fancy” cable television and even fancier high-speed Internet access. I was simply unable to watch the show until this Monday when my good friends at Spike TV were able to rush me out a copy.

Briefly, last week’s episode was pretty much just about the fights, which were comprised of Team Forrest versus Team Forrest in a double feature. Dante Rivera was defeated by Jesse Taylor and Matt Brown was defeated by Amir Sadollah.

For some on Team Rampage, these fights were anti-climactic, as there was not a vested interest in the outcome. But not for me.

I was honored to be asked by both Dante and Matt to corner them for their bouts. I have said this before, but when one of your peers asks you to step into battle with them, there is no higher compliment and thus far, I have cornered every single fight on “The Ultimate Fighter 7,” even when my own “team” was not fighting. This fact makes me very proud.

Moving on to this week’s episode, what can I say?

At the risk of pissing a bunch of people off, I’m going to tell you.

Personally, I knew something was seriously wrong with this production when, as a sequestered, professional athlete in the midst of a major sporting event, I could not obtain a free range chicken breast for almost 48 hours of repeated requests, but a bottle of tequila, a half rack of beer and a funnel could be delivered in twenty minutes at any time of day or night with a single belligerent phone call. All under the guise of trying to determine just who was The Ultimate Fighter…the epitome of professional athletics.

To me The Ultimate Fighter is a term that should be reserved for a gentleman-athlete who stands above his peers, not just in his ability to perform within the confines of competition, but within the confines of civility and life.

Call me an old-fashioned square but, “It is the Ul-ti-mate,” right?

That is a very definite term with no room for flaws, inside the cage or not.

Is Spike TV, The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC or our rapidly growing fan-base really interested in finding the next great representative that can cause the most destruction to a rented home while getting drunk, pissing his pants and sacrificing his dignity?

I don’t think so.

Are they looking for a house full of socially inept, moral delinquents that couldn’t channel their mental energy into anything more meaningful than a wall mural of penises and vaginas?

What was once a ground-breaking format that introduced the world to the most exciting combat sport in history, has slowly degraded into a low-brow compilation of alcohol induced, frat boy antics that could serve to destroy the very concept it was intended to create.

I have an idea.

Take the alcohol out of the house that is supposed to be filled with the next generation of professional athletes. Fine the athletes for any destruction of property or lewd conduct, or better yet, send them home. Force the athletes to treat the set, the production and the sport with the respect it deserves and then see who makes it through.

In essence, turn this into a test of mental and physical fortitude while bringing out the best in each competitor. Do not coerce the worst.

It still baffles me that I could not bring a Bible onto the set with me. Not even for fifteen minutes on a Sunday morning. But, if I wanted, I could consume as much top-shelf alcohol as I wanted, for free, twenty-four hours a day?

As a testament to that option, would you believe that some of the cast members showed up to the fights drunk? Some made it a point to get trashed just to go to the weigh-ins and fight-picks? Would you even believe that some of my fellow cast members showed up to team practices too drunk to participate in any meaningful capacity other than captivating the cameras with their slurred speech and bouts of random uselessness?

Believe it friends, because it happened, often!

Funny as it might have seemed in their minds at that time, I found that type of behavior to be disrespectful. It made a mockery of the UFC and every athlete that has sacrificed so much for an outside chance of making it as a professional mixed martial artist. Privately, each showed remorse for their behavior. Unfortunately, not so much for their own self-respect, but with concern for, “How do you think that will look on TV?”

“Why the heck are these guys even here?” I thought to myself daily.

Though, I didn’t have to think long. Most of these guys were here simply to be on television.

I must have forgotten that. I was just there to become “The Ultimate Fighter.”

Mike Dolce is a cast member of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter 7.” He is also a strength coach, sports nutritionist and author of “The DOLCE Diet: Living Lean.” For more information go to his website www.MikeDolceMMA.com

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I haven't watched all the shows from this year- I honestly really don't who Mike Dolce is but the man has some great points about how this show has disolved into more drunken displays and less of the training and fighting many people want to see. Treat them like professional fighters not Real World meets Spring Break.
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Old 06-06-2008, 04:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's really disappointing that the UFC puts a title fight on hold for a reality show that they aren't even serious about. Of course it was the Spike crew who made up the concept, but the fact that the UFC agreed to it says a lot about their self respect as an MMA organization.

But I don't understand how they get the guys in the house to do it. If I wanted to be professional athlete and had the chance to train with the best in the sport and compete for a contract in the top organization in the world, the last thing I'd be thinking about would be getting wasted, especially before training.
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Old 06-06-2008, 05:26 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Mike Dolce sums it all up here. I really have alot of respect for this gentleman. He is somewhat of the elder statesman in the house and you can frequently see on his face the disdain he feels for the other cast members and thier antics.

I find myself hoping that Dolce is given a shot in the UFC as he appears to be the only one taking the opportunity seriously. I commend his maturity and unwavering commitment to being an ambassador of the sport and a consummate professional. Hopefully his training in Big Bear is an indication that he has been awarded a fight in the UFC for his time on the show.

I for one am disgusted with the way TUF is presenting MMA nowadays and would like nothing more than to see the regulations Dolce suggested put into effect.
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Old 06-06-2008, 08:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Great read, and I agree completely. Being an MMA fighter is all about training hard, being respectful and improving yourself, not about being an immature dip shit. Props to Dolce .
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:16 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I can see his point too..But i believe the alcohol relaxes people. It sounds like its so hard being in that house all the time with all the guys. It would mess with your head. It'd be so boring i'm sure as well as too energetic at times.

Having said that, the damage they did to the house should be sent to them in a bill. There is no excuse for distroying such a beautiful house. Most of these guys probally grew up in bad areas and in bad homes and to distory a house like that is just disrespectiful!
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Old 06-06-2008, 09:21 AM   #6 (permalink)
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wow this is not suprising to me. UFC should honestly clean up their act or else this is going down the drain to become WWE sh!t before we know it. But they have their own plans and they have to remember the fact that this is only a money game for Dana and Zuffa. Thats it.. they could careless about MMA. But with that said if thats all true y didnt someone like Mike Dolce win? And hopefully whoever does is like him and not a drunk or frat boy if so that would only show the level of the other fighters whom have lost.
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