Riddle posted a blog on MMAweekly.com where he talked about his training and cutting down to 170, he also speaks about TUF8, this is what he had to say.
As for the show, I was going to start cutting down to 155 just so I could beat Junie senseless. After reading Ryan Bader’s blog I realized that Junie might be heading to 170 with Haagen-Dazs as the main sponsor. That and I promised my Mom I would never pick on children with special needs are the only reasons I have not flown out to Kentucky to smash him. I thought it would be impossible to have someone who is a bigger loser then Jeremy May on the show and they proved me wrong.
To Rolando, first of all having a name like Roli or Rolando and being a small guy, a guy like you deserves a black belt. I mean you had to get picked on by all kids of guys like Mir and Junie as you were growing up. Had you came to my gym, we would of let you teach us. You may not be Donald Trump, but you showed a ton of heart and self-control. That little punk Junie tries to call Rolando a loser and saying the round wont go past the first. You showed that little bastard what heart and determination are all about.
Junie does his best impression of Jake LaMotta meets Jim Carey and allows Rolando to stay in the fight and take this thing to a split decision. Junie showed he has a quitter's heart and the inability to back up the trash talk. He is living proof that a bunch of tattoos, living in a trailer park, and having a bad attitude does not make you TUF or tough. My guess is Junie will not make it past the semi-final round. He will be brought back for the finale and lose or not make weight. If he wins the show, I am going to go join Juanito Ibarra in obscurity (if he will have me) and retire.
I am not sure if you knew this or not, but at the pre-fight picks Junie throws a black belt on the ground and spits towards it. After that happened, Anderson Silva had to leave the training center to compose himself. He felt totally disrespected and according to Bader he was visibly upset and had he not been on TV that likely would of went down a different way.
That’s about it for me this week. I am back in the gym and doing all I can to be 100% for this fight. I want to thank all of my fans and the supporters I really appreciate it. My management company has built a little social networking site for us fighters to interact with fans. We will be releasing our upcoming fights and giving away fight used memorabilia to the fans. It’s a cool site and I could use some comments on my page. Visit www.lgfighter.com and look for the handsome guy with the infectious smile.
I don't know if it was intended to be funny but when he called a Junie a little bastard I cracked up. Riddle rules. If D-Bag Dalloway wasn't such a tool I'd like Arizona Combat a little more with guys like Riddle, Varner, Bader, etc.
I kind of had an idea that Anderson would have gotten pissed about Junie spitting on the black belt. I love how Junie apologized to Nog afterwards about it and Mir tried to cover up for his ass. "It's all part of the show, they tell these guys to go crazy" as Mir put it. Yeah, bullshit. There's a difference in talking shit and disrespecting the sport in general. Jesus, imagine Junie being confronted by Anderson Silva. All the alcohol in the world wouldn't make the little twat act like his trailer trash self in front of Andy.
Anyway, Riddle is pretty cool and I'd love to see him cut down to 155 (probably impossible) and destroy trailer trash. He's absolutely right about Junie. Never has a fighter been this overhyped on this show and be so shitty.