Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Episode 04

After watching the episode a few times I was appalled to see how much
focus was given to Junie's and Nelson's antics. I hope the people
watching can separate that type of a so called MMA fighter from the
new age professionals that truly deserve to be on the show. The UFC
and MMA in general have blown up to incredible proportions in the last
10 to 15 years. The only thing stopping MMA from getting main steam
are the politicians and conservatives who believe MMA is "to
barbaric and violent". Junie and Nelson particularly brought evidence
to that point. They got drunk and inner thoughts of violence broke
out. They started breaking things like delinquents as a way to show
how angry and cool they can be. That is not how a human being should
act and even further not how a professional fighter should act on television.
The incidence that occurred on the show brought us back a few years
politically in the struggle to bring the UFC to every state. Even in my
hometown of New York MMA is banned! MMA is not about bar
brawls or street fights. The people who still think it is, now have someone
to look up to. Junie! Young kids and parents will watch that episode
and be turned off. I would not want my kid to be involved in something
like that.

I feel ashamed of the two cast members. At one point I almost felt
sorry for them but those feelings ran dry after realizing that they weren't
genuinely sorry for there actions. As you can see I haven't been
getting much face time on the last few episodes. I try to stay away
from drunk violent behavior not only on the show but in life in general.
People like that have nothing to offer. I was sleeping tucked in my
bed during that pool incident. I made sure I slept early almost every
night so I can the most out of training the next day. I got on the show
with one goal in mind. And that didn't include drinking like a retard in
front of 5 million people.

Junie should have been thrown out right after he threw that glass at Kyle.
That was assault. He should have been arrested. I wasn't comfortable
sleeping in the house with a drunk on the lose. Thoughts of him pulling
out a kitchen knife and stabbing another fighter crossed my mind.
Sorry Junie but if I was Dana you would have been gone!

Junie jumping over the cage after Efrain's fight was just a way to get
more camera time. He will now be the person America loves to hate.
Just the plan he had in mind.

I really hope the fans can learn something from this episode. And that is
- drinking alcohol is just poisoning your body and it will hurt you.
I think Nelson's performance was great for the first 3 minutes. After that
his tank was close to empty and he couldn't give it his all. He knows he
could have done better and he knows its mostly due to his conditioning
level. Efrain looked great in the fight. His take downs were on point.
He had solid knees. He looked great in the scramble also. My hat goes
off to Efrain for keeping his cool and winning the battle in the cage
( where it matters ) and not with his mouth!

In recent news I hear that the UFC is preparing overseas events all
over the world. The Philippines seems to be what everyone is talking
about. If anyone has seen Chuck Liddel's latest video on it
was him getting ambushed by 4,000 Filipino fans in Asia mall in the
Philippines. It's simple -Filipinos love the ufc! I trace my roots
to my Filipino family on my mothers side. I practically grew up there
every summer. I take pride in having Filipino Blood running threw me.
I believe Filipinos naturally have a likening to combat sports. All
throughout Filipino history you will find times periods with invasions
and turmoil. We have a very recent war like history that still occurs
to this day. I guess you can even say it makes us tough. If the UFC
plans on expanding it's reach as far as Manila, I'm 100 percent there.
It would be an honor to fight in the Philippines! Hopefully I won't
pass out due to the hot Filipino sun! haha - just kidding.


macpad said...

Hi Phillipe,
It was great to read your blog post. I'm backing you to win the 155 category. Best of luck!

whistle said...

Refreshing to see a contestant who doesn't play into the alcohol nonsense.

btw, plenty of us conservatives like mma too :)
good luck

Vince Ang said...

As a fellow flip, I just want to let you know how proud I am of you with how you carry yourself as a professional fighter. I will be rooting for you wherever your talents take you. And yes, it would be amazing if the UFC goes to Manila for a Thrilla!

Take care,
Albany, NY

will said...

I second Vince Ang.

jrq16 said...

Hey Phil,

I couldn't agree with you more on what you wrote about "Episode 04". If I was in your shoes, my stress level would have been very high living with thoses out of control drunks.

Good Luck with you future.

Marlboro, NJ

Adele said...

wow, i hadn't realized you were filipino! interested on how tuf will play out...