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Eliminated TUF 8 cast-member Shane Nelson comments on drunken escapades, breaks down fight vs. Efrain Escudero, responds to Rolando Delgado, and more in new interview

Following an eventful episode of The Ultimate Fighter last night, Spike TV afforded FiveOuncesOfPain.com to conduct an exit interview with “Sugar” Shane Nelson, a student of B.J. Penn’s who was submitted in the second round last night by Efrain Escudero.

We took to ask the rugged Hilo native on his thoughts about how he was portrayed during his drunken escapades in the house and to break down how his fight went again Escudero.

Sam Caplan: Have you seen last night’s episode, and if so, how did you feel about how you were portrayed?

Shane Nelson: Yes, I was able to watch last night’s episode and it was portrayed pretty much exactly how it happened. We got to watch the pay-per-view and me and Junie just planned on having a few glasses of wine and ended drinking a lot of wine and a lot of tequila and what not. Things got a little out of hand and I got into an argument with Roli and Efrain and we’re not supposed to touch each other in the house and I pushed Efrain and I pushed Delgado. It was just a drunken episode.

What they didn’t show on there though was the next day when I woke up in the morning, I went to Rolando and I apologized and I went to Efrain and I apologized and we pretty much put things behind us then.

Sam Caplan: Looking back, do you have any remorse for how you conducted yourself?

Shane Nelson: No, not really. I am a 23-year old guy living in a house with 15 strangers that’s filled with alcohol. I am sure everyone my age has gotten drunk and acted a fool before but the difference is I did it with 100 cameras watching me. That’s the only difference. And if anyone judges me for that, then so be it.

Sam Caplan: Do you feel it’s a good policy for the UFC to keep everyone in the house relatively closed off from the outside world and then make alcohol so readily available?

Shane Nelson: I think it’s great for ratings because it causes drama. I don’t think that it is good for the training and the fight aspect of trying to get the contract. But I think there’s a balance there: alcohol and 16 strangers in the house will create its own drama. People want to see drama on TV, so it’s a little bit of a give and take there.

Sam Caplan: I believe either Delgado or Efrain accused you of having a tolerance to alcohol equal to that of a 12-year old girl. I don’t believe you got a chance to respond to that on the show, care to respond to that here?

Shane Nelson: First off, Delgado is the one that said that. Delgado himself lost his fight to get into the house, so he really didn’t even belong there. Secondly, as the season goes on, you’ll see that if he’s saying my tolerance is that of a 12-year old girl, then his tolerance is of a six-year old girl later on in the show. He kind of contradicted himself by saying that. There are a few times where we drink in the future and his tolerance wasn’t half as mine.

Sam Caplan: You train out of B.J. Penn’s MMA Academy in Hilo. Has anyone at your camp said anything about how you represented yourself during the show?

Shane Nelson: Actually, I haven’t seen anyone since the show aired because here in Hawaii, the show doesn’t air until 7 p.m. But as far as B.J., I haven’t seen them since before the episode aired. I did tell B.J. that I lost and stuff and how I lost on the show. I didn’t know how they were going to portray the episode so I couldn’t really give them anymore than that so I’m sure he’ll have a few things to say when he sees me this afternoon.

Sam Caplan: Are you nervous at all about going in there?

Shane Nelson: Oh no, not at all. He’s not going to yell at me or anything like that, or put me down. B.J. is a super-nice guy and he’ll probably find a lot of comedy in the episode that he just watched last night.

Sam Caplan: On the show, you indicated you didn’t mind going first. But you were told to go first as a punishment. Do you feel that was fair, considering Junie Browning acted up much worse than you?

Shane Nelson: Yeah, actually, at the time I didn’t think about it. But now that I’ve watched the episode, I thought that Junie should have had to fight before me because he was a little bit more extreme than I was. I did want to fight first, however, I wanted to pick my fight. I wanted to choose my opponent and I would have had no problem fighting first. Unfortunately, the cards didn’t play out that way and Dana made me fight first and it was only right that I was calling out Efrain and that me and Efrain fight. It could have easily been me and Rolando Delgado fighting too because I pushed him too but I think Nogueira knew that would have been a bad matchup for his team and I think he knew Efrain was a better matchup for me as far as his team getting a victory.

Sam Caplan: Coming into the fight, did you have respect for Efrain’s fighting style?

Shane Nelson: Oh, definitely. I think that I said it on the show too, I believe that Efrain was the best guy on Nogueira’s team because he has good ground skills and is a good wrestler, which gives everybody trouble. I believe he was the best guy on the team and I had said that I was going to beat the best guy first and then the rest won’t be as difficult. Hats off to Efrain, he came in with a good game plan and he executed his wrestling well. He caught me in a triangle and there’s nothing more I can say about that. There are no excuses. He was the better man that night.

Sam Caplan: It looked he was able to control you in the clinch and land some knees to the body on you. Did his striking ability surprise you?

Shane Nelson: No, not really. The knees were really nothing major. The thing with Efrain is that I was real cautious with his wrestling so I wasn’t able to let my hands go as much as I usually do and as much as I like to. I had to be more cautious of shots and that kind of took away from my game and played into his game.

Sam Caplan: At one point in the first round it appeared that you started to tire. Was that a cardio issue or were you hurt?

Shane Nelson: No, I think that Efrain mixed up the punches and added takedowns and that kind of wore on me. And that’s was a lot of wrestlers do, they just wear you down, wear you down, and then when you’re tired they capitlize, which is what he did. It had nothing to do with cardio. I was in good shape; I was in great shape. I think that being out of my element, it kind of hindered my ability a little bit. But as far as being in shape and being ready to fight, I was as ready as I could have been. I guess I was too cautious and didn’t fight the fight I should have.

Sam Caplan: Did the drinking like the night of a fight affect your stamina in any way?

Shane Nelson: Not really. On the show, it looks like we drank the night before. Dana White came over the next day but it looks like that I fought on that second day, which is not how it happened. It was actually about six days a part from that one night that we drank to the day we fought. So that alcohol had all been sweated out of my system and I don’t want to use that as an excuse.

Sam Caplan: Has the UFC given you any indication if you’ll be used on the finale?

Shane Nelson: No, I haven’t gotten any indication yet. Hopefully I’ll get a shot because that was not the real Shane Nelson fighting. I think you can see a huge difference from my first fight to my second fight, whereas the quantity of punches and all of those kinds of things. I’m sure a lot of people noticed. If I get another shot to fight in the UFC, that’s one fight I’d want to get back, to fight Efrain another time. We’ll see what the UFC does.

Sam Caplan: Are you still under contract to the UFC?

Shane Nelson: As of right now I am still under contract to the UFC.

13 COMMENTS
  • Matt says:

    Having not watched the episode from last night, I may have a bit of a distorted view on this, but I must say that Nelson came off pretty classy in this interview. Who knows, maybe if I had watched last night this could look different but apologizing for your drunk antics and talking up the guy you fought and lost to shows some maturity.

  • Davey D says:

    The comment’s that Shane made here were great. He said some really respectful and honorable stuff today. He seems to have cleared up some issues that didn’t get aired also. He and Junie both were acting like two little buttholes. That’s what hard drinking does to certain people. Shane made good on his part today. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens next.

  • detroit_fan says:

    People that get drunk and act like he did are the ones i love to see tap. He thought he was so bad-ass when he was full of alcohol, but (as usual with his type) can’t back it up when the time comes. If i saw myself acting that stupid on national tv i don’t think i’d ever drink again.

  • ZzFDKzZ says:

    Matt you gotta watch the episode.

  • THORAZINE says:

    Yeah, way to rebound your image Shane… I can’t say the same for Junie, he’s really looking for trouble and has no place in the UFC right now, even if he were to win TUF…. I hope Shane gets his 2nd shot in the UFC

  • Glen McCoy says:

    Why is Dana putting up with this Junie person.I lost some respect for the UFC after watching that show.Saying that you were drunk is no excuse,no body made them drink.How can you call a bunch of drunks,bullys,and thugs pro fighters.

  • darkmetal says:

    Well, the truth is that some of these guys seem to think the show is “The Ultimate drinker” and truthfully, Shane, your comments about your drinking tolerance don’t help your cause. It’s not about your tolerance, you have to simply admit you drank too much, period.

    I am not sure that Dana should have let Junie stay, however. I think this smacks of favoritism. I think he sees that if Junie cleans up he could be a huge force in the UFC, so he played favorites.

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    I think part of the reason why Dana didn’t pick Gary Busey Lite to fight first was because he wasn’t picking on one specific lightweight.
    He wanted to fight everybody.
    I figure B.J. has set Nelson straight,and with his pull in the UFC will be able to get Nelson another fight,even though it’ll probably be against Sherk.

  • Kuch says:

    I take pleasure in watching these turd bumps get their clocks cleaned after talking loads of trash when their drunk. I can only hope that Junie will be next.

  • JJ says:

    You people are ridiculous, I didn’t realize this blog was read by so many saints and angels. People have drinks and make mistakes, and Shane manned up to his mistakes. Degrading them for acting out on TV which is something you know nothing about in my opinion makes you lower than someone who gets a little crazy when they drink. Keyboard warriors are so tough, it continues to amaze me.

  • Madmax says:

    It’s the same each season of TUF, someone gets loaded, tears up the house(UFC’s repair costs must be VERY high), and Dana has to step in. It would seem that fighters that dont conduct themselves as professionals would be kicked out forthwith. Junie’s probably out. We will all find out when the next episode airs, probably in the first two minutes. If junie isn’t kicked to the curb for his TOTALLY unprofessional actions, as in this incident there was NO alcohol involved, then I will agree with the favoritism comments. The JT thing last season pales in comparison to Browning’s actions.

    Junie has to go NOW!

  • screwface says:

    JJ cmon man, its one thing to make mistakes like we all do, but its another thing to be dumb enough to make these mistakes on national tv when your dream is on the line and your aware of all this beforehand. its takes a special kind of idiot to do this when they know well ahead of time what the consequences are from past seasons and cameras are all around. thats why i like the show, it weeds out the bar room brawlers from the honorable warriors and its why alcohol is available. in the face of immature temptation who really wants to achieve their dream. would you really be dumb enough to get into that situation if you were on tv chasing your 1 shot at that contract dream ?

  • Brian Sloan says:

    Nothing makes me happier than seeing a drunken Retard talk loads of ish’ and then get his ass whooped!!! :-)

    Having said that… Nelson took his lumps like a man and I hope to see you fighting again soon in the UFC. It was an entertaining fight, I thought.

    Now, Junie… one can only hope that Nover is the “lightweight Anderson Silva” and opens a whole case of Whoop ASS on his ass! Again, however, it WAS really entertaining and I hope to see him actually fight and not talk ish’!

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