This episode was one of my favorite’s so far, mainly because it was the episode I fought on!. I’m greatly satisfied by Spike TV’s editors. They included some great clippings of my training and confessionals! I believe that people got the chance to see an accurate portrayal of the real me.
Now, let’s start from the top…
If you’re ever on a reality TV show, don’t eat other people’s food! I learned it this the hard way. People ask me, “Didn’t you taste it?,” and my answer is always the same, “No.” I really couldn’t taste the urine at all. It tasted just fine. And, might I also add this was the first time I ate Tom Lawyers’ fruit. I never “pillaged” it with my teammates before. I suffered the consequences though and took full responsibility for it.
After the fruit platter incident I decided along with my teammates to add some special white Wasabi sauce compliments of Kyle Kingsberry to my sushi. It was a disgusting idea. However the rule was stated: “You shouldn’t eat other people’s food.” So we went along with it.
I personally couldn’t add my own sauce because I didn’t think I could let one out while thinking I was going to use it to sabotage a sushi platter. Fortunately, my good friend Kyle had no problem with that. The incident when Kaplan ate the sushi actually occurred weeks after we fought. Editing made it seem that Kaplan ate it before hand. Good job to the editors. It took about three to four days before Kaplan actually ate the sushi but he did. He loved sushi just as much as I did! Especially those Phillipe Nover California Rolls. =)
Side note to my Filipino readers. If you look at the bathroom scene where we are setting up the sushi, check out the red and blue sign on the left. It says “Sipag at Tiyaga” in yellow (which means hard work and patience in Tagalog). I made that sign out of foam. Although it fell apart, when it was up I thought it would bring some good spirits to our team.
Can someone say “Balut?” Watching that scene made me hungry. This unhatched duck egg/fetus is really tasty and I recommend all the readers to go out and buy one! Side note. Nogueira and Lyoto Machida ate them also on Big ‘Nog’s birthday before dinner. I remember Machida swallowed the whole thing with no hesitation! He’s the man! He would have eaten the shell to if I didn’t tell him to peel it. Warrior’s food, baby!
Junie did confess his thoughts to me about Kaplan. A small betrayal. Surprisingly, Iike I stated before. Junie and I got along just fine. He’s a good kid who “just needs some love.” Haha. Him giving me a small snippet of how Kaplan fights and what his weakness were gave me a boast of confidence. However, I think the fight would have gone the same way even if he didn’t mention to me how Kaplan fights.
People ask me, “Why did you submit him instead of grounding and pounding him for a TKO?” You have to remember that you need to be ready for the next fight injury free. I didn’t want to risk hurting my hand and be injured in the semi’s. I went into this fight with strategy. Making sure I can get the win without getting hurt. A submission was the best way in doing that.
I was surprised at Mir that he thought I didn’t use strategy to beat Kaplan. He said “Phillipe just took something that Kaplan gave him.” That’s not true. Kaplan didn’t give me anything. I earned that victory with elements of speed and power. No one can truthfully deny that and downgrade that victory. This wasn’t Bonnar and Griffin. It wasn’t close. It wasn’t a war. I walked over him in just over a minute. He should just accept it! That is the only way to grow from a loss. Accept it and come back stronger. I am a better fighter. Plain and simple. We could fight 10 times and I’d beat him 10 times. I’m not saying Kaplan is not a good fighter because think he is. I think he is really good fighter for getting that far. I just proved that I’m better. To this day Kaplan has not given me the credit I deserve.
I can now see why Junie took my side before the fight. I agree with Junie when he stated that Kaplan is a know-it-all and needed to be humbled. Before every training lesson and fight I empty my cup and fill it up again with even better more improved knowledge. Unfortunately for Dave, his cup is always full.
As you all can see Dana was really impressed by me. I’m glad he enjoyed the fight. After all, he’s the man you want to impress! When he said I remind him of a young GSP, I thought to myself: those are some really big shoes to fill. The pressure is on now. I really want to show the world that I’m not the next GSP — I am Phillipe Nover. I want to pave my own path in MMA. I have a lot of respect for GSP as a fighter. He is someone that I look up to and I’m glad Dana can categorize me the way he did. But I still have a lot of growing to do as a fighter and a person.
I would also like to shout out all the male nurses out there. Males can be nurses and still be cool! Not everyone is a “Focker.” Thanks for reading my blog guys.