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The Juggernaut Diaries: Mike Wessel’s TUF 10 Blog; Episode 2

Mike WesselLast night the show started off basically showing Kimbo, and how “Team Rampage” was giving special treatment to Kimbo over his other team members. Many of the fighters on “Team Rampage” didn’t think too much about this, but if I were on their team, I would have been pissed.

Rampage knew what his next fight was going to be, but he spent more time messing with Kimbo than training Wes Shivers.

As far as “Team Rashad”, I think that people at home got a real good sense of what “Team Rashad’s” coaches were about. From the very beginning Rashad’s coaches started building a team unity and pushing us very hard. It was the best training I had received up to this point in my career.

However, the stuff with Roy Nelson was played up a bit more than what actually happened.

Roy is a great guy and always having fun and making light of things. Although I understood the points that Rashad’s coaches were making, Roy felt that because Brendon and James were from their camp, that he wasn’t getting the same training that they were getting, and would get.

They edited out the part were Roy questions them and asks, “So you’re going to train me the same as your friends (Brendon/James) and own teammates outside of this?”. The coaches’ response was “YES”, to which Roy’s reply was, “Wow, I wouldn’t want you as my friends in this situation.”

Although, the coaches were right about Roy’s ability to take coaching from them, I understood Roy’s view as well.

Now, on to the fight between Wes Shivers and James McSweeney. I was torn in because I knew Wes previously to coming on the show, and we got along. Yet my teammate “James” was new to me, and I didn’t know what he was about yet.

Both guys came out and gave it what they could. I remember watching and seeing James turn his back a ton, and just running, but that’s what he had to do to survive. If James would have not done that, Wes would have over powered him and won the fight. The fact that Wes got tired was because James played his game well, “stick and move”. However, in this case it was more like “stick and bail out running”.  Haha!

James is a great fighter and the other team didn’t do their research well enough, because James record in the U.S. is 3 wins 4 losses, but in the U.K. and K-1 he is like 129-4. Rampage didn’t bother look at that and it cost him.

Wes just chased too much, and took to many devastating blows to the leg. Wes didn’t walk right in the house for 3 weeks after that, and he went to the doctor several times for his deep thigh bruising.

Wes is a great fighter. If he is to get into a good camp and train full time, he will be one of the UFC’s best heavyweights.

Next week is Kimbo vs. Roy. I bet Rampage didn’t see this coming. But, the winner is….. stay tuned, haha.

*Make sure to check out the official Juggernaut website over at MikeWessel.net.

6 COMMENTS
  • JollyDV says:

    Thanks for leaving us hanging.

    Is there any reason that wes and mcsweeny both gassed so fast?

  • Angry Mike says:

    Same question as JollyDV. I wasn’t too surprised that Shivers gassed because of his size and comparative inexperience, but I was very surprised by McSweeny’s lack of conditioning. With a record like that I expected a quicker, sustained pace.

  • dpk says:

    Shaub was saying in his blog, that Rampage was over training his guys, and that was probably why Shivers gassed so badly. That decision was terrible, I don’t see anyway that you could have McSweeny winning the first round, but Shiver’s was about to die so McSweeny probably would have won anyway.

  • submit662266 says:

    I agree dpk (terrible decision). Shivers scored several takedowns and controlled James from the top for substantial amounts of time. Every other MMA fight I’ve ever watched, this is a formula to win (not always exciting to watch). Takedowns usually score many more points than strikes. James landed some great kicks and punches, but it didn’t seem to be nearly enough, in my opinion.

    I also wondered why these guys gassed. This happens a lot on the show, and typically, the quality of fighting on TUF is usually pretty bad.

  • mwwessel90 says:

    IDK why they gassed sobad. But, Schaub was right, rampage was having them do 3 a days making them jog at 6am in the morning. I mean jog miles and thats stupid training for big huys. Esp. if they are fighting in a couple days that kills your body and cardio. I know Wes made statements about the running killing his knees. As for James, IDK. I was surprised by how he fought the entire time. He seemed to be more running for his life and running away. Thats only thing I think that made them tired. Wes took to many kicks and chased James. James just ran when Wes got to close.

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