Lesiter Bowling at UFC 111 with Shane Carwin & GSPThis week’s episode four is what I feel is a change in tides for the rest of the season. Tempers are flaring, nerves are high, and these guys are beginning to realize that this show could be all or nothing for them.

Joey Rivera got the win last week, giving Team Nelson control. Joey is a really good guy and even though he beat our guy, I was happy for him. I think Roy’s team was just as shocked as we were to hear that he was letting them draw straws and pick their own fights.

I finally agree with something that Roy said though, it is very stressful trying to pick the best fight for your guys! I don’t blame him for wanting to get that stress off his back! On the other hand though, it is probably even more stressful for the guys to sit around and try to figure out who they should pick.

Julian picking Bristol was a shocker to, I think, everyone. Bristol was the far more experienced of the two. They both had similar styles, but we felt like Bristol was just better than Julian in every aspect. Even with Roy and his coaching staff knowing Bristol, and knowing that he would want to get Julian against the cage and dirty box him. I respect the fact that Julian picked what he thought was one of the tougher guys on our team. He wanted to fight our number two pick and Joey had just defeated our number one pick; definitely a gutsy move.

All of the fighters who had families truly missed them and that was probably the toughest part of doing the show. Bristol and Julian were both coming from the same place in the fact that they left families at home and were chasing a career to provide for their family. I think that Bristol is coming from a little bit more stable environment, as he has a home, a promotion that he runs, and seems to be a pretty successful businessman. Julian, on the other hand, is fighting to put food on the table for his kids. Talk about adding stress to an already stressful environment!

Bristol had a different outlook than most. Yes, he missed his wife and son and talked about them daily. However, he wanted to be in the UFC and knew that this was a way for him to provide for them like never before. He looked at this as an opportunity to be able to focus solely on his MMA career for the first time.

Our game plan for Bristol was simple. We had meetings with each guy the day we picked our teams and Bristol wanted us to always remind him to “Be you!” There couldn’t have been better advice than that to give him going into this fight. We knew that his pressure and tenacity would win this fight. Like I said, we felt Bristol was better in every aspect of the fight.

The fight went exactly how we thought it would with the exception of one thing… Julian is tougher than we gave him credit for. Julian had that “bully” image, the guy with the pink mohawk, tattoos, and always wearing sun glasses. Typically guys like that are easy to break. When the fight doesn’t go their way they fold. Not Julian though, he hung in there and took a lot of punishment and dished some of his own. He never gave up and was looking for that knockout the entire fight. He cut Bristol in three different places. That was a fun scrap to watch!

After the fight was my favorite part of the episode. Roy approaching Dana is something I remember seeing, but at the time, I didn’t know what it was about. Watching it play out on TV was awesome! When Julian brought up the scale to Roy at weigh-ins, I have no idea why he didn’t say something then. Bringing it up to Dana after the fight was not going to do anything and I’m sure Roy knew that. I honestly think that Roy just likes to get under Dana’s skin and it is definitely entertaining to watch!

Stay tuned…

Leister Bowling: Wrestling/MMA Coach at Grudge Training Center and Easton BJJ. You can follow Leister on Twitter @LeisterBowling or Email [email protected] for training tips/seminar information.

(Photo courtesy of Leister Bowling)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Kelvin Gastelum Faces Jorge Masvidal at the TUF: Latin America 3 Finale

  • 26 days ago
  • 10 views

Fifth-ranked 170-pound contender Kelvin Gastelum faces battle-tested veteran Jorge Masvidal at The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 Finale in Mexico City. read news >>

TUF Latin America 3: Episode 2 Preview

  • 27 days ago
  • 36 views

Following a week of introductions as coaches Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin got to know the fighters and make their team selections, the first bout of the latest season of The Ultimate Fighter Lat read news >>

Knockout Radio LIVE: Eddie Gordon, TUF 24’s Matt Schnell, and UFC Hamburg Preview

  • 26 days ago
  • 3 views

Tune in Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 6 pm ET, for Knockout Radio LIVE! as they talk with Eddie Gordon and Matt Schnell, preview UFC Fight Night 93, and recap UFC on FOX 21. read news >>

Following Coaching Stint on TUF 24, Gaston Bolanos Takes Aim at Lion Fight Title

  • 26 days ago
  • 197 views

Gaston Bolanos will get a chance to challenge for his first major Muay Thai title when he takes on veteran Tum Sityodtong in a Lion Fight lightweight title bout. read news >>

Can Alistair Overeem Finally Kill the King? | FIGHTLAND

  • 19 days ago
  • 5 views

Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Zuffa LLC It looked as though this day would never come. Two years ago it was near unthinkable that Alistair Overeem would fight for the UFC heavyweight title after a str read news >>

The Question: Does CM Punk Stand Any Chance of Winning His UFC Debut?

  • 19 days ago
  • 19 views

CM Punk finally gets his chance to silence the doubters at Saturday's UFC 203. Criticism and skepticism have dogged the former WWE wrestler since he inked a multifight deal with the UFC back in Decem read news >>

Fabricio Werdum Kicks Travis Browne's Coach in Cage After Fight at UFC 203

  • 16 days ago
  • 151 views

UFC 203 will go down as one of the UFC's stranger cards, but even on a night with a 0-0 ex-WWE wrestler making his MMA debut, nothing tops what happened after the co-main event fight between Fabricio read news >>

Alistair Overeem Thought Stipe Miocic Tapped, Fighters React on Twitter | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago
  • 269 views

After Alistair Overeem said he thought Stipe Miocic tapped out, interviewer Joe Rogan called him on it. What did the Rheem's fellow fighters say? read news >>

Fabricio Werdum Takes No Blame for Kicking Travis Browne's Coach (Video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 16 days ago
  • 374 views

After Fabricio Werdum won at UFC 203, there was a heated exchange in the Octagon and he kicked Travis Browne's coach, but he's not taking the blame. read news >>

Fabricio Werdum Kicked Travis Browne's Coach and It Was Hilarious | FIGHTLAND

  • 15 days ago
  • 24 views

Photo by John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports Watching the first round of the rematch between heavyweights Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne at UFC 203 this past weekend was like watching an action mov read news >>