TUF 16 Team Nelson coach Ron Frazier joins MMAWeekly.com to blog about the newest season of the reality show. In this first edition, Coach Frazier opens up about the team selections, some personal shots taken at Roy Nelson during the show, and why they made the match-up they did to kick off the elimination round.

Before we get to the second episode I would like to introduce myself.

I am Ron Frazier current head trainer at the House Of RYU Athletic Center in Las Vegas. I am formally from Xtreme Couture I have trained or helped train the likes of Randy Couture, Forrest Griffin, Vitor Belfort, Gray Maynard, Martin Kampmann, Mike Pyle, Jay Hieron, Johny Hendricks and Gabriel Gonzaga to name a few. And I have something to get off my chest before we proceed.

On episode one a fighter professed how happy he was to be on Team Carwin. In itself all good with the personal attack on Roy Nelson but, it was uncalled for. I have known Roy for sometime he and his wife are good people. If you don’t break bread with them and only know them in passing why attack the way he looks.

Cause who cares people may not think he takes it serious but ask his opponents. Since you were happy cause Roy is sloppy and whatever else.

Let me let you in on how we decided to choose teams.

One, we knew that Team Carwin wanted Sam Alvey. So we decided we wanted to go with match ups if Team Carwin got the first pick because all of these guys were very close in skill sets. If Team Carwin picked Sam we would pick Dom Waters etc. But under no circumstance were we going to choose Bristol Marunde even though he is tough.

Tough is not a skill set, it is a great attribute but we wanted more. Since he started his career a year after Roy and had not made a splash in MMA figured journeyman fighter at best.

Now on to the second episode, Team Nelson was disappointed in how we preformed. Coming in season 16 Coach Nelson was the only coach on either side to be in the house as a participant. So our philosophy was to treat
the season as a tournament, win and move on and for the guys to use their teammates as training partners. Cause the goal is to be the Ultimate Fighter and secure that contract.

Not to have 15 best friends. If that happens great. As Roy put it “We do man stuff, if you have a problem or question, just ask and we will have the answer or will get it .”

The birthday present for Neil Magny. As you seen in episode one when they fought to get in the house Neil came out of the blue corner which I cornered along with Anthony Brown. Roy coached from the side seated next to Dana White. Roy coached or yelled instruction to everyone in the blue corner though at that time was only familiar with 2 of 32 fighters. The guys from Las Vegas Cameron Diffley and Bristol Marunde.

So no emotional attachment to any of the competitors. If you recall that fight, Neil found himself in some bad positions during the fight. But did show athletic ability, great resolve and listen very well. Things I told him I wanted, he responded to it well.

After the teams were picked we decided Cameron Diffley would be up first. Team Nelson knew of his good BJJ. And we were comfortable in nullifying Neil reach advantage, close the gap and take him down. We felt Cameron being long as well and a better grappler than Neil’s prior opponent. We could expose the same flaws in his game. What we talked about before the fights ever took place is that the way fights are being judged. If you’re on the bottom and you go for a submission and do not get it, often times the judges view you as losing.

So in the second round Cameron was told he was behind after he went for the heel hook in the first round, for a moment it looked like he had it, but obviously he did not. Roy wanted Cameron to sweep and come out on top and try to control Neil with his top game. As the second round began Cameron needed to use his skill set of BJJ to get the fight to the ground as he did in the first, but this time he needs to be on top.

The judges and the public always view whomever is on top is winning. This is what Cameron needed to do in the first earlier to steal the round, but Neil controlled the fight and the positions in the second round better, which allowed him to win the fight. On that night it was to be for Cameron not Neil but, he was the better fighter that night. Congrats to him.

But somethings get lost in translation or editing, and we are in the entertainment business. So the show must go on and stories must be told.

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

Related News

'Big' John McCarthy Weighs In On Medical Marijuana | MMAWeekly.com

  • 29 days ago
  • 161 views

Legendary referee "Big" John McCarthy talks about medical marijuana, it benefits, and potential impact on the sport of mixed martial arts. read news >>

UFC on FOX 23's Nate Marquardt talks staving off retirement, fighting former training partner in Alvey

  • 28 days ago
  • 6 views

DENVER – It wasn’t that long ago that Nate Marquardt was ready to hang up his gloves and move on to something else. Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Ex-UFC-champ Anderson Silva talks dreams of action movie stardom, Netflix show, Hollywood auditions

  • 26 days ago
  • 5 views

RIO DE JANEIRO – After breaking records and establishing himself as one of the biggest MMA fighters of all time, Anderson is actively pursuing other types of stardom.Filed under: Featured Videos, New read news >>

UFC on FOX 23 results: Alexandre Pantoja takes split from 'TUF 24' castmate Eric Shelton

  • 25 days ago
  • 8 views

DENVER – A solid first two rounds for Alexandre Pantoja, with close submission attempts in each, was enough to squeak past a disappointed Eric Shelton. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Conor McGregor Talks Potential WWE WrestleMania 33 Appearance

  • 24 days ago
  • 4 views

UFC superstar Conor McGregor confirmed Saturday he was in talks with the WWE about appearing at WrestleMania 33 on April 2 in Orlando, Florida. "Never say never. I know there's been conversations," M read news >>

Conor McGregor says he's in talks for WrestleMania appearance, says he 'created' Vince McMahon strut

  • 24 days ago
  • 15 views

For the second straight year, Conor McGregor is teasing an appearance at WWE’s WrestleMania extravaganza.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

After UFC-debut win, 'TUF 24' semifinalist Alexandre Pantoja ready for top-10 opponent like Benavidez

  • 23 days ago
  • 7 views

DENVER – After getting the split-call nod over “TUF 24” castmate Eric Shelton at UFC on FOX 23, Alexandre Pantoja said his experience has earned him a “good and experienced” opponent like, say, forme read news >>

Talks of Mayweather vs. McGregor Continue | FIGHTLAND

  • 22 days ago
  • 11 views

Photo by Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports A lot happened in the sport of boxing this past weekend. Leo Santa Cruz outworked Carl Frampton in a barnburner of a fight, Miguel Berchelt gave a FOTY perfor read news >>

Raphael Assuncao: 'I Just Want to Get Back to the Top' | MMAWeekly.com

  • 22 days ago
  • 2 views

Raphael Assuncao talks about his UFC on FOX 23 victory over Aljamain Sterling and trying to get back to the top of the bantamweight division. read news >>

Kevin Lee talks offer to help train Floyd Mayweather for possible Conor McGregor boxing match

  • 21 days ago
  • 18 views

UFC lightweight Kevin Lee, who trains regularly at Floyd Mayweather’s gym, says he’d be excited to be the boxing legends’s training partner should the highly-speculated boxing scrap with UFC champ Co read news >>