(EDITOR’S NOTE: Len Bentley files a weekly blog for MMADieHards.com and appears Thursdays on Punch Drunk Radio on the MMADieHards Radio Network)
Brock Lesnar came back and heard I had a good fight. I was surprised when he was rather respectful toward me after my loss gave Junior dos Santos’ team control over the matchups.
While the other guys might have been excited about the special guest Brock brought in — none other than Matt Hughes — all I could do was shake my head and laugh. Hughes is probably the one guy I really didn’t want to see.
My training partner, Dennis Hallman, is the only man to beat Hughes twice and never suffered a loss to him. Because Hughes talked some trash about Dennis in his book, I’m really not a fan. You did not see much of me during that segment.
Brock mentioned to Matt he has the Four Horsemen left — the four guys that we had left to fight: Tony Ferguson, Charlie Rader, Clay Harvison and Chuck O’Neill. Matt rolled with them first and went over some drills. I think this was Brock’s way to bring some motivation to our team.
For the fight announcement, Junior picked Ramsey Nijem from his team and Charlie from our team. We knew Ramsey was a good wrestler, but we were confident in Charlie because he was a good wrestler himself and had good hands. We felt Charlie would KO Ramsey.
Chuck played a huge part in helping Charlie make his weight with no problem. Meanwhile, Ramsey was running around naked, dancing, for everyone in the house. He earned the name “Stripper Ramsey” because he was just too good at it, so good that he made us think he really did it as a side job!
But enough of that, and on to the fight.
Round 1 started out with Ramsey throwing bombs and closing the distance and Charlie defending the whole time. Charlie seemed a little flat. That wasn’t the Charlie I got to train with in the house. It seemed like his nerves were getting to him because he wasn’t letting his hands go. It made for a boring round but one that clearly went to Ramsey.
I thought, “OK Charlie got the jitters out,” and was going to let those hands go in Round 2. But no, it started out the same way, with Ramsey throwing bombs, closing the distance, trying for the takedown and ending up slamming Charlie on his shoulder. There was a scramble out into the center of the cage, where Ramsey took Charlie’s back and sunk in a rear naked choke for a quick tap. Charlie tapped before the choke was even sunk in.
Brock was so pissed he threw the stool into the cage. Dana White backed up Brock up by saying Brock cares and hates seeing guys quit.
Then they cut to the dressing room, and only showed a piece of what happened.
It was extremely quiet while Brock was lecturing us. Brock went off on Clay because he thought Clay wasn’t listening to him while he was asking the other coach a question about the fight. Then Brock started ranting that we are all walking around here all high and mighty or something to that effect. That’s when he rattled off the cities we are from.
When he got to Seattle, I was pissed. This a-hole is saying I’m chicken sh*t and I am walking around all high and mighty when this turd didn’t even show up for my fight and hadn’t even taken the time to watch it when he got back.
So I told him that I fought my heart out and wasn’t gonna stay around for his ass chewing!