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    In the previous episode of the Ultimate Fighter, we saw Team UK’s Dave Faulkner unwillingly fight the third and final round of his match against American Frank Lester. As a result, the fight was called and Lester was announced the winner, moving on to the semifinals.

    Team UK coach Michael Bisping was furious, and rightfully so. The competitors on TUF are given the chance of a lifetime, one that most athletes will never receive. Fighting on the show is a culmination of all the sacrifices a fighter must make to succeed, including time away from their families and friends and years in the gym training.

    So, why get there, with a chance to move on to the semifinals, and then quit? Why climb so far only to turn back when the summit is in sight? After the match, Bisping flatly told Faulkner, “you will regret this for the rest of your life.”

    What fighters like Faulkner must remember is that, on the Ultimate Fighter, sometimes the guys who lose can still come out winners.

    There is an established precedent of fighters who have lost on the show that then become UFC mainstays. Marcus Davis lost in the first round of TUF season two, but took the skills he learned on the show and continued to grow as a fighter. He even lost to Melvin Guillard at the TUF two finale, but Dana White will reward fighters who show determination and a pension for excitement.

    Today, Davis is one of the most prominent fighters in the organization.

    Perhaps even more perplexing is that Faulkner is not the only fighter to quit while on the show, he’s just the most recent. In fact, it was just one week prior that mopey Jason Pierce Eeyored his way out of a fight with Faulkner, opening the door for Lester to take his place.

    At least Faulkner fought two rounds, while Pierce made it clear he wasn’t interested in getting into the ring.

    Faulkner and Pierce aren’t the only guys to quit on TUF. In fact, they aren’t even among some of the worst. Let’s take a look back at the top five most infamous dropouts from all nine seasons of the Ultimate Fighter.



    5. Eli Joslin (Season Two)


    Eli Joslin is one of the strangest dropouts to appear in the TUF Hall of Shame. Joslin lasted for a grand total of one episode, claiming that he could not handle the pressure that the cameras placed on him. Of course, this begs the question: Why try out for a TV show when you don’t like cameras?



    4. Joe Scarola (Season Six)

    Matt Serra’s top pick just couldn’t seem to get his head on straight. Scarola essentially quit during the middle of the first fight of the season when he allowed Mac Danzig to catch him in an easily-avoidable triangle. Scarola then spent a few days complaining that he wanted to go home, which he eventually did.

    The decision not only cost Scarola his shot at the UFC, but it also cost him his job as an instructor at Serra’s school.



    3. Gabe Ruediger (Season Five)

    While Ruediger may not have technically quit, he might as well have. He showed up for the show 20 pounds overweight, and made very little effort to cut to the required 156 pounds. When selected to fight, Ruediger tried getting a colonic to remove the weight, then flopped around in the sauna until he passed out.

    In one of the most dramatic performances in TUF, history Ruediger weakly whispered to his teammates, begging them to drag him back into the sauna. After failing to make weight, Ruediger was promptly expelled from the house.



    2. Kristian Rotharmel and Tait Fletcher (Season Three)

    When Matt Hammill was declared unfit to fight eventual champ Michael Bisping in the semifinals of TUF Season Three, a golden opportunity was presented to Kristian Rotharmle and Tait Fletcher. Both had lost in the first round but were the only healthy light heavyweights available. Whoever stepped up would be one fight away from the finals.

    Amazingly, both men turned down the opportunity, citing a lack of mental preparation. They had lived in the house and trained all the way through, but when Joe Opportunity came knocking, both men told him to take a hike.



    1. Noah Inhofer (Season Three)

    Inhofer became the gold standard for quitting thanks to his performance on TUF Season Three. He showed some skill in the first round, beating Jesse Forbes with an arm bar, and advanced to the semifinals.

    That is as far as he got.

    Inhofer somehow received word that his girlfriend thought that he had cheated on her. After several attempts by his coaches and Dana White to talk him out of it, Inhofer gave up his spot in the semifinals and went home.

    It was revealed that Inhofer had only been with the girl for approximately five months, yet he still decided to give up on the biggest opportunity of his life to take care of the rumor. He had fought, showed skill and potential, and threw it all away.



    Think someone else should have made the list? Email Trevor at trevor@mmamadness.com

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    In Noah's case, I think Dana should have let him make a phone call - I'd put Scarola as #1.

    I think its unnecessary for the UFC to quarantine these guys - most of them will get very little in return from the UFC. Let them watch a little TV, leave the house a little and talk on the phone a little. I'm not entertained by their reactions to isolation either - like trashing the house or filling your room with plants (Ed Herman). Remember too we lost Jeremy Jackson for meeting that girl outside of the house when Randy said he thought he would have a chance to win his group.

    The US could have lost every fight this season imo. Amazing they are ahead at this point.

    I also don't understand why Faulkner (known for his wrestling and submissions) mainly stood up against Frank.
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    (expeletive) yeah Scarola is #1, he was weak, especially since his buddy got him on the show
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    Yea he made himself look bad and serra.

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    A BJJ black belt who let himself be submitted while on top - lol.
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    Joe Scarola - Black Belt

    Started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when he was 18 years old. He is the first black belt under UFC welterweight champ Matt Serra and Cage Fury welterweight champ Nick Serra. Professor is also part of the legendary Renzo Gracie team. He has trained w/ and is greatly influenced by many people. These include Renzo Gracie, Ricardo Almeida, Rodrigo Gracie, and especially Matt And Nick Serra. Professor Scarola has been competing in mma and jiujitsu competitions for about 10 years. Now it is his goal to use everything he has learned and gained from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and give it back to his students.


    Yes, he refers to himself as Professor Scarola.. Being tapped from bottom.. #1 definitely
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    Quote Originally Posted by clmetal View Post
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    The US could have lost every fight this season imo. Amazing they are ahead at this point. ..
    I thought Demarcus look like the better fighter in both of his fights. Other than him I agree. I would expect all of the remaining semi's to be won by the Brits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ODH View Post
    I thought Demarcus look like the better fighter in both of his fights. Other than him I agree. I would expect all of the remaining semi's to be won by the Brits.
    I agree - but for his first fight, I think Dana matchup up his best against their worst and Demarcus wasn't that impressive. He might win the show too and I think the UFC got favorable matchups next round, although it looks from the previews that Dollar ends up down when going for a takedown, Winner won quickly on top against DeFranco.

    I thought Nick would win the second fight and Demarcus won at least 2 of those rounds, and won most of the standup, but really lacks a gnp on top. Just like his first fight, doesn't set up submissions with strikes, just goes for submissions.

    I think the US got screwed a little in the elimination fights where 3 of the better looking guys lost (I thought the wrestler from Iowa looked better than Frank, the two teamates that went against each other both looked pretty strong and DeFranco was losing until he pulled that fight out).
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