- KYLE KINGSBURY, NO REGRETS ABOUT TUF EXPERIENCE

November 14, 2008
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by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Former Arizona State football player Kyle Kingsbury fell to defeat on the most recent episode of “The Ultimate Fighter,” but he may be long remembered as a part of two of the more disturbing pranks to ever take place in the show’s history.

Starting with last week’s episode, Kingsbury became known as the guy who ate fruit soaked in urine followed by his encore performance in which he laced sushi with his own “Kyle’s Special Sauce.”

Looking back on the experience, Kingsbury has no regrets about the pranks or the level to which the fighters took them, but does have some concerns about some folks that he will have to see around the holidays.

“I love sushi, it’s delicious,” Kingsbury joked. “In hindsight, I was happy that I did it and obviously it was entertaining and stuff like that. On the other hand when your mom’s watching it with you and she’s grossed out… I’m thinking about my girlfriend’s parents really, that’s top of my list. We’ve got to go there for Thanksgiving dinner and I don’t know what’s going to be said.

“Considering what had happened to me with the fruit, it was right in line. Dave Kaplan was the guy who would explain to us the reasons we couldn’t be mad at Tom Lawlor. Once I found out Dave Kaplan was the guy stealing the sushi, it was all fair game. I was definitely happy to hook him up with a spicy semen roll.”

Kingsbury also reflected on the extra juicy fruit he helped himself to courtesy of Tom Lawlor and three fellow Team Mir members.

“I was disgusted only when I found out that four people had peed their urine,” Kingsbury explained. “When we were eating it, the only thing we noticed is there was more fruit juice than normal. It didn’t taste or smell or anything. I was dipping my fruit back in the fruit juice, which was actually urine.”

After all the pranks were said and done, Kingsbury turned his focus back to the task at hand, which was preparing for a fight against Krzysztof Soszynski in the last light heavyweight quarterfinal match-up.

According to Kingsbury, while he would have liked to have fought earlier in the competition, no one on Team Nogueira had much say in when or who they fought on the show.

“When Nogueira had the picks, it messed with our heads just as much as it messed with (Team) Mir’s heads, because he wouldn’t tell us at all. We didn’t know until he announced it at the fight announcements who was going to fight,” Kingsbury said. “They would talk a little bit to us in terms of ‘oh hey who do you want to fight?’ They never really said at any point ‘okay we’re going to select so and so to fight so and so.’ Not at any point in the house did that happen. So when Nogueira had the picks we didn’t know, and then obviously when Mir had the picks we still didn’t know.”

With the fight selection made, Kingsbury turned to strategizing for his opponent and he explained that the fight was going as planned until the final moments.

“The gameplan was just to go in there and strike and if I had the opportunity to get him on the ground, then to do so. And that’s pretty much what I did,” he stated. “I was obviously a little timid at first, started to let the hands go, took a few shots from him. He gave me his best and it didn’t really phase me that much at all and that built confidence in me as the fight wore on and I was able to get inside and get the takedown.

“From there I was just trying to secure the takedown in the judges’ eyes, I wanted to have that takedown secured before I started to posture and punch and while I was doing that he was already working his way up my back and getting the easy armbar.”

While the loss put him out of the competition, Kingsbury says he tried to maintain a positive attitude to uplift his team, who still had one more lightweight fight and then semifinal fights to compete in. Still though, the Arizona State alum explains the loss to Soszynski wasn’t the biggest defeat on the show.

“My loss to (Ryan) Bader was really the eye opener for me because at that point, when I lost to Bader, that was to get into the house,” Kingsbury commented. “That was more devastating to me just because the whole opportunity was lost. I think when I lost to Krzysztof I definitely felt bad about it, but I just kind of moved past it quickly.”

Nothing has been decided yet if Kingsbury will make his way onto “The Ultimate Fighter” finale show in December, but he will continue to train at the American Kickboxing Academy as if he has a title fight just around the corner.

“Just working my butt off,” Kingsbury said about his work ethic these days. “Having Cain (Velasquez) around and Bobby Southworth, and these great guys at AKA it pushes me ten fold. I know when I get in there, I’m not nervous about fighting anybody really. Nobody’s going to hit me harder than Paul Buentello and Mike Kyle and Bobby Southworth and Cain Velasquez. We have a long list of guys that have been in the UFC or stayed in the UFC.”

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