Poor dieting choices and mismanagement of weight has already cost one contestant on The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rousey vs. Team Tate his shot at a six-figure UFC contract. During this week’s episode, another male fighter fails to make weight and is kicked off the show. Coaches Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate went head-to-head in a rock wall climbing contest in the coaches’ challenge.
The Coaches’ Challenge
Rousey and Tate were brought to the Mandalay Bay Events Center where two identical rock walls were set up. The two would race to the top and ring a bell in the coaches’ challenge.
The two were neck-and-neck half way up with wall with $10,000 on the line. Rousey pulled ahead at the end, winning the challenge and securing each member of her team $1,500. As she rung the bell, Rousey gave her rival two middle fingers and yelled expletives.
“It’s unfortunate. I kind of feel like I let my team down,” said Coach Tate.
“To be able to help out my team, it touches me more than anything else. Their gain is more than my personal gain,” said Coach Rousey after winning the challenge. “And I just like Miesha being in the habit of always getting beaten by me.”
The Scales Move to 2-0
During the season’s third episode, following the first male match-up, Team Tate’s nutritionist Eric Triliegi said, “That’s what you get for eating biscuits for breakfast,” after Chris Holdsworth defeated Team Rousey’s Chris Beal. Looking back on it, that quote was foreshadowing of what was to come.
Team Tate’s Cody Bollinger was scheduled to face Anthony Gutierrez but failed to make weight in the ninth episode of the season. He was unceremoniously kicked off the show by UFC president Dana White. This week, it was Gutierrez that found himself being shown the exit door.
Gutierrez Misses Weight
Gutierrez’ poor diet has been chronicled throughout the season. His ability to consume junk food and still make weight was something he took pride in.
“Everybody is different as far as what they eat and things like that. I eat pretty much whatever I want. But what’s funny to me is when people start judging – like they look with these narrow eyes brows and this chin up like, what’s going on over here? What is he eating? I do not approve of this because if I ate the piece of pepperoni I would not be to run on the treadmill that long,” said Gutierrez.
“I think deep down inside it’s really that they’re jealous that they wish they’d be eating those things. But I choose to eat those things and work just as hard if not harder,” he continued. “I also perform well. And I make the weight. So I like my style a little bit better. I can enjoy life and train like a professional and fight like a professional.”
Gutierrez would prove himself wrong days later when he struggled to get his weight under control.
“Anthony has a little problem maintaining his weight,” said Coach Rousey. “And it’s difficult to experience all of this and everyone deals with it in their own way. I think Anthony’s way of dealing with it is a detriment to him.”
“Ronda pulls me aside today and starts asking what I’ve been eating. I eat healthy foods and I eat (expletive) foods, and my cardio is the best on our team out of the guys,” said Gutierrez. “I feel like I’m getting way too much heat. I just want people to shut up and mind their own business.”
On the morning of weigh-in day, Gutierrez stepped on the scales weighing 145.5 pounds. As the weigh-ins drew closer, it became apparent that he might not make it. 2 hours prior to weigh-ins, he was at 143-pounds. When he stepped on the scales for the official weigh-ins, Gutierrez was four-pounds over the allowed limit and given an hour to drop the pounds.
“I know he won’t quit,” said Coach Rousey, but she overestimated her fighter. Gutierrez eventually broke mentally and quit.
White came to the gym to hear the news first hand. “You want to say anything,” asked the UFC president.
“The last five days I didn’t act right. My priorities weren’t right. Discipline wasn’t there, and I’ve never been this embarrassed in my entire life,” said Gutierrez.
“You didn’t even have to fight. You got a pass. You were one fight away from going to the finale. It’s crazy. This is the craziest one ever. Leave,” said White. “So we’ve got a forfeit. He (David Grant) gets a bye to the next round.”
Coach Rousey went to White and said she was going to make weight tomorrow to show her team that it could be done. She felt responsible for one of her fighters missing weight.
“He doesn’t have the (expletive) heart,” said White. “It has nothing to do with you. He knows why he came here. He knows what was at stake. And you can’t give people that thing that you have and every other (expletive) guy in the company has, and girl. You can’t give that to that kid. He doesn’t (expletive) have it. “
“He is (expletive) weak,” added White.
The Male Final is Set
With Gutierrez missing weight, David Grant advances to the finals via forfeit. He’ll face Team Tate’s Chris Holdsworth on Nov. 30 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.