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World Fighting Federation and CFFC Welterweight Champion Joey “Boom Boom” Rivera (7-1) is currently a competitor on this season of The Ultimate Fighter™ Team Carwin vs. Team Neslon, where he recently shocked the world by defeating Carwin’s #1 pick, Sam Alvey. Rivera resides in Tucson, AZ where he is the owner and head coach of APEX MMA. The 4X Judo State Champion also coaches wrestling at Flowing Wells High School in Tucson and instructs MMA at the University of Arizona (U of A).
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Watching last week’s episode reminded me of how happy I am to be home. I do not like sharing space, food, or dealing with drama….and there was a lot of that going on. I got all hyped up watching last week’s episode because of the chicken and steak drama and I feel that I need to clear up that situation for the viewers.
First off, they don’t show you the steak scenario; they go straight into the chicken. Before the chicken burglary by my team, the other team ate my “Smiley Victory Steaks”. Imagine that you cut weight, win the most important fight of your life, and the one little thing you were looking forward to before having to cut weight again were these darn steaks….and someone eats them! My boy Mike Hill was REALLY upset about that, which is why he got testy when they were accusing him of eating their chicken. Anyways, a couple of the other guys on my team got back at them by eating their chicken…and that’s how it all went down!
As Colton and Eddy’s fight approached, one of our coaches “Big Ninja” had Colton practice a new technique a thousand times. In the episode, you hear Colton talking about how you pick and choose from people’s suggestions, and that he chose not to use this technique. It was really weird; I had never seen this technique used before, it was what I call a “Front Toe-Knuckle Kick”. The idea was to make a fist with your foot, and punch him with the knuckles of your toes. …Don’t try this at home; you will probably break your toes!
As you probably noticed, Colton didn’t implement the Front Toe-Knuckle Kick in his fight. That was a great fight by the way, which I didn’t get the full effect of until I watched it later on TV. I could see how there were some controversies about whether or not it should have gone to a third round, because Eddy split up Colton really good and dropped him as well, which the judges usually pay big dividends for. On the other hand, the ref probably should not have stood them up when Colton was on top in my opinion; he was elbowing and actively controlling Eddy. It ended up turning out well for Colton anyways because he then dropped Eddy. This was a really awesome back and forth fight and I can honestly say it was a hard fight to judge.
I’m looking forward to the next episode. Stay tuned for my blog next week! Please feel free to leave some comments below.
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