Entering the current season of the Ultimate Fighter it was well-documented that coach Roy Nelson and UFC President Dana White butted heads a number of times. Not only did the two have pre-existing issues before taping ever began, but both openly admitted their frustration with one another in interviews and in other online remarks.
While the problems were hinted at on the first episode of TUF 16, things truly surfaced on the most recent offering when Nelson took it upon himself to seek White’s opinion on the Nevada Athletic Commission’s ability to weigh competitors in. Nelson’s question stemmed from a few of his team’s members stating a fighter on opposing coach Shane Carwin’s squad did not actually hit the required mark before his bout but was never called on it by the NAC official handling the festivities. White brushed Nelson off to his face but blasted him in a follow-up clip, questioning his intelligence and overall coaching ability as well for waiting until after the bout had concluded to raise his concern.
The match-up in question involved Bristol Marunde (Team Carwin) battling Julian Lane (Team Nelson). Lane lost a decision after Marunde spent the opening round trapping him up against the fence, then picked apart the winded Lane in the second stanza in order to seal the deal. The victory improved Team Carwin’s record to 2-1 and left Lane extremely distraught, even to the point of physically lashing out at castmates as shown in a preview for the next episode.
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