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Did the UFC drop the ball? – ProMMAnow.com talks with Dr. Rhadi Ferguson about being cut from The Ultimate Fighter tryouts

Olympian judoka and BJJ Black Belt Dr. Rhadi Ferguson takes a picture with UFC President Dana White at "The Ultimate Fighter 12" tryouts

ProMMAnow.com first reported exclusively in February that former Olympic Judoka and BJJ Black Belt, Dr. Rhadi Ferguson was making the transition to professional MMA. We then reported in March, Dr. Ferguson, who was following the recommendation of his manager Ed Clay, would be trying out for “The Ultimate Fighter” season 12.

It was an exciting prospect to think about. If one stops to think about some of the “questionable” talent that Spike TV and the UFC has selected to appear on “The Ultimate Fighter” over the years, surely they would jump at the chance to have a cast member with the credentials of Dr. Ferguson.

Evidently, it was not the case. In fact, Dr. Ferguson was told he could leave right after the grappling portion of the tryouts…

Now that is baffling. Word of this soon got out and there was quite a buzz on some of the MMA forums questioning how someone like Dr. Ferguson could, in effect, be told their grappling was not up to the level to be able to compete on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality TV show.

If Spike and the UFC are not looking for Ricardo Liborio Black Belt level grapplers, what the hell are they looking for? This is a question we wanted to know. Dr. Ferguson was kind enough to sit down with ProMMAnow.com this week, and explain what went down.

ProMMAnow.com: Dr Ferguson, how are you doing today?

Rhadi Ferguson: I’m doing  excellent , how are you?

ProMMAnow.com: I am fantastic, so just like we did last time let’s get right to it. There’s a lot of bones right now on the Internet about you trying out for “The Ultimate Fighter” (TUF 12). Tell us about your trip and what went on.

Rhadi Ferguson: Well I went to North Carolina, I attended the Ultimate Fight Night on Friday. I was able to meet some of my friends out there, Renzo Gracie, saw Mario Samiaki. We talked a little bit, saw Tibau fight that evening, and some other fights. It was pretty good, saw Roy Nelson mix it up a little bit. I enjoyed my weekend. On the next day, on Saturday, it was The Ultimate Fighter tryouts and they were looking at the 155 pound weight class as well as the 205 pound weight class. I showed up, got in line, and I didn’t have the three fight minimum that they were looking for. They told everybody who didn’t have three fights to please step out of line and leave and as a matter of fact, they even ushered some people out who didn’t have three fights. I clearly didn’t have three fights and they let me stay and do the tryouts. I was very appreciative for that after travelling such a long way. We were called in the room by groups of 20 and I guess there were three portions of the tryout. There was a grappling portion, there was a striking portion, and then an interview. I was cut after the grappling portion.

ProMMAnow.com: Ok so tell us, it’s a bit surprising, on MMA.tv there’s twenty thousand views on the post. Actually 19,700 and something right now. People are pretty surprised. How do you feel being an Abu Dhabi competitor, Olympian Judoka, and Jiu Jitsu black belt; how do you feel about being cut in the grappling round? What are your feelings about that?

Rhadi Ferguson: When it first happened, I was a little bit embarrassed to be honest with you. I was in the first group of the day and I got cut in probably the strongest area that I have. How do I feel about it? To be honest with you, it’s not my show I mean it’s Dana White and the Fertitta brothers’ show. It’s their show, it’s their baby, it’s their brand, and they do with it what they want to do with it. I felt that it was necessary through the advisement of my agent to enter the Mixed Martial Arts field humbly, to start at the bottom and not come in demanding a lot of money, to not come in demanding that I fight the people at the top of the food chain, but to come in humble and make my way and become a blue collar Mixed Martial Arts fighter. I felt that The Ultimate Fighter was one of the channels, one of the ways to do that. Even having a conversation with Dana White, he said he appreciated me attending and The Ultimate Fighter was the right thing to do. He said “If you can, try out next season or next time we offer the 205 pound division.” I was slightly embarrassed after it happened, that’s just a natural feeling to have, but I mean I go in my house and I look on my walls and the stuff that I have on my walls, it doesn’t change. My gi that I wore in the Olympics is still up there, my rings are still there, my Olympic jacket is still there, my metals are still there, my National Championships of football are still there, my regional championships from college wrestling are still there. Nothing has really changed about me. The Ultimate Fighter show doesn’t make me or break me per se. My Ph.D. isn’t going anywhere. All that what people call credentials, I don’t really call them credentials  per se, I mean because they don’t necessarily add credence to me, though they are some things I have accomplished, though those aren’t the accomplishments that they were looking for, for this particular time, for that particular show and I respect that. Like I said it’s not my show, it’s not my baby, it’s not my deal. It’s the show of the UFC and if I didn’t make it I respect the decision making process of the processes. I don’t whine I don’t cry over spilt milk. I can just say that I was a little bit surprised, that’s all.

ProMMAnow.com: What happened in the grappling round? I went on your blog where you said you “felt that you clearly displayed the best and most technical BJJ out of anyone in the room of 20.” Walk us through the process and walk us through the actual sparring session that you had.

Rhadi Ferguson: I have no shame in saying that I’m 35 years old, I’ve got two kids and a wife, I hope that I had more wisdom than I did when I was 22-23 I’d like to think that I do. We were only given two to three minutes to warm up. You know from training with me before, you know I need more than 2-3 minutes to warm up. I’ve got sometime to put Wd-40 on my elbows, on my knees, and my neck just from the impact from what I’ve done in the span of my athletic career from football to wrestling to elite level Judo. I was very smart, we started grappling on our knees. I hit an arm drag, tried to take the person’s back, make some safe passes, passed a couple of times, went knee on belly a couple of times to both sides. Went for an arm bar, missed the arm bar and ended up in half guard and I wasn’t able to sweep in the allotted time. I had to set up a sweep that’s called the “Rhadi sweep” that I created from baiting someone with the Americana, but it didn’t work out. The person didn’t try to pass; he was on top, he was holding on. I can’t fault the individual that I was grappling with, his movements were great, and I didn’t submit him within 2-3 minutes. He did the best he could with the position he had, I did the best I could with the position I had. It was what it was. I don’t think, no disrespect to anyone who was judging, Dana White or anyone, I just don’t think there’s too many people who have a technical blink, if you will, to make a technical decision on someone’s grappling in 2-3 minutes and if you do have some assistance in your blink it’s probably that which has been written on the application. If you didn’t use that to increase your blink or your awareness of what you were looking at then obviously you weren’t looking for talent or grappling talent per se. You were looking for some other qualities.

Like I said I don’t know the exact qualities they were looking for. If they were looking for athletic prowess, if they were looking for quality skilled grappling, then I had what they were looking for. It seemed to me, by my personal opinion they were looking for two guys to roll around and scrap and look like they were in the school yard in sixth grade for 2-3 minutes. I don’t grapple like that. That’s not how Lloyd taught me, that’s not how Liborio taught me, that’s not what I’ve learned in my years of grappling. I’ve been doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu since 1998 that’s not what I’ve learned. My Judo style is very different from my Jiu Jitsu style. My Judo style is very explosive. It’s very explosive, it  very intense. That’s the kind of sport Judo is. My Jiu Jitsu style is very methodical, it’s very precise. I look for quality openings. I don’t move just to move, my movements are efficient. There’s a purpose for everything. I think that’s the style Jiu jitsu should be. Like I said I was surprised, I’m the head national coach for the Bohemian Judo federation and I was the assistant coach for the world grappling championships that won four world championships in the men’s division, gi, and men’s no gi and women’s gi and women’s no gi. I think I have a pretty good handle on grappling and what good grappling looks like from my personal and humble and professional opinion.

ProMMAnow.com: I’m going to read you a long quote here and I want to get your opinion and your thoughts about it. Just give me a minute to read it to you. This is from MMA.tv. It says:

“Rhadi Ferguson, a former Olympian, attended the tryouts as a potential 205. I met him, and he was a very respectful man, calling me sir, and standing to shake my hand when I walked up to him. Knowing his qualifications, I told him he was a shoo-in. Immediately after this, Dana White walked past, and Rhadi introduced himself by full name to Dana. Dana didn’t even seem to know who he was. Anyways, Rhadi’s group was called in, and I fully expected him to be one of the guys selected for the interview. However, he wasn’t even selected after the grappling to continue to the striking test. Apparently, during the grappling (which started from the knees), his partner proceeded to lay on him in the half guard, squeezing his head so that nothing could happen for the two-minute duration. Rhadi Ferguson a black belt in BJJ and Judo, a former Olympian and ADCC competitor, was cut after the grappling portion. I was simply shocked. And anyone who has attended the tryouts will tell you that the grappling for the 205 division was sub-par at best.”

What are your thoughts about that Rhadi?

Rhadi Ferguson: Well I don’t really have any thoughts per se, I would like to add to the accuracy of the statement, I wasn’t caught in a half guard for two minutes, it was only for about 30-50 seconds but it seemed like an eternity. To be honest with you I just laid flat. I stopped moving completely and laid flat because I was trying to create some space. Let the person make some space but he was correct, the person on top held on and wouldn’t move in the first minute and a half or two minutes. I don’t want to speak bad about the person I was grappling with, but I felt that I illustrated the skill that they were looking for in terms of grappling. There was someone from the UFC who came to me and asked me for a picture, Dana walked by, he asked for Dana and I to take a picture together. Dana and I took a picture together and I introduced myself and he asked where I was from and I said American Top Team. I’m not sure of Dana knew who I was or didn’t know who I was. Later on in the day when I introduced myself to Dana he said, “Man I know who you are, and he said my name, Rhadi.” Now that could just be because he saw my name on an application, okay, who knows. Dana meets a lot of people, I’m sure he knows how to walk up to people and act like he knows them, and walk up to people and act like he doesn’t know them. I’ve met Dana White on more than one occasion and when I am talking to him he acts like he knows me. Now the honest to God’s truth is that day before the try outs when I  went up to talk to him he acted like he didn’t know me. Later on in the day we carried on like a five-minute conversation and I went to introduce myself and he said, “Man I know who you are.” It’s you know, who knows. What does it matter if Dana White knows me or not, who cares. Dana White’s a multi-millionaire. He doesn’t have to know me. I need to know Dana.

ProMMAnow.com: Okay, so back to the interview, that’s actually kind of funny. Someone on the net said you gassed which I kind of laughed at because I know you pretty well and considering you’re one of the top-shape conditioners in the world and can run circles around most guys 21-years-old. Can you respond to that?

Rhadi Ferguson: Man, every body’s entitled to their opinion.

ProMMAnow.com: Did you gas?

Rhadi Ferguson: No, I didn’t gas. I didn’t gas. Let me say this, let me be very honest with people. Do I get tired? You’re damn right I get tired, I’m human. Did I gas in a three-minute grappling match? No. C’mon man lets be serious.

ProMMAnow.com: What did you think of the overall level of athletes at the TUF tryouts?

Rhadi Ferguson: Poor. Poor. Poor.

ProMMAnow.com: Poor?

Rhadi Ferguson: Listen, this is not a knock on anybody in the joint. My job with the Bohemian Judo Federation is to scout talent. My job when I’m training people is to give them an honest assessment of what they look like. Listen, the grappling level, if you ask me if I was an outside consultant and you asked me what the grappling level was of most of the people in that room. One guy from Lloyd’s school, a Crazy 88 Brazillian Jiu Jitsu school in Maryland, one guy looked like he was a purple belt. Everyone else looked like either a wrestling background, a white belt, or a really strong bully blue belt.

ProMMAnow.com: Gotcha

Rhadi Ferguson: That’s in the room of 20 I was with.

ProMMAnow.com: Gotcha. So It’s probable that they weren’t scouting talent, they were looking for a certain personality.

Rhadi Ferguson: I can’t say that they weren’t looking for talent. I do believe they were looking for talent. I think they were looking for people who were going to be exciting, people who were going to push, people who have a lot of holes in their game, to make the show look good. That’s about it. That’s what it is.

ProMMAnow.com: You also watched the UFC the night before. Did that kind of get you excited for the tryouts the next day? Being at the UFC, the excitement, what was that like the night before the tryouts?

Rhadi Ferguson: Man, to be honest with you, I don’t get excited about tryouts. I saw some guys walking around, people were walking around nervous and jumping up and down before they went in the room. I saw some guys who didn’t make it and they were crying. I can’t believe it, I just can’t believe it. Listen, a UFC tryout in comparison to some of the things I’ve done, come on man, it doesn’t even rank on the top 105, it doesn’t make my heart rate go past 60. There’s no level of nervousness that I had in that place. I’ve lined up and trained with the best athletes and grapplers in the world. I’m not about to be nervous about a tryout to start at the beginning, bottom rung of the MMA world. That’s no disrespect. I feel like I’m supposed to try out at the beginning bottom rung, that’s why I was there. However, I’m not about to be nervous because of that. No man listen, nervous? I’ll tell you what nervous is. Nervous is fighting two-time world medalists and Olympic medalists  in the second round of the Olympic games in front of a crowd of 22,500 people cheering for the other county and the people tell you to walk forward and you think you’re walking but your legs aren’t moving. That’s nervous.

ProMMAnow.com: Gotcha.

Rhadi Ferguson: UFC tryout, a piece of cake.

ProMMAnow.com: Gotcha. So what’s next up for you? What’s the game plan? What are you going to do next?

Rhadi Ferguson: I am not exactly sure what I’m going to do next, but whatever I’m going to do next, I have to do it quick. I’m losing money while I am training for MMA, not making as much money as I make doing what it is I do. I think a lot of people have an opportunity now to kind of meet me now that I’m more out and about because I’m trying to become a mixed martial arts fighter. I think when people meet me they see Im a very respectful guy. They think I’m a very nice guy, I’m a very humble guy. I think people misread who I am when they read marketing emails or when they read blog posts they begin to think that which they read is me. Believe me when I tell you I wrote an 80 page dissertation. I know how to write, I know how to spell correctly. I know how to put together well thought words on a piece of paper and I know how to write sales copy which is very different. So don’t confuse a man with marketing. Marketing is based upon emotional appeal and some of the stuff that I write, I don’t like it either but it works, and it works so good that it allows me to eat the food that I eat and it allows me to live in the place that I live, take trips with my wife to the Bahamas and go to Europe when I want. I’d like to continue to do that. I’d like to continue to live like that and work like that. The rough part is while I’m training I’m actually losing money so it’s kind of difficult, I kind of dance between the lines of trying to do the thing right and also trying to make a living because right now as we’re trying to do this interview it’s 9:00 at night, I’ve got to get up at 5:45 in the morning and do a 40 minute run. After that I’ve got to go to the gym and I’ve got eight rounds of sparring tomorrow, three rounds of shadow and five rounds of light sparring at 22 percent. Then after that I’ve got a grappling session from 1:00 to 2:30, then after that I’ve got a technical session with Ricardo Liborio from 5:00 to about 7:00. Then I’ve got to find my way home to do some actual work before the next day begins.

I’m not getting as much done as I used to get done, not putting together joint ventures, not making any new products or anything like that. It’s kind of difficult. My business runs as it does but it does not grow. Anybody who knows anything about business, if the business is not growing over a period of time it’s actually shrinking over a period of time. What’s next is to really to continue to train and to try to get some fights to get some more experience as soon as possible so that I can have some pay days that are commiserate with what I believe my experience is and some paydays that will keep me in the game. I can’t continue to train just to train. I’ve got a family to support.  Did I think that it was going to be like this in the beginning? No I thought I was going to get some of the offers that I did get. I did get some big time offers, I got some $50,000 out of the gate. Unfortunately, they were against… It doesn’t even make sense for me to tell you who the opponent was, it was just so ridiculous. At the level that I’m at now it would have been a death wish. That’s just the honest to God’s truth. I’m not going to lie to anybody tell you I’m the baddest man on the planet, I am not. I get knocked around, beat to death, kicked in the teeth, in the face by a lot of people. Hector Lumbard, Thiago Silva, and Danillo Villefort, all these guys at American Top Team beat me to a pulp right now. I’m still learning. I’m actually still learning. Are there areas of my game that are good? Yes. Some grappling on the cage, some positions on the ground. I’m okay. My boxing is coming along. I’m pleased with the progress. I’m still learning. I definitely can’t starve while I’m learning.

ProMMAnow.com: Right. Now would you try out for TUF again if I made the suggestion, would you do that again?

Rhadi Ferguson: I don’t make those type of decisions to be honest with you. I have an agent by the name of Ed Clay. If I no longer want to listen to him I’ll fire him but as he’s the one who advises me when he makes a decision or suggestion I go with it. I do the same thing in business if I hire a consultant I need to listen to what they say and do it. If I don’t want to listen to what they say then I need to go elsewhere. When I sit down and I speak with my agent and he says I think this is the best thing for you to do then that’s what you do. That’s just the bottom line.

ProMMAnow.com: Now you said you’ve been training striking with Howard Davis how are those sessions going and how is your progress on that?

Rhadi Ferguson: Great! I had a light sparring session today and I felt good, I wasn’t closing and blinking my eyes when the punches were coming. I actually felt like I knew what I was doing. I’m actually able to see the punches now so I can block and I can move. My Muay Thai kicks are getting good, good. I’m just not sure what it’s going to feel like when my shin clashes into someone else’s shin. That part I’m not really familiar with yet. That’s going to be another learning curve. Other than that, my striking is coming along. It’s not great. I feel comfortable now.

ProMMAnow.com: You’re training at American Top Team with the best trainers and fighters in the world, who have you been training with lately?

Rhadi Ferguson: Hornbuckle. Dan Hornbuckle is the man. Dan Hornbuckle. I trained with Kimbo tonight as well, Kevin Ferguson.

ProMMAnow.com: Your cousin.

Rhadi Ferguson: Yeah Kimble Slice.

ProMMAnow.com: What was that like?

Rhadi Ferguson: It’s fine, it’s cool. We’re cool. It’s like, we train. We train like anybody else in the gym. I mean you just train. You’ve got to be, I’m going to be very honest with you, you’ve got to be very careful training with Kimbo. You get in on a move, if you can’t finish it very very very controlled, don’t do it. That’s because every team has a franchise player whether you want to admit it or not. He is a, maybe not the, but he is a franchise player. He’s the real deal man, he makes a lot of money. I will not be the guy in the paper who makes a mistake and hurts Kimbo Slice. Not me. I won’t be that guy. I go very light, I go very easy, I keep everything nice and technical and tight. Try to focus on the repetitions and keep them in good position and rolling. If I hit him in the face I tap him. He’ll tap me. I only give out what I want back. I go really easy.

ProMMAnow.com: Gotcha.

Rhadi Ferguson: He’s a strong dude, he’s really strong

ProMMAnow.com: How’s his progress coming along this year?

Rhadi Ferguson: He’s good because he listens. He listens very well and he’s humble. I gave him a piece of advice tonight which I think will take him over the top. I just told him, I said man, I was with Shawn Sheldon and Rick Horn who was down here training with me. Rick Horn is getting ready to fight Bravlo Esteema on the shine card. He’s down here training with me. He went to the Olympics in 2004. Shawn Sheldon is a Greco-Roman wrestler who’s a two time Olympian. We’re talking to Kimbo and we said bro, you’ve got to get a spiral notebook and you’ve got to come to practice with a spiral notebook. There’s too many techniques that are given out in here for you not to write them down. Once you write them down you can start repping them. When you leave here if you don’t write this stuff down, you’re going to forget some of it. Some you’re going to keep some you’re going to forget. If you want to increase your stick rate, you’ve got to start writing it down. Now for me. Is Kimbo going to get a notebook between now and tomorrow? Probably not because, I’ve given out, listen, it’s not about Kimbo. I’ve given that information to thousands and thousands of people. It’s just like reading “Think and Grow Rich” and reading about doing positive affirmations in the morning because you know how powerful they are and both you and I still don’t do them all the time.

ProMMAnow.com: Right.

Rhadi Ferguson: Right, just because I’ve mentioned it, both you and I will do them tomorrow. You know what I mean now, I love the guy, I think he’s a great dude so when I go to practice tomorrow at 5:00 I’m going to buy a spiral notebook for him and give it to him, and  a pen. That’s the right thing to do, if you really want to help somebody, that’s the right thing to do.

ProMMAnow.com: I’ll pretty much close with this. That’s the Rhadi Ferguson that I know per se and you touched on a little bit about you’re marketing and stuff and your copywriting and things like that but ultimately the true Rhadi Ferguson is about being a good person and helping people. Talk about that just a little bit so people have an idea of what you’re about.

Rhadi Ferguson: The last week of my life has been super hectic, I’ve got a cousin who wanted to leave the house and live on her own she got herself caught in a situation. She didn’t have any money. She was stuck in a Motel 8 about 45 minutes to an hour away from where I live in Titusville, Florida. I got a call late at night around 3:00. She needed me to come get her. I got in my car at 3:00 in the morning and went and got her at 4:00 knowing good and well it was going to ruin my training session the next day. She stayed  at my house, I fed her, helped her repair her relationship with her mother. She stayed with me all week. I mentored her, had her read two books while she was there. She never read two books in one day before, but I wanted her to read two books in one day, just sit at the table and read so that she knew that she was smart because I asked her if she was smart. She said, “No, I don’t think that I’m smart.” You understand what I am saying? I had to allow her to know being smart. Most of the time we measure intelligence upon the amount of work that you do. Being smart is sitting down at the table and reading. Being smart is being prepared for your lesson in school, that’s being smart. Being unprepared, that’s stupid. So being smart and being dumb doesn’t have anything to do with what’s between your ears, it has to do with your behavior. For the week that she was at the house I really was doing some behavior modification techniques, some of the basic stuff you learn in education. Then I was able to help her repair her relationship with her mother and I took her back home. Today she’s back home and she’s getting ready to go back into school and the military. That was a lot of stress on my wife and I and my family and a new 7-week-old baby.

Here’s the situation man, you’ve got to help people. You’ve got to help people. I can’t tell you all the emails I’ve got to answer in a day, people just write and ask questions. To be honest with you I get paid to answer emails, I get paid to answer questions. I’m a consultant, when people ask me questions I get paid for my advice just like a lawyer does. I choose based upon my religion to tithe not only with my money, but as the Bible says, with my time and my talents. So I choose sometimes to tithe with my time and I choose sometimes to tithe with my talents. Every once in a while I select seminars to do for free. I will select things to do with my church and speak with the kids for 100 percent free. My wife and I will select some organizations to give and provide some money to or family members who are in college to write a check to, to help them in school. I will select to that as well as we pay our tithes on Sunday and provide offering. That’s the right things to do. I believe in that.  Helping out’s what you’re supposed to do. I don’t believe I should be taken advantage of. I do believe that I should be compensated for the work that I do, I think that I should be compensated for the knowledge that I’ve acquired and that which I want to pass on to other individuals. I do believe in keeping high standards or morals and ethics.  At the end of the day I think that, this is my personal opinion and I appreciate having a public platform so that I can say what I want to say. At the end of the day when I leave here I want the Lord to say, “Job well done my good and faithful servant.” That’s what I want him to say. I want to leave here knowing I did the right thing by my maker. You can’t do that if you don’t live an honorable life. If it’s not moral and ethical and you don’t walk a fine line. Do I make mistakes? I make mistakes all the time but at the end of the day I truly truly truly believe that Christ left some principals here in his teachings and if I follow those I’ll be alright and people would be alright with me.

ProMMAnow.com: With that, if you make it big as a fighter, which is very likely with your list of credentials, have you thought of the impact that you could have on other people’s lives on a larger scale?

Rhadi Ferguson: Yeah, I did think about that, that’s got to be something that you have to be very aware of. You have to be aware of it during your interviews, like right now as I get more and more popular on the Internet. I’m popular on the Internet but as I get more and more popular, I’ve got to be very aware of my interviews, I’ve got to be very aware of some of the things that I say. I don’t want to act for people. I do want people to know the real Rhadi. I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t do drugs. Do I curse every once in awhile? Yeah, if I get upset or sometimes when I’m just chilling and having fun. Like I said, I’m not a perfect individual. Am I working on some things? Yeah, of course, without a doubt. I don’t want to put on for  anybody. You know what I mean? My life is not a show, my life is my life. I hope that I live it so that I can impact people positively because at the end of the day my kids are watching too.

ProMMAnow.com: Right. For sure.

Rhadi Ferguson: It’s my job to be a positive role model and force on their lives. I don’t want to do anything to embarrass them. Does that mean that I’ll never? No, it doesn’t mean that. I’m human, I make mistakes. I just would hope that I would not do anything to embarrass them or my wife.

ProMMAnow.com: Gotcha. Is there anything else that you would like to add? When we talk I hear you talk about your family and your wife a lot. You’re very thankful for the support your wife gives. Anything you would like to add or say to end this interview?

Rhadi Ferguson: My wife would really appreciate it if ya’ll would go to www.maximumdumbbelltraining.com and accept my 17 dollar offer for the best training that you’ll get in your life. She’d really appreciate that.

ProMMAnow.com: Alright, anything else buddy?

Rhadi Ferguson: Nope. Come join me in a couple of weeks. I’ll be down in Nashville at Nashville MMA with my man Ed Clay. You can also come check me out on American Top Team. I’ll also be travelling to check out my man Lloyd Irvin up in Maryland. He has a new little DVD set, he’s got going on at www.BJJmadeeasy.com. If you would like to get some training, some personal one on one time, some consultation for Mixed Martial Arts, Combat sports in general, or Judo, Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, come visit me down in Florida. You can check out my website www.rhadiferguson.com or www.livejudo.com. I train Olympians, world champions, everyone across the board from cella’ to stella’, from top to bottom. Just come check me out, come stay at my house a couple of days. Let’s train. Listen, if you don’t want to get up at 6:00 in the morning, don’t come.

ProMMAnow.com: Rhadi, thank you very much. Have a good night.

Rhadi Ferguson: Alright, easy.

4 comments

  1. I read the whole article. The 2nd half was boring but sounds like an interesting guy anyway. What I was wondering all along was Does he have a Ph.D? or is he a medical doctor? What is his Ph.D in?

    Yeah, TUF isn’t really for the best talent. They need young marketable guys. Looks, personality, grunge etc are often more important than skills. Look at the rejects they had fight the Brits a couple of seasons ago.

  2. Nepal — Rhadi has a Ph.D. in education.

    I got the impression maybe Dana didn’t know what he had in front of him and let it slip. Could be wrong but whatever the case…

    Pretty damn stupid. Is the UFC looking for talent or fucking pretty boys? Here’s a man that represented his country on the biggest athletic stage in the world, the Olympics who can’t get on a reality show, but then you got fucking losers like Junie Browning, who get placed on pedestals and given major publicity by the UFC. Absolute bullshit.

    I could understand it more if they had even seen his stand up and didn’t like it, but strictly based on grappling? Come on man.

    We’re not talking about a 1980′s Olympican… we’re talking a 2004 Olympian judoka!

  3. Dr. Rhadi is the man… maybe he will get signed straight up by the UFC, or maybe Dana wants to see him get some more experience.

  4. Rhadi Ferguson is an example of what a MAN should be. By the grace of God should we all be a small copy of Rhadi Ferguson……

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