I was part of the cast of #TheUltimateFighter season 15, and to this day I have never watched a single episode of my season. It's funny because I'm a fan of the show and watched the season before and the seasons after. I just never wanted to watch mine.
I grew up in different homes, kind of bouncing around between family members, and I have heard that the way that was portrayed in the show made my dad look bad, and that's never how I wanted it to be.
I heard later that he was upset about it and that's one of the reasons I haven't watched. I don't want to see myself or my story misrepresented (like lots of reality TV stars claim to have had happened to them). I'd rather just have the memories of my time on the show.
Overall, I had a great time on the show and made a bunch of friends who I still talk to today. But when I watch the new seasons, I get kind of jealous because they get to go out and do stuff and have fun. When I was on the show, it was just to the gym and then back to the house, and we couldn't leave. These guys look to be having a lot more freedom than we did.
Some of the fighters who came out of my season are #MichaelChiesa, #AlIaquinta, and #JamesKrause, and the coaches were #DominickCruz and #UrijahFaber, whose team I was on. I won two fights in the house, but lost when I faced Vinc Pichel in the quarter-finals. I was then chosen to face Myles Jury on the TUF Finale.
After I had left the house, my life was entirely different. People started to recognize me on the street and ask to take photos with me. I always said yes of course, but I secretly hated the attention. I just couldn't fathom why anyone would want to take a photo with me; I'm just a regular guy.
My life is a lot calmer now, I still fight and have championship belts for a bunch of regional promotions. Staying under the radar is how I like it. I had my 15 minutes of fame. I don't need anymore.