Of Aaron Riley’s five UFC fights inside the Octagon, three of them have been against members ofThe Ultimate Fighter reality show.
This Saturday, Riley will be facing off with Tony Ferguson at UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage. The fight will be one of two scheduled for Spike TV in the lead-up to the pay-per-view event.
Riley (30-12) has already battled Ross Pearson and Shane Nelson inside the Octagon, falling to Pearson by TKO and splitting his two meetings with Nelson – both TUF alums.
“The thing is, why I don’t like is when people go on the show, act up, and they just get put in these higher profile fights and things,” said Riley, in an interview with Heavy.com recently. “I just wanted to make it clear that I do think that the guys from TUF, if they get their wins in the UFC, then they do deserve to be there.”
Riley was not pleased with how Ferguson, who went on to win the season 13 title, acted on the show, as he fought his own teammates and brought up a fellow fighters personal issues.
“It just seems kind of unfair when you’ve got guys that are boiling away in the gym, day and night – I know guys that have other jobs besides fighting, they’re trying to make it into the big time,” Riley said.
Riley, who has been working with Greg Jackson’s camp in preparation for this fight, has poured over plenty of footage of Ferguson.
“I’ve watched the video a couple times, and seen things – tendencies that he has,” Riley said. “We’ve been training hard and we’ve formed our game plan…it’s just all about going out and performing on that night.
“I connect the dots and then I win the fight; that’s pretty much it. If I go out and do everything according to the blueprint, I’ll get the W.”
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