Blog Entry

My Comeback!!

Posted on: June 6, 2009 2:38 pm
 
My Comeback... Finally! Sorry about being so late with this blog entry. I have been extremely busy training with Team Quest. We have many guys fighting and I am preparing for my next fight as well.

What the episode doesn't show is that after Jason Dent fought Jeff Lawson and Richie Whitson fought Ross Pearson, as Dana White began leaving the cage area to go back to his office, I approached him and told him that if Jason Pierce was gonna bitch out I wanted the fight and that if he gave it to me that I would probably win. I was fired up by the recent fights and motivated by the fact that I believed I was a better fighter than what I showed in my fight against Wilks. I was disappointed with myself after my loss and Pierce was giving off signals that made me think he was going to punk out. However, when Dana White walked away from me I didn't think for a second that it was really going to happen. It was just 3 days after my fight with James. My bridge had been knocked out, I had 2 roots surgically removed, and 24 stitches put over my left eye. One of James's knees that my face decided to catch had left my eyelid hanging off !! lol.. what can u
do?! The fight game can be tough. That's what I love about it. However, it does scare me silly sometimes. 

To my surprise Mr White called me into the kitchen away from my team shortly after our talk. That is what you all saw on the episode. I asked for the fight and Dana said he would see what he could do. 

When Dan Henderson came into practice and confirmed that I was cleared to fight, I had a 10 minute freak-out session inside my head. I honestly didn't think I would fight again. I was physically beat up and mentally I was not really in fight mode anymore. I regrouped in my mind and decided that not only was I going to step up, but I was going to win. I believed in myself and knew that no matter what I would fight my heart out. I believe in Life if you aren't willing to risk everything you may never accomplish anything! Playing it safe all the time doesn't give you the opportunity to truly excel or test yourself. I learned that from my family and from my time as a US Army Infantryman. Sometimes you gotta put yourself in harms way to complete the objective. Nothing I could possibly face in that cage with Dave Falkner could compare to what me and my squad members faced clearing houses in Baghdad & Al Iskandariyah looking for insurgents and weapons
caches. So, I decided it was time to test myself, face the possibility of failure, and maybe even embarrassment. 

All I truly wanted was to help out my team and get back the loss I had caused in our competition against Team UK. I wanted that loss back. 

When I began training, I was hurting and extremely overweight. I weighed in at 201lbs the morning I was told I had been cleared to fight. I had to fast for the 1st 24 hours, as well as run in full sweats for an hour at the end of our practice. I also hit the sauna 2-3 times a day trying to cut the weight. I made weight, but it wasn't easy. Santino, Mark Miller, Cameron, Ritchie and Demarques all helped me. They took turns sitting with me in the sauna. Without this support, I probably would not have made it. The weight loss was one of the hardest things I did while on the show. I dropped from 201 to 171 in 3 days to make weight to fight Falkner. 

Walking into the cage I was determined to do my best, fight hard, but fight smart as well. In the 1st round, I did my best to play it safe, try to feel Dave out, and see how he moved. I had never seen him train or fight. I knew nothing about him other than I heard he was a good wrestler and a good submission specialist. My game plan was to keep the fight on our feet and use my reach advantage. After a few exchanges I began to gain confidence in myself. Dave wasn't as strong as I thought he would be and I felt I had the advantage in the clinch. I think it was a close round, but that Dave won it. 

I became more aggressive in the 2nd round. Dave struggled to take me down and when he did I popped right up. I regret that I didn't use my jab because that would've help me set up my right hand and a possible win by tko or ref stoppage. I felt Dave's wind dying as the round went on and became more confident that I could win. I was also tired, but when the round ended I knew I had won that round. I went back to my corner thinking we would go another round and was not surprised when Dana White came into the cage and confirmed a sudden death round. I had no idea Dave was going to quit. I stood up when they said corners out. I was ready. I couldn't believe it when the ref signaled the fight was over. I was overwhelmed by the entire experience. 

I was happy to get the win for my team. It was important to me. I lost had one for us and now I had won one to make it an even 4-4 competition. 

Taking that fight really helped me to understand what I am capable of. It re-assured me that sometimes you truly have to risk it all. 

I know I am not a great fighter yet. I have much to learn in this sport, ( I have only been training MMA for 2 1/2 years) but that fight gave me the confidence and motivation to believe that with hard work and dedication I may be able to be competitive in this sport of MMA which I truly love & enjoy. 

Again, sorry to everyone reading about my tardiness in writing this blog. This is a busy time in my life. Thank you for reading. Also, thank you to all the people who have sent me best wishes, kind words, and encouragement during the course of the show. I truly appreciate it.
Comments

Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2009 9:22 am
 

My Comeback!!

Good job bro. You won me over. Didnt like you at first but you have proven to be a good dude as the show progressed.  If the rest of the team had your heart the season would have been a different story. 





Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2009 6:09 pm
 

My Comeback!!

you got me pumped up! first you get no more teeth, stitches on the eye, surgical roots removed. second, you cut that weight in 3 days! you are all heart dude! and fans like me, who come from a martial arts background have nothing but pride and respect for you! right on!

i know we have 1 episode left (i finally got my password to post on here), and i hope you win the fight to get into the finale. get up and blog brotha, can't wait for next week!



Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: June 12, 2009 3:56 pm
 

Now go knock James' teeth out!!

Atta Boy Frank!!!

Now go kick that clown James' A$$, like you tried to/should have last time.  Knock his nasty, stained, neglected British teeth out.  Retribution brother!!!

We're pulling for you Frank!! 






Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: June 11, 2009 1:08 pm
 

My Comeback!!

I've enjoyed your fights Frank, you display a lot of heart and I can tell you will always push yourself to the limit. 

Keep working hard in training, the fight game needs more guys like you.



Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: June 11, 2009 8:27 am
 

My Comeback!!

I was shocked Pierce did so much crybaby crap and then skipped his fight. That was a low class act on his part. Bro you stepped up after getting mucked up real good. Don't know were you got the will power from but that will carry you a long way. Gotta agree with the other posters and say I'm interested in seeing were your career goes from here.

I hope you get some payback on Wilks in your next fight. Knock out his teeth, break his nose and make sure you get the win.




Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2009 5:29 pm
 

My Comeback!!

Congratulations sir on the win, Great win!
you are the best,keep up the hard work sir



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: June 10, 2009 5:21 pm
 

My Comeback!!

Frank, you are awesome. TUF makes stars and I have no doubt you have everything it takes to compete in the UFC. Your personality alone will have made you enough fans to get a UFC contract and to top it off you are a f***ing great fighter. I am going to enjoy following your career, after what you showed this episode you are instantly one of my favorite fighters. I'll tell everyone who will listen, don't miss a Frank Lester fight, you'll be sorry if you did. Keep up the hard work and great attitude.



Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: June 9, 2009 9:38 pm
 

My Comeback!!

Congrats on the win.  I love your attitude on the show.  Your comments after both winning and losing show alot of class.  You've said alot of funny sh*t and I like the way you treat the other fighters.  Good luck.



Since: Feb 21, 2007
Posted on: June 9, 2009 2:12 pm
 

My Comeback!!

Great fight dude!!



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: June 8, 2009 1:34 pm
 

My Comeback!!

Hey bro, thx for the updates and much love for your determination and grit.  You showed so much heart in that last fight and the fact that you had to lose 30 lbs to even fight is just sick.  Pierce showed absolutely no heart and more than anything, proved to be the punk that he thought everyone else was.  Keep up the good work and best of luck in the future!


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