Carwin comes to defense of blunt TUF 13 coach Lew Polley

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Team Dos Santos blog: Lew Polley on "The Ultimate Fighter 13," episode No. 2

Welcome back to my weekly blog. I decided to be a bit more detailed with what was going on behind the scenes, but I won't apologize for trying to have a sense of humor or plugging my sponsors. If some of the fans had it their way I would stay silent and poor.


Myself and the other coaches were starting to butt heads already. Junior had never coached before, and fights and trains as a heavyweight, which means he doesn't cut weight, nor has he fought at a pace that isn't conducive to a heavyweight fight. Junior has a limited understanding of English. This and my wrestling is why I was brought in. In the season opener, Junior said pretty much the same thing. His other coaches felt differently, and the tension was mounting.

Junior decided to bring in a strength coach that was not very good at his job, or at least explaining why he was having the guys train in such a manner. The Brazilian coaches felt I was pushing too hard because I was trying to maximize the time we had in the gym. Before the fight, it became an issue. I would suggest an aggressive yet normal approach to maximize the guys time and skills, trying to be more efficient.  Junior and the other staff decided it was a wrestling vs. jiu-jitsu thing.

Honestly, I was ready to join Keon on the way out the door. But I had to remind myself that I was here to help these young men reach their goals. The other coaches in my opinion were there to create an image for themselves to increase their appeal to American fans. So far, they had shown me they wanted to tell the world they were on "TUF" with "JDS." I am not sure if it was the production or the other coaches, but before long, Junior began to become more concerned with camera time and Americans seeing his face than the objective of helping these young men.

The Brazilian coaches said they felt that wrestling was boring and the way wrestlers trained was stupid. In a short amount of time, I went from "the guy that Junior was glad to have helping" to "the stupid wrestler that Junior felt was getting too much attention." He even made it clear that he was the coach, this was his team, he was fighting for the belt and this was about him. I told Junior that I was there for the kids, that he invited me here to help these guys become better wrestlers, better fighters, and even more importantly, better men. I wanted Junior's team to win the show. I think he saw things another way.

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From: Shane Carwin
Posted: 8 hours ago
Member Since: 10/11/06
Posts: 1068
 Lew is a good guy. Was at Grudge helping some of the GTC guys. Classy guy. He is friends with Duffee who is in our camp too.


Member Since: 11/16/10
Posts: 232
 Shane Carwin:

I'm a big fan and have a honest question for you. I have NO idea if this coach on TUF is a nice guy in real life or just editing etc, that's why I made this thread.

My question is that you being a UFC 'superstar' (don't know what other word to use, you know what I mean) that people like that TUF coach treat you different? Maybe he is super cool/friendly to you and your buddies but maybe he is a real a****** in real life? He's just being nice to you because of who you are. My brother was the Police chief of small town years ago and EVERYONE was nice to him and me because of his position, but I knew from growing up with most of these people that a lot of them were a******* but were just putting up a front. Like maybe that TUF coach is nice to YOU but maybe when he checks out at the grocery store he is a complete a****** to everyone. Just curious if you can get a vibe of people like that because being in the UFC everyone wants to be your friend. Thanks man.

PS: I do agree all that conditioning is STOOPID!!! Show them some skills, sheesh.


From: Shane Carwin
Member Since: 10/11/06
Posts: 1069
I have only read the blog and caught the 1st episode and parts of last nights. It seems like JDS said he hired Lew to help communicate. The first episode you can see he is relying on Lew a lot.

In a single elimination structured tournament like TUF you have to be fight ready the whole time. You need to fight to steal rounds because you really only have two rounds. I would be pissed if I a guy I was training was facing someone I had intimate knowledge of through training did not follow our gameplan. Especially if he lost. you can't feel sorry for yourself if you lost by not trying. As a coach I would feel as if the student was wasting my time and their time. As a training partner I know I was wasting my time and energy.

The kid that left will likely never see the UFC again and the kid that lost only lost that final round because he did not want to wrestle or stand.

I don't judge people for being honest. Lew is being honest and by being honest he comes off looking harsh or an "a@@$%*@".

If you are ina 3 round fight would you want the coach that told you you were looking good and winning (even though you clearly were not) or would you rather have the coach that tells you how it is? You are down one round and if you do not win this round you will lose. Here is what I saw you can do to win this round. For me I would prefer the honest coach.


From: camozzi
Member Since: 2/9/09
Posts: 249
 Lew is a good dude. He is training with me right now and I can honestly say its helping me become way more rounded. His coaching style is aggressive and he doesnt sugar coat anything but thats a good thing.

When Im training I dont want someone building me up telling me Im doing great when Im not. Were pro athletes trying to compete on the biggest stage so we dont have time to be babied. 

Lew is training with my team and focusing on his own fighting career but he still gives me pointers along the way. He might seem harsh but a lot of those guys from the show are still contacting his as a mentor so thats proof right there that he was obviously a good coach.


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4/11/11 1:41 PM by stlnl2

I dont think he is lying, I do think he is probably hard to get along with, and that is my point. As for the guy getting down, right after losing, isnt the best time for that particular speech. I also note, he sure makes alot of noise anytime a camera is around, for a guy who says other folks wanted TV time. Wrestling, if you lose, you can usually get right back on the saddle within the week. That goes for most competitive sports, and an after game/match lambasting can in fact motivate. That guy, though is done, so anything you say is more or less of no real use for him short term, or long term. I dont really think anyone who loses a MMA fight needs to hear how bad it sucks to be honest, esp not fight after losing. Losing a fight, tends to be a bit more sore, because of the time it takes to get ready for one, then the longer time before the next one. Not constructive IME to say too much negative right after the fight (with cameras on, or off). Better to let it sit for a day or two and then tell him what he thought.

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4/11/11 1:35 PM by ausgepicht

I respect your opinion. You're a guy that usually makes a lot of sense here. However, I didn't interpret what you call "running a guy down." as that. He doesn't want the guy to get down on himself and bring the team into it. He wants the guy to succeed and the team to brush off the loss and also getting that winning mindset. If that hurts a few feelings and bruises a few egos, so be it.   I am kind of surprised that you think he is lying about the coaches making it a BJJ vs wrestling thing. It sounds like you think it's outlandish or farfetched that a bunch of Brazilians would do such a thing. I think he's exaggerating a bit when he says JDS was all about the camera, but I think he's spot on about the wrestling vs BJJ thing. Sounds like a conflict in coaching styles. Since JDS has to take part of the blame for the loss, I don't see the objection. If the fighter that was coached by JDS WON, then this coach would have been out of line. Produce results or expect dissension in the ranks.

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4/11/11 1:22 PM by stlnl2

Put aside that BJJ dislike (alot of em have earned it) for a second, and think, this is a guy who has been with 5+ different camps in 2 years. I have a feeling ALOT of people around him he feels are pig headed and ignoramuses. Given the way he was talking (running a guy down who had already lost, which does zero for the guy) and his "script" speech, I think you may, this time be putting the wrong shoe, on the wrong foot.

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4/11/11 10:30 AM by ausgepicht

Brazilians and BJJers acting liked pig-headed ignoramuses? Wow. What a surprise there.

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4/11/11 10:16 AM by Monsters Ball

He seems to depressing and negative. Just listening to him speak I wondered if he was depressed.Could be just editing.

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4/11/11 8:46 AM by stlnl2

I can live with the guy motivating people. BUT, when he wants to ride a guy who has just lost, that is classless. This isnt wrestling, where you can get right back on the horse in a week or less, and its simply not constructive right after a fight to be so mouthy after a guy loses. I agree his style is a bit too dramatic, but it could be TV. He also, seems to really come off as a guy with a chip on his shoulder that he isnt in the UFC himself and having to work with guys he feels maybe are not as good as he is.

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4/11/11 8:42 AM by NorthFromHere

You guys are on fucking crack if you think that Lew, who was working as a coach, shouldn't have used the information he had to help his trainee to win.

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4/11/11 2:57 AM by Scream13

Lew Doesnt train with him currently, just so you know. He HAD trained with him in the past. I promise you, if you fought a guy and lost...and then found out your coach had trained with your opponent in the past-and didnt tell you his weaknesses, you would fire him faster then Brock can say chicken salad into chicken shit

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4/8/11 8:16 PM by Internet Tufguy

Word upwards!!