Carwin comes to defense of blunt TUF 13 coach Lew Polley

Thursday, April 07, 2011

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.