Ricci: TUF was ‘an absolute nightmare’
“TUF took a lot of what was left as far as humanity and remorse for this sport and people and kind of took it away,” said Ricci. “[It] made me realize how much of this sport is just business.”
Ricci, who trains at Montreal’s famed Tri-Star gym, jumped up from lightweight and was the smallest fighter in the house during a welterweight season. He says that while he knew what he was getting into, the effects of the seclusion was more than he could have imagined.
“It was an absolute nightmare, I wanted to sue for psychological damage, I wasn’t the same person,” Ricci said. “I actually thought I had a case, ‘I’m not the same person, I can do this and win.’ But, I felt like don’t get me wrong, I knew what I was getting into I knew how I was going to react. Even some of the producers in the house toward the end were like, ‘Geez, you’re the most institutionalized fighter we’ve ever seen, we’ve done 11 seasons and we’ve never seen anyone like you, you’re like a robot now.’