"I didn't perform well. These people that are seeing the fights, they're like, ‘You suck!' And I'm like, ‘You're right. That sucked.' So do I take a lot of [the criticism] with a grain of salt? Yeah, sure. Is it unfair some of the times? Of course I'm going to feel that way. I'm getting a lot of crap talked to me, but it's okay. It's like they say, anybody that's at least talking about me, it's always a good thing. At one point in my life would I have thought that this could ever happen, where people around the world would be talking to me? Even if it is talking crap? Na. Never. It was in my wildest dreams, and now it happened. So I'm okay with it. It's not as much pressure as you'd think it is right now. I might feel it when we get to Vegas, or when the weigh-ins happen. But as of right now, I've had the hate of the world come at me. I've had everything crazy come at me and everybody's like, ‘Bubba sucks!' So, everybody thinks Bubba sucks. Well if they think Bubba sucks after this fight, that's okay. I've already dealt with it. But I'm going to go out there with the intentions of changing everybody's mind."
One of the most talked about contestants from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17, Robert McDaniel, talks to MMA Fighting about his life on the combat sports reality show, including the misery of trying to make (and stay on) weight from fight to fight. "Bubba" came into this past season as one of the favorites, based on his tenure at Jackson's MMA, but was unable to fulfill his potential, despite having fellow Albuquerque import Jon Jones by his side. McDaniel was brought back as the wildcard pick after getting submitted by eventual finalist Kelvin Gastelum, but ended up on the wrong end of a Uriah Hall knockout (see it again here) that put him away for good. Now he's back in this Saturday's (April 13, 2013) live finale and ready to prove he belongs against fellow TUF 17 castaway Gilbert Smith in a fight that he hopes will change your mind about how badly he "sucks." But are you ready to head into this weekend's event with an open mind?