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'TUF 27' contestant Bryce Mitchell says Team Miocic fighters lax on preparation

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There’s a reason fighters from Team Cormier are up 4-1 on “The Ultimate Fighter 27,” and featherweight Bryce Mitchell said it comes down to work ethic.

Mitchell (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) said he was better prepared for victory after working with coach Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who coaches opposite heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) on the long-running reality show.

“Their team was taking two to three days a week off, at least,” Mitchell, who picked up his first win on the show with a decision over Jay Cucciniello (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in the reality show tournament’s opening round, told MMAjunkie Radio. “They’d go (expletive) bowling, man, or riding go karts or some (expletive), and we’re sitting in the gym do two-a-days. And I’m telling you, we (expletive) trained, man. He did not let us rest.

“It was constant training, constant grinding, and I think that helped us out in the fights, because we had better cardio than the other team for sure. There’s no way that anybody on their team had better cardio than anybody on our team. There’s no way, because we trained harder than they did.”

Although Mitchell didn’t get a chance to directly observe what the squad led by Miocic did in the gym, he could tell the heavyweight champ had a different approach to preparing his team for bouts against fighters from Team Cormier.

“I don’t know if Stipe works out different when he trains himself, but from what I heard, he was a really relaxed coach,” Mitchell said. “He let everybody kind of do what they wanted to do, and ‘DC’ was just telling us what we were going to do.”

So far, the only major disappointment for Mitchell early in the show has been his decision victory, which runs contrary to his goal as an MMA fighter.

“I don’t even trust the judges,” he said. “I try to go in there and finish. I know that’s what people want to see, and I consider it my job to make weight and finish the fight.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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