Ultimate Fighter season 17 middleweight Adam Cella joined MMA Fight Corner for the entire show on Wednesday afternoon and discussed everything from his knockout loss to Uriah Hall and his opinion of who Hall is, his upcoming UFC debut against fellow castmate Tor Troeng, to what he thinks could happen in the upcoming co-ed season of TUF 18.
While the season of TUF that he was a competitor on is still airing, Cella has the unprecedented opportunity to meet Swedish native Tor Troeng at UFC on FUEL TV 9 in Stockholm, Sweden’s Ericsson Globe Arena on April 6. For the first time in Ultimate Fighter history, a bout with two of the current season’s fighters has been scheduled before the season finale takes place. Of course St. Louis, Missouri native Cella realizes that he’ll have to go into Tor’s backyard to handle business, but he is definitely game for the upcoming middleweight tilt.
“Yeah, I can’t remember anybody ever going fighting before the finale because usually they don’t announce the fights until the show’s over. I guess they just waited until the wild card was picked and everything like that. There’s a couple good things, a couple bad things. The good thing is I get a free trip to Sweden,” Cella said. “The bad thing though is I have to go into Tor’s backyard, so that’s going to be kind of interesting. But I’ve been the underdog before, it’s no big deal.”
Cella told MMA Fight Corner that he is not intimidated by Troeng’s 15-4-1 professional MMA record as he has had close to 100 amateur kickboxing and boxing matches of his own. Always prepared to fight and focused on staying conditioned to do so, Cella said he would sometimes fight 5 or 6 times a month. With an undefeated 4-0 pro record of his own, and all of those being first round finishes, Adam thinks this fight will propel his budding career into the next phase.
“I don’t plan to end a fight in the first round, but anybody knows, if you see a finish, you’re going to take it. I mean, you’d be stupid not to. But I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve actually not fought the best competition back in St. Louis. I haven’t fought the best guys with great records.”
On this season of TUF, Cella explained that his family has their own business in heating and cooling and that he didn’t have to make MMA as his career, but he chose to fight over everything else. Apparently, that comment didn’t go over well with the masses.
“Honestly, I got a slack over that. I got a lot of people hating on me on Facebook and Twitter saying ‘oh well give someone else the chance’ this and that. But here’s the difference is I have a good paying job back home, I work my butt off everyday, and then I still fit in the same amount of training as all the other guys who do this full time.”
“And the reason I want to do it is it’s just fun. I mean, like no, I don’t like to go into the gym twice a day, wake up early, run, diet, cut weight, that all sucks. But, after a fight you win, you go out there, you give a hundred percent, whether you win or lose, it’s just I can’t really put into words that feeling. It’s really just kind of cool,” Cella said.
Now that the season of TUF 17 is nearing an end, Cella will forever be remembered for being the guy that got laid out by this season’s beast, Uriah Hall. Throughout the course of the season, Cella and Hall engaged in some other verbal sparring when Hall called Cella “a bitch”. Cella also went on to detail Hall’s aloof personality and his thoughts on how Uriah is perceived on the show.
“I don’t know if can say this, but Uriah’s a dick. I’ll be the first to say, that Uriah, he was just a dick. Nobody liked him, even on his own team. I don’t know if they’ll show it, but those guys were telling us that nobody wanted to train with him, nobody wants to spar with him because he goes too hard. He doesn’t know how to train I think as far as in the show, I don’t know how he is back home,” Cella stated. “As far as him saying stuff to me, this and that, outside the gym, I don’t think he understands joking.”
Cella further recalled how Uriah vocalized to everyone else that he only wanted to hang with Dylan and Clint Hester when the whole house went on their bowling excursion. According to Cella, Uriah also had heated words with Collin Hart and that the Hooters cutaways showing Uriah not wanting to be a part of team pictures or join in on festivities depicted him as he is.
“He always by himself. He never really came out of his room. He’d be out in the backyard. He was always by himself because nobody wanted to be around him. He just said weird things which was kind of awkward. Which sucks because I kind of knew him from a kickboxing thing before.”
But even in that recollection of Uriah, Cella described him as “very confrontational.”
Nonetheless, character flaws aside, Cella did credit Uriah for his exceptional skills inside the ring. As we witnessed this season in episode 3, Cella was on the other side of Hall’s spin kick KO that sent him to the hospital directly after.
“Here’s the thing is I don’t remember the fight. So when I got to see it and go back, I went straight forward,” Cella said. “Watching it back I was a little sloppy. Our game plan was to hit him with some weird angles and then when he started covering up, go straight punches. He might be a dick, but the dude’s a stud. I mean he’s an athlete. In the World Combat League I saw him kick people like that probably ten or fifteen times. He’s a tough dude.”
Next season, the TUF house will be infiltrated by 135 pound women and men. With his own experience on TUF 17, Cella also gave some predictions on what he could see happening in a co-ed season.
“I believe that there will be some fornication going down,” Cella joked. “I think women coming into the house with men, I think it’s going to take some of the seriousness of the show away. It could turn it into a circus. It just depends on how serious the contestants take it.”
“I don’t want to say that it’s going to be a joke, but I’m afraid it’s going to turn into the Real World or something like that.”
With the experience of The Ultimate Fighter behind him and now moving on to his first UFC clash with Tor, Cella thinks he’ll be able to find the edge when they collide.
“That was what’s kind of crazy about him is in the house, you don’t really see him on the show, he’s kind of like a ghost. But Luke was very vocal and he said he’s a tough dude,” Cella said of Troeng. “And the videos I’ve watched, which I don’t watch a lot of video because then it turns into a highlight reel of guy you’re going to fight which is never a good idea, when I go into a fight I worry about what I got to do, not about what he’s going to do and that’s kind of always how I’ve been. And I’ve heard that he’s good at everything, not really bad at anything, but not really great at anything.”
Cella’s debut will take place on the UFC on FUEL TV 9 fight card in Stockholm, Sweden on April 6. The main event is a light heavyweight collision between Alexander Gustafsson and Gegard Mousasi.