What a long adventure it’s been!

With the last fights finished, the conclusion of the TUF experiment has finally arrived. I served my time and freedom is near. The light at the end of the tunnel was fast approaching.

The time spent in the TUF house was a roller coaster of ups and downs full of fighting, cutting weight and surviving the constant threat of practical jokes.

Looking at my time spent in the house, was it worth it? Leaving my family for seven weeks, putting ‘life’ on hold for a chance at fighting in the UFC?

I answer by saying: I did it, I survived and did well, but you couldn’t pay me enough money to go back and do it again. I’ve been there and there’s no looking back. I’m moving forward in my career. I learned the lessons I was meant to and took what I needed from it.

The friendships and the time spent with my teammates made it survivable. Without them, I wouldn’t have been able to do it.

The physical aspect was nothing compared to the mental strain of being away from my family. I refuse to be away from my son and girlfriend ever again. I won’t let that happen.

I enjoy fighting and I’m good at it, but I can’t be locked up.

I look forward to my next fight. I hope it’s in the UFC, because that’s where I belong.

This concludes the TUF Blog series for season 16 of the reality series. The MMA Corner would like to thank Bristol Marunde for being the site’s official TUF blogger this season.

Photo: Bristol Marunde (BristolMarunde.com)

About The Author

Bristol Marunde
TUF Blogger

Bristol Marunde is an American mixed martial artist who is competing on The Ultimate Fighter season 16. He was formerly signed with Strikeforce and is the current Superior Cage Combat (SCC) middleweight champion. Bristol holds notable wins over Jay Silva, Victor Moreno, Chuck Grigsby, Shane Primm and Rich Attonito. He currently resides in Las Vegas where he trains at Throwdown Training Center. Bristol also owns Reign Promotions in Washington state. Each week during the reality show, the Team Carwin member will blog about his experience, leading up to the finale on Saturday, Dec. 15, where the show's winner will be crowned.