Imagine opening up a Willy Wonka Bar to discover you’ve won one of his five Golden Tickets. You run home in excitement to celebrate with the family, which results in an awesome song and dance with bedridden Grandpa Joe.
Then, for some inexplicable reason, you flush the Golden Ticket down the toilet because you devoured the chocolate bar, hamburgers, energy drinks and practically everything else that you could jam down your throat and miss weight.
That’s pretty much Anthony Gutierrez’s (pictured) life after coming in heavy for his semifinal bout against David Grant on “The Ultimate Fighter 18.”
Gutierrez was kicked off last night’s show after clocking 140 pounds on the scale, four pounds over the maximum for a non-title bantamweight affair. “Sharkbait” was granted an additional hour to shed the excess weight, but decided to quit instead.
The 23-year-old later admitted that he ate everything in sight the five days leading up to the biggest fight of his life.
Gutierrez was just two victories away from changing his life with a six-figure UFC contract. Now, he’ll probably never be heard from again.
The irony is, Gutierrez earned a free ride to the semis when Cody Bollinger was disqualified after missing weight for their quarterfinal fight.
Speaking of irony, Gutierrez’s TUF coach, Ronda Rousey, lambasted bitter rival and opposing coach Miesha Tate for not ensuring Bollinger was on weight for his scrap with Gutierrez.
Grant now gets a free pass to the TUF 18 finals against Chris Holdsworth on November 30.
The good news for Gutierrez is Bollinger was recently signed by World Series of Fighting. If he’s granted such a gift, here’s a piece of advice – PUT THE WONKA BAR DOWN!
Please click the media player below to watch Gutierrez’s apology:
Just in case my “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” reference was too obscure for you, here’s said awesome song and dance with Grandpa Joe: