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UFC Goes Above and Beyond in Effort to Help TUF Contestant Save His Marriage

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When Abdel Medjedoub arrived in Las Vegas to appear on the 23rd installment of The Ultimate Fighter, he was focused on winning the light heavyweight tournament and securing a UFC contract. He defeated John Paul Elias during the preliminary round and earned a spot in the fighter house, but soon found himself fighting another battle.

During the fifth episode, Medjedoub’s wife contacted the show’s producers and demanded to speak to her husband. Producers allowed her to speak with him and she gave Medjedoub an ultimatum.

“Abdel is the last light heavyweight that hasn’t fought yet on Claudia Gadelha’s team, and he’s in a weird situation because he’s having serious personal problems right now. Basically, his wife said if you do not quit the competition and come home, I’m going to leave you,” explained UFC president Dana White.

“After sitting down and talking with Abdel and finding out what the situation was and what he was dealing with, I felt the best thing to do was to let him get on the phone and talk to his wife,” said the UFC president.

Medjedoub admitted to doing something “wrong,” but wouldn’t say anything more.

“I’m in a bad situation. My wife, she’s upset. I don’t have an excuse for what I did,” he said.

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Placed between a rock and a hard place, Medjedoub was going to have to make a choice. If he stayed on the show, his wife was going to leave him. If he left the show, he believed his shot in the UFC would be forever dashed.

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Source:: mmaweekly