Chris Tickle (7-5) looks to prove that the UFC made a mistake when they chose not to extend his contract after his loss on the finale of The Ultimate Fighter: Live.
Tickle was knocked out of the show's tournament in the quarter finals against Joe Proctor (8-1) and later appeared the finale of the season losing to Daron Cruickshank (11-2). The lack of family presence, Tickle felt didn't help his performance.
"Overall, I could have done a lot better on the show," said Tickle. "It was more mental than anything. Being away from my family, it sucked. Three months grinding in a fight camp like that was the hardest thing I'd ever done in my life. I could have done better on the show, but just mentally I wasn't there."
He returns to action when he fights Douglas Frey (10-8) at Legacy FC 13 on Aug. 17 in Dallas. Tickle plans to keep the fight standing and knock his opponent out.
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"I don't think he has better wrestling than me," said Tickle. "I think I'm a better all-around fighter than him. I'm bigger, stronger, faster; so it should be an easy fight and goes out with a bang."
A win at Legacy FC 13 means the possibility of a return to the UFC to Tickle, this time in the lightweight division.
"I hope after I knock out Frey, the UFC picks me up at 145 pounds," said Tickle. "I really can't believe they let me go. I should have been kept, and I want to show myself at 145 and get back in the UFC. This fight I'm dedicating to my fans because I'm going to put on a show."
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