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.
"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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