"Michael Joe Whitehead" is a former professional mixed martial artist. He competed in the Light Heavyweight (MMA)/Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight (MMA)/Heavyweight weight classes for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, International Fight League/IFL, Affliction Entertainment/Affliction, and Strikeforce (mixed martial arts)/Strikeforce.

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I've wrestled since I was 6 years old. I've gone through some of the most excruciating wrestling camps, where they say, 'We're going to kill you.' I made it through all of them. When it comes right down to it, it's all mental.

I went into that show in real good shape, so it wasn't all that strenuous on me. It was just me maintaining.

I wasn't sure how I'd handle all the cameras in your face all the time. It could have been the most harmless conversation, but the cameras were right there.

Maybe for some guys (the thought of the show being the only path to the UFC) was the way to look at it. I don't think I necessarily used it for that. I wouldn't have considered it my one chance.