Nick “The Tooth” Gullo was once part of the “Looking For a Fight” trio, along with Matt Serra and UFC president Dana White. But in the most recent episode, he was suddenly out of the show and was subsequently replaced by former UFC veteran Din Thomas.
Last week, Serra revealed what he believed was the reason for Gullo’s departure, citing that it was mainly rooted from their grappling session from the second episode, when they travelled to Alaska.
Recently, Gullo appeared on Bruce Buffer’s “It’s Time” podcast to air his side of the story, where he did corroborate Serra’s previous statement that the rolling session was indeed the root of the rift that led to his eventual departure from the show.
“When we filmed that right there, when he and I were gonna roll, I was told that we were just gonna go in there and he was gonna give a seminar, and then we were just gonna do some flow rolling or whatever it is. And if you go back, and you watch the video, the first thing I said (and they actually kept it in there) was me going ‘dude, I’m not even warmed up yet,’” Gullo explained.
“But the real reason I was upset was because one, I wasn’t told what was gonna happen and everybody else knew it was gonna happen. And I’m not cool with that, and I wasn’t cool with that. And number two, I was wearing the rash guard, and that was the first thing I said to Matt, from my school, the Art of Jiu-Jitsu.”
“Now, you have to understand that in Jiu-Jitsu culture and also in MMA culture, camps and teams are a big f—-ng deal. I didn’t start it, I didn’t make it up, and my biggest concern was that people were gonna see me in an Art of Jiu-Jitsu rash guard, and they were gonna take that video, and they were gonna cut it up, and it was gonna go around the web with clickbaits saying ‘Look! Serra Jiu-Jitsu is better than the Mendes Jiu-Jitsu.’ And guess what, it happened. You can go online and search it.”
“You have to keep in mind, that’s not my school. That is my professors’ school, Rafa and Guilherme Mendes. These guys have worked for the past four years. They get to the gym every morning at eight, and they’re there until nine at night, doing everything they can do to build that brand. And in one fell swoop, Art of Jiu-Jitsu is seen more around the world for me getting smoked by Matt, than anything else.”
Gullo had done other outrageous activities on the show, such as riding a bull and being shot by a taser gun for a few seconds. And for him, the issue was his sparring session with Serra was not told to him in detail beforehand.
“If they would’ve told me ‘hey, you’re going against Matt, and you guys are gonna have a hard match and it’s gonna be crazy,’ I would’ve been stoked and I’d had taken off the freakin’ rash guard and put on a t-shirt or whatever it was, and I would’ve rolled like that.”