by Michael David SmithWhen Ramsey Nijem showed up to take his place as one of the cast members on Season 13 of The Ultimate Fighter, he was battling a case of bronchitis. So when the 14 fighters on the show were asked to work out for coaches Brock Lesnar and Junior dos Santos, Nijem was operating at less than 100 percent.
So when dos Santos made Nijem the fourth choice on his seven-man team, Nijem breathed a sigh of relief — at least he wasn’t picked last.
In an interview with MMAFighting.com, Nijem discussed his thoughts on getting chosen to Team Dos Santos, what it was like hearing a speech from UFC President Dana White on the first day of taping, and what he thought about the first fight of Season 13, between Shamar Bailey and Nordin Asrih.
Nijem also talked a bit about his background and his recent work as a sparring partner for Jake Shields. The full interview is below.