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Brandon Drake Nelson was a Fresh Meat contestant drafted by Katelynn Cusanelli. He competed on Fresh Meat II, Cutthroat, Rivals, Battle of the Seasons (2012), and Free Agents.

Biography

Retrieved from MTV.com

Fresh Meat II

This Arkansas native hates losing and wears his emotions on his sleeve. Whether it's anger, sadness or laughter, you never have to wonder what Brandon is feeling. Brandon loves meeting new people and insists that he's very open-minded with people who are different than him. He'll have plenty of chances to prove that when he meets The Challenge's colorful cast of competitors!

Cutthroat

Last seen getting disqualified for drinking a beer before an Exile on Fresh Meat II, Brandon is convinced that his performance will speak for itself this time around. He confidently explains, "You don't have to get into the politics of backstabbing, lying to people, and cutting deals. I think you can just play the game as hard as you can." That's all well and good, but the name of this game is Cutthroat! Although Brandon isn't Fresh Meat anymore, it sounds like this Arkansas native still has a lot to learn about The Challenge.

Rivals

The self-described "whipping-boy" during Cutthroat, Brandon was constantly sent into the Gulag elimination round. Brandon promises, "I was used and abused by my team. But on this Challenge, I'm definitely going to play the political game differently." This Fresh Meat II fan favorite has etched out a reputation as a solid, likable player. But when he's paired up with his worst enemy -- a notorious hothead -- will Brandon be able to keep his cool?

Battle of the Seasons (2012)

Our seven Real World teams got a rude awakening when Team Fresh Meat arrived as the "surprise" team on Battle of the Seasons. Brandon, Camila, Eric, and Cara Maria bring toughness and experience to the table, but could their late entrance to the game be a disadvantage? As Cara Maria explains, "Being the surprise team, all it does is single us out, there is nothing good about it." Camila arrives in Turkey fresh off her victory in Battle of the Exes, while Eric went a long way toward shedding his "Big Easy" nickname, losing 70 lbs since his last Challenge appearance. "People wanted to use my size against me and let's just see what people want to say about me now," he boasts. Armed with newfound confidence, Eric unexpectedly finds love with one of the game's biggest divas. Rounding out the team is two-time finalist Cara Maria and veteran Brandon, who hopes to redeem himself after making an early exit on Rivals. "For whatever reason, I always get the short end of the stick when it comes to a team or a partner. I'm back to try to prove that I can lead a team to a Final," Brandon declares. Will Fresh Meat's social game measure up to their muscle? Or will drama derail this dysfunctional bunch?

Free Agents

Hampered by poor teams and partners in the past, Free Agents could be Brandon's best chance for a win. Brandon explains, "I may be the unluckiest person on these Challenges. I always find a way to be on the short end of the stick." A former college football player, Brandon hopes this individual game will give him the opportunity to show he's a legitimate athletic threat. Political maneuvering has never been Brandon's forte, and he believes Free Agents can transform his weakness into a strength, "Not having to worry about kissing ass in the house or being somebody's friend, it doesn't matter. You put it all on the field and that's how I live life." Will Brandon finally emerge as a force to be reckoned with?

Fresh Meat II

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 Dirty Mouth KatelynnFM2Icon.png
Katelynn
SAFE
2 I'll Be There For You SAFE
3 Water Logged SAFE
4 King of the Wall DQ

Notes

  • Brandon was disqualified from the game prior to the fourth elimination due to consuming alcohol beforehand.

Cutthroat

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Team Result
1 Gas Problems Red Team GULAG
2 Brain Buster GULAG
3 Bed Head WIN
4 Bottleneck Stampede WIN
5 Surf's Up GULAG
6 Sky Hook OUT

Elimination History

Episode Gulag Opponent Result
1 Handcuffs DerekCutthroatIcon.png
Derek
WIN
2 Back Up Off Me JDCutthroatIcon.png
JD
WIN
5 Pole Me Over TyCutthroatIcon.png
Ty
WIN
6 Handcuffs DerrickCutthroatIcon.png
Derrick
OUT

Notes

  • Brandon won the "Pole Me Over" elimination by default after Ty was disqualified from the game due to failing to get back up after falling down.

Rivals

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partner Result
1 High Dive TyRivalsIcon.png
Ty
SAFE
2 Car Crusher SAFE
3 Sync or Swim SAFE
4 Hammock Crawl OUT

Elimination History

Episode Jungle Partner Opponents Result
4 Going Up TyRivalsIcon.png
Ty
KennyRivalsIcon.png WesRivalsIcon.png
Kenny & Wes
OUT

Battle of the Seasons (2012)

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Team Result
1 Don't Cross Me Team Fresh Meat SAFE
2 Oil Change SAFE
3 Hook, Line and Sinker OUT

Elimination History

Episode Arena Partner Opponents Result
3 Knot So Fast CaraMariaExesIcon.png
Cara Maria
ChetSeasonsIcon.png SarahSeasonsIcon.png
Chet & Sarah
OUT

Free Agents

Challenge History

Episode Challenge Partners Result
1 Out on a Ledge Team Red SAFE
2 Auto Body Rally LaToya SAFE
3 Bar Crawl Team Brandon WIN
4 Bounce Out Team Yellow OUT

Elimination History

Episode Elimination Opponent Result
4 Oppenheimer ZachFAIcon.png
Zach
OUT

Post-Challenge

  • Brandon was flown to Mexico with the initial cast of All Stars 2 to serve as an alternate in case anybody was disqualified. He was eventually sent home after being unused.
Fresh Meat II Contestants
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KennyFM2Icon.png LaurelFM2Icon.png
JillianFM2Icon.png PeteFM2Icon.png
JennFM2Icon.png NoorFM2Icon.png
RyanFM2Icon.png TheresaFM2Icon.png
EvelynFM2Icon.png Evelyn
WesFM2Icon.png MandiFM2Icon.png
CJFM2Icon.png SydneyFM2Icon.png
DannyFM2Icon.png SandyFM2Icon.png
KatelynnFM2Icon.png BrandonFM2Icon.png
Katelynn & Brandon
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SarahFM2Icon.png VinnyFM2Icon.png
DarrellFM2Icon.png CaraMariaFM2Icon.png
Winner
Finalist
Eliminated
Disqualified
Cutthroat Contestants
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ToriCutthroatIcon.png
TylerCutthroatIcon.png
AbramCutthroatIcon.png
CaraMariaCutthroatIcon.png
LaurelCutthroatIcon.png
LukeCutthroatIcon.png
SarahCutthroatIcon.png
EmilyCutthroatIcon.png
JennCutthroatIcon.png
PaulaCutthroatIcon.png
DerrickCutthroatIcon.png
JohnnyCutthroatIcon.png
TheresaCutthroatIcon.png
CamilaCutthroatIcon.png
DanCutthroatIcon.png
BrandonCutthroatIcon.png
Brandon
MelindaCutthroatIcon.png
ChetCutthroatIcon.png
KatieCutthroatIcon.png
TyCutthroatIcon.png
EricCutthroatIcon.png
AyiiiaCutthroatIcon.png
ShauvonCutthroatIcon.png
VinnyCutthroatIcon.png
MandiCutthroatIcon.png
JDCutthroatIcon.png
EmileeCutthroatIcon.png
DerekCutthroatIcon.png
Winner
Finalist
Eliminated
Disqualified
Medically Disqualified
Quit
Rivals Contestants
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EvelynRivalsIcon.png PaulaRivalsIcon.png
KennyRivalsIcon.png WesRivalsIcon.png
CaraMariaRivalsIcon.png LaurelRivalsIcon.png
LeroyRivalsIcon.png MichaelRivalsIcon.png
JennRivalsIcon.png MandiRivalsIcon.png
AdamKRivalsIcon.png CTRivalsIcon.png
JasmineRivalsIcon.png JonnaRivalsIcon.png
EvanRivalsIcon.png NehemiahRivalsIcon.png
KatelynnRivalsIcon.png SarahRivalsIcon.png
BrandonRivalsIcon.png TyRivalsIcon.png
Brandon & Ty
CamilaRivalsIcon.png TheresaRivalsIcon.png
DavisRivalsIcon.png TyrieRivalsIcon.png
AneesaRivalsIcon.png RobinRivalsIcon.png
AdamRRivalsIcon.png
Winner
Finalist
Eliminated
Disqualified
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