Notes from attending today's UFC 101 events
I’m in Philly for the weekend attending all the UFC festivities. Here are a few notes from the Q & A session with Dana White and Weigh Ins
Most asked question was “Dana can I take a picture with you?” The crowd grew tired of this question and began booing everyone who asked
A lot of people asked about UFC bringing shows to their hometown. Big cities expected to receive shows in the near future include Toronto, D.C., NYC, and my personal favorite Boston
A few fans were concerned that Brock Lesnar’s actions following his UFC 100 win weren’t exemplary of an MMA fighter. Dana agreed but pretty much said “Brock is Brock”, he’s not normally like that but he was fired up after the win. Other fans later responded that they enjoyed Brock’s performance during and after his most recent title defense, myself included
Best question of the event came from a guy who noticed there is always an unoccupied chair next to the 2 rings girls. He asked Dana if he could take this seat during the event. For this being one of the most original questions he’s heard Dana said the seat was his tomorrow night.
In general Dana was like Santa Claus. He also gave away the UFC book, UFC complete event DVD set, and endless pictures, autographs and hand shakes. Dana may come off to some as a jerk but after meeting Dana previously and seeing his generosity here I can say with confidence he’s far from.
When it came time for the weigh-ins Thales Leites was the most booed fighter of the afternoon. This was clearly a result of his poor performance against Anderson Silva for the middleweight title. BJ Penn also received a fair amount of boos but his supporters did their best to drown out the Prodigy haters. Kenny “Kenflo” Florian got a solid response from the crowd. Forrest Griffin and Anderson Silva both brought a roar from the spectators. A couple boos for The Spider.
I know people boo fighters. I don’t like it but if you pay for tickets I suppose you can do whatever you want. My thoughts on the matter are if you aren’t getting into cage save those boos for Halloween. Trust me, as someone who has taken a beating or two rolling and sparring, this sport is not easy. I’ve gotten my rear end kicked in practice so I can only imagine how rough it can get when you’re locked in the octagon with someone who has trained the last 8 weeks specifically to destroy you.
Out like Hughes getting arm barred by GSP
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