Wednesday, May 19, 2010
As previously mentioned, Ben, Meaghan, Josee, and I made the trip along the 401 to Montreal for UFC 113 (Ben and me) and shopping (Meaghan and Jo). We were within walking distance of both the Bell Centre and the Eaton Centre, and the hotel was right off the highway. Parking was akin to a nightmare, but it wound up being cheaper than advertised.
Unfortunately, it was a rainy night - while we were indoors - so Megs and Jo got a little wet on the way to a restaurant, but overall, it was a pretty excellent experience.
We were seated behind two fine gentlemen of the meathead persuasion, who grew progressively drunker and drunker as the evening went on, sort of joining in on the cheers and chants1 and generally entertaining the crowd around us in between breaks. Between the two of them, they probably saw the entire fight, as they both staggered down to the concourse several times throughout the event.
Of the seven Canadians fighting on the card, only one - Joe Doerksen - was victorious, although he was, perhaps, the most important victor.
Sam Stout and Jeremy Stephens were given Fight of the Night honours, after Stephens won by split decision.
Both Kimbo Slice and Paul Daley fought for, apparently, the final time in the UFC.
The Patrick Cote-Alan Belcher fight provided, perhaps, the biggest
The main event - a rematch between Lyoto Machida and Mauricio Rua for the Light-Heavyweight Championship - was the biggest surprise of the night, with Rua winning early in the first round by knockout, after their first fight went all five rounds. It was also, of course, the fight for which my camera finally died. Naturally. Ben took pictures, so if he uploads some, I'll add them in.
We went down to the floor after the fight, when Ben saw a crowd forming around the fighters' entrance. When we arrived, UFC President Dana White was there taking pictures and signing autographs (and answering stupid questions). A few moments later, Clay Guida came out and we got our programs signed, but we narrowly missed getting a close-up picture of GSP.
To summarize, the next time the UFC comes within a car ride of Orangeville, we'll try to be there. And maybe we'll see them in Vegas sometime too. But that's a vacation discussion for another time.
1 - They were from Mexico, so, in their inebriated state, they weren't entirely sure what was being chanted