First and foremost great site, I'm new to the site and love it. Very informative and colorful... full of opinions!
I just want to say that I had the opportunity to meet Cro Cop twice (airport and a hotel.) For a guy who was held up at the airport (don't ask... it's personal for him so I won't say) he came out 4 hours late and still took the time to take pictures and shoot the shit with us. It was amazing. The guy had a huge flight and here he comes and just like a regular guy just hangs out. His camp was nice enough to talk to us and just do the same, and hang out. He's humble and such a joker. On the way out one of the security guards asked who this person was (there was a small crowd of Croats around him... including myself
) and I said Cro Cop... the little barely speaking philipino woman went up to him and asked for a signature... hahah and with grace he signed the back of her jacket as "Dr. Who." hahaha... I met him at the hotel and honestly I felt bad for seeing again but hell, it's my idol. The man is being pulled left and right from media to fans to his Croatian community (there is a strong presence in Vancouver.) I understand being a fighter and athlete you gotta make time for people, but preparing for a fight you need rest and time... and poor guy wasn't (from what I've seen) getting too much. I hope fighters eventually realize that they should stick around after fights to make the autographs and chill with the fans.
I also met Chuck Lidell at the airport... Now Chuck looks in great shape and is a real genuine dude. I went up to him and asked for a picture he said okay... but my friend was too in shock so we waited a good 10 seconds and then a girl came rushing infront of me and asked for a autograph and took a picture with him... so shit theres me standing confused and like "crap no Chuck photo" and my buddy's still like "Wtf.... chuck lidell is infront of me." So I was kind of clingy to his shoulder cause I wanted that picture with him... and even though he was in a rush and his wife/girl was pulling him to go he took the time to take a picture.... awesome guy!
I also met Rich Franklin, great guy too but ... he seemed a little zoned out? He looks huge in the UFC game and tall but hell... I aint saying he's small he still could probably kick my ass.
I met Kampmann too... good guy... took a picture.... seems chill.
The UFC universe is awesome and I think that they should try to involve the fans a little more especially when it comes to a place it rarely comes to. It's great to see the fighters up close because it's like holy... I base my life around you and watch you on youtube and you're life story and read it and follow you.... and all in one bundle. I hope this post makes a impact (I doubt it - but you never know!) and changes the way fighters interact with fans, because we do gossip! I'd like to thank the fighters for being so nice and take the time of day. Like I said I realize they need time to prepare, but like I also said... after you're fights for a while stick around!!! You might get some free beers and make a bunch of people happy!