I've only been into MMA for about 2 years now (hard-core 2 years, though). Before I was a hard-core fan, I lived in Toronto and worked at the Electronics Boutique at Yorkdale Mall. One day, who should walk into the store I worked at, and was interested in the Gamecube?
Carlos Newton. Carlos-freakin'-Newton!
I only vaguely recognized him, mostly because one of the other till monkeys jogged my memory. I mentioned I recognized him then tried to sell him a Gamecube (I failed). A couple of weeks after that, my girlfriend and I were standing in line at the T & T Supermarket at the Promenade Mall in Thornhill, and there's Newton, standing in front of us in line. I whispered to my girlfriend about him but left it at that.
Understand that this was weeks - weeks! - after UFC 38 and the controversial Hughes / Newton title fight. I'd give anything to go back in time and trade places - I could ask him about the fight, get autographs, get pictures, do all the fanboy crap I'd pay money to do now.
Any of you have similar stories about UFC close encounters? I bet none of you have one as pathetic as mine.