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UFC 205 Diary: NYC Takeover

UFC 205 Diary: NYC Takeover

When a UFC comes to a major market, there are sometimes extra events for the fans beyond just the weigh-in and fight night itself. Obviously, the open workouts are an example, but because this is the UFC’s first real foray into the Big Apple, there are meet-and-greets and “fan experiences” thrown into the mix, and they’re staggered so there’s something for the fans every day of fight week.

Last night the menu offered up a meet-and-greet in Union Square, so I headed down there after the media day.

Unfortunately, Union Square is New York City’s nexus of all things to do with politics and unhappy people, and since there were a lot of unhappy people after it was determined that Donald Trump was to be our next president…

a

Ten thousand people screaming that they hated Trump meant the poor girl offering up a chance to win free UFC tickets wasn’t going to be heard – no matter how big the UFC letters were she was standing in front of.

(At least she didn’t get tear gassed, am I right?)

b

The fan experience set up in Midtown today was far more subdued – empty even, since very few investment bankers and lawyers (who inhibit the area during the day) care less about hitting a punching machine than they do about getting a good steak for lunch. Again, at least the ladies working this particular event didn’t get tear gassed.

c

The UFC has been shelling out the dough for a billboard in Times Square for years, but it is especially poignant that they have one there this weekend. Note: there were quite a few other people taking pics of it.

d

Next stop on the journey was the press conference at Madison Square Garden. There were, of course, a couple thousand fans waiting to get in, but what really spoke volumes was the press entrance. Never before have I seen so many media members keen on covering a UFC.

e

What do you think that bodes for Saturday night?

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