Posted: 13 hours ago
Member Since: 3/29/10
Took my son to UFC 123 for his 13th birthday. We drove from Wisconsin to Auburn Hills the day of the weigh ins. As we were chilling out waiting for the weigh ins to start I said screw it and sent Dana a tweet seeing if we could get a pic with him after the weigh ins. A min or 2 later I got a reply from Dana and he said hell yea!
So after a few messages back and forth Tom (the guy who fell of the stage in the video blog) called us down to the stage right before the weigh ins started. He gave us credentials and brought us by the part of the stage where the walk off the stage after the face off. He told us to wait there until it was over and he'd come get us.
As soon as they were done with the weigh ins, we got taken backstage and Dana fucking White was there to meet us! We got a pic with him, exchanged pleasantries and then he told Tom to let us go IN the Octagon and take a pic! Dana hooked us up with some comp seats which were WAY better than what we had (nose bleeds).
After the pic in the Octagon Dana said we could hang out back stage and meet the fighters walking around and just kind of chill out. I was manning the camera so most of the pics were of my son and the fighters, since it was his birthday trip I wanted to make sure he was the focus.
We ended up meeting and taking pics Dana White, Kenny Florian, Miguel Torres, Joe Lauzon, Joe Rogan, Punkass and Skrape, Arianny and Chandella.
There were a ton of other fighters we said hi to though. BJ Penn was walking around but we didn't get a chance to get a pic, he was in the zone. Jose Aldo, Eddie Bravo and CB Dolloway were wandering around as well.
Now, to Joe Rogan. My son got a pic with him and made small talk about my sons bday and all that stuff. My son said Joe Lauzon was one of his favorite fighters and Joe got J-Lau to come get a pic with him, which was icing on the cake at this point. Shortly after that I looked over and saw Antoine Dodson cutting a promo in the Octagon and I pointed over to him and said "Isn't that the 'dey rapin' everyone up in here' guy?" Joe was like "Oh yeah! it is!" and we were kind of amused by the whole thing.
In the short amount of time I spent talking to him and just hanging around in general, I realized Joe is pretty much the same guy as you see on the podcasts and on TV. He was a really cool, genuine and good guy. I'm really glad my son and I got to meet him.
My kids have had a really rough year, their mom (my ex) died in January and I have been trying to make their birthdays special because it is the first one without her. This was absolutely over the top and he (and I) will never forget it.
Thanks Dana and thanks Joe Rogan (and any of the other fighters we met that come on here). My son had the time of his life and I did as well.
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