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5/23/13 8:47 PM
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Met a ton as well. 4 ufc events and 4 or 5 Arnold's. No bad experiances. Chrs lytle, Mikey burnette, Houston alexander, pulver, Coleman and Baroni all held convos with wife and I. I live half hour from Franklin and several times we have chatted, very nice guy. Recently saw him at shooting range a few weeks out of cung le fight and he did not look like he wanted to be approached so I held back. I think they probably have more bad days then the avg Joe and just want to b left alone a log of the times.
5/23/13 9:00 PM
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I once backed into Marvin Eastman in a crowded room... As much of a dick I can be on here I'm obsequiously polite IRL and apologized... He mean mugged me and have me his most menacing "wassup" Phone Post 3.0
5/23/13 9:04 PM
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My best experience was Hughes. He really helped me out before my first amateur event. I was training out of a place in Springfield, IL and my coach at the time knew him. Then he was a guest ref at the event(not on my fight) he caught up with me at the end to say congrats and give me pointers and signed my pass for access in the back saying "thanks for taking it easy on me. Welterweight champion Matt Hughes. Thought it was cool. And my worst was Nick Diaz he was doing this signing event for some local spot in NorCal. He was very short and just rude to me but really nice to the blonde behind me. Phone Post 3.0
5/23/13 9:08 PM
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Ken Shammy was a dickweed to be honest. Tank Abbott and Jon Fitch are the nicest people ever imo.
5/23/13 9:10 PM
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It might come as a surprise to some fans, but they're people too and have their own issues, thoughts, and feelings.

 

They might not always be in the mood to be your best buddy every second of every day of their lives.

 

If they're in a bad mood leave them alone.  No problem.

5/23/13 9:33 PM
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Met Matt Riddle about 2 years ago at a UFC show in Montreal. Coolest guy ever. Phone Post 3.0
5/23/13 9:35 PM
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I agree with someone who posted earlier Guy Mezger is awesome.

Dude bought me a beer the first time i met him and he wasn't even drinking. Phone Post 3.0
5/23/13 9:45 PM
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Reed Rothchild -
jacktripper - I once backed into Marvin Eastman in a crowded room... As much of a dick I can be on here I'm obsequiously polite IRL and apologized... He mean mugged me and have me his most menacing "wassup" Phone Post 3.0
Did he say 'Surprise Mother Fucker' Phone Post 3.0
HA!!! I always thought he looked like Doakes too xD Phone Post 3.0
5/23/13 9:50 PM
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Dumbass JoeMimic - Oh and Pat Healy is as good of a guy as you'll ever meet. Humble as shit. Phone Post
Cause he's high :) haha nah Pat seems like a good dude Phone Post 3.0
5/23/13 10:00 PM
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theloser187 - In contrast me and my son saw Randy Orton Jr. in a subway eating a sub with this super hot chick. I approached Randy first and he looked at me like he wanted to kick my teeth out but as soon as he saw I was with a young kid he did a 180 and put on the "act". Took pictures and signed a napkin. Cool guy but not adult friendly.
That's scumbag got kicked out of my old unit in the Marine Corps within months of arriving. Phone Post 3.0

Haha! Yeah, I also met Handy Orton at a gym when WWE came to town. He was avoiding eye contact but I went up to him anyway. It went like this...

ME: "Hey Randy. Big fan."

Him: "I appreciate it."

*FIST-BUMP*

I walk away.


5/23/13 10:02 PM
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you guys are lucky Randy didn't shit in your bags.

5/23/13 10:13 PM
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TheOneDylanThomas - I've read here and on other forums about fighters who have a reputation for being dickish with fans; ex. Hughes, Shamrock, Sylvia, Randy, etc. But has anyone ever personally experienced this?

I've met Hughes and Sylvia and both were incredibly cool and engaging. Besides those two, I've met maybe 20 total fighters and have never had a single poor experience.

Dana and Renzo were probably the most awesome. Met Dana in 2006 after the US v/s Canada weigh ins. I was a TUF noob and a starstruck hayseed tourist from SC visiting Vegas for the first time. Asked for a picture and he not only obliged but talked with me for five minutes. Never broke eye contact even though we were surrounded by other fans. Lorenzo or Frank was in the conversation too. (I didn't know who the Fertittas were at the time. Doh.) But they didn't have to spend so much time with me. Didnt benefit them one iota. There was nothing extraordinary about me. Great moment. I don't think Dana gets the credit he deserves for his interactions with fans.

I guess I'm a bit skeptical of the "fighter x" is a dick to his fans stories. I've only had positive experiences.

ive met all mentioned above except Timmay and they all were real cordial to me

5/23/13 10:14 PM
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sub. great thread
5/23/13 10:30 PM
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Koch, Guida, Benavidez, and Pulver were all awesome. The nicest guy I met was actually Brian Ebersole, reaaal cool guy.

My friend and I were in the lobby of a hotel taking a picture with Clay (very cool), and Pat Barry was sitting about a foot away with his girlfriend. We asked him if he wanted to jump in with us and he rolled his eyes.. kinda surprised me
5/23/13 10:45 PM
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YonYones - Koch, Guida, Benavidez, and Pulver were all awesome. The nicest guy I met was actually Brian Ebersole, reaaal cool guy.

My friend and I were in the lobby of a hotel taking a picture with Clay (very cool), and Pat Barry was sitting about a foot away with his girlfriend. We asked him if he wanted to jump in with us and he rolled his eyes.. kinda surprised me
Really? That's surprising to me man, Pat seems like one of the coolest guys out there Phone Post 3.0
5/23/13 10:56 PM
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Forrest was a bit of a d bag when I met him. Guida and Bader are pretty nice. Phone Post 3.0
5/23/13 11:00 PM
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I saw big nog at the zoo asked him
For a photo and a lady that was in the group he was with asked me to sign a document saying they could use footage of us in an upcoming doco
He was very nice though
Met wanderlei, the irish hand grenade and amir sodalah all very nice Phone Post 3.0
5/23/13 11:01 PM
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 I met both Rich Franklin and Matt Hughes, among many others, but these two really stick out. Rich Franklin IS THE MAN!!! We chatted for quite a while, he introduced me to his mom and wife and invited my friends and I out for a drink, witch we did. He is an awesome, polite guy, who did not dink, he drank milk, but his mom and wife liked to tip a few and the were awesome as well. JUST ABSOLUTELY GREAT PEOPLE!! Matt on the other hand did not want to be bothered, asked if we wanted an autograph then told us the line was long. REALLY????? The line wasn't even long, we only waited maybe 2 minutes to meet him, quite the douche.

5/23/13 11:10 PM
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Ah yes, can't believe I forgot Ivan Salaverry. Awesome dude, he frequently comes in to roll some gi BJJ at my gym (Marcelo Alonso's) in Seattle. Badass on the ground, always joking and helping everyone out while he's bitching them around, fun guy!
5/23/13 11:16 PM
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I think the overall theme of this thread is that most fighters are good dudes, and everyone has bad days. Wanderlei seems to be generally awesome while Ken Shamrock seems to be a bag of dicks. Rampage seems like an asshole too, even though I always liked him. Just looks to me like generally everyone else has bad days from time to time Phone Post 3.0
5/23/13 11:44 PM
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Stigga - I saw Anthony Johnson walking through the UFC Fan Expo in Boston. I tapped him on his shoulder from behind and he looked like he wanted to drop me. My friend was shocked. He got all hood. He wouldn't give me an autograph (at the UFC fan expo). It was def interesting. Then I met him another time and he was really nice soo theres that.

You should never touch someone you don't know. Especially from behind. Alot of people would have reacted that way. Let alone if you're semi-famous and if every five minutes someone is tapping or grabbing you, like they know you.

Agreed. It was a quick reaction by me. But damn did he get hard for a UFC expo. It really seemed like he thought about hitting me. Phone Post 3.0
5/24/13 12:25 AM
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I'm not the kind of guy who goes and asks for autographs or pictures but I've gotten to be in the near vicinity of a lot of mma "stars". Unless we have something we need to be talking about though I don't feel any need to approach them or get their attention for an interaction that they will forget immediately.

Trained with Paul Buentello a couple times and actually have hungout and watched fights with him. He's a really nice guy, even after some dickheads made comments he should have slapped them for.

Tyson Griffin walked past me on the way to the treadmill at Xtreme Couture and I was shocked at how wide the dude was, then right after that Kim Couture came in and was very polite and asked how I was doing.

During that same trip to XC I was puking in a trashcan and Amir Sadollah walked past, laughed and said, "Workin' hard huh?" This was right after TUF, he was my favorite fighter from the show and all I could do was say "Uggghhh." If I remember correctly Gray Maynard was working mitts in the cage but I may be making that up or misremembering.

Travis Lutter stood around a Podunk event looking surly. He reffed one of my first grappling matches but I never tried to talk to him. From mutual acquaintances I hear he is a good guy who is just usually grumpy. At the same Podunk event Leonard Garcia was smiling and talking to everyone who approached him but once again I said nothing.

I was standing next to the cage before a Shark Fights event and Big John McCarthy looked down at me and asked how I was doing. He is very large and it seemed nice of him to acknowledge me while he was obviously busy.

At another SharkFights event Josh Neer was in our dressing area. He has huge hands and intimidated the shit out of me sitting there waiting to fight with his very intense demeanor.

Phil Baroni was commentating at the event where I was head corner for the first time. He seemed interested in the ring girls and apparently made some comments about my shitty cornering.lol

The same event was headlined by Roger Huerta and War Machine. I was around them and Dave Menne quite a bit during the weigh ins and rules meetings but never said anything until after the fights when War Machine walked past me and I told him "Great fight." He seemed to beam and came and shook my hand and said thanks. As crazy as his rep is he seemed like one of the nicest guys at the event, especially after some no name dude acted like a big deal when I congratulated him on his fight. War Machine took time for everyone who came up to him and just had a positive vibe.

I've had much more personal interactions with many un/relatively unknown pro fighters in training or while cornering and its funny how many of them are dicks or douchebags even in passing while most of the bigger name guys seem to lack the ego and can crack a smile and give a nod.

5/24/13 12:50 AM
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Oh and one time I got recognized after my last fight. It was a nothing fight at a nothing event and I was a nothing fighter, but I won that fight and was walking into a 7-11 to get a forty of Olde E. I walked to the door and saw a sign that said, "Cooler broken, no cold drinks." I turned around and started walking away when some guy yelled from the cab of his truck, "Hey! When are you going to fight again?"

I turned around expecting it to be someone i knew, but when i had no idea who it was I was so shocked at being recognized I think I responded kind of coldly, but stood there and talked to him about the fights for a for a minute then walked back to my apartment with my mind bottled.
5/24/13 1:06 AM
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I've met Nick and Nate, Antoni Hardonk, Brendan Schaub, Rich Franklin, Tito and Chuck. They were all cool as hell. Really nice people.

I've got a signed copy of "Blood in the Cage" from Pat Miletich. He wrote on the first page: my name and said a few kind words then signed it.

Never had a bad experience with any Fighter.
5/24/13 1:12 AM
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The coolest was Eugene Jackson and Tim Lajcik. Met them at Warriors Challenge(s) in Jackson, CA back in early 90's. UFC wasn't on normal cable back then. We were talking about upcoming UFC and I commented about how it wasn't on cable where I lived. They invited me to their gym. I went. It was like I was one of their long time friends. BBQ, a little training and pointers, and then an invitationnto join them any time for training or UFC. Class act! Met Tito in Compton at West Coast No Holds Barred fights in 97. He was pretty cool too. Took pictures with me no problems. Met Frank Shamrock and Jerry Bohlander at PAL NHB fights in Roseville, CA. Both really cool. Took pictures. Met Ralph Gracie. Went to his house in Dublin to buy a Kick Skin gi. Really cool but was on Brazilian time. Gave me a private in his living room. He had a monstrous Rottweiler that wanted to eat me. His swimming pool was green. Met Chuck Liddell at Farmers Market in Avila Beach a couple years ago. He was arguing with his girlfriend. I left him alone but my wife went up to him and asked if he would take a picture with me. He said yeas. I did. Then some asshole walked up and handed him a dog and took a picture of Chuck holding this guys dog. Chuck was like...WTF? Only real dick was Ken Shamrock. Met him in Colusa, CA at Gladiators Challenge in early 00's. Asked to take a picture with him and he told me it would cost $20. I laughed and stood by him and he stepped away like he was going to smack me and said he wasnt bulshitting that it would cost $20. I just walked away as he mumbled something under his breath.

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