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I pressed the way I see it, Mr Gabrielle, go inside.
This How you doing, sir? Uh, thank you.
I appreciate it, Eddie.
And I appreciate the invitation.
It took long enough for me to get here.
Do you guys You guys don't know you're looking at the next whatever name you want to throw out there.
This man was on Fight Island for 2.
50 for multiple.
They're trying to get people together to watch 2.
54 so we don't have to pay the $80 Whatever it was pay per view.
And this dude was outside, like, at the building.
So that is a crazy story.
But as everybody knows, this is the show where we talk to any Mm.
And we start off from the from from the beginning and we work our way to the top So how did you get started with them? A media.
Um, I think like a lot of people, I started as a fan.
So I think the big thing is that I did not originally want to be part of the media or on TV or anything like that.
I had other dreams when I was a little younger, and it wasn't until about towards the end of college, which was about 67 years ago.
Um, that's when I really started, you know, like, hey exploring like, hey, being on camera as a career, Uh, about that time I was like, Well, how can it come together? And that's where I was like, Well, you know, I didn't want to be on the news like traditional doing traffic and at a station.
But I saw, you know, I loved Emma.
I was a fan of it for a long time since I was a teenager.
And I saw, you know, a bunch of reporters doing it and, you know, not just like at the events and doing interviews, but going out to the gyms and all that.
And, you know, this is at a time YouTube was really, really taken off, and it's like, Oh, you know, this is, uh, this.
This is a job like, this is the thing people do.
And so that's where really came together.
And in terms of, actually, like working for a side and doing other stuff.
Probably about 2015 2016 and then, yeah, in the last three years, that's where. Really.
My video presence kind of took off with YouTube and ah, lot of the other outlets.
You've probably seen me do you know, working with? No.
And that's that's kind of walk to see, like, the start of everybody.
But like, um, everyone talks about you.
I was a fan, like I started watching back when you know UFC one or I've got some honest ones deal with it like I started watching it, you know, 1 89 with McGregor and Mendez and also the stuff.
So what was your first event? You got to see Good question.
So at the time, I've been training martial arts and, you know, they put you with a guy who's about your size, so you know, kind of comparable right? You've got someone who can push back with you and work with you and name was Mike.
I don't talk to me anymore, but I give him the credit.
He was the biggest chocolate del fan at the time.
Chuck was gonna fight.
Rampage? I want to say it was, like, 68 or something like that.
One of those, um, if you remember, Chuck lost, but and, you know, rampage got him in the first round, But he'd been, you know, just hitting me with it like, Oh, you got to see it.
You know? He was really pumped for it.
And I was doing nothing on a Saturday, and I was like, Well, just where is it? Find the video somewhere.
I thought it was the coolest thing.
And, you know, next thing you know, you aware of it when it comes back on TV, and next thing you know, you're watching George ST Pierre and Anderson Silva, who are to my all time favorites and, you know, like, I got bit by the bug and yeah, just what can I say? I've liked it ever since.
Before I was media.
That was like, my thing right? It's like when you get away from the grind well, watched the UFC stuff and all that, and yeah, well, it was that you remember.
Probably remember this.
Like when you see someone with a tap out shirt and it's like an inside secret those days.
That's when I, you know, really got into it.
So a couple of years before Fox and all that got you got you.
So that's interesting.
So what? What what martial? Did you train and do you still train? No.
Eso. I was at a traditional school.
They did, ah, form of kung fu that called San Suu.
So a lot of practical self defense.
We did a couple seminars and stuff like that.
So it wasn't always locked into, you know, your traditional, the kata, your karate kid and all that stuff.
We did a lot of practical, real world situations to, um But then through that, you know, we they started bringing in kickboxing during the week.
They brought in a ju jitsu every now and then.
Little more rare, but, you know, so we did a lot of that stuff.
It was a blend of a lot of different things.
So it's not like it was just karate.
Seven days a week, Right? Right.
And that's why don't you begin to do to No, I just you know what? If I had done it more consistently, it probably would have clicked.
But I just at the time, you know, like you stuck at school five days a week and I wasn't going to every single thing.
So it's just one of those things that it just I didn't do it enough toe get into it.
But I'm aware how important it is.
Like, trust me, I get I got that.
It wasn't like grappling socks.
Nothing like that.
You better man than me.
I started off in Malta, and so I was just like I would watch that you did two guys in the wrestlers and I'm like, No, I m not for may.
And then, uh, e ended up getting into.
And I've been tradition for five years, and I can't believe I even thought that that was like, you know, like, No, not for May.
No, I I hear that, um, a couple guys in the conversation here, Jesse said it was good.
What's going on? What's suggested? Frederick hanging out with us tonight and get the best dressed.
Meet the guy, All pro.
I've covered a few myself.
I covered in Victor in Houston back when Michelle Waters and lost the belt.
Todo todo I think.
And remember going in there? I'm, like, button up tie slacks.
I was I was clean, dude.
I go and I sat down due to my right is wearing shirt like shorts and a tapout shirt and due to my left, is wearing some stinky ass like sweats and some old at shirt.
I had a graphic on it.
I still remember.
I don't recognize it had holes in it.
I'm like, How did you guys get in the meat in the media section? Like, you still see that? Kind of Maybe not with us.
But you still see that kind of thing? Trust me, you still see a little bit of everything you know you have seen not as much they are.
You know, they do have multiple people who look at you to say it's like, Yeah, we have embedded coming through.
You're not walking in here like that, but yeah, I s 01 promotion that worked with here in Southern California Smashed Global where you know, it's black tie and literally it's branded black tie like you.
You know, women and, you know, fancy dresses you gotta be in, you know, preferably like a tux, But at least a suit.
And I swear I still see guys coming in with, you know, hoody and jeans.
And it's like, like did they not at, You know, some people it's just not there.
I know not their thing, but they just don't care.
And mind you, you know what? If you could get away with it, by all means you, do you.
But to me, I feel like look, you know, first step to taking yourself seriously is dressing the part, and I appreciate that, but I will say this now.
Like if you ever see, like, Mac life that he doesn't get on camera as much, but he dresses up and guys like the Schmo, they've got, like, a whole custom wardrobe.
So I appreciate that you like my style, but I am aware of, you know, I'm fancy on the budget.
Those guys, you know, they got the good stuff going on.
I'll admit that you'll get there.
You'll get there.
So strong with the blue golf tee.
I didn't want to go for the low e Got you.
That's the thing, though, is you gotta I would say that about John, except, like, I'm sure he'd be super uncomfortable in in, like, a suit, like anyone like it gets hot in there and all that.
So all right, so let's zoom moving up.
So now you're what capes that press? I said back up a little bit.
How do you like What was the first? Like, I guess publication you got with, um, m m a or before that? Well, before that, would you cover? You know? All right.
So I had done, um, in Southern California Workshop, probably about 2014.
And the guy there was eventually got one of the guys I met there.
He started working with fan sided.
Not the big one, but one of their you know, they have a whole network of, like, hundreds of little fan sites, right? Not just the big ones.
On big fan sided dot com, he started running the one for L.
A Sports And so I had started.
He reached out to me because we've gotten to know each other and I was there and I'd help them write a lot about basketball.
Um, I wasn't There wasn't a lot of em Emma to write about Southern California wise because, you know, if it's not UFC, it's kind of hard to find from remotely local show info.
You would have to travel and all that.
So I wasn't doing all that yet, but I was there for a bit.
He kind of transitioned out.
And then I started working with another fan site of website, doing just basketball, Um, and then eventually, you know, like I knew I wanted to do Mm A.
It's just I didn't have it in.
I had it in at the other two and, well, pretty much.
I just kind of made that leap.
I did the cold reach out.
Hey, I'm with the other fans cited site for basketball, but mm a is my thing.
Can I write for you guys? That was cage pages where I got introduced with Danny and Jay and several of the other guys who are still with us now.
Obviously you know, long story.
Short things kind of fell apart at cage pages.
And a lot of the guys there who run cage site press, they branched out to do their own thing.
And later on, I joined them after the fact.
God, Yeah, I remember the catch Patients days.
And that's why I was there, too, for a little bit.
And remember that I remember that.
I remember the way, the way most guys exited.
So it's all good, though we're in a much better place.
And so just to make it clear for everybody this disclosure in all that, I am also part of case that precious like gave.
And that's how I got to notice this this, uh, this this rising star in the media for sure, but all right, so let's Ah, now that your case, that price you started covering UFC events like, did that get like, did that make you think like, Oh, wow.
Okay, I'm you know, I'm no longer covering this local stuff.
Now I'm covering like the big show like that may like.
Like what? Did it make you feel like you? I mean I mean, I think for me it was just that It was a weird thing because at the time I don't think a lot of people may even realize it.
But the year before I did my first UFC, I was at so many.
I did a little bit.
Everything I'd done LF a I'd covered amateur shows in San Diego.
I've done a bunch of Bela Tor.
So at the time, I kind of felt like if I'm not getting the u of C credential, it's like, What am I doing? So I would say I kind of had that point, and at the time we were getting the u of C credentials.
But it was only for the smaller shows, which for people who aren't aware of is that if you're not jumping in, if you don't already have this brand that gets you automatic, you'll see pay per view event credentials.
If you're going to get there, you tend to start out covering smaller shows that let's be honest area how Wani and the other guys you know pre co vid weren't exactly getting out to every week.
So that was a big part of it, and it was like if I want to cover my first UFC, I would have had to travel and all this and that That just wasn't in the budget to me.
It's just I could not justify put in all that investment out there to cover the smaller show, you know, is somewhere else.
So to me, I was I had to be patient.
And I was like, Look, you know, I do believe we're going to get the credentials for a bigger event.
And I do believe the work I put in is gonna justify me covering a big card for us for cage side press.
So by the time I did get Thio UFC, my first one was actually just last year at 2.
39 John Jones, Tiago Santos.
I will say this to get their did feel like a graduation because, you know, you dio like, quite honestly, you do the smaller shows.
And yes, there are still a lot of big reporters and big websites who do cover the Bella tours and all that.
But when you see the difference of the people at a UFC event, you could tell, you know, you have a lot of big name people, people with a lot of reach and maybe they work for a TV channel or another bigger website.
They never even touched Bela Tor because the UFC is such a big machine to cover already.
So to be in that group really was the big jumping off point because, you know, like I said, I didn't get their automatically.
I was covering so many smaller shows leading up to it that it was like, Hey, you know, if not now, when but to yeah, to actually be there.
It was a big deal and yeah, you know, like, you remember the first time.
And it's like you're aware of how many people apply for UFC credentials and don't get it and never get it.
And so I was aware of all of that when I did finally get there.
And so before we get to 54 you're talking about travel.
Do you travel? I mean, you seem like you get around a lot like in in California.
You travel to get any of the other places like Las Vegas.
I can't say I dio and for the simple fact that so much stuff comes through Southern California I mean, the UFC always comes at least once or twice a year to either the Staples Center in Los Angeles or Honda Center, which both of which you could get to very easily.
People go to Disneyland multi four times a week if they can. Thio.
You know which is the same area.
So you know I don't travel as much.
And then that's not including the Bella Tours that come through some of the smaller shows that are on local TV here that all occasionally cover.
So you know what I like to be, you know, closer to a bunch of stuff.
Obviously, I think everyone would.
But so much stuff pre Covic came through Southern California that, you know, it's kind of like, Look, you know, just be patient, do your thing, your your numbers, coming back up soon anyway.
And, you know, on top of that, get into Vegas has gone a little easier.
So, you know, if I really feeling that itch or really want to get out there and do one, it's not a stretch to be like, Hey, I'm going to go cover one of the UFC s that they bring through there as well.
Okay, Cairo's in the in the in the comment section, hitting one of the ones that already want to talk about your alcohol completely overreacted when you were interviewing them.
Let's let's get to that just real quick before we get to 54.
What happened there? Exactly.
You know what s So here's the thing.
The place where I stayed at, I did.
I'm going to give him a small benefit of the doubt.
I wasn't aware I can hear myself Fine, because I'm talking.
I don't know if he's hearing all the words if I have a bad connection on the call.
So I wasn't aware that, but to me, the thing about your I A Hall is you know, he immediately kind of starts that.
And, you know, it made me uncomfortable because I'm there to do a job, too.
But at the end of the day, look, you know, you'd be you'd be a professional.
Um, I didn't appreciate it, but look, you know, I'm there to do a job.
He's there to do a job.
At the end of the day, he's the a side.
He's the fighter I'm calling in.
So you know if he didn't like it.
I think the big thing is he treated everybody like that.
So, you know, could I take a personal? I mean, I kind of do, but I think literally everybody.
I was listening to D.
And how Wannian aerials bring it up on ESPN, saying he was like that to everybody.
So, you know, that's his prerogative.
And, you know, whatever.
That's your e you, man, but okay, No, that was wild, because because, like, I was like, That's my boy.
You can't talk to my boy like that, but it's like, you know, I mean, I got kind of a no, I got kind of I was bugged by it, too.
I was like, That's some bull****.
But, you know, fair enough. But you're right.
You'd be professional about it.
You do your job, you know, whatever.
He at least it was like on video, and everyone got to see it the way it went down.
And so everyone could be like, All right, look, that's how it went and you don't have toe, you know, he said, you know, he said, he said thing.
So that worked out all right.
I'll say this to real quick on that note.
It's like I'm aware that that is not the first time.
Something that's not the last time something's probably gonna happen.
So it's like, I mean, that wasn't fun.
But, you know, I'm gonna get over it.
I'm aware that that's gonna happen again eventually, for some reason or another.
So, you know, if you sign up for it, you kinda gotta be aware like, Hey, this stuff happens when you're talking to so many people for the job, right? And Carlos reminisces 2 to 35 acting like a juvenile over what? The quality of a call.
Do this too emotional and been emotional.
His entire USC career.
Agree? That says you're right, Hall at that point, that's the kind of duty is alright so fast, I guess.
Now you get to call, you got to 54 credentials like you said this before that before we started the show.
You said this is one of those things you could tell your grandkids about.
I was on Yas Island.
I was on Fire Island during this, like because this whole co over there is gonna be in our kids, social studies, books and history classes wherever we're living it.
Right now, you got to be part of something that is almost mythical.
Right? Fight Island.
When we heard about we'll fight items gonna be Daniel says, Oh, I have an island.
I'm gonna I'm gonna call Fight Island.
We'll just like that.
Sounds like something like, uh, you know, some What's the blood sport kind of thing? You know, I mean, we're gonna commit a This is crazy.
So you get the call you're in for 2. 54.
Not only is it fight Island, it's a long as flight away, but it's also have B, but just engaged your car.
We all went to see how you fight again.
So first we'll start in the beginning because the wilds part to me is not I mean, okay.
And maybe just getting the flight.
How was the flight? How did you make that work? You know what? So I'm not a frequent flyer.
So to me, you know, I kind of went in, I downloaded a bunch of stuff to my phone to like, Okay, Like, I know they're gonna have in flight entertainment.
But I still wanted my stuff just in case.
You know, in the event I don't like anything, I'll say this.
They flew us Eddie Hot Airways.
Big, old, like most couple 100 people.
It's not a small plane.
It's a big plane with a lot, not horsepower.
You're talking about the Pegasus, you know, carrying that thing.
So, like I remember, just it felt like we've barely been on there an hour.
They're saying, Oh, you're over Colorado and I'm like, I know we're not going.
I know a typical playing in New York doesn't get there that fast, right? So it was crazy.
Uh, what's the way? There was much easier because and I could get into that because the way back was another that felt like a mission.
But the way there was easy because you had all the seats open like it was me, another reporter and then, like, 89 rows are empty.
So, like I had the window, I'd like three seats to myself.
Just lift up all the arm rest and you know, you chill.
I did not really sleep.
I got, like, maybe two hours out of 16.
So you know you.
It's like being in a waiting room all day.
You kind of just lose your mind and you find it again.
You kind of have an out of body experience.
It's like you're in a dream.
It's just a long dream.
You kind of distract yourself.
Let me watch this.
Close my eyes a couple minutes and you just lather, rinse, Repeat.
And you know, eventually it's over.
The real trick trip, though, is that you get there.
And so we left six.
Um, Las Vegas we get there. 9 a.m.
So, you know, I've been up, like, how many hours and, you know, but mind you got up at two.
I got up at two.
You leave the hotel at three. On the shuttle.
By the time it all comes together, your body messes with you because you should be exhausted.
But it's early morning, so your body is saying at the same time No, wait.
It's time to get to work.
And so that's a very that was very hard.
If I'm being honest, it was hard toe Get my body to calm down because it's like, you know, you feel like you should be getting up and you have to tell yourself No, it's the middle of the night in U S. A.
To this is you should be asleep right now.
Now, that's why. So you get the you land.
What's the first thing you dio eso you get there? First off UFC they do not joke about safety.
And there there's one thing is that getting in everywhere, you know, going to different places, your all temperature check.
But immediately there's a first off.
It's all fighters in UFC staff at our terminal.
So once we get out there, there's no tourists.
There might have been one or two, but for the most part there's no there is no outside thing.
The bubble is secure.
You get on a bus and immediately they drop us off at our hotel.
The fighters went to a different one and I could get into that later.
But they drop us off at our hotel immediately.
They tell us straight through that door straight through that door, the chair you do the cove it test, you can choose but nearly 100% of people take the throat swab because the nose is just heard.
I haven't done it, but immediately that And then they say, Okay, take your bags.
Um, go to your room.
They give you the room number, and yeah, they they do tell us that there's, uh they do monitor it.
Like if you leave your room so the But they tell you, you stay in here 48 hours, even like when you get tested.
During that time they came to me, they came to my room.
They didn't have me go to the lobby.
So that's that's another added level of security.
But yeah, the only time your room door opens is to pick up a room service that they leave outside the door.
So you were in the room for quite a bit? Yep. I'm kidding.
48 hours, like yeah, pretty much straight up 48.
So I got the release that said I could leave about 10 a.
Monday local time, So I think I got there about 9 a.m.
So two days of quantity and then they let you out, eh? So after that, what are you doing? Interviews and just the regular media stuff.
Eso What's cool is that stuff didn't really start until the next day.
So pretty much Yeah, pretty much to get that.
And here's the weird thing is that you're trying to adjust because you're aware that the fight is going to take place virtually overnight, local time, But they schedule all the media stuff during the day.
Abu Dhabi It's like, Well, I'm going to sleep all day and, uh, you know, stay up all night.
So I'm quote on time.
Nah, they're telling you like, Yeah, 10:12 a.m.
Media day local Abu Dhabi time.
So it's like, you know, So you just kind of go into it knowing that your Friday to Saturday and Saturday to Sunday is gonna be thrown for a loop.
Eso Yeah, I hit the beach for a little bit.
Um, you know, the other reporters were there.
All the fighters who just got there were there.
So, uh, who Erik Anders, Jerry Cannon ear.
Lauren Murphy's around.
And you're seeing a bunch of other like the UFC people.
So you see, like Meghan a Levy there, you'd see a bunch of, you know, other people around the other reporters.
So, yeah, I did a bit of that.
Um, you just kind of get out, get out of the room a bit.
So yeah, the whole bubble.
So here's something that I found, you know, people ask.
Well, what surprised you the most? It's actually a lot bigger than you expect.
You're comparing the bubble, the bubble.
I'm not saying I expected Habib to sit at my table because there was no room.
But I did expect to run into a lot more people.
Honestly, it was so big the whole trip.
I really just had my space.
There was never any like, Oh, well, you know, there's only so many places to go, I'd go to the restaurant.
It's pretty much empty.
I'd go here and there, and you know, these other places outside to get just to do my work outside the room.
There was nobody there, and so it would just be like, Well, I don't know where they're all hanging out of there at the beach all day, but the fight islands actually pretty big.
And so, you know, you kind of get your space, and then I'll be honest.
That's on our side.
The fighter hotel.
It's its own mini resort on the other side of the bubble.
And they have, ah, nicer hotel and a couple more amenities, their their training rooms.
So it is very rare that you're going to see, you know, on your around your hotel just, like, just engage you walking around.
Yeah, I was the only ran into him in the beefs, and that's kind of where everyone connected.
Yeah, And even then fighters would be only be there briefly.
I mean, if you have a fight, you know, it's like you're not their toe.
Get some sun there.
Probably in the room and doing their other stuff.
Gotcha. Uh, friend Drew from BTS.
And what programs? Great reward for its case.
So yeah, but soon enough and something, I expect you to be ESPN at some point, dude or something like that.
You're working way too hard, dog.
Like with that level of work, man, you better you.
I know you're gonna get that. I believe it.
Uh, Paris is for sure, man.
Caris says that.
Did you have gear that was heavy enough to receive the oppressed discount on luggage.
So cool thing about that is that the UFC did cover the flight on all that because they charter it, right? So it's not like you could just buy, you know, I can't just go on the website and buy this ticket Vegas job, Bobby eso you know, And you know, I think some people might have questions about that, but the fact is, it's like, Okay, they're doing everything chartered.
This is how it work anyway.
And so I got that and eso Yeah, they covered it.
So I was able to take all my equipment and there was no issue.
I was able to pack for the weak enough clothes, take everything I need to do all my fight week stuff.
And, yeah, there was There was never any worried that I would not have enough.
You know, that I would reach a limit on my luggage and I'd have to pay extra to get everything there.
And I'll say this.
There were people who brought way mawr.
They used bigger cameras or different equipment than me, and they were fine also, So I was never worried about that.
No, that's a good I didn't think about that one.
So come here. Come media day. Right.
And obviously, they said it's early in the morning.
So you just like, Hey, you know, no time.
No time to stop. Gotta keep grinding.
How did that work? I know they're taking safety precautions.
Everyone was kind of far apart doing 6 ft plus thing and everything.
Um, how did that work out for you? So what's weird is that I will say that because there's so much more extensive testing.
If you get to the point where you are at media Day, they are very confident that you do not have committed now.
Obviously, anything can happen.
That is very true.
But when you think about the fact that we got tested, um, the Thursday before I got there, um, in in Vegas or sorry Wednesday night, I get tested again.
When I get there Saturday morning, I get tested again Sunday.
Uh, technically, you know, and then after that, you get tested every other day.
So I believe I got tested Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday morning.
Something along those lines.
Yeah, they are very confident.
So the actual media room, you do get to sit a lot a little more typical like you know you're not, but you're not in a scrum.
Just cram next to each other.
But you are, you know, a little closer at the tables, and people just feel more feel more free and relaxed to get close to each other.
So there is that by the time you get to that point and you know, just like anything else, it's kind of set up like a semi press conference.
So rather, you know, usually will scrum fighters here in front of you.
You're about 5 ft away.
You've got all the microphones on the stand in between you guys.
This way, the fighters at a table, the microphones air there.
But we're all a couple feet back at our own stations.
So there is some social distancing.
But yeah, it's ah, it's a little closer than you'd expect.
It's not like we're out on our own island in a remote microphone all the way across the room.
Right? So you definitely don't have Kobe Didn't have Kobe because you got tested for every that's crazy.
I mean, testing me todo um, Did you run it into Dana White at all? No, Not like personally, Obviously you see him, you know around and he's at the weigh ins and he's at the press conference.
But no, it's not like I'm, you know, out for dinner.
And there's dating on the other side.
No, nothing like that.
Plus, he's one of those guys who probably, you know, I don't know if he stayed in the bubble and the bubble, but I think he had his own private little house a little outside the limit.
A lot of money he's making.
He's made from this UFC bet he's got a house over there.
You guys watched that, looking forward to a fight.
They get out when you're Dana, right? Right.
And plus he gets tested like our leases seeing sometimes.
Alright, alright, so that when we get past me today wins Now, here's what everybody was talking about when it came to the way it is like you were there to see how be weighing.
Why was that so weird with the guy looking at the scale now anyone that knows and I know, I know, you know they have a skill in the back.
Right? Go there.
You check first and you decide.
All right, I'm gonna go get way in either miss, and get some extra time, or I'm in and I'm done.
So that really did surprise anybody, I think, Darren, when one of D.
C s teammates got on Twitter started throwing at everybody because everyone was freaking out.
Well, how did you see Habib up there? Because he looked relieved like there was an issue.
You know what I think that you could tell? Because before he got up there, you can hear him. I'll be honest.
I didn't have enough clothes. Vantage point.
So I'll be honest.
I didn't see the rial level of the controversy until the video.
So I think a lot of people as far back as I were, I was We weren't really like registering.
I think could be Might have, you know, he might have pulled one over.
Possibly I didn't get that at all.
What I will say is that when he came out, you hear him like towel, and you could automatically tell Oh, this this one came close, right? Um and obviously, you know, you could see his expression.
What I will say was, you know, quote unquote crazy was that with the towel and everything I did feel like the official did get that weight rather quickly.
Whereas I feel like in those situations, it's just kind of tapping that scale a little more.
You know what I mean? So when the fact that it happened a little smoothly, I was like, Oh, you know, okay.
But, you know, at the time in the moment, I was just like all right, he just made it. Hands were up.
He's not touching the towel.
So, like, he's good.
You know, I think we were all looking to see if he was gonna you know, we've seen it by now.
Lean on somebody, touch it a bit.
There was none of that.
So I was like, Okay, so it's not till I saw the video that I was, like, Mhm.
Yeah, to be fair, that the dude taking the weights was kind of moving kinda quick for everybody.
But when it came to him, it was just like, you know, he gets on the scale, the level starts going up.
He's like, OK, good 1. 55.
Even because I was watching online, I'm just like and obviously because you were far back and I had the video.
I was just like Okay, yeah, the media there, they didn't.
Did you guys talk to each other like, hey, you know, like, did you guys see that was like, weird? Like, Did you guys talk to each other about it? Like I said, cause, Well, I'll be honest.
Like at that point, you're doing so much because people are trying to get their stuff out.
So I wasn't in contact with the people who are, like, probably like the John Morgan's and all that I want to say they were two or three rows ahead of me.
I was trying to back more with the camera, so I didn't converse with the guys who probably had a better vantage point who could speak to that.
So I'll say this for me.
I did not get an idea where I was at that.
We felt that there was some extreme fishing this going on from my perspective.
Got you know, a lot of people you meet I mean, you know, haven't made Twitter's man.
They lost their minds on that immediately.
Wait, you know all this stuff, So All right.
Um, so we get through weigh ins, you get to sleep.
Whatever fight night.
Where you at the whole time? Eso what's weird? Is that Okay, So you're aware of it because they do weigh ins early Friday morning.
We don't leave the shuttle from the hotel.
Probably till about it's five.
PM six PM Something like that.
And here's the thing is that if you're at a typical UFC, it is a first come first serve kind of deal.
Yes, John Morgan tends to be near the front, which lends to his, you know, first question reputation, right.
But, you know, most of the time you have to be there hours before, but with the nice thing is the shuttle we get there, just wanna, you know, maybe a little change less than an hour to set up because there's so few people in its assigned seating.
So I just pretty much I tried to sleep in.
I did one interview fight Morning.
I went back to the hotel.
I tried to crash.
I got about two hour nap because I didn't know we were gonna be going late, but yeah, we don't get there till about six PM at least in our before the first fight, which I think was seven PM local time.
So I would say that was a little weird because we're used to being there midday and things get rolling.
Um, I will say, you know, because everyone's talking about that The time.
Change the time, change the time change.
I've done big events billitteri, UFC where, like, just from probably about 12 hours straight.
You get there, 12 a.m.
Get your spawn line.
We're not done till midnight one.
AM after you've uploaded all all your press conferences and all that.
The Fight Island thing did not feel as harsh.
It actually felt maybe it was adrenaline, all the stuff going on, but I actually felt like it was not that bad.
Personally, I got through it and I was like, I mean, if this lasted another another hour, hour and a half, I'd be fine.
Like, that's how good I felt all things considered.
But yeah, you get there and yeah, what's nice is that obviously, it's the big one and everyone's there and ready.
And yeah, with with the science seating, it's actually a lot smoother.
You just kind of do your thing.
They had food, they had drinks.
And you know what's weird or not weird? But what's nice is unlike all of a lot of other ones where you just go, you know, pick up your food at the table.
That's like a little attendant that's passing you the stuff out of the warmer.
So it's like it's kind of nice.
It's kind of a little catered, so it's just a pleasant experience for work.
So I was like, That's probably the best experience you've had so far in your career.
I think, Yeah, I mean, you put it all together.
It's kind of hard to top it.
Um, you know what I'll say.
This is that when I talk about, for example, last year, in the span of three or four days, I do em Emmy Awards.
My first official, you have seen Media day, the Hall of Fame and then fight night, and it's a crazy one.
You got Mas Vidal knocking guys out of five seconds.
It's kind of hard to top having all that happened for your first ever UFC fight week.
But that being said, you know, when you put it all together, you know, it's so crazy.
It feels like a dream because it's like, you know, I get home and I'm looking at the pictures and I'm like, Did that had, like, I know it happened? I was there.
But it's like, you know, it doesn't hit you like you flew 16 hours and your 8000 miles around the world on the in the Middle East and this closed bubble and all this other stuff the fight island And they do the do***entary and all this stuff that kind of hard to wrap your mind around when you get home.
But yeah, for sure when I look at it and the way we were treated the hospitality, it lived up to the hype and then some.
I know a lot, everyone saying that, but no like, and I paid, they're not, like legit.
Everyone was nice to us. Everyone.
Everything you needed.
You know what? I shut this guy up.
His name is Mohammed.
He's with, uh he was working with the production team over there in Abu Dhabi.
Hey, was part of the guys with the crew there, Um, one of things about Fight Island, High speed Internet, Wireless Internet is a premium, you know, you talk about, you know, air conditioning.
No, it's high speed Internet, the Internet There.
That was about the one thing they did not have quick.
So you notice a lot of the people with experience.
They brought the adapter to connect your 2020 laptop straight to the Ethernet cable, which is something that they were doing.
I did not have that.
So my first few days, my stuff is taking hours to go on.
I can't do anything about it, you know? That's like, I got a you know, I got a relatively new laptop.
It doesn't have regular USB ports anymore.
For crying out loud.
This guy Mohammed, he probably found the only us, you know, Ethernet to us PC adapter that is somehow floating around the bubble to be there for me on fight night.
That is the just how we were treated.
I'm aware that there was probably headache to find it.
Hey, never gave me the impression he came through, like, you know, the real M v p.
So I got to say that, like, that is how they helped you on Fight Island.
So I can't say good enough things about the locals.
The people I met there for sure.
No, that's pretty dope, man.
So All right, so you get through fighting and everything.
Um, did you get to watch the fight? What do you mean? Is that right? That fight the fight, That fight.
Sorry. You know what? Yes.
You know, they hold everybody.
Uh, it's up because I didn't I was hoping to get out there for the Whitaker cannon near fight, but we're still waiting and talking to Volkov when that played out and then uploading it.
But the time we worked out perfectly, we got to go out there for Habib and Justin's walk out, and yeah, it was very interesting, because if you've never been out of fight night with that few people for a big show, like, I'm not talking like a gym, you know, local gym, having a fight night, and it's just friends and family.
You're talking about a really big one.
It can feel like the Hunger Games you know, like you're watching.
You got Candace Everdeen and all these rich people out there ready to watch violence, right? That's what it felt like.
It was intimate.
Um, and it's crazy because you're aware that this is a 30 50,000 type of fight.
Like they could pack a crowd in, you know, in Vegas or something.
So the fact that it was intimate was very crazy.
The fight looked a lot closer in person than it did on, you know, I've seen it on TV.
Uh, I thought Justin was probably a little ahead in the first round on and yeah, it just looked like he was having He was making Habib work a little harder than normal.
But then you see him get on the ground and you are aware that you're watching the man like you talk about, you know, his top control in this submission game from his back.
I mean, we know what he could do off the top, but to see him, And you're just watching him do this to just engage you off of his back is like, wow.
And, you know, like I said, it just kind of happens quietly, he gets him, and there's not that big pop which normally you'd get.
So that's, Ah whole unique experience.
But, you know, you could still feel the energy.
You could still feel people kind of like, you know, like what? Crazy.
So on that note, you miss the crowds.
Are you okay without crowds? I missed the crowd on, but I'll say this selfishly.
It's because I enjoy it because it makes me feel more special.
I mean, when everybody is like, you know, like when you're there waiting to go backstage and you know you're gonna talk to everybody, It kind of adds to the field.
When you see the thousands of people outside Staples Center in the T Mobile in Vegas and stuff like that and you know that, you know that to me is like, Hey, you know, it's like the ultimate fan experience.
Like if you tell any fan Hey, after all the fights, you're gonna be able to ask the winner some questions you would flip.
That's like one of the best experiences, and it's not like I paid to be there.
I get paid to do that.
So as much as it's a job, and I got to be part of this and that.
And there's a whole their rules we follow and all this other stuff that having the crowd to me kind of puts me in check because it's like, Hey, this is what This is why this is a cool job At the end of the day.
Yes, I'm working, but this is fun, and that kind of just lends itself to that.
So I missed the crowd.
Also, As you know, you've probably been there like I remember as a fan wanting to be there and how much fun I have, just like, you know, before I was doing this.
Now it's hard to imagine it, but it's like I'm aware of how much fun it is to go with your friends and go watch UFC because you love it.
It sucks that that's being deprived two people the same way.
Everything concerts and other sports and other conventions and stuff.
So I do miss it because I am aware of how much of an experience it becomes when you have that many people got.
You know, I don't think the one thing I because I keep messing around.
You tell people like I couldn't stand the crowd, so I don't care.
But it's on Lee because any time if I hit the ground, there's always that one guy standing up.
My dude, let the guy least finishes.
Take that when you start yapping.
Held the ric flair.
Whoa, I don't miss that.
So here's a good question from Cairo is talking about the, uh, but the India.
So are there any non disclosure agreement that you may sign? Are you a lot Thio video or have stills that you capture however you see fit as long as it is in the outcome of paper, you fights? Good question.
So you know what? No, not a you know, an N b a.
Really? If you are so the one thing they do say is that video taping and cage side photography is prohibited.
UFC has deals, even like for the photographers.
So that's why Esther Lynn for a long time for jobs so special, you know, it's pretty much just her and the Getty Images guy who's a zoo FA photographer they find to do all the official cage side close up UFC photos.
So that's one thing is that they tell you right off the bat that, you know, getting up close to do pictures of the fights is prohibited.
And then obviously, you're not able to record the fights anyway, because this is a pay per view.
You're not gonna post that.
So you know, outside of that, anything else that you see going on, whether it be backstage around Fight Island and all that obviously there's, you know, uh, etiquette, You know, like if somebody is just kind of chill and having a sandwich, even if it's a bebe, you know, what's it like if you're just there, like, you know? But besides that, No, there's nothing that says, Hey, you know, if you see that they use so and so brand soap on Fight Island.
You can't take a picture that no, there's nothing.
There's nothing like that.
There's nothing about that.
And they're aware that our job is to create content that gets views that brings in an audience for the event, so we do get a lot of freedom in that way.
But etiquette is probably the biggest thing, and if you gotta ask it's not right, right? Right.
And that and that just kind of a common sense type of thing to So yeah.
Let's go. Let's go, dude.
So fights are over.
You go back to your after you're done uploading cause it was like you said, usually spend a long time after an event just uploading stuff, But, um and honestly, we're here. So you're there.
What time is the fights in for Abu Dhabi Time E.
I want to say all said and done or closer toe 12 a.m.
Might have been.
I want to say, too, because I feel like I remember I got back to the hotel about 4 a.m.
So, you know, and once again, like you're able to walk there like we walked back from the venue and it only took about 15 20 minutes.
So I was like, Yeah, that's not too bad.
Um, yeah, I will say this.
So it ends quick, and you know, once again my God, Muhammed, you know the real M v p.
Like my stuff went up fast.
So usually you're sitting there just kind of now your adrenaline's coming down and you're watching the status bar, so everything stays fine.
Is the whole point, right? This is why they send you.
But, you know, at that point, you're just like all right, You know, Dana White post fight press conference, You know, like there's nothing else to do.
Like the fights air done.
There's nothing else to really You know, I'm not doing post fight lives like some of the other people.
So, you know, you're just kind of there kind of trying to keep your attention now for the 11th hour.
But no, everything's pretty quick.
We got back relatively speaking everything.
Like I said, it was very fast.
The one inside thing is that you know, if you've ever done them and or if you're watching, for example, someone like I know they do at the press conference and they live streaming right.
Fighting seven made junkies, usually after a big fight.
It feels like it takes like, 45 minutes to an hour before we see Dana or anyone like that the main event because, you know, they're doing all their in house interviews with ESPN or they're doing all the all the talking that you do after a big fight.
You're talking to your champion.
You're talking to who you need to backstage before you're even talking about.
We need to go talk to the reporters blah, blah, blah, eso I remember distinctly.
Habib gets done with his speech in the cage.
Um, you know what? Kind of just standing around? Maybe a minute.
And then it's like, All right, let's let's head back, went to the bathroom.
And so this is less than like 15 minutes.
From the time Habib's done talking.
I come back, um, you know, do my business must have been less than two minutes later.
So less than 15 minutes from the end of the fight, Dana White is out there for the post fight press conference.
That never, ever would happen, that I don't think that even happened just Saturday when we were there for Sylvan Hall.
You know, still at least like 2030.
And it's like, Dude, you know, like, and you could kind of get that feeling.
It's like last week.
Dana was already done by the by.
So the I'll admit that kind of threw everybody off guard.
Obviously, he was very, very quick, Very curt with that one.
You know, he didn't, uh, for a big pay per view For all that that happened, you would think he would talk longer.
Not things moved along very quickly.
They tell us we're not talking to Habibur Justin.
And then there's Habib Surprise retirement.
It's, you know, the fact that we all travel for the Fight island thing.
All of that was very jarring.
And we're I'll say this for me.
I was kind of like That's it, Like usually we got to do a little more after something like this.
We're going to get something.
So the fact that it was all over very quick, relatively speaking, that that through a lot off personally, that makes sense.
Yeah, And you guys got Dana way for a little bit.
You got Robert Whitaker for a little bit, and that was it.
Everybody else just bailed, and it's not I mean, if you saw Rob, it's like it's not like he was, you know, he was waxing poetically up there.
Everything was very quick, and it was like, All right, is your stuff up my stuff up? Okay, Let's go.
And so I would say that, you know, compared to some of a lot of the events I've worked, it was almost obviously the fight itself was great.
But post fight, it almost felt anti climatic.
That that's all the talking we did after such a crazy historic fight, right? Yeah.
And that was the thing about this story, part of it when he retired.
Now I'm a big fan of watching when a fighter is rumored.
And, you know, especially guy that could be able coming off was that we didn't find out about his broken foot toe later, but our tow, whatever was, um what if I thought about that later? But when he's taking off his gloves and he's telling, I forgot his his training partner over there to take off his gloves and all that, he stopped taking him off.
You got to see that lie.
Did you think he was about to retire? No, no, never.
I was like everybody else who's taking off the gloves because, you know, you want to feel you know everyone does it like watching watch a fight night? Honestly, so many people do it without retiring, you know? So, no, not at all.
There was a bit of that.
You know, like we look at each other like, really, that just happened because we were, you know, 30 and O G s P.
Why? It has a big surprise.
So of course there was that, You know, it shocked us for sure, but, you know, when it was all said and done, it's like, Well, okay, like, you know, suddenly it's like, Well, Connor Poirier is that the next lightweight champion? And, you know, and maybe if you're a fan and you're not, you're not trying to do right ups and get ready for questions for Dana.
Maybe it would have hurt or not hurt, but you would have probably, uh, marinated with it longer.
But that were immediately like, Well, is Tony Ferguson Michael Chandler? So I will say this is that.
Although it was unexpected, I feel like everybody collectively, we moved on from it pretty quick.
We already knew what we have to ask Dana and hobby when they get out here, which is right next one.
You didn't get out there. Alright.
You upload your stuff.
You get back to your room, you let you fly out the next day you flew back home.
So what's crazy is that however, I will say this, they had flights going out all day.
So people heading the one corner of the world left earlier.
The people heading back to London flew out earlier.
Our flight was not scheduled until 10 PM the next night.
So we pretty much had, you know, 15, 16 more hours on the island.
But they let you know that stuff has changed, so we can't get out to the other hotels.
Can't go out to the beach anymore, Stuff like that.
So you just kind of chilling in your hotel.
I maybe go to sleep about six.
I get a couple hours in, and then my plan was okay.
I'm not going to try to sleep.
I'm going to just stay up and try to have, like, a regular day for you to be speaking that way when I get to the plane and by the time it all hits me, I crash.
That didn't end up happening.
Do you have anything else to ask about the island before I get to the trip back.
Because that was the hardest one.
No, I said, yeah.
What was the trip back like, So the shuttle takes us from our hotel to the airport.
It has to pick up other people and stuff on the way.
So we leave at 5. 45.
We get to the airport about seven.
Our flight doesn't leave until about 10 ish.
Maybe a little after 10.
So automatically, you know, there's four hours there and I will say this.
We got the nice, the Etihad Lounge, and they give us dinner and all this other stuff there.
They're treating us nice.
I'll give it that.
And then there's the flight.
And what you gotta understand is going there.
We were the last wave, right? Going back, everybody.
Every American who did that was flying back to Vegas is now on the flight.
So yes, you know, like all the people who went with us the first time.
But now the mega No Levi's John Annex, Daniel Cormier is, and other staff who have been there are now on our flight.
So before, like I said, rows and seats to ourselves.
I am in the very, very back.
Uh, me, uh, next toe, Jose Young Salmon may fighting, you know, Look, I don't got a problem with him, but I don't like anybody enough to sit next to them.
Literally seat to see, you know, like a school bus for 16 out.
After all, we've been through eso, you know, and I'll say this people were mad because, you know, I'll say this.
I'm not a big guy and neither, Jose, but you did have some bigger guys, you know, just a taller, more broad shoulder to put it nicely.
And they're stuck, like in the little like school seats next to each other on and they were very vocal about.
I need my own stuff.
I need my own space.
Who's there? Who's not? And I'll say this, Eddie, uh, my lucky stars the opposite corner, as every I'm aware that, like, I had already made peace mentally, like it's gonna suck.
It's gonna suck for 16 hours.
Just get over it.
I'm telling Jose like, dude, just I'm not looking forward to it, but like, look you, we're in this together, so it's like, you gotta wake me up.
Like what I just just doing right.
I've already come to terms with the fact that there's probably gonna suck.
Just make it as painless as you can and just bite the bullet.
I see the back corner open.
No one's taking it.
Everyone's kind of already adjusted their in their places.
I tell my attendant mind you were probably minutes away from take off.
So I'm not trying, toe.
I'm not trying to cause a scene after all this, right? But I tell her, uh, you know, I'm gonna be taking those seats over there.
Just f y I My attendant looks at me.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, that's fine.
So I have the verbal and the, you know, the confirmation.
Uh, flight takes off that the, um Okay.
The light turns off, you know, See, Buck come off, Boom.
Right over there.
I got two seats to myself.
I'm in a pretzel all night, but the fact is, I got it.
It's a lot better than being set up anyway.
Well, there is one more person who I guess was told these seats were open on and they just and so They asked me this original seed and blah blah blah, and I said, No, it's not.
But I spoke with my attendant here, ma'am, and she said, I'm good and I'll just say this.
I kind of left myself in that kind of reclined.
I was taking up the two seats and I just kind of gave body language that said, I'm not moving like I'm gonna be nice to you, But let me give you body language that says you are This is not gonna happen right eso But thankfully, they sorted it out and the attendant did say, Oh, yeah, I already So as soon as I had another attendant who's in the section say yes, he is there, it was all good.
So yeah, I I got the day was saved and, you know, like I said, two seats, I'm in the very back.
Still, it's not comfortable.
I didn't lay down.
I didn't sleep well.
Uh, it hurts like, you know, a few days my back is still in, like I turned a certain way.
It's still tight and, you know, 16 hours by the time baggage claim because you know, everyone and their mom had a ton of baggage like we all do.
But, uh, hour and a half getting to the place I was staying.
Probably another hour e Get that.
We land about 3. 30.
Uh, I get to the place I'm staying.
Probably about 6 a.m.
So you had those hours.
Add that to the 16 hour flight and you're talking to close to 24 hours straight from leaving the hotel to hidden the in the bed.
Yeah, it was it was quite the ride.
And then you have to like, we'll fly or drive back to Cali.
I stayed in Vegas because I was there for Civil Hall.
Yeah, which was, You know, so Monday I just spend like, I'll be honest, I didn't go right to sleep.
I just I just couldn't so stay up probably three or four hours when I get there, get my stuff just kind of chill.
And then I just kind of napped every time my body felt it.
I just go to sleep and, you know, probably about closer.
Actually, the Friday was when I felt like Okay, I'm kind of in my back on time.
I'll say this getting on time over there was 10 times easier than getting on the clock when I got home.
For whatever reason on then, of course, tad insult to injury that daylight savings happens.
And then I got to do a little adjustment, which is just like, you know.
So, on a personal level, that happened, so I know for sure.
So e forgot you were You were actually at this last weekend.
Um, you got to see Kind of sort of.
We don't know about Silver yet, Actually.
Don't know about me either.
You kind of already got to see to retirement fights with silver and hall.
Um, what was that like? Especially after, cause I think Anderson came out on top of the media, right? No, he did not.
Yeah, I'll be obviously, like you didn't get to talk to the guys that were most important, which was you know, like I said, it's like, Come on.
Like, that would have been special.
But, um, you know what? Anderson is my all time favorite, like, let me see.
I mean, I got the certain environment up there.
You see it and you can't see it, but like up here.
There's three U. S. C.
200 where stepped up by D. C.
Two days notice.
Um, he's like, you know, before I was ever doing interviews and all that he was the guy and he was like, He's different, right? He is special.
And, you know, is that guy like, if I'm not mesmerized, watching him do his thing or just like, wow, gsp just being able to put it all together, I probably don't love this enough to say X amount of years later.
This is what I want to do is a job.
So to me, that was that was half the reason why Because it was like, Well, aren't you in a hurry to get home? It's like, Yeah, but I'm already in Vegas and they had already said This is it for Anderson Silva.
So I was like, It's hard for me to like.
Well, you know, you're already there.
If this is it, how can you How can I not be there if it's literally right there for me and you know, So I wasn't gonna drive back and forth.
I know If I drew back to California, I'll just be over it, and I would not be like, Yeah, I'm about to do another four hour travel of any kind.
So, um, yeah, it was It was tough because obviously, like everybody else, I think that, you know, when you know, it's a great you don't want to see him go out like that.
But, you know, to say I was there like it was just anticlimatic.
I can't say it's like, Oh, well, it was a special night, and it was this thing.
It was just very I kind of wish Anderson almost didn't take it because it was hard to watch, you know? Right.
But that's the game, right? And you know, he if he's gonna go out one more time, I'm glad he got the Thio, you know, speak to everybody and get the love like he deserved.
And everyone acknowledged him for everything he did.
So you get back home in front of what? What do you think about it? You just have me talk.
Give me a break.
What do you do? What? I do a lot of talking.
I do plan to talk when I'm doing what the other shows? Um, yeah, dude, I think.
Well, Anderson, first of all, he'll be that I I related to him immediately, cause he's like I told my mom I'm gonna find no more.
I'm like, Oh, I got you know, I mean, you know, Mexican, Hispanic, whatever you wanna call it like your mama says something.
Your mom said something and you promise your mom something you promised it.
That's that's you know where this bond at that point? Eso I kind of hope he sticks to that.
What I'm saying, like this is I like to think like that man said he's done that, man, it is done.
So because black men are watching, Of course I'm gonna disrespect them.
But I'm just, like, what kind of hoping hangs on that? Just Just like like, almost like a like a like a legendary like, almost like a myth that could be obviously riel.
But like, yeah, way had to sack hobby.
But he went 20 or 28.
I mean, claim that, you know, right? Yeah. You got 29.
I know this happened, this happened, and he went away and I never looked back Not the way you know GSP has and be Japan, unfortunately has and all that.
Um, as far as Anderson goes, e, I was I was with you.
I was like, What kind of hope? I wish you hadn't taken this fight.
E really dio I'm just I'm just I was not happy that he to the that he went out that way because I do, you know, like he's in my top five fighters that I love to watch, right? But yeah, I was That was rough.
And honestly, to me, that was rougher than when he got knocked out by Weidman.
And it was rougher than when he broke his leg.
Like to me, nothing will ever I was at the Weidmann fight live Not to me.
Yeah, the first one.
Nothing to me will ever be watching That happened live when you broke it that to me like I still like.
I remember feeling nauseous when I saw that toe like my favorite.
You know, I'm not a media guy who's been a million fights yet at this time, I'm just a fan and I was rooting for Anderson to get it back and all that it was that one was always hard.
I'll say this like I've outside alive.
I've never watched it back again ever.
And I probably never will.
That one to me is just always.
That one's almost traumatizing with Habib.
You know? What if it that I'll say this in the moment If that was it, it made Fight Island more special, obviously, because it's like, Wow, I mean, talking about a guy who may go down as the goat and you were there and we didn't know it was gonna be the last one.
So you're glad you went extra right? But for my money, he's gonna run it back one more time.
GSP or Tony Ferguson.
It depends on logistically what they do with the belt, but yeah, um, to may.
So I would love to tell you this like yes, and you felt this feeling, But my heart does not believe he's done yet, And I may be wrong, you know, But I've been telling everybody this about that.
It's like, you know, on a personal level, his family is dealing with a very difficult time right now.
But, you know, you also kind of try to think, Look into the future.
And you think, Well, you know, maybe he's sitting there at the gym and he's coaching and Islam Makhashev is killing it and he's feeling excited, right? And you know, he's saying, I really wanna fight again and he talks to his family and maybe they say to him, Habib, we're okay.
We want this for you.
I could see him coming back.
You know, I could see, you know, and that's me watching.
Maybe a lot of you know, dramas.
And that sounds like a very this is us kind of eso.
But in all honesty, isn't that how it would happen? So to me, my heart doesn't think he's actually done.
But if it is, you know, I got all the cool stuff that says I was there, that you got the press pass and all that stuff because, like, like, because they give you the Oh, sure.
So I have one of these every time I cover a fight night abroad.
Yeah, it's It's next to my one for Las Vegas right now, but yeah, So I got the cool stuff that says Yeah, I did it.
So, you know, like, once again, Yeah.
You look back at it, you said earlier was it's like a dream.
Like, how do you feel about it now? Like, dude, I was there.
I was on Fight Island.
I'll say this is that for me? Personally, when I'm just around, it does still just feel like a dream.
Like I'll look at the pictures like I posted one today.
I was just, like, tryingto get my mind off all the stuff going on, obviously.
And I was like, Dude, you know, like outside the hotel is really nice and all the views and the sunsets and all that nostalgic stuff, right? Um, and in that way, it's like it does still feel like a dream because it all feels it was a right.
It happened so fast when you think about it.
But one of things, I guess, for myself is the amount of people that I've had reached out, like there are people, like, not just yourself, which I appreciate fully.
And you've been great, Eddie.
And I appreciate that man like, it's not lost on me that you were the guy trying to let everybody knows, Like, do you not realize who's there on White Island? Thank you, man.
But you know, people who know I cover UFC and they go covered the big events, right? Um, you know, people kind of used to it, which, you know, Come on, this is still a big deal, but the amount of people who like after the fact we're like, Dude, what, uh, you know, like, this isn't even just covering Connor in Vegas, which I'll be honest.
People were more excited about me doing Fight Island than when they knew I was there for Connor in January.
So the amount of people have come out and given me support and, you know, just who come up with me and, you know, just who see me on the local events, and they just want to say nice stuff that has made it more special, because that that is when I could see the journey.
And so to say I got that on my resume.
Um, for considering how few events I still haven't.
I haven't hit double digit UFC events that have gone to live as a media member.
So, to me, toe have that and to just feel that that's been the most special part of it.
As I'm home now, Yes, I got to be there.
And, you know, I got to prove a lot to myself about where I'm at in my career by being there, but just toe know that it meant something not just to me, but the other people around me.
That's the one that that's where I feel the that accomplishment, cause it's like this has been a journey and people do realize that.
And it kind of validates it in my inside myself because I think, you know, sometimes having someone else tell you that it kind of reaffirms this stuff that you're telling yourself.
I know I've been at this a long time.
So have other people say that was like, No, you're not just blowing smoke up your own self.
This really was a big deal.
Yeah, No for sure, man like like we were talking in, like, you know, the chats and all that, and e shoot it with the guys on the other kids that guys on Twitter, sometimes everything.
And I'm just like we have a guy there that's so crazy, like like like I'm not gonna smoke up your ass, dude, like we legit were just, like, do one of our own is there.
It's almost like we were there, dude, for real.
I was just like like I was telling, uh, one of my co host for people worry.
That was like, Do we have a guy on the island? So what? My God, we have a guy on the island.
He's doing all the **** we all want to do, and he's like, he's there.
Do It was wild for us, but it was dope to see that.
And of course, you know, you have, you know, our support everyone in case that President port What? You J myself, everybody. Danny.
Um, so that was dope.
That was honestly, we were super proud of you for really, like, way were proud as hell you do, which is like, ****, our boy made Let's go.
And honestly, I do see bigger things for you.
Like the kind of part where you put in Dude, come on, man, you cannot.
There's no denying that for really.
There's no denying that That and the fact and I had someone actually asked me on Twitter a couple days going out when I told her what you could be on yesterday.
Yeah, but they were just like they asked him if he's got any numbers from the female fighters.
Because it's almost like a running joke.
Ish on the chat and on the on the slack chat is just like he got another one.
What the hell? He got it.
We're all waiting for you to get Valerie, like, back on and everything.
I think he spoke before.
No, no, no, I haven't.
There's a funny story like that one almost happened and just, uh, e I just didn't have my camera stuff.
And she was She was at an event, and she was going to hang with Brian Ortega.
And so I was like, Yeah, I can't make it back there And just like all right, Nash is all of it.
You know what? Okay, So funny thing about that, I get that a lot.
And you know what? Here's the thing is if you look at my accounts, I talked to a ton of guys.
Nobody like, you know, I talkto okay.
I talked I've talked to Adesanya Mas Vidal twice, and they've been nice videos with fun stuff and the most everyone wants to talk about.
You talk to that one girl and that girl, that's like, Yeah, I talked to plenty of guys.
Yeah, you know, some people to ask about the other stuff is like, you know what? I send messages to a lot of people.
They reply, and we have good interviews and, you know, that's just kind of a thing, you know, like and I think the one, um I know because Danny brought it up toe pull back the curtain about Miranda Maverick over there.
Ironically, Miranda was on our plane and I was behind them in line at customs eso We're talking and we're just getting, you know, like, oh, whose team are you with? And she's, uh, look, it's her UFC debut.
I haven't kept up with every and Victor, and you know, it's like which team are you with? And, you know, it's like, Oh, it's like my team like I'm random maverick.
I'm fighting and I was like, Oh my gosh and wearing a mask, you know, it's not like it's you know, Gina Carano walking through Ronda Rousey respectfully.
And you know, like that's like, Hey, we'd love to talk to you.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, of course We get out of quarantine.
Hey, can you do the interview? Yeah, yeah, yeah.
But you know, there we are.
And so that stuff, that's how that stuff happens.
And I get that a lot.
Not just from cage side.
I have other people.
It's like, Yeah, then I'm like like I I reach out Thio.
Probably just about as many people.
It's just, you know, I think you guys just remember those which I get it, you know? I got ice tube, they they got my favorite.
I think KGB put her hat on Jay Z.
Yes, I got a lot of e that Ironically, that's that's one of my most popular ones and have people occasion to be like, you know, because I've interviewed her since then and it's like, Ah, you couldn't do the hat thing.
And we talk about it when I talk about her, you know? You know, that's our thing.
So she remembers.
So again, let's done.
This dude is one of the hardest working man you've never heard of, but you will, because he's gonna get there.
Um, anything else you want throughout here before we get out of here other than obviously Lakers winning.
You know what? Yeah, like, look, here's the thing.
It's like we went through some dark times there.
I mean, you know, when you talk about it's like the heights and just to be at the bottom.
So and I'll say this now like LeBron is my problem.
My favorite player, you know, not the Kobe is great, but just like when I really got bit by the bug and was into it, LeBron's the guy.
But you know what? Just, um, thank you.
I mean, I think the big thing is like, I am trying to get there and I am trying tohave UFC like, Hey, you know, Meghan a Levy Laura sank.
Oh, you know Heidi Andro. They got a crew.
Everything is about, you know, getting to the point where they say, Hey, we're gonna make room for one more and that's really it for me at the end of the day.
And when you talk about, you know, for cage side press, the way I see it is.
Look, you know, and I'm sure you remember.
Not everybody has always been, uh, you know, down for the team and everything.
And so for me, to the way I see it is like, Look, you could have potentially caused my opportunity down the line because now, suddenly our site may have a reputation.
So for me, the way I see it is like, Look, I am trying to get there.
I am doing a lot of this for me.
Yeah, but I'm also aware the like, Hey, look, you know, I've been on the other side that I would not want somebody hurting my chances to get my own credentials late or something like that, whether it's somebody else, because I can't do all of them, you know, in the same way.
It's like, Hey, look, you know, no offense, but we're all trying to do something.
Don't ever You know, however you feel about whatever, don't try to hurt someone else trying to do it.
So I have that from you guys that you feel that way about me doing it.
I don't take it for granted.
I appreciate it because you know the same way if it was someone else's like, Look, I want us to be good, because if it were me trying to get somewhere, I'm hoping our site has a good rep.
So just hear you say I'm trying to have done that for us.
I appreciate that.
I'm not lost on it, and I take it with me.
And at double G on TV, everything everywhere.
I post for other stuff, whether bkh side or other places.
That's where I'll post links to everything.
Twitter and Instagram.
So that's the quickest way to see everything I dio.
Like I said the other day, it blows my mind that you only have fires and follow.
We gotta get this man up.
All right, Follow on.
Everything all right? All right.
So Hey, man, appreciate it.
Coming on. Do shout to everyone that tuned in tonight.
I know. Caress hanging out with the question.
Jesse was here for a bit, So Alright, guys.
Um, well, you still got time to watch the end of the world, so we'll see what happens.
Hey, I was hoping it's like, you know, I'll get out there and you know I'll find out.
But we'll be all right.
We'll be all right.
It will be fine.
Everybody calm down.
We do this every four years, and we always treated the same way.
So Alright, guys, you guys have a wonderful rest of your week. That's a general.
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Talk about this next weekend's card and instant self.
All right. Good night, people.
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