Here's the scoop from a veteran of more than a dozen UFC cards on press row: in many ways it's much better to watch at home. Live at the arena, it is sometimes harder to follow the ground work, you miss the hilariously biased commentary from Rogan and Goldberg (who I love, seriously) and it is less socially acceptable to scratch yourself as needed.
But there are little things you miss watching from the couch. And I'm hoping to share them with you, the bloodyelbow.com reader.
Which fighters were there and drinking a little of grandpa's cough medicine? Which celebrities daringly refused to look up for more than a few seconds at a time, fearing, perhaps, looking upon the grim visage of someone who was not beautiful? Who said what backstage? Finally, these pressing questions have been answered.
But a taste...
Hilariously manager Ed Soares translated the champion's remarks, even the ones made in English. As we all suspected, the translation did not match the champion's words, leaving open the question of what these foreign fighters are actually saying during press conferences and interviews. The crowd continued to let its unhappiness spill out, the boos perhaps offering a cathartic relief and preventing hundreds of fist fights later that evening. Ringside Coleman shot the bird to no one in particular, perhaps to an unfair world, and attempted to console Rua.
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