I’m in the lobby of the Marriott Inn across the street from the Bell Centre. The fighters just did a public training session down in the conference area, although it was pretty hard to record or do anything since the big news people created a wall of cameras around everyone that prevented me from doing any filming or photography. Right now I’m hanging around by the elevators trying to ambush any fighter who wanders by.
Here’s some insider news I gleaned for you from keeping my ear to the ground:
Cranky: Matt Serra. Complained about French people not liking him, said it was a joke, but was still sounding annoyed about the whole thing. Mind you all of these guys are in the middle of cutting and are all generally irritable.
Unloved: Rich Franklin, who took all the questions about Georges St Pierre with grace (I have no idea why all the networks were asking him about that fight, kinda stupid) but then said he felt like a dark card fighter.
Starnes: Was smelly! I could smell his feet. But +10 points for giving props for the Techno Viking shirt I was wearing.
Bisping: Very good spirits, joking laughing and having a good time. Unless he’s the world’s most cheerful man, it doesn’t seem like the cut has been hard for him
GSP: Sick of doing interviews but in high spirits, clowning around and doing funny karate kicks. Seems like a guy who feels like he’s about to win his belt back.