Posted by Hendo67
I've always thought the guy would be a cool cat to meet, i've only met a handfull of MMA fighters, myself. Dan Hardy comes across as a pretty funny, relaxed, down to earth guy even though he's got this bad boy image to him, he's one of the guys i'd love to meet, along with Wandy and Dan Henderson.
I've met Krzysztof Soszynski, Jens Pulver and Mark Hunt, and all 3 were nothing but pure class, a lot of the time professional athletes don't give fans the time of day... these three guys were awesome, I met Soszynski in the Edmonton airport at Montanna's and had a little convo with him as he paid his bill, really cool guy, really appreciative to where he is today.
I met Pulver in Vancouver 2 years ago at a Cafe, and he's just an ordinary guy... he had his kid there and you could really tell how much family meant to the guy, I keep in contact with Jens via facebook quite a bit and he actually remembers me and i occasionally chat with him about some upcoming cards and who he's got.
Hunt is a beast, absolutely massive man... my talk with him was short because he was about to board a connecting flight out of Montreal at like 5 in the morning, and he was pure class... even at that hour in the morning!
Awh man, I've always wanted to meet Pulver. He seems like the realest guy in the industry. His passion for the sport is unbelievable. I've been calling for Pulver to become a commentator for years. Whenever he did it for the ufc back in the day I thought he spoke very intelligently and his knowledge on the sport then was unbelievable.
As for Hardy I also had a feeling he was a good guy. He talks a lot of **** but he's a good promoter for fights and that's why he does it.
I've met a few fighters myself. My buddy actually trained with James McSweeney a few times last year when he was in Ontario. He's a nicer guy than you'd think but he's still got this mean guy vibe up close and personal. I met David Loiseau a couple of years ago when he came to Whitby to promote the opening of Whitby's first mma store. He's nice as hell and came off as nothing but a gentleman. He's pretty funny too as he was cracking jokes with the store owner a lot.
Perhaps the most exciting mma fighter I've met was Shogun
He came to that mma store I mentioned above a year after Loiseau was there. Obviously it was a little hard with the two different languages being spoken but from what I got through his translator he was a pretty nice guy. This guy looks serious 90% of the time at least, I swear :P.
Starting at UFC 129 I'll be bringing a freshly rolled blunt to every event I go to just incase I run into Joe Rogan and I need an icebreaker, haha. I'm serious too :P.