The following is an excerpt from the latest Foley Files blog on TNAWrestling.com:
A few weeks ago, in a story I included about Brock Lesnar, I mentioned that I was a UFC fan, but not a big fan. That could probably be misconstrued to seem like I don’t like it that much, which is not true. I do like it, and I appreciate it; I just don’t know all the guys and am not aware of all the match-ups. I usually know the guys in the big fights, but can’t claim to be a true MMA or UFC fanatic. To tell you the truth, I’d never even heard of Chael Sonnen before this past Saturday. But after attending UFC 109 in Las Vegas, I don’t think I’ll ever forget him or Nate Marquardt, and the incredible battle they waged in front of a mesmerized crowd at the Mandelay Events Center.
I was fortunate that Spike took such good care of me; seating me in the second row, directly behind UFC fighters Frank Mir and Rashad Evans. This was only the third fight I’d attended live, but I am always grateful for the treatment I receive from the UFC guys. I always wonder, coming from a pro-wrestling background, what the guys will think of me when I show up, but they are always great, treating with respect – sometimes even going out of their way to say hello to me. Watching this classic fight behind Mir and Evans gave me extra perspective into the in-ring goings on, and it was clear how special the fighters themselves saw this battle as being. Anyone who has read any of my stuff knows what a huge fan of the movie "Rocky" I am, and after watching both Sonnen and Marquardt give and take more than could be expected from any human being, I kept thinking back to the end of that first "Rocky" bout between Balboa and Creed, where the ring announcer/promoter speaks of witnessing the "greatest display of stamina and guts in the history of the ring". It was that good, that moving. Hopefully some of you will get a chance to see it. And hopefully I can channel some of that stamina and guts into one of my matches, hopefully Sunday against the Monster Abyss, just as a way of giving a little more when it seems that the giving is all gone. Not that I would ever want anyone to take the incredible punishment either one of those guys did, but there has to be inspiration that can be drawn from that type of courage and applied to any facet of life. Incredible.
I attended the UFC show with Bruce "Brother Love" Pritchard, after completing our comedy show at the Las Vegas Hilton, in the same theatre where Elvis used to hold court for several weeks at a time. Granted, there were a few more people in the seats when The King did his thing, but there was still a decent number of people out there – 400 or so, though it looked like a much smaller number, the way people were scattered throughout the big theatre. It wasn’t the sharpest I’d been, possibly because I reworked about 80% of what I was going to say after finding out it was for fans of all ages, possibly because I was tired from the 17 hours of travel required to get me to the Hilton, or possibly because some nights you have it…and sometimes you don’t. All in all, still a good time, though I will do my best to make sure I am sharper and more focused next time.
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