Monday, August 26Lace Up.
This Saturday (8/31), you can see me on PAY-PER-VIEW sitting CAGESIDE for UFC 164 in Milwaukee. As a guy employed by the state Athletic Commission, I will be working this event, and as a result, snagged myself the best seats in the house. Heck, you might even see me inside the Octagon in the event that I’m needed (ie: someone does something very wrong). This will be my second UFC event as a Commission member, and it’s an absolute dream come true to help facilitate my favorite sport where people punch each other. The prelims will also be broadcast FREE on the new Fox Sports 1 Network, so check your local listadoos.
In all honesty, UFC events are the easiest MMA shows to regulate from a Commission standpoint, as the multi-billion dollar company already has everything covered beforehand. Once the cameras start rolling on Saturday night, 99% of my job is done. It’s the tiny, understaffed events further north where I’m running around like an idiot. I once worked a casino show where the promoter had to make an announcement that the elderly audience members needed to make sure their oxygen tanks weren’t in the path of the fighters as they made their way to the cage. It’s a charmed existence, I can assure you. Anyway, it’s going to be a lot of fun.
Also, my dumb face has never been on Pay-Per-View before, which I think is a rare honor for a person who’s not an athlete or in porn (or both).
The weigh-ins are the night before, and I plan on bringing the Missus and some friends down to the Bradley Center to check them out. While this should be fun (I’ll be backstage and stuff), I’m actually more excited that I get to have dinner at Dave & Buster’s. They recently opened a Milwaukee location, I’ve never eaten there before, and the commercials pretty much make it seem like the greatest place on earth. I fully understand that this is probably not the case, but I’m showing up with unbridled enthusiasm and a bucket of quarters nonetheless.
Crap, I need to get my only suit dry-cleaned. Someone please remind me before the weekend.