TORONTO – While Joe Rogan is synonymous with hyperbole, when the former Fear Factor host called Friday’s official UFC 129 weigh-in at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum session the ‘biggest’ ever in UFC history he definitely wasn’t exaggerating.
Given the inordinate number of fans in attendance (an estimated 6000), sitting even in the upper levels it almost seemed like the hockey arena typically used for Toronto’s Marlie hockey games was actually the site for the preliminary fights rather than just the weigh-ins.
It might have had something to do with the brilliant booking by UFC president Dana White who scheduled the first-ever public gathering of the “Super 7″ or in lay terms, all seven UFC champions on stage at the same time.
UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, featherweight champion Jose Aldo, lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, middleweight champion Anderson Silva, light heavyweight champion Jon ‘Bones’ Jones and heavyweight Cain Velasquez all took the stage with their belts in tow.
After an initial scare about his weight, hometown hero Mark Hominick made weight and is good to go for one of the most anticipated matches on Saturday against the aforementioned featherweight champion Aldo.
Other notes of interest on Friday?
During a Q & A session with fans on the first day of the UFC Fan Expo, Dana White agreed to many fan requests allowing one fan to strap the belt around the main event winner’s waist, another to sit with the Octagon girls at ringside and one to even sit with him.
We are officially on the eve of the biggest night ever in UFC history.
Geez, I am starting to sound like Joe Rogan.
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