MMA In 6 Seconds – CWFN 8 – Part 1

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[ten_columns] Part 2 of this post covering the event day is here: MMA In 6 Seconds – CWFN 8 – Part 2

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[/ten_columns] [ten_columns] I’m rather liking the app: Vine. It’s simple, clean and a logical next step to the fast paced, yet 140 character limited world of twitter. A few seconds of video endlessly looped. In short: an easy way for any person to make .GIF-like files with sound.

I know that supposedly our attention spans are getting shorter…but 6 seconds is about as few as you can go before you’d have to resort to simply making a funny face. Anyway, I’ve decided that fastest way for me to show you guys a little of what actually happens, from my point of view at least, at an event weekend is to use Vine.

So here you go: Cage Warriors Fight Night 8 from Al Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates…6 seconds at a time!

We begin at the most glamorous of locations: the business car park at Heathrow airport…

I rarely have any problems getting through the airport on my way to events – I get there really early and employ the Marc Goddard travel system (flip flops, sweats and everything else in a single bag). As per our usual pattern we all convened in one of the departures restaurants to kill some time. Bumped into fellow commentator John Gooden and judge Andy Sledge.
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Heathrows newer T5 is pretty pleasant by most accounts. I’m not really bothered by flying at all. I seem to have a an unusually good record for having empty seats next to me (no exceptions on this one) and I tend to just go into my own little bubble. Didn’t get much sleep on this flight however due to the cliche of the screaming baby. It was 4:30am UK time when we landed in Dubai (7:30am).

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The show was taking place in Al Fujairah, about an hour down the road from Dubai so after being escorted through the airport we all hopped into a van and headed off. Hotel was excellent as always on these trips and luckily we arrived just in time to meet most of the fighters/crew for breakfast. A nice perk after a fairly easy journey.

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Friday morning was pretty much spent sorting out the last of my notes and I headed up to the pool to see who was about. Ran into recent Ultimate Fighter stand-out Luke Barnatt making himself comfortable in the sun. He was over cornering Jack Mason in the main event.

There’s a nicely different setup for weigh-ins on these middle-eastern shows. An official weigh-in at about 2pm and then a public weigh-in at the main city mall later on in the evening. Generally fighters are pushing themselves harder and harder in weight cuts so many guys look rather drained by the time it’s their turn to step on the scales. Crowd favourite James Brum from Gym 01 has done this a few times in the middle-east now so he seemed in good spirits.

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The weigh-ins went very smoothly without a hitch – no scuffles and good displays of sportsmanship all around. Main event participant Jack Mason missed at his first attempt but made the mark inside the two hour grace period.

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There were some memorabilia duties for the fighters following the weigh-ins such as these signed gloves…

As you would expect the fighters then scurried off to rehydrate and re-fuel…

Having finished all my notes expet a small bit of the card run-down I do at the the start of the main TV broadcast, I killed a little time at the pool with featherweight fighter Dean Reilly. I probably should’ve had a greater appreciation for how powerful the sun is at 36-38 degrees C…as will become obvious later.

Public weigh-ins are always fun. There’s much less tension for the fighters as they already know they’re on weight and they actualy have food and water in them for the first time in a couple of days.

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The public weigh-ins on this occasion were at the Al Fujairah City Mall a short drive away.

Upon arrival, Shadi got the crowd warmed up in Arabic and then the fighters took to the scales, all amping up there personas for the crowd.

I don’t have them on Vine but awards definitely go to Olivier Pastor for pretending to trip and throw himself halfway across the stage like an exaggerating footballer – and to James Brum who went into what can best be described as ‘Hulk Hogan mode’.

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Here’s Matteus Lahdesmaki on the scales and main eventers Jack Mason and Colin Reuter.

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Always nice to chill out with some food. We’ve had some nifty meals in a few countries but on this occasion we stayed in the confines of the mall and hit up some typical Pizza Express. Bit of a treat afterwards: Coldstone! Haven’t had this since the last time I was in Vegas a couple of years ago so this was tasty!

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Strolling around the mall afterwards we ran into the Gym 01 contingent at Chillis who were doing their best to amp up anyone within the blast area.

Cue group photo with the entire waiting staff in the middle of the mall…

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Chilled out evening chatting back at the hotel and managed a few decent hours of sleep before show day.

[/ten_columns] [ten_columns] CHECK OUT THE NEXT PART OF THIS POST: EVENT DAY! MMA In 6 Seconds – CWFN 8 – Part 2
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