(The ‘Free CagePotato’ t-shirt — coming soon.)
Got some bad news, folks. Our grand plans to bring love, positivity, and a punch-machine to the Toronto UFC Fan Expo (April 29-30, Direct Energy Centre) have been officially shot down by the UFC top brass.
We should have seen this coming. After UFC president Dana White personally promised to ruin us following our leak of Arianny Celeste‘s Playboy photos, CagePotato.com has been blocked from all UFC media events, most notably the MMA legalization press conference at Madison Square Garden in January. (We were initially approved for attendance by MSG organizers, but then told we had been vetoed “due to a recent leaked magazine cover.”) A shame, considering we’ve been one of the foremost online supporters of the MMA in NY regulation efforts.
Still, we held out hope that this wouldn’t affect our appearance at the upcoming UFC Fan Expo in Toronto, considering that we had (without exaggeration) one of the most popular booths at the last UFC expo in Boston, and we were paying a couple grand for the privilege of being there. It turns out the UFC doesn’t even want our money anymore. That’s how you know things have spun out of control.
This is the explanation that one of the UFC Fan Expo organizers e-mailed us, regarding why CagePotato would not be welcome at the Direct Energy Centre:
“Our contact from the UFC emailed us last night saying they have an issue with Cage Potato. She went and spoke with Dana about the situation, and he asked that we please cancel their involvement in the Expo. He said if they ask why, we can tell them, “We thought they were cool, then we spoke with Dana and found out they weren’t.”
So there you have it. We’ve been banned from the event because Dana White doesn’t think we’re cool. But fear not, Potato Nation — this will not deter us. We’ll still have a presence at the Toronto UFC Fan Expo, even if it’s in an unofficial capacity. We’re in the planning stages of a UFC 129 pre-party (that you’re all invited to), as well as meetups at the expo. Details on all of this will follow. We love our Canadian fans, and can’t wait to see you guys.
On Monday, we’ll be announcing what you can do to be one of the first recipients of the “Free CagePotato” shirt you see at the top of this post. In the meantime, please let us know: Do you plan on going to the UFC Fan Expo in Toronto? And if so, would you be interested in hanging with us sometime before the event, and maybe getting a free t-shirt out of it? Just trying to get a head count here, so let us know. Thanks for your continued support.