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UFC Fan Expo Scene Report #1: The Viva Hate Story

("Viva Hate" and Pat Barry: A true meeting of the minds. Photos in this post courtesy of ReX13.)

By Fan Expo video contest winner Chris "Viva Hate" Morse

First, let me start by saying welcome aboard to all the new readers and members of CagePotato Nation. It was a pleasure and joy to meet, chat, hang, and beat down the punch machine with each and every one of you. Make yourselves comfortable and enjoy the complete experience of Cage Potato. Now, let’s get to the fun.

The experience began at the Semi Official Cage Potato meet up that went down on Thursday night at Champions Sports Bar. It was somewhat casual and to be honest some people may have had some trouble finding the group. Thank you to all of those that did come out. Hopefully everyone was able to try the Championship Tower, it was amazing and I would highly recommend it. I would also recommend you carry an AED with you as well, just in case.

The UFC Fan Expo was an amazing experience and the Cage Potato booth was extremely popular. I do feel somewhat bad for the punch machine that was literally having the stuffing knocked out of it by mid day on Friday. For those of you who were not lucky enough to make it to Boston, here are some notes from the booth…

First, if Kurt is out there reading this, you really are my new BFF. Please, just never hit me, thank you. Kurt was a man who stopped by the booth to show his punch machine skills. He also delivered a mind-staggering 993 score. He was the punch machine champion of the UFC Fan Expo and deserves some props for the insane punches he delivered.

Next, we had the pleasure of meeting a ton of CP fans. Thank you to everyone who stopped by and for all the great words. I want to send huge props to the guy who recognized me as “the accent dude.” And to answer the most commonly asked question, sadly Fowlkes is no longer here. We do, however, have Mike Russell who unfortunately could not make it to the U.S. for visa issues. I guess we would not allow him into the country officially making him the most hardcore man with a faux hawk. MRuss you were missed, plenty of people were looking for new dad. [Ed. note: The story behind Mike's "visa issues" is pretty entertaining in itself. We urge you to harass Mike until he shares it on the site.]

There were so many fighters who went out of their way to show love for the fans. We always hear about how great UFC and MMA fighters are to the fans and this weekend showed a ton of that. Mark Coleman stayed 2 hours over his allotted time to sign every last autograph. Tito Ortiz stayed well after the Expo has closed on Friday night to make sure he met every fan he had in line, which was huge because security was very strict. Of course, Wes Sims stopped by the CP booth to teach a group of young kids the touch of death and also threaten them for lunch money.

There are two fighters who deserve a ton of respect and love for what they did at the CP booth. The first one is Ben Rothwell. Ben appeared out of nowhere late Friday when he spotted the punch machine. He politely asked for a chance to take a show. We of course pushed everyone aside and let him jump the line. He then proceeded to punch the machine close to 10 times trying to break the record. (This was a full day before Kurt put us all on notice.)  Big Ben was so excited to just hang out and play an arcade game.

The next fighter who deserves huge props is Pat “HD” Barry who provided what I would call the magic moment of the UFC Fan Expo. Rex and I both invited Pat over to the booth to take a shot at the punch machine. Pat said he could not punch the machine but he would love to be able to throw some kicks, we gladly obliged. A short time later Pat Barry walked over and memories were made. Pat pushed aside some furniture to clear room and then hiked up his shorts. Pat kicked the machine roughly 15 times, continuously stating that this turn would be his last. A huge crowd formed and witnessed Pat thunderously kicking the machine. As he was leaving for an autograph session he said he would be back in an hour to kick it again with us, literally. Pat is a man of his word because an hour later Pat was back and doing again. Congrats to Pat and his high score of 968.

The Cage Potato booth was super fun and a huge success. We had a ton of visitors from the likes of “Big” Ben Rothwell, Pat “HD” Barry, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson, Wes Sims, Ryan Couture, Ariel Helwani, Bruce Buffer, John Howard, Jorge Rivera, and security that had to inform us numerous times we were too popular. Again, welcome aboard to all the new members of the CP Nation, it is a great place with great people.

Note: Thank you again to BG, Rex, and Matt it was a blast and an insane experience.

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Luxury villas phuket- February 22, 2012 at 11:04 pm
Lol whats he wearing and whats he doing!!!! great have fun buddy :)
Viva Hate- August 31, 2010 at 5:28 am
Dude, great job with the video and thanks for posting, can't stop watching it already.
swc52583- August 30, 2010 at 7:02 pm
Booth was a good time...good to meet you guys and thanks for the bottle opener
Canadian Chronic- August 30, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Sweeeeeeeeeet. thx for the confirmation.

the John Labatt Center is a kick ass venue for any show, take out the seats around the ice, u can fit 10,000 people no problem, will sell out fast

best part is its a 10 min stumble home

cant wait
mt59801- August 30, 2010 at 4:28 pm
ahhh look viva wore some brand new shoes, way to represent the potato nation.
fatbellyfrank- August 30, 2010 at 4:09 pm
Please please have a fan expo in Sydney, and I'm still jealous, sounds like a great weekend had by all
Harry Nips- August 30, 2010 at 2:48 pm
CP booth was a good time. You'd be amazed how many guys missed the bag completely. The only downfall was that Bas Rutten's gay twin was jump roping in his man panties the entire time in the booth next door. Thanks for shirt BG & nice to meet you Rex.
ghostboner- August 30, 2010 at 2:01 pm
@viva - Nice one! Jake Shields is so boring even Tito didn't want to talk to him.

Shoot my pal got booted from a bar for kicking one of those punch machines. I'm pretty sure I could beat that high though. I normally only get like 400, but once I've had a few pitchers of de brew I think I break 1000 pretty much every time. Left handed. Next fan Expo: me, the CP booth, the shortest shorts I got, and a punch machine. You're going down HD!
Merlin- August 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm
Where can one order those gray boxer briefs or short shorts if one was so inclined to?

Not for me of course its just a friend of mine was asking ...

Also I'd like to ask Pat Berry if the trick to throwing a powerful RHK is jerking off before hand?
Mike Russell- August 30, 2010 at 1:22 pm
 When the UFC and the Fan Expo hits Ontario, we'll be there.I heard from a reputable source that London will likely either be for WEC (Hominick-Horodecki) or Fight Night (Stout) cards, but Hamilton is also an option.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm
I also was shocked at this startling news that Tito has so many fans... but then I realized that you guys were just trying to find a nice way to say that long after the expo was over security was forced to drag Tito away.

I would like to get my hands on one of those Team Punishment wife-beaters though.

Canadian Chronic- August 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm
looks like a ton o fun! shitty i couldn't make it

when the big dance comes to Ontario, i better see u guys there.

And I heard on MMAConnected that London, ON., was being considered for a bunch of fight nights?!?!? Any confirmation?

Mr_Misanthropy- August 30, 2010 at 12:20 pm
@ viva Putasos

Thanks for allowing me to live vicariously through journalism.
Bob Reilly- August 30, 2010 at 12:15 pm
You guys need to come to ontario next year. They had one of those punchmachines outside a the bathroom in a bar in Edmonton. A couple guys had put a loonie (its a Canadian dollar) in it and were getting ready to punch it. I came out of the bathroom and saw the bag hanging there and I kicked it as hard as I could (while being hammered). They were pissed but none of them came near me.... strange.
2DaDeath- August 30, 2010 at 11:58 am
Awesome report, Viva!
831 Father- August 30, 2010 at 11:53 am
Dang, look at those quads.
nicey- August 30, 2010 at 11:43 am
in the first pic at the top, pat barry looks a lot like glen 'big baby' davis right der!
Shaky- August 30, 2010 at 11:12 am
It takes Tito far more than seven minutes to sign his autograph. To be fair, "Tito" is really hard to spell.
cecils_pupils- August 30, 2010 at 10:58 am
Looks like you all had a good time at the Expo. Congrats to Viva for winning the contest, and props for never getting caught in a picture with the fist-pose.

Keep it real Viva Hate!!
Clyde- August 30, 2010 at 10:35 am
Whoa whoa whoa... how many fans does Tito have? This has to be some sort of cruel joke. Given the fact that no-one could talk to tito for more than 7 minutes without their head imploding and or exploding, it shouldn't have taken more than 5 minutes to see all his fans.
GILL-uh-TEEN- August 30, 2010 at 10:33 am
Did I miss something? What is wrong w/ Big Country's leg?
TheHuytonHandGrenade- August 30, 2010 at 10:31 am
Looks like alot of fun are you guys gonna come do the London fan expo?
RwilsonR- August 30, 2010 at 10:23 am
@ Rex & MRuss - I know there are plenty of guys bigger than him, but I bet Matt Hughes could give that choke dummy a run for the record. He pretty much put Almeida to sleep based on the strength of his squeeze. It is one thing if it is an RNC and your arm is lined up with their carotids, but another when you squeeze so hard from any angle that the carotids have no choice but to close up shop and stop sending blood to the brain.
Viva Hate- August 30, 2010 at 10:21 am
Jake Shields is so boring, he showed up and the punch machine went into sleep mode, HA!
RwilsonR- August 30, 2010 at 10:18 am
That looks like an amazing time! Thanks for representing for CP, Viva and Rex.

I imagine Jake Shields showed up and punched the machine a few times. After putting up an 8 and a 9, you guys probably let him walk away with a smile on his face thinking that it was scored out of 10. Nobody probably had the heart to tell him it was out of 1000.