Happy Friday! :)
Today I thought I'd give you the highlights from our fun trip to Tulsa last weekend for UFC Fight Night. :)
We hit the road around lunchtime, grabbing a quick bite to eat on the way.
We stayed at the Courtyard in Downtown Tulsa once before and really liked it. Since it was only a few blocks from the event center, we decided to stay there again. We love the big buildings and architecture. The hotel is inside a historic building built in 1922.
Inside, it has all the modern luxuries we need ...
... and a really neat view! :) As we were driving in, several streets were blocked off. We went down to see what was going on, and what the great smells were ...
Oh yeah!! :)
Great timing on our part!! We walked around the various vendors, sampling BBQ and snacks. They were taking donations for local charities for actual portion sizes. We got relatively full just walking around!
This was one of my favorite booths - so funny! ;) The caskets opened up to grills inside!
A little further down, there was a car show going on. Lots of fancy hot rods and fixed up older cars. There were several really pretty sports cars that I liked.
I told Josh that I wanted this Audi to be my next car. He laughed and said I needed to win the PowerBall for that to happen! :)
We loved walking around and looking at the architecture. The building behind us is the Atlas Life building, which is where our hotel is located. Up near the top (about 2/3 up in the photo), is a sculpture of Atlas, holding a globe.
I zoomed in with our camera. How cool is that? I love details like this! :)
After a short nap and getting cleaned up, we were off to the UFC Fight Night!
Our seats were pretty great! I was really happy to see that most of the arena was filling up already for the early fights. Usually people don't start packing in until the main card. Hopefully this will show that we are a viable market and they'll bring more promotions here! ;)
It's funny to see the commentators doing their live on-air broadcast, while we're sitting and waiting. Jon Anik has been doing the smaller shows for quite awhile now, and he's getting better, but I prefer Mike Goldberg, and his play-by-play calling. Brian Stann is a retired UFC fighter and US Marine. He started out giving his predictions or insights, and has moved into color commentary for the smaller events. Being a former MMA champ, he has a great perspective, knows what is going on, and is great at articulating that to someone just tuning in for the first time. He's still a bit stiff on camera, but that will come in time. He's a great guy! :)
One of the most beautiful men on the planet ... Georges St-Pierre. Oh, Baby!! Hot flash alert!! :D The semi-retired champion came to support and corner two of his fellow teammates.
A shot from the projector of the current champ, and Okie Johny Hendricks!! :)
Between fights, Johny would walk over and take pictures and sign autographs with people. After the fight, we went down to try and see him, but he was already too far away. :(
After an awesome night, we were back on the road home on Sunday morning. I thought this was a really cool bridge.
Thanks for stopping by, and have a GREAT weekend! :)