So i thought this might be an appropriate place to leave some feedback about my first UFC Fan Expo. I want to just start by stating that as I am writing this up i am wrapping up the most amazing MMA/UFC experience of my life (Went to Invicta 13/Watched Tournaments at Fan Expo/UFC189 Weigh Ins/UFC 189/TUF 21 Finale). As amazing as UFC FN Dublin was the whole combination of so many fights and MMA/UFC stuff non stop for days was amazing. I had a two day pass and had huge furstrations on both days for the Fighter Meet & Greet portions of the expo.
Moving on the only downside or bad experience of these few days was the UFC FIghter Meet & Greet Sessions. I was burned on numerous different occasions of trying to meet Weidman / Cowboy / Joanna / Verdum / Dana White Q&A after waiting i would say on average for each fighter after making it into the que before cut offs was about 2hrs and 15 mins on average.(Counting the itme you had to be there to preque and then the time waiting while the fighters try get through the que) I was unlucky and was one person away from the Dana White Q&A.
Im not sure if other people that have been to the expo before can comment that this format was better this year or whatever in comparison to previous years but for me it just didnt work at any stop along the way and it was really dissapointing. My only suggestions as a speed up would be to try limit people to either getting a photograph or getting something signed? Or make their sessions longer. Im also not pointing out that this is the fighters fault rather the staff that would routinely pull them away despite there being many other fans still in line after getting throug hthe cut off point. Its really deflating especially when waiting hours on your feet. I would like to call out huge props to Chris Weidmann who was cool enough to ditch the staff for a few minutes and allow people to take quick seflies with him / signing things quickly before being taken off.
All that said and done the Expo itself was really cool and professional looking. The que lines to get registered and to actually get into the expo was somewhat confusing for the first day. There was plenty of events throughout both days that were easily attended and made for great enjoyhment for that portion of the expo.
Thanks agian and If i do return to the Expo next year i would hope to see some improvements in this area as I know from these last few days experience that all the UFC staff / fighters / Dana / are really cool people and make so much time for the fans just something about the format didnt lead to any enjoyment my end.