By Charles Vanegas
Ryerson University played host to its first major sporting guest, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), on Friday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens.
Weigh-ins for Saturday night’s event at the Air Canada Centre, UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort, were held on Mattamy Home Ice.
Ryerson students in attendance were impressed by the spectacle.
“Compared to our old facility, its pretty incredible that this kind of event can be held here,” said Robert Wojcik, a second-year history student and member of the men’s volleyball team. “This is sweet.”
Prior to the weigh-ins – which were free and open to the public – former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez participated in a Q&A session with members of Fight Club, a premium UFC fan club. Velasquez answered a variety of questions ranging from what his pre-fight rituals are, to how frequently he urinates.
“About two times a day,” said the former champion.
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones displayed a good sense of humour, laughing and giving the thumbs-up after being heavily booed by the crowd – which featured a large Brazilian presence due to his opponent Vitor Belfort, a native of Brazil.
Photos by Brian Batista Bettencourt