The buildup to UFC 115 in Vancouver is in full swing with the sold out event fast approaching on June 12.
Today, I joined the assembled media for the event's open workouts, a regular fight week event, at the Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre.
Main event fighters Chuck Liddell and Rich Franklin hit the mitts along with co-main event participants Pat Barry and Mirko Cro Cop. Carlos Condit and local boy Rory MacDonald also joined the workouts.
Pat Barry went through the motions first and was in high spirits ahead of the biggest fight of his career. I managed to grab a quick chat with Pat Barry's trainer Duke Roufus who said that, "Pat is feeling great and currently at about 245 lbs."
When I asked about Barry's weight, Roufus added, "I've always liked the lighter heavyweights, look at Fedor. They can move faster. I'm a fan of Brandon Vera and think that he is a guy who should be fighting at Heavyweight."
Roufus went on to say that he loves visiting Canada and is a regular visitor to Calgary and Edmonton for various events and training. Check out the video of Pat Barry working the striking with Duke Roufus below.
After the workout, Barry answered questions for the media and proved that he is a real personality in the sport of MMA.
He said, "I am grateful for the opportunity to be in such a big fight and happy that all the sacrifices have paid off. Mirko is the man and my hero so I am honored to be fighting him."
Check out the rest of what Pat Barry had to say below.
The buzz amongst the media and the shape that the fighters were in at the workouts has got me more than convinced that this is going to be a great card on Saturday night.
Stay tuned for more coverage and reaction from the UFC 115 open workouts here in Vancouver and all the rest of the news throughout the week.
Greg Parfitt is live on the ground in Vancouver for UFC 115.
Greg Parfitt is a Featured MMA writer on Bleacher Report.