Ah, the 209. What we deem illegal in society is a generally accepted norm in Stockton, California. One of Layzie’s friends told me about a guy in their neighborhood that converted a school bus into a mobile partying, mass-transport automobile complete with a fully operational bar and velvet ceiling. He did this because he was banned from every bar in Stockton, and he needed a way to meet the opposite sex. Pretty damn inventive, actually. In April 2011, Strikeforce brought their ‘Challengers 15’ card to the land of the 209 and it was met with a massive riot in the parking garage adjacent from the arena. Cops were called, people were arrested — and LayzeTheSavage and the Diaz brothers just stood there with their heads down, playing with their phones. That night I knew Stockton, California’s reputation was more than legit.
In 2012 we teased you with a short trailer of the episodic show we appropriately titled ‘Ronda Rousey’s Trip to the 209.’ A few days later we released the first episode of the webshow sponsored by NeoCell and Throwdown. Ronda Rousey was cool with the idea and MiddleEasy sent @LayzieTheSavage to document her first trip to hang out with the Diaz brothers, among other stuff that’s indigenous to Stockton. In honor of her upcoming fight at UFC 170, check out all five episodes of MiddleEasy presents Ronda Rousey’s Trip to the 209.
Thanks Ronda! Despite how famous you are, you remain amazingly cool with everyone at MiddleEasy. Good luck this weekend!