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September 21, 2014

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Strip Scribbles: UFC Fight Week, Life Is Beautiful, Las Vegas Sin, Hot Chicks vs. Hot Wings

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Chris Weidman and Lyoto Machida attend a news conference Friday, May 23, 2014, at MGM Grand Garden Arena to promote UFC 175. UFC 175 is July 5 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

UFC 175: News Conference

Alexis Davis, Wanderlei Silva and BJ Penn take part in a news conference to promote UFC 175 Friday, May 23, 2014 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. UFC 175 will be held July 5th, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Launch slideshow »

For the next six days, UFC rules the Las Vegas Valley with its International Fight Week of events that include a takeover of the High Roller at the Linq by UFC fighters Wednesday night.

There are meet-and-greets with UFC fighters at the official pool party at Liquid Pool Lounge in Aria on Thursday afternoon and downtown before the free Papa Roach concert on Fremont Street on Friday evening.

The Fan Expo runs all day Saturday at Mandalay Bay Convention Center and includes “The Ultimate Fighter” finale weigh-in. Then it’s the Chris Weidman vs. Lyoto Machida UFC 175 showdown in the Octagon at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

“The Ultimate Fighter” finale is Sunday at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

The Killers @ Life Is Beautiful

The Killers close out Day 2 of Life Is Beautiful Festival on October 27, 2013, in Downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

NOT JUST KANYE: Music publications and pop social media are not too impressed with news of Kanye West, Foo Fighters and OutKast headlining at our downtown Life Is Beautiful festival in October. But it’s not just about Kanye.

Also appearing: Lionel Richie, Panic! At the Disco, Flaming Lips, Girl Talk and The Weeknd along with celebrity chefs Giada de Laurentiis, Jose Andres, Hubert Keller, Cat Cora, Jet Tila, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, plus, a performance by Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles Love” cast with the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Life is indeed beautiful when it’s not all about Kanye!

SEASON FINALE HOME GAME: Our gorgeous gridiron girls of the Las Vegas Sin of the former Lingerie Football League turned Legends of Football League face the Chicago Bliss at Thursday’s last home game of the season at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Today, they greet fans and media with a one-hour workout at Charlie Frias Park on Decatur at Tropicana.

Diablo's Cantina

HOT CHICKS VS. HOT WINGS: It’s the fourth-annual Hot Chicks vs. Hot Wings contest with 40 gorgeous girls competing at Diablo’s Cantina in Monte Carlo tonight for the ultimate hot wing-eating contest. Very hot, very spicy and very messy!

STAR SURVEILLANCE

Supermodel Tyra Banks dined at Giada de Laurentiis’ new restaurant Giada in the Cromwell with the TV star chef.

Since he’s not in Brazil for the World Cup matches, Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney dined at Tao in the Venetian with his wife, Colleen, and friends. Wayne posed for photographs with fans before he left for Marquee in the Cosmopolitan and the sounds of DJ Eric D-Lux.

TONIGHT’S TIPS

The Michael Jackson tribute show celebrates its second anniversary at the Rio with net proceeds tonight benefiting the families of slain Metro Police Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo.

Breathe Carolina performs at Hyde Bellagio.

UFC fighters Forrest Griffin and Miesha Tate host a self-defense class at the Gay & Lesbian Community Center.

Olivia Newton-John returns to her “Summer Nights” residency at the Flamingo.

Bobby Collins, Suli McCullough and Avi Liberman headline at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.

TOMORROW’S TEASE

In advance of his weekend visit, my chat with singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins and a Q+A with longtime Las Vegas showman and producer Dick Foster, who is selling his business to write his life story while retiring part time in California.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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