Friday, Jan. 30, 2009 | 2:56 p.m.
UFC 94 is shaping up to be a battle royale between BJ Penn and Georges St. Pierre, two formidable opponents who have met in the Octagon before. Three years ago the pair fought at Mandalay Bay for UFC 58 where GSP eked out a split decision victory over BJ “The Prodigy” Penn.
This time around, both competitors are belt holders in their respective weight classes so everything is up for grabs. Welterweight champ GSP will put his belt on the line as Penn has the chance to capture the welterweight title to add to his lightweight title. Penn has done his share of trash talking leading up to this fight and the mild mannered GSP seems to be taking it in stride, awaiting his chance to settle the score in the Octagon.
Regardless of the outcome of the fights, one thing is certain: There will be after parties. Lots of them.
Georges St. Pierre, BJ Penn, Clay Guida, Stefan Bonnar, Thiago Silva and UFC president Dana White will all be hosting after fight parties on the Strip. Kenny “KenFlo” Florian and Thiago Silva will be hosting a pre-party at Studio 54 and Hitman Fight Gear will be hosting their own pre-party at Prive. Just prior to the start of UFC 94, Tito Ortiz will host the grand opening of the Punishment MMA Store, the new MMA clothing store at Hooters. The store will feature Ortiz’s own Punishment Athletics brand as well as other lines like TapOut, Throwdown and Warrior.
Where to watch:
Doors open at 6 p.m. and there is a $10 cover which includes your first drink.
• Fiesta Casino in Henderson 702 567-7436
• Green Valley Ranch Station 702 617-7777
• Sunset Station 702 547-7777
• Boulder Station Hotel & Casino 702 432-7777
• Fiesta Rancho Casino Hotel 702 631-7000
• Palace Station 702 367-2411
• Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa 866 767-7773
• Santa Fe Station - Chrome Show Room 702 658-4900
• Texas Station Casino 702 631-8156
• Aliante Station Casino 702 692-7777
• Venetian Hotel and Casino 702 607-2665: No cover charge but there is a table minimum for the various seats in the Sports Book Lounge.
• Monte Carlo Resort & Casino 702 730-7777: $20 cover charge to watch the fight in Diablo’s Cantina or in Brand.
• Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino 702 632-7577: $50 cover charge to watch the closed circuit telecast in the Events Center, doors open at 6 p.m.
• Hawaiian Tropic Zone 702 731-4858: $25 cover plus a minimum food and beverage spend if you get a table.
• Blondies 702 737-0444: $40 cover includes all you can drink draft beer, staring at 6 p.m.
• Lift Bar 702 364-0306: No cover charge.
• Screw Balls Sports Lounge 702 361-4488: No cover charge.
• Instant Replay Sports Lounge 702 434-4848: No cover charge. Call for reservations for parties of 6 or more.
Where to party:
Friday, Jan. 30:
• Pre-Fight Party with Kenny Florian & Thiago Silva at Studio 54: TapOut clothing presents a pre-fight party hosted by UFC fighters, Kenny “KenFlo” Florian and Thiago Silva.
• Hitman Fight Gear's UFC 94 pre-party at Prive: Get ready for UFC 94 with the crew from Hitman Fight Gear and CombatLifestyle.com as they host a pre-party at Prive. The event will also celebrate the birthday of MMA photographer, Tracy Lee.
Saturday, Jan. 31
• Thiago Silva's UFC after fight party at Prive: TapOut clothing hosts Thiago Silva’s after fight party at Prive after he takes on Lyoto Machida.
• George St. Pierre's official after fight party at Rok Vegas: After he takes on PJ Penn in the Octagon at MGM Grand, George "Rush" St. Pierre will head across the street to host his official after party at Rok Vegas at New York New York.
• UFC 94 official after party at LAX with Dana White: UFC president Dana White will host the official UFC 94 after party. The UFC recently signed a deal with LAX, making the Luxor hotspot the official UFC post fight after party venue.
• Grand opening of the Punishment MMA Store with Tito Ortiz: Las Vegans will now have a new option for all their MMA apparel needs. Tito Ortiz will be on hand for the grand opening of the Punishment MMA Store at Hooters, along with several MMA fighters who will be signing autographs.
• Natalie Marie and Clay Guida host at Hawaiian Tropic Zone: Party with UFC fighter Clay Guida at his after party at Hawaiian Tropic Zone. Sexy centerfold Natalie Marie will also be hosting a magazine release party for MMA Sports Magazine.
• BJ Penn's Official After Party at Studio 54: BJ “The Prodigy” Penn will host his official after party at Studio 54, sponsored by Mickey’s “fine malt liquor.”
• Stephan Bonnar's after fight party at Ghostbar: Not that he’s known for his tattoos, but Huntington Ink will be hosting the official Stephan Bonnar after fight party at Ghostbar at the Palms.