Sunday, July 6, 2014 | 4:28 p.m.
Chris Weidman outlasted Lyoto Machida on Saturday night to defend his UFC title and stay undefeated. After the fight at Mandalay Bay Events Center, Weidman hit Surrender Nightclub in Steve Wynn’s Encore Las Vegas for his third consecutive post-victory party at the Strip hotspot.
Weidman, 30, arrived at Surrender around 1:30 a.m. today as Morgan Page was on the wheels of steel. Weidman’s friends and family members awaited his arrival at the DJ table. As he arrived in a white T-shirt, black jeans and with a bruise on his left eye, a large display on the LED wall was posted congratulating the MMA champion.
Weidman, who celebrated post-fight with Grey Goose and cranberry, thanked fans and happily posed for photographs all night. He posted on his Instagram and Twitter: “After a tough battle tonight, it was great to celebrate with my friends and family @SurrenderVegas.”
Actor Kellan Lutz (“Twilight,” “Hercules,” “The Expendables 3”), who looks like he could be a UFC fighter himself, joined the celebration seated at the table next to Weidman. Also in Lutz’s party: MTV star Luke “The Dingo” Trembath. Lutz drank vodka and Red Bull, and his VIP table had several bottles of Grey Goose.
Thanks to Aaron Garcia for his photo gallery of the celebration, Weidman’s third consecutive victory party at Surrender.
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Encore is nearly a mirror image of the Wynn Las Vegas, from the brown glass exterior to the style and placement of the logo — and it's just as luxurious as the original. Some call Encore the younger, hipper sister of Wynn.
Located steps from Wynn Las Vegas, yet under the same roof, Encore's fanciful and intimate atmosphere is unlike anything anywhere, with an environment that is uniquely Wynn and distinctly Encore.
Steve Wynn spared no detail in his newest property when designing Encore. The casino floor is decorated in rich reds, browns and purples with mosaic butterflies embedded into the marble floors and fresh flowers greeting guests in the casino atrium.
Luxury doesn't end of the casino floor. Encore boasts 2,034 impeccable guest rooms and suites. The standard suites resort accommodations are 700 square feet with the larger suites measuring in at 5,800 square feet. Standard suites guest rooms feature plasma screen TVs, high-end bath products, spectacular views of the Strip, and also plush linens and mattresses, which can be purchased in the Encore store, in case you can't get enough.
Dining options include Chef Theo Schoenegger's fine Italian cuisine at Chef Theo Schoenegger's, Sinatra's and the pan-Asian café creations of Chef Jet Tila at Wazuzu.
Guests can also dine on steaks and chops at star Botero Steak. At Switch, Encore's French restaurant, the walls come to life mid-meal and your surroundings appear to change before your eyes. For decadent, hip Asian dining before or after a night at one of resort’s ultra-chic nightclubs, visit Andrea’s, the newest dining experience at Encore.
XS headlines Encore's nightlife and pool party scene while Danny Gans takes care of humor and entertainment. Encore also features two of the most celebrated nightlife experiences in Vegas, XS Nightclub and Surrender. Both feature main room dance floors that flow outside to pools, patio spaces and gaming areas.
When the temperature rises, don’t miss Encore Beach Club, the premier daylife destination that features three tiered pools and luxurious cabanas and bungalows with private infinity pools.
Encore Esplanade features 11 high-end retail stores, with brands like Hermes, Chanel, Loro Piana and Rock, and Republic Piaget luxury watches. The resort also has a Forbes Five-Star spa, a salon and an 18-hole, on-site golf course, which is adjacent to the Wynn.