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The Fight Fan’s Guide to Vegas: Special UFC 98 Edition

Las Vegas pool party
(So…you guys are Matt Serra fans, I take it?)

You’re wondering, ‘Say I go to UFC 98, what am I supposed to do in this Las Vegas place to entertain myself before and after the fights?’  Fortunately, we’ve got you covered.  We asked the guys from and MMA Fix what out-of-town MMA fans like you might be interested in, and then we combined their advice with some of our own personal favorites.  Enjoy.

1. Get Your Oompa on at the Hofbrauhaus

There’s no better place than the Hofbrauhaus on Paradise Rd. to eat some quality German food, drink some huuuuge steins of good beer, and listen to an Oompa band while downing shots of Jägermeister.  As a bonus, when you order the shots one of their hot waitresses paddles you on the ass in front of everyone.  Trust us, it’s more fun than you might think.

2. Hit Up the Weigh-In

As MMA Fix’s Dave Farra puts it, “First, it’s free (get there early; BJ / GSP was full about 30 min before the first fighter stepped onto the scale). Second, it’s loaded with other UFC stars that aren’t on the card, and there is an organized free autograph session with many of the top UFC fighters.”  It’s also your best chance to make fun of guys with Chuck Liddell haircuts wearing Affliction shirts.  So there’s that.

3. Down Some Vodka at Red Square

Ask yourself, what would Fedor do if he were here?  He’d probably look for some scary rollercoasters, but a better idea is to head on over to Red Square inside Mandalay Bay and get yourself in trouble with some fine chilled vodka.  Naturally you’ll want to maintain a stoic fatalism about life the whole time, just to make sure you get the authentic Russian experience.

4. After the Show It’s the Afterparty

Once you’ve had an awesome time watching Evans/Machida and taking your side in the culture war that is Serra/Hughes, you can’t just go back to the hotel and go to sleep.  Instead, get in on one of Vegas’ many UFC afterparties.  Dave Farra says: “Usually one of the headiners will throw their after party at Studio 54 in the MGM (you’ll need shiny shoes to get in there).  Tabu is also in MGM and is a bit smaller venue that almost always throws a fighter afterparty. Other fighters are sprinkled throughout the city at different clubs, but the majority of the MMA star studded events are at the casino with the fight (MGM).”

Steve “Chops” Preiss of Raw Vegas also suggests the Hawaiian Tropic Zone: “One of the best venues to view the fight if you don’t have tickets but also one of the best after-parties.”

5. Finish the Weekend Off with a Pool Party

So it’s Sunday morning and you’re pretty tore down.  You can either go to Denny’s and try not to throw up, or you can keep the party going.  Dave Farra recommends the latter: “If you have enough money, energy, and time on Sunday before you take off; go to Rehab at the Hard Rock. It is probably the most infamous pool party in Vegas and it is a wild time. Beware: Lots of meatheads, strippers, and murky water.  Enjoy at your own risk!”

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SCM- April 24, 2009 at 9:17 pm
Maxwell, Nice on pointing that out. You my friend are a genius. No one else here realized that i bet.
maxwell- April 24, 2009 at 3:41 pm
Is that Quentin Tarantino?
Younanymous- April 24, 2009 at 2:48 pm
Seriously, how come more people aren't talking about the smoking hot white chick??? I can't even get past the pic to read the article and I got laid this morning...twice
SCM- April 24, 2009 at 1:57 pm
unless your talking about dudes or something but that would be pretty gay and not worth mentioning...
SCM- April 24, 2009 at 1:56 pm
@ Truth2Pwr

I almost guarantee you didnt have half the hooters girls gathering around you in a "stunned silence." Dont need to lie to kick it homie.

I agree with the beginning of your post though.
SCM- April 24, 2009 at 1:53 pm
I hope I win those tickets... It would be pretty sweet though if someone from cagepotato or that reads it won. Besides CAPS LOCK HAL and some of those Anonymous pussies that talk alotta shit and dont know anything.
Truth2Pwr- April 24, 2009 at 1:16 pm
Guaranteed easiest way to tell if a meathead watching a UFC event has actually trained MMA or not...

If they start booing and or get bored and look away from the fight to check out T&A whenever the action hits the ground, they don't know dick.

Feel free to steal their bitches, and when they front, put them in a standing key lock and make them buy you a beer as an apology. Or if they're cool, do as I do and start quietly making play-by-play predictions of the transitions, "He'll shrug off that triangle attempt and try to pass to side control now...oh boy, here come the knees to the ribs next...better watch the left leg sliding under or he'll be back in guard"

I've had half of Hooters gathered around me in stunned silence just tripping out as I call the entire ground fight action 5 seconds before everything happens. Try it. Those meatheads sweeten up their attitude real fast.
Frank Mur- April 24, 2009 at 11:21 am
I would cut my hair like Lidell and wear the raunchiest Affliction "T" evah for those 'effin tickets. Hell, I'd even fight his old ass for those tickets.
Mike Murder- April 24, 2009 at 11:11 am
may 23rd is my 21st. That would be out of this world.
KU JUDO- April 24, 2009 at 11:07 am
May 23rd is my birthday. I deserve the tickets. Thanks.
Mike Murder- April 24, 2009 at 11:01 am
I'd ram my cage potato in that blonde's cage potata until my dick whistled "O Come All Ye Faithful"

Make sure you do one of these before the philly fight.
My balls- April 24, 2009 at 10:49 am
Wow...once again....another pointless article by CP! God your full of yourself now.
Jay Smith- April 24, 2009 at 10:26 am
Hey Ben, you forgot........You could also go over to my brothers house and smoke lots of weed. Only his bitch will be there so, it sucks as far as extra bitches to mack on, but if you like weed.......
Dapper- April 24, 2009 at 10:11 am
@ Billy Joel
I agree with you. My experience is they're usually bragging about a fight they had in middle school and how they could kick some UFC guys ass. I'm planning on going to UFC # whatever in Philly this summer and hopefully since it's a new market I won't see meatheads in a sleevless fight t-shirt.
CAPS LOCK HAL- April 24, 2009 at 10:04 am
Billy Joel- April 24, 2009 at 9:56 am
after i went to ufc 97 and the weight ins, i dont think i could stand anymore wannabe fighters in tapout, affliction, sinister,....
Farthammer- April 24, 2009 at 9:52 am
Huge parties with meatheads are usually not my thing, but I went to Rehab for a bachelor party last year and we had a VIP was the greatest party ever.

Super hot chicks who are cool because you have a cabana, and even the meatheads next to us were cool because we all had the same objective: stare at sleazy women and try to see tits.

Great times.
ksgbobo- April 24, 2009 at 9:38 am
I'd eff the shit out of that white chick! Good God I got to go to the bathroom!
Anonymous- April 24, 2009 at 9:29 am
Her calf vs. his arm.

Her calf FTW.
canadianeh- April 24, 2009 at 9:24 am
Douchey McDoucherton- April 24, 2009 at 9:23 am
I'm getting that fo' sho'
A2K- April 24, 2009 at 9:00 am
Fo Sho brotha