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MMA-Game: UFC 90 Extracurricular Activities

There’s a lot more to UFC 90 than the fights on Saturday. Here’s all you need to know to make your weekend in Chicago truly epic.


Where: Swissotel, 323 E. Wacker Drive
Lowdown: Clay Guida, Dan Henderson, Rashad Evans and Miguel Torres will be hanging with fans from 10 a.m. to noon. Props to Maggie H. at Yahoo! MMA Experts, whose tourist-friendly guide to Chicago is also worth checking out. Portillo’s FTMFW.

Where: Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St.
Lowdown: Free and open to the public. Doors are at 3 p.m. CT, and the fighters start hitting the scales at 4. Good luck, Thiago!

Where: Zanies, 230 Hawthorn Village Commons; Vernon Hills
Lowdown: The night before every UFC event, Joe Rogan traditionally books a standup appearance at a local comedy club. Though Zanies is a little off the beaten path — Vernon Hills is about 35 minutes away the Allstate Arena — it’ll be a great place to mingle with other fun-loving UFC fans on Friday. Joe’s set starts at 8 p.m.; tix are $25 and there’s a two-item (food/drink) miminum. Coincidentally, Carlos Mensteala will be doing appearances at the Rosemont Theatre this weekend. Could we be seeing a repeat of this scene at some point?

Where: Spy Bar, 646 N. Franklin St.
Lowdown: If you’ve ever wanted to be in the background of one of Tracy Lee’s party pics, here’s your chance. The photo blog known for pictures of fighters eating and hot females posing turns a year old, and the word is that some well-known fighters will be helping them celebrate. Festivities kick off at 11:30, so you’ll have more than enough time to make it over after Rogan tells his last joke.

After the jump: So many after parties, so little time…


Where: Crobar, 1543 N. Kingsbury
Lowdown: Party like a champion. One of Chicago’s most well-known clubs will be hosting a blow-out for the Spider after his fight, so go here to buy a $10 ticket in advance, or call 312.266.1900 for a table reservation.

Where: Moda, 25 W. Hubbard
Lowdown: An all-star cast of fighters — including Randy Couture, Gina Carano, Frank Trigg, Tyson Griffin, and Jay Hieron — will be representing Xtreme Couture at the scene-y, stylish space known as Moda. Call 312-505-9898 for a table or to RSVP for $10 admission.

Where: Enclave, 220 W. Chicago Ave.
Lowdown: The beloved UFC All Access host and Playboy cover girl gets her own bash at the 15,000-square-foot freak factory Enclave. Click here to get free admission before 11 p.m. — you know, if you don’t mind missing the Silva/Cote fight.

Where: Manor, 642 N. Clark St.
Lowdown: Probably the siiiiiiickest, craaaaaaziest, most world-class, high-level after party of the night. If you caught Joe’s set at Zanies on Friday, head to Manor and shout out your favorite bits at him. He’d love that. (Actually, he’ll probably be too busy explaining his new tattoo to the fighter-groupies in the VIP section.)

Where: Level, 1045 N. Rush St.
Lowdown: Fightchix and Eminent Lifestyle will be holding it down with special guest Fabricio Werdum (“and other UFC fighters”).

Where: The Fifty/50, 2047 Division St.
Lowdown: So this is how the other half lives. The King’s after party isn’t at one of those fancy dance clubs, but at a sports bar known for its fried apps and sandwiches. It’ll be a decidedly smaller-scale affair, but if you just want to get a couple drinks after UFC 90 without worrying about doormen, awful DJ music, and overcrowded spaces, this may be your best bet.

Where: Rednofive, 440 N. Halsted St.
Lowdown: Pete Sell, Rich Clementi, Matt Serra, and for some reason Shonie Carter will be hosting a party at Rednofive, which features a bumpin’ club upstairs and a more chilled-out lounge downstairs. Music will be provided by “official UFC/WEC DJ” Mikey Swift, and if you’re a baller on a budget, bottles of Belvedere will be available for $150. Close your eyes and you’ll swear you’re in Long Island!


Where: Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare, 5440 North River Road; Rosemont
Lowdown: Luckily, you have all Sunday to sober up. If you’re a fighter looking for a spot on The Ultimate Fighter: Team U.S. vs. Team U.K., open auditions will be held in Rosemont on Monday morning. Registration begins at 9 a.m., and tryouts kick off at 10. Applicants should be prepared to grapple and box. For more on what to expect when you get there, watch this and read this.

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Anonymous- October 30, 2008 at 4:22 pm
raze- October 23, 2008 at 2:51 pm
Man, why oh why must I have to miss all the goodness that's going on tonight? Oh well, I'll be at the event, and probably at f'in pays to know people!
bmwtech- October 23, 2008 at 10:56 am
Kimbo will also be at the crown plaza trying out for TUF at 11 a.m.(keeping my fingers crossed!!!)
jack- October 22, 2008 at 10:16 pm
Yeah matt hughes really is at abt. I am in line now. It is really not a great turn out. Maybe 50 people in line.
walrus- October 22, 2008 at 9:22 pm
Jesus Christ, there's so much for me to fuckin do.

Unfortunately, I don't think they'll let me in the afterparties; I'm not 21.
shitwhistle- October 22, 2008 at 9:10 pm
Well played boober. Beat this eleven year old to the punch.

I actually thought that Jack Morris' comment was gonna be that type of blast, but then realized maybe Matt Hughes really will be at ABT electronics in Glenview today from 6-8.
Mika Casey- October 22, 2008 at 7:52 pm
Just to clarify, the autograph signing is at MMAStop in Lombard - not MMAWarehouse. Wouldn't want anyone driving all the way up here for nothing!
KChuck- October 22, 2008 at 7:06 pm
Lmao @ Boober.
Maggie H.- October 22, 2008 at 6:35 pm
Portillo's wins. Seriously.

And Rednofive will provide the 19-year-old chicks, you provide the fun.
Blackleg- October 22, 2008 at 6:21 pm
Good timing boober.


boober- October 22, 2008 at 6:13 pm
and kimbo slice will be in the alley filmin butt blasters 16 at 7:00 pm
Jack Morris- October 22, 2008 at 5:54 pm
Also Matt Hughes is at ABT electronics in Glenview today from 6-8

Clay Guida , Spencer Fisher & Hermes Franca will be at MMA Warehouse in Lombard today at 6:00 PM

And Robbie Lawler and Matt Hughes will be at the Nordstroms in Oakbrook tomorrow 6-8