Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Fight Club

A bloody holiday weekend brawl at UFC Fight Week

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In the past, you’d either have to be insane (or Johnny Drama in Entourage) to pick a fight with Chuck Liddell.
 
Now all you gotta do is show up at Mandalay Bay for UFC Fight Week on July 4 weekend. Here’s your rundown of the top events.
 
Interactive Training Session With Chuck Liddell
Before he was making cameos on Entourage, Liddell made his bones crushing others' as MMA’s most famous fighter, “The Iceman.” Now it’s your turn to get in the ring with the retired UFC hall of famer/light heavyweight champ to learn his terrifying techniques (tip: don’t ask about those acting skills).
Sat Jul 6 2:30-4:30p. Mandalay Bay Convention Center, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., The Strip. $150 here.
 
MMA Draft Combine
You’ve seen the NFL draft combine. Now meet the UFC version. For the first time, see if you’ve got what it takes by showing your skills in front of UFC draft scouts who will be grading you at 10 different stations testing your athleticism, MMA skills, and mental skills. So please, no crying. Pro tip: No all-nighters before this one.
Sat Jul 6 11a-2p. Mandalay Bay Convention Center, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., The Strip. $85; register here.
 
UFC Fan Expo
Watch the world’s best submission fighters and Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu masters in the Grapplers Quest elimination bouts. Learn about America’s fastest growing sport with UFC bigwigs in Q&A sessions. Or watch 30 of the fittest men and women compete in intensive training competitions during the UFC Gym Challenge.
Fri-Sat Jul 5-6. Mandalay Bay Convention Center, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., The Strip. $40-65 here.
 
UFC 162 Championship Bout
All of this is a mere prelude to the main event: a bruising middleweight championship bout between reigning champ Anderson Silva and undefeated challenger Chris Weidman at the MGM Grand. Get warmed up with 11 preliminary fights before the title tilt, and suddenly pro football doesn’t seem so bone-crushing.
Sat Jul 6 3p. MGM Grand Garden Arena, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S., The Strip. $135-890 here.

UFC Fight Week
Wednesday, July 3 — Sunday, July 6
Mandalay Bay Convention Center, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., The Strip.
(877) 632-7900
ufc.com/fightweek
 
Price: $40-$65 here
Nearby: DAYLIGHT Beach Club; The Light; Citizens Kitchen & Bar

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