Twelve years after an injury forced Randy Couture to pull out of his UFC 17 match-up against Mark Coleman, the fighters will meet in the Octagon on Feb. 6.
The pair have faced off only once since that first fight, but that was an unaffiliated freestyle match in 1989 (Coleman won by one point).
Arguably the most popular fighter in mixed martial arts history, Couture is a five-time UFC champion and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame two years before his opponent. Coleman, meanwhile, is a three-time UFC champ and is recognized as “the grandfather of ground-and-pound.”
Other match-ups on the UFC 109: Relentless main fight card include Nate Marquardt vs. Chael Sonnen and Matt Serra vs. Frank Trigg. At Mandalay Bay Events Center, tickets $50-$600. On pay-per-view at 7 p.m. or stream it all live—and for free—on ufc.com.
Germaphobes Rejoice—Game On
If the thought of playing Wii Bowling with the same sweaty controller that was used during last night’s spirited Wii Tennis tournament makes you cringe, well, cringe no more. The company that brought us the dishwasher-safe computer keyboard and totally waterproof universal remote has just unveiled a new line of impervious Wii accessories.
The Seal Shield peripherals are made of anti-microbial, silver ion-infused plastic and come in themed bundles: sports (tennis/golf/baseball/car racing), motion plus (archery/rowing/water skiing/boxing/pingpong, etc.) and Wii Fit (silicon board cover, fitness mat and machine-washable, polyurethane boxing gloves).
So next time you hit the shower after your Wii workout, take your gaming accessories with you. $29.99-$49.99 at various stores, sealshield.com.
Town Square just got a little sweeter thanks to IT’SUGAR. With more than 3,000 items to choose from—including its signature Pop Rocks-infused chocolate bar and what they claim is the world’s largest gummy bear—the confectionery company offers customers the ultimate sugar rush.
Far more than just bulk bins filled with candy, IT’SUGAR is more of a bon-bon boutique that offers innovative and traditional sweets, from “Dechox chocolate” to Charleston Chews, in addition to more diet-friendly gifts and apparel.
Local sugar fiends may already know IT’SUGAR from its “sugar fix spot”
in FAO Schwarz in the Forum Shops
at Caesars, but this is the chain’s first full-size outpost in Las Vegas. What’s more, the store is owned by the same guy responsible for the cavity-inducing Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York.
IT’SUGAR opened its doors late last week, just in time for Valentine’s Day—because nothing says love like chocolate-covered gummy bears. Or a gummy bra, for that matter. At Town Square, itsugar.com.
Cowboy Take Me Away
Home Away from Home on the Range
Alamo, Nev., isn’t known as a jetsetters’ hideaway by any stretch of the imagination, but the quiet community is making a name for itself as a luxury destination thanks to
A Cowboy’s Dream bed and breakfast. The eight-room getaway opened in November
and features jaw-dropping décor, mouth-watering meals and ample opportunity for relaxation (read: no TV).
Located 100 miles north of Las Vegas off U.S. Highway 93, guests are able to “rough it” in high, cowboy riche style. Themed rooms such as the Annie Oakley, the Duke and the Roundup are well-appointed, and yes, city slickers, they have wireless Internet, too. While a night at A Cowboy’s Dream doesn’t come cheap (rack rates are set at $499 a night), guests definitely get what they pay for at this deluxe take on the Old West. 95 Hand Me Down Road, Alamo, NV, 877-885-2236, cowboysdream.com.
Going All In
Talking Trash for a Good Cause
Big-talking poker players will put their money where their mouths are this weekend at the first-ever Trash Talking Championship of the World.
In addition to bragging rights, the winner gets cash, a 20-pound crystal trophy (who doesn’t want that on their mantle?) and a seat at the World Poker Tour Celebrity Invitational in L.A. And there’s more than pride and prizes on the line: Half the pot will go to support the Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Antonio Esfandiari, Andrew Robl and Keith Gipson are among the pros expected to take to the tables on Feb. 6 at the Hard Rock Hotel, while Who’s Your Daddy Inc. CEO Dan Fleyshman (who helped organize the event) and World Series of Poker champ Paul Wasicka are also on the list.
Poker-loving former Playboy Playmate of the Year Sara Underwood will also be there, first to walk the red carpet at 2 p.m., then to mix and mingle on the patio at Vanity at the VIP afterparty, which gets under way at 10 p.m.
Registration for the Trash Talking Championship of the World is $1,000 plus a $70 buy-in. greasiewheels.com.
Las Vegas already enjoys a higher-than-usual number of sommeliers—certified wine-o’s, if you will—and the Strip got wine-snobbier last month.
The Society of Wine Educators recognized MGM Grand master mixologist Kent Bearden and the resort’s sommelier manager, John Paddon, as certified spirit specialists.
Safe to say Bearden and Paddon know their booze. Really know their booze.
The duo are the first SWE Certified Specialists of Spirits in Las Vegas and
join a hyper-exclusive group of beverage experts who hold the title. Less than 100 people worldwide have successfully completed the course and corresponding 100-question exam.
We’ll drink to that—and, as bonafide experts of all things alcohol, we’re thinking they will, too.
iPad: ick or it?
When Apple CEO Steve Jobs last week revealed his company’s latest worst-kept secret, few were surprised. You didn’t need to be a Silicon Valley insider to know the company was coming out with a tablet computer.
The name, however, came as a shocker.
The company that brought us the iPod and the iPhone is now bringing us the iPad.
As if having a name fit for a technologically advanced feminine product of some sort wasn’t bad enough, Apple upped the ick factor by giving the iPad a tagline that sounds like it was inspired by Tampax commercial: “Our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device.”
Thankfully, the California-based tech giant isn’t diversifying its business to include feminine products—it just needs to fire whomever is in charge of naming its products.
The iPad is actually pretty cool (read Gadgets & Tech columnist Eric Benderoff’s opinion on page 82) and appeals to men and women of all ages. It’s an iPod-meets-Kindle-meets-digital-photo-frame-meets-PC, with the ability to download and play music, read e-books, store and view pictures, surf the Web, and more. The digital slate also has an attractive, 9.7-inch touchscreen and nearly 140,000 apps available for download.
Priced from $499, Wi-Fi-enabled iPads ship next month; 3G versions won’t be available until April. From $499, apple.com/ipad.