UFC Brings It

Whenever UFC comes to town it packs a punch—and UFC 109 was no exception. UFC President Dana White and Hall of Fame fighter Chuck Liddell were at Wasted Space at the Hard Rock Hotel on Feb. 5 and surprised partiers by giving away five dozen tickets to Saturday night’s big matchup. White and Liddell had dinner at N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms on fight night, though at separate tables. (White sat with eight friends, while Liddell shared a meal with 10 others). Randy Couture defeated Mark Coleman in the Octagon that night and followed his big win with a massive steak dinner with 20 friends at Beso at Crystals. After finishing his filet mignon, Couture led his victory party upstairs, where the celebration continued at Eve. UFC All Access host and former Octagon girl Rachelle Leah headed to Tao after the fight, as did her co-host, fighter Rashad Evans, and his wife, LaToya. Former WEC champ Urijah Faber, UFC 112 hopeful Mark Munoz, and fellow fighter Melvin Guillard were also there for the post-109 party, which was presented by Aliens vs. Predator. Meanwhile, UFC referee Herb Dean wasted little time after the fight and headed to Mandalay Place for a few rounds of his own at Hussong’s Cantina. Dean was the first to dip into the AsomBroso at the new Mexican eatery—and he made it a memorable occasion, ordering several shots of the high-end tequila, each costing $225 a pop. While Dean and the others nursed their hangovers and otherwise recovered on Sunday, famed fighter Frank Mir hosted Super Sunday at Blush at the Wynn. Tito Ortiz enjoyed a rather public Super Bowl Sunday, too, and watched the Saints destroy the Colts with friends at Lavo. Ortiz and his entourage—which included his wife, XXX star Jenna Jameson—later moved things to the Venetian, where they had dinner at Lavo’s sister spot, Tao. Still, Ortiz didn’t stray from the Palazzo for long: He later returned to Lavo to celebrate his belated 35th birthday in the club’s VIP.