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.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.