UFC 92 has been aptly named The Ultimate 2008 for its impressive fight card. This stacked card is “really a card and a half,” according to Frank Mir, who will take on fellow Ultimate Fighter coach, Antonio “Minatoro” Nogueira for the interim Heavyweight belt in one of the three main card match-ups of the night.
Also fighting in a title match are Ultimate Fighter alums Forrest Griffin and “Sugar” Rashad Evans. Evans hopes to take the Light Heavyweight belt away from Griffin who earned it this summer by defeating Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Jackson will face Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva and the winner will likely be the number one contender for a shot at the Light Heavyweight belt in ’09. There has been a lot of trash talking, mainly by Silva, during the buildup to this fight. Silva had to be held back as he attempted to throw punches at today’s weigh in. Jackson, sporting some white fur-trimmed Santa boxers on the scale, took it in stride and seemed very relaxed in the face of Silva’s intimidation attempts. The pair has met twice before in the now defunct Pride organization and Silva was victorious each time.
If you don’t want to order pay-per-view or you can’t afford the steep ticket prices, you can still catch the fight card at several local venues. Televised coverage of UFC 92 will be shown at several of the Station Casinos in town where a $10 cover gets you your first drink free and a chance to watch the fights on several large screens.
Ovation at Green Valley Ranch: Doors open at 6 p.m. 702-617-7777
Sunset Station: Doors open at 5 p.m. 702-547-7777
Red Rock Resort and Casino: Doors open at 6 p.m. 866-767-7773
Chrome Showroom at Santa Fe Station: Doors open at 6 p.m.702-658-4900
Dallas Events Center at Texas Station: Doors open at 5 p.m. 702-631-8156
Scottsdale Ballroom at Aliante Station: Doors open at 5 p.m. 702-692-7777
After you’ve had your fill of punches and jabs in the Octagon, it’s time to hit the after parties. Many of the featured fighters will be hosting their own after-fight parties at clubs all around the Strip.
Chuck Liddell hosts at Studio 54 : Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell hosts his UFC 92 after-fight party at Studio 54. Liddell will announce the lucky winner of the Iceman RX Hummer H2.
CB Dollaway's after-fight party at Hawaiian Tropic Zone: Head to HTZ at Planet Hollywood for an MMA after-fight party hosted by CB Dollaway. The Ultimate Fighter contestant will fight against Mike Massenzio at UFC 92 then come party at Hawaiian Tropic Zone.
UFC Ring Girl Arianny Celeste hosts at Blush: Following UFC 92, ring girl Arianny Celeste will host a party at Blush. The hot brunette will heat up the evening at Blush after she finishes her duties in the Octagon.
Official UFC 92 afterparty at LAX: UFC president Dana White hosts the official UFC 92 after fight party at LAX at the Luxor.
Forrest Griffin hosts an after-fight party at Rok Vegas: Hometown fighter Forrest Griffin will host his official after-fight party at Rok Vegas at New York New York. The winner of The Ultimate Fighter will party it up after his bout with "Sugar" Rashad Evans at UFC 92.
Wanderlei Silva's after-fight party at Tabu: Tabu Ultralounge at MGM Grand will host Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva's after-fight party, sponsored by Xyience energy drinks, following his fight against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
Dean Lister hosts his after-fight party at Cathouse: UFC's Dean “The Boogeyman” Lister will host his after-fight party at Cathouse. After having to drop his shorts to make weight at the official pre-fight weigh in, the Loungerie, peopled with scantily clad ladies is an appropriate after party choice.