Alejandro A. Alvarez / Philadelphia Daily News
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009 | 8:53 a.m.
If you can’t afford the plane fare to Philly or aren’t satisfied with your lack of a home theater, Las Vegas bars and casinos are offering a plethora of viewing options for UFC 101 right in your own backyard, or close enough. The UFC is following up the historic UFC 100 fight card with another stacked ticket you won’t want to miss just because you’re not in Philadelphia.
With his lackluster performance against Georges St. Pierre at “Greasegate” behind him, BJ “The Prodigy” Penn hopes to restore his reputation in the lightweight division against fierce opponent, Kenny Florian. In another much anticipated bout, hometown favorite Forrest Griffin will take on Anderson “The Spider” Silva, who will be stepping back up to the light heavyweight division to take on the original Ultimate Fighter champ. Other key fights feature Amir Sadollah, Kendall Grove and Matthew Riddle.
Most of the Station Casinos will be hosting viewing parties on large screens with a $20 cover at their various locations throughout the Valley. Doors open at 6 p.m. with televised coverage beginning at 7 p.m. Bar Louie at Town Square will be showing the fight and offering $2 Mickey’s Fine Malt Liquor Grenades with no cover but a two-drink minimum. The party starts at 6 p.m. Several PT’s locations will be offering viewing parties with drink and food specials as well.
MMA 30 will host a viewing party at Hawaiian Tropic Zone on the Strip. Following the fight, stick around for the after-fight party hosted by TapouT featuring surprise guest fighters and merchandise giveaways. Immediately following UFC 101, Hawaiian Tropic Zone will also present the MMA 30 premiere episode with Dave Farra.
Station Casino viewing options:
Fiesta Casino in Henderson 702 567-7777
Green Valley Ranch 702 617-7777
Boulder Station Hotel & Casino 702 432-7777
Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa 866 767-7773
Palace Station 702 367-2411
Sunset Station 702 547-7777
Santa Fe Station - Chrome Show Room 702 658-4900
Texas Station Casino 702 631-8156
Aliante Station Casino 702 692-7777
Other sports bars and casinos:
PTs Gold 702 566-9025: $10 cover, multiple drink specials
Bar Louie @ Las Vegas 702 263-0480: no cover, two-drink minimum, $2 Mickey’s Grenades
Blondies Sports Bar 702 737-0444: drink specials and multiple projector screens
Hawaiian Tropic Zone 702-731-4858: reservations recommended, after party following the fight
Monte Carlo Resort & Casino 702 730-7777: in Diablo’s Cantina, $20 cover with a $50 minimum food and beverage requirement, doors open at 4:00 p.m.
PTs Pub @ Spring Mountain Road 702-368-3744: $10 cover, multiple drink specials
Screw Balls Sports Lounge 702 361-4488: no cover, food and drink specials