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As an octagon girl, Holly Madison has a nice seat for UFC 100

After UFC gig, Madison to make mad dash back to ‘Peepshow’ set


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Holly Madison hosts a Peepshow party at Prive in Planet Hollywood.

She’s not yet known as a singer and though she has already competed on TV as a dancer, Holly Madison’s true talent may very well be as a juggler.

The 29-year-old blonde's ambition is making a name for herself as one of Las Vegas’ best commitment jugglers: She seems to be able to walk the red carpet at one place, smile for the cameras at another, appear at a party or two and perform onstage all within the same night.

The former Playboy bunny is able to hop all over town so quickly that, at times, it seems like she is in two places at once – all without the help of a body double or some creepy magician.

As UFC 100 weekend approaches, Madison is gearing up to do what she does best: Look good, and look good in several places within a very short amount of time. She is set to appear in both the UFC 100 octagon and “Peepshow” stage on Saturday.

Madison will make MMA history that night as the UFC’s first celebrity guest octagon girl.

Complicating matters, however, is the fact that the bout in which Madison will make her UFC debut will begin at Mandalay Bay at 7 p.m. – only 60 minutes before the “Peepshow” curtain will begin to rise over at Planet Hollywood.

Still, Madison is confident that both appearances can be done, and done on time.

The former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant will be given a police escort to ensure she makes it back to Planet Hollywood in time for her first performance that night.

She has nothing scheduled between her 8 and 10:30 p.m. shows – yet – though she does do an autograph signing after each performance as part of the “Peepshow” meet-and-greet package.

Still, given Madison’s apparent knack for go, go, go, she may very well agree to give an appearance (or two) in between the two shows, who knows.

Instead of dreading the hectic schedule, though, Madison seems to thrive on it and said she was excited for this coming weekend’s craziness.

“I’m really looking forward to it,“ she said of her upcoming UFC debut. “I’m really glad I could fit it in before my show.”

Still, she regrets that she will have to leave the octagon immediately following her guest appearance and won’t be at the Mandalay Bay Events Center to see Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir face-off in the main event.

“I have to drive back to the Planet Hollywood … so I’m on set for my first show,” she explained. “Hopefully I can figure out a way to record it so I can watch the rest of the fights,” she added.

As guest octagon girl, she will be responsible for holding up the large sign announcing the round number during the first three rounds of the fight.

The seemingly self-conscious yet toned stunner said her duties would also require her to “suck in my stomach.”

She will don the traditional octagon girl get-up for the sold-out centennial event.

Madison was fitted for the costume Tuesday and said the outfit consists of “a short pair of red shorts with a white belt and … a red V-top.”

She also said she was a proud MMA fan.

“I was at (UFC) 98 here in Vegas and also at the Ultimate (Fighting) Championships at the Palms at the Pearl,” she said.

After her “Peepshow” commitments have been satisfied, Madison said she would refocus her attention to the UFC 100 festivities and attend a post-fight party or two.

“I’m not sure which ones I’m going to but I’m definitely going to make the rounds,” she said. “It’s a big night.”

Melissa Arseniuk writes about Las Vegas entertainment and celebrity events. She can be reached at 702-948-7823 or by e-mail at [email protected].

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