Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 | 11:57 a.m.
UFC fighter Chris Weidman, who retained his middleweight title Saturday night by defeating Anderson Silva in a memorable fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena, celebrated afterward at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Weidman also partied at Surrender on July 6 after he delivered Silva’s first loss with a TKO to win the title. After his bone-breaking win Saturday night, Weidman tweeted, “On my way to @surrendervegas. It’s my new #Wynning tradition.”
Arriving at Surrender at 1:30 a.m. today after his press conference, Weidman entered the club with minor bruises on his face but was all smiles with his entourage of nearly two dozen. Partygoers went wild as he was introduced, and his name went up on the LED walls throughout the nightclub.
Surrender’s cocktails servers and go-go dancers also welcomed the champion with a confetti blast. Weidman’s group grew to more than 60 and overran a dance-floor table, where Weidman happily posed for photographs with his team and fans during the evening.
The large group moved to the sounds of Morgan Page and vocalist Skylar Grey and enjoyed magnums of Absolut Elyx, Grey Goose and a lot of champagne. At 2 a.m., an exuberant Weidman sprayed the crowd and himself with a magnum of Dom Perignon Luminous after being cheered on by the nighttime revelers.
The celebration continued until 4:30 a.m. Thanks to Aaron Garcia for his photo gallery.
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Encore is nearly a mirror image of the Wynn Las Vegas, from the brown glass exterior to the style and placement of the logo — and it's just as luxurious as the original. Some call Encore the younger, hipper sister of Wynn.
Located steps from Wynn Las Vegas, yet under the same roof, Encore's fanciful and intimate atmosphere is unlike anything anywhere, with an environment that is uniquely Wynn and distinctly Encore.
Steve Wynn spared no detail in his newest property when designing Encore. The casino floor is decorated in rich reds, browns and purples with mosaic butterflies embedded into the marble floors and fresh flowers greeting guests in the casino atrium.
Luxury doesn't end of the casino floor. Encore boasts 2,034 impeccable guest rooms and suites. The standard suites resort accommodations are 700 square feet with the larger suites measuring in at 5,800 square feet. Standard suites guest rooms feature plasma screen TVs, high-end bath products, spectacular views of the Strip, and also plush linens and mattresses, which can be purchased in the Encore store, in case you can't get enough.
Dining options include Chef Theo Schoenegger's fine Italian cuisine at Chef Theo Schoenegger's, Sinatra's and the pan-Asian café creations of Chef Jet Tila at Wazuzu.
Guests can also dine on steaks and chops at star Botero Steak. At Switch, Encore's French restaurant, the walls come to life mid-meal and your surroundings appear to change before your eyes. For decadent, hip Asian dining before or after a night at one of resort’s ultra-chic nightclubs, visit Andrea’s, the newest dining experience at Encore.
XS headlines Encore's nightlife and pool party scene while Danny Gans takes care of humor and entertainment. Encore also features two of the most celebrated nightlife experiences in Vegas, XS Nightclub and Surrender. Both feature main room dance floors that flow outside to pools, patio spaces and gaming areas.
When the temperature rises, don’t miss Encore Beach Club, the premier daylife destination that features three tiered pools and luxurious cabanas and bungalows with private infinity pools.
Encore Esplanade features 11 high-end retail stores, with brands like Hermes, Chanel, Loro Piana and Rock, and Republic Piaget luxury watches. The resort also has a Forbes Five-Star spa, a salon and an 18-hole, on-site golf course, which is adjacent to the Wynn.