We just returned from a whirl-wind weekend in Las Vegas for International Fight Week and let me tell you, it was AWESOME. As a VIP, we had access to some of the best events and perks unlike any other. The weekend was filled with incredible experiences including one hell of a main card. I’ve got the inside scoop and pictures to prove every awesome moment!
One of the most unique things the VIPs have access to is the weigh-ins. I know what you’re thinking, the weigh-ins are open to the public, how is that VIP? Well as a VIP, we had reserved seats right up front with the sponsors, families, and other athletes. This week there were two fights and we were front and center for both weigh-ins. This event is always fun. You never know who’s going to snap during the face-off and start trash talking or even throw some early punches.
Fighter Meet & Greets
We spent the entire weekend meeting fighters. I swear. It was incredible! The UFC hosted an early morning autograph session both Friday and Saturday morning. Fans lined up for hours to meet their favorite fighters. The VIPs however, were whisked inside via the fast access line and straight to the fighters. Some of the biggest names in the sport were in attendance to meet their biggest fans. Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Cody Garbrandt, Claudia Gadelha, Dustin Poirier, Stipe Miocic, Red Dela Cruz, Max Holloway, Miesha Tate, and Tony Ferguson were just a few of the fighters in attendance. The exclusive meet and greets didn’t end there.
Some of the VIPs were granted “backstage” access before the UFC 213 weigh-in to meet with a select group of fighters. Escorted from our reserved seats by official UFC staff, we entered a special door where Julianna Peña, James Vick, Jorge Masvidal, Rose Namajunas, and Kevin Lee were waiting for us. We spent time chatting with each fighter and posing for photos. What an experience!
If you’re going to attend a UFC fight, there is no other way than to be a UFC VIP. After the cancellation of the main card, I was worried the night would be a bust. Boy, was I wrong. It was phenomenal! After entering the side door exclusive for VIPs and a quick ride up the elevator to the second floor, I was in the Jack Daniels Lounge for the UFC VIP Experience hospitality. The room was expertly decorated with images of the biggest fighters and current champions. The food was delicious and the bartenders were slinging top shelf liquor in their fedoras and overalls. To top it off, the back of the Jack Daniels lounge opens to the floor below allowing for prime prelim fight views.
Every moment felt like a perfect photo opportunity for fans, good thing there was a photo booth putting us right in the octagon! We spent plenty of time posing for a “create your own gif” image that was sent directly to my phone so I could upload to Instagram instantly. What’s better than this? Posing in the photo booth with fighters! That’s right we took a picture in the photo booth with James Vick. Over 20 fighters appeared at the party to relax and mingle with us. It was unbelievable to see so many big names from UFC chatting up fans, eating with fans (and each other), and taking photos whenever asked. These athletes are so cool, sometimes you forget they’re just regular people.
The Main Card
I was worried about the night since the card changed so many times but I must say, this main card was great. Each fight was action packed and gave us something to cheer for. I cheered from my P1 Riser seat which was slightly elevated from the floor giving me the best view of every fight, the owner’s section, and the commentators. The owner’s section and floor seats are just as close with great views of the Octagon®. There really isn’t a bad seat in T-Mobile arena and each VIP was thrilled with their view.
I was most excited for the Pettis vs Miller, the Werdum vs Overeem, and the Romero vs Whittaker fights. All three fights were amazing and worth every penny. Pettis truly returned to the Octagon looking like the “Showtime” we all know and love. This fight was fun and really showed his development in wrestling and striking allowing him to add another win to his resume. Overeem just barely squeezed out this decision win over Werdum and the crowd was stunned. Werdum had the upper hand for much of this bout but the slow first round is what resulted in such a close decision. Romero vs Whittaker was insane. I’ve never seen such crazy jumping before from fighters. Romero was all over the place at one point looking much like a leprechaun. I’m surprised Whittaker lasted as long as he did after a blow to his knee we all heard. Romero was the safe bet in the fight but Whittaker came out swinging and ready for Romero. This fight was exciting, cringeworthy, and one of the best we’ve seen this year. Whittaker has proven he has what it takes to be a champ. Let’s hope he can seal the deal in his next bout with Michael Bisping to win the official Middleweight title.
After the main card and Bisping outburst was over, we got the chance to hop in the Octagon ourseleves! Everyone was given the opportunity to get a photo in the center of the Octagon. It was pretty cool. We were able to take photos and feel like fighters for a breif moment in time. I'm not one to roll around in blood but serval VIPs took to the mat for photos. Pro tip - don't wear heels or shoes you care about! This is a must do for any true UFC fan.
Be a UFC VIP
This weekend was truly unforgettable! Between the fights, meeting the fighters, and exclusive VIP perks, I was blown away by this experience. I can’t wait to do it again! UFC 214 is fast approaching and the VIP Experience will elevate your trip to another level. Get your exclusive VIP access to hospitality, fighter meet & greets, and more today! Call 855.827.5531 or click below for more information.