We are back from New York after one of the best UFC events we’ve ever been a part of. Let’s just take a minute to reminisce on this historic event. It was such an honor to be a part of this amazing experience and now I can’t to share about it with you!
Keep reading to get a glimpse into the VIP Experience at UFC 205 and hear our thoughts on how the main card went down.
Our VIP Experience kicked off Friday at Madison Square Garden for the UFC 205 Weigh-ins. And wow, was it insane! We had two sections reserved for our guests: Section C and Section 107. Section C is located on the floor on the right side in front of the stage. Talk about the perfect view of the weigh-ins. Section 107 was located in the risers on the right side of the arena. Our guests in Section 107 had the lower rows so they also had a fantastic view.
Right before the weigh-ins, a few of our guests could go backstage to see some of the fighters, which was definitely a highlight of the day.
There were several other big UFC names floating throughout the arena. Fans flocked to controversial UFC journalist Ariel Helwani for photos. UFC fighter Sage Northcutt also mingled among the crowd.
The crowd went crazy over all the fighters on the 205 card, but of course, certain ones dominated the crowd’s attention and cheers. It should come as no surprise that the crowd went crazy when Frankie Edgar and Chris Weidman crossed the stage seeing as though they are from the New York/New Jersey area and have waited a while for this historic moment.
Enter Eddie Alvarez. He got a bit of a different welcome from the crowd as his fans were drowned out by “boos” from the overwhelming McGregor fan base.
Enter Conor McGregor. Naturally, the crowd went absolutely insane. The majority of people in the arena were likely there for McGregor as we could see from the number of Irish flags being flown throughout. Adrenaline was running throughout everyone’s veins in anticipation for the next night.
UFC fans received quite the surprise when Ronda Rousey and Amanda Nunes showed up following the weigh-ins to face off on stage. Afterwards, while Nunes talked about the upcoming fight, Rousey just stormed off the stage. Apparently, there was not supposed to be an interview at all, unbeknownst to the fans. Did it make Rousey look bad? Sure. But at least Dana White cleared that up a little later.
The day we’d all been waiting for! I woke up ready to go and take on the world. I think every other UFC fan did too. I mean hello, we were in New York for the biggest UFC event of the year.
I arrived at Madison Square Garden around 3:30 to get prepared for the upcoming night. Our VIP program had two hospitality venues for the night: Delta Club and Club Bar & Grill. The Delta Club was located on the floor level, so it was extremely convenient for our guests to make their way to their seats. The Club Bar & Grill was located one floor below – although it was tucked away, the privacy and layout made it an ideal place to be throughout the night. Guests were easily able to take the elevators or escalators to get to their seats.
Our hospitality areas opened at 4:30 pm, with food and drinks being available at 5:00 pm. The venues stayed open until the main card started at 10:00 pm. Guests had access to food buffets and an open bar, which many couldn’t help but take advantage of. Free drinks for five hours? Yes, please.
I hung out in Club Bar & Grill for most of the night and had an absolute blast. Our VIP clients are some of the nicest and most fun people I’ve ever met. Everyone was having a great time, which of course made me have just as much of a good time.
Various UFC fighters made appearances in both hospitality venues including Donald Cerrone, Ricardo Lamas, Sage Northcutt, Matt Hughes, Tim Kennedy, Demian Maia, Jacare Souza, Fabricio Werdum, Junior Dos Santos, Tecia Torres and Nina Ansaroff.
After our VIP hospitality venues closed, we all made our way to our seats for the main card. We had seats located throughout the arena, ranging from the Owner’s Box to floor seats next to the Champions walk to seats located in the risers.
I was one of the lucky ones to be able to snag a seat on the floor next to the Champions Walk. The experience was phenomenal and easily tops the list for best events I’ve ever attended. The atmosphere was electrifying for every single fight. The crowd definitely had their favorites including Chris Weidman, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Stephen Thompson and, of course, Conor McGregor. It’s not that the other fighters didn’t have fans – they were just drowned out.
There were so many amazing moments to recap, but let’s go through just a few. First, it was rather sad to see Chris Weidman get his head/face destroyed – almost everyone was hoping for him to leave a mark in his hometown, but unfortunately for him, Romero knocked him out in the third round via flying knee and punches.
Second, Joanna and Karolina gave us what we all wanted. Five rounds of pure bliss. We knew the champion would put on a show, but wow did Karolina fight back hard. Joanna won by unanimous decision, but props to Karolina for going the distance with her.
Third, all I can really say is goodness gracious did Stephen Thompson put up a fight or what? After narrowly escaping the fourth round and dominating in the fifth, UFC fans thought he’d pull out a win, but Tyron Woodley ended up with a majority draw victory. Talk about heart though. The South Carolina native had the whole arena rooting for him. This definitely deserved Fight of the Night.
Fourth, let’s go back to Thursday’s press conference. McGregor walks in with a mink coat on nonetheless, walks over to Alvarez’s seat, takes the belt off the table and brings it over to his seat. Surprised? No, of course not. It’s Conor McGregor. He does what he wants. Fast forward to the main event. McGregor walks in like he owns the place, which he basically does at this point. I can’t even describe how the arena was. It was insane and that’s an understatement. Eddie Alvarez walks out moments later, and you almost feel for the guy, because this crowd is impossible to go up against. Alvarez had his share of fans, but it was hard to hear them. UFC fans were there for McGregor. New York was there for McGregor.
At this point we all know how it ended. McGregor knocked Alvarez out in the second round. I actually predicted this by the way. Things went about how I expected. Alvarez did not look like himself at all, and McGregor definitely took advantage of it. Before we know it, the fight is over, the crowd erupts, and the rest is history.
New York did not disappoint and neither did these fights. It was everything we hoped it would be. From our great hospitality to the amazing seats and impeccable fights, this easily goes down as one of the best UFC events of all time. Plus, how about those celebrity sightings? We saw Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, Demi Lovato, Madonna, Odell Beckham Jr. and more. We miss it already and can’t wait for the UFC to return to New York once again.
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