If there's one thing to say about UFC® 229, it's that we've never seen an event quite like it in the promotion's history. From the bottom of the card to the main event (and even after that), fans were treated to one of the most exciting mixed martial arts events in recent history.
Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagedov silenced all of his doubters by pummeling the returning Conor McGregor, defeating the Irishman by submission in the fourth round. Some chaos ensued after the bout, as Nurmagomedov jumped out of The Octagon to confront McGregor's teammates as both teams found themselves in a scuffle.
But after the dust settled, we were left to reflect on an event that changed the entire landscape of the UFC.
Let's take a look back at the time had by our guests with the UFC VIP Experience in Las Vegas!
Our Gold VIPs got a taste of the action even before the official weigh-ins on Friday. We took our guests on a behind-the-scenes tour of the venue, bringing them back to the holding room where fighters and teams that weren't on the card were hanging out beforehand. Picture it as a really nice lounge, but filled with some of the most dangerous fighters on the planet.
Featherweight contender Brian Ortega was there and even took time to give some of the kids that were on the tour a quick fighting lesson!
This was undoubtedly the biggest ceremonial weigh-in in the UFC's 25-year history. Just take a look:
Quite the crowd, huh? Well our VIP guests were front and center for the weigh-ins and got to see all the action, including a few kicks thrown, right in front of their eyes. It was crazy, unpredictable and incredibly fun.
Post Weigh-In Hospitality
After the commotion and showmanship at the weigh-ins, our guests were brought back to hospitality. We had tables set up throughout the venue where two fighters would sit and our guests could line up to take pictures and get autographs. Some of these fighters included Brian Ortega, Kamaru Usman, Justin Gaethje, Mike Perry, Claudia Gadelha and Joseph Benavidez.
And while you weren't waiting in line there was an indoor and outdoor area, both with full bars and food buffets to enjoy yourself during Friday evening.
As the excitement ramped up on Saturday for the big event, our guests hung out and enjoyed all the amenities that came with our premium hospitality. Whether they were relaxing at the bar, enjoying food from the buffet or swapping stories with some of the fighters in attendance, everyone was having a good time in preparation for a night full of bouts.
MIC'D UP WITH MODELO
The most important event in UFC history calls for some of the biggest names in the sport to join us for our Mic'd Up with Modelo session. Before the event, we announced that lightweight contender Justin Gaethje and former women's Bantamweight Champion Miesha Tate would be joining us for the Q&A session, but then we got a little surprise. Current Bantamweight Champion T.J. Dillashaw was in our hospitality and agreed to hop in on the Mic'd Up with Modelo session last minute, giving our VIP guests an unexpected treat. Dillashaw talked about life as the current champion and the training he undergoes, while Tate and Gaethje each touched on their unique journeys to the UFC.
Official Fighter Appearances
One of the best aspects of the UFC VIP Experience is that it gets you as close to the fighters as possible. Here is the full list of those that joined us in hospitality, including a few celebrity guest appearances!
- Brian Ortega
- Kamaru Usman
- Justin Gaethje
- Mike Perry
- Claudia Gadelha
- Joseph Benavidez
- Miesha Tate
- T.J. Dillashaw
- Dustin Ortiz
- Michael Johnson
- Anthony Johnson
- Daniel Cormier
- Holly Holm
- Cat Zingano
- Gina Mazany
- Barb Honchak
We also had some celebrities stop through our hospitality including:
- Leonardo Dicaprio
- Matt Damon
- French Montana
- Steve Howey
- Mark Consuelos
MAIN CARD OFFICIAL RESULTS
|Weight Class||Result||By Way Of|
|Lightweight||Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Conor McGregor||Submission|
|Lightweight||Tony Ferguson def. Anthony Pettis||TKO (Corner Stoppage)|
|Light Heavyweight||Dominick Reyes def. Ovince St. Preux||Decision (Unanimous)|
|Heavyweight||Derrick Lewis def. Alexander Volkov||KO (Punches)|
|Women's Strawweight||Michelle Waterson def. Felice Herrig||Decision (Unanimous)|
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