T-Mobile Arena, home to UFC, is preparing the world-famous Octagon for championship night consisting of three title fights featuring some of the best athletes competing for the ultimate prize. Here is the main event guide on UFC 245 and what to do in Las Vegas before and after fight night.
Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington
Fists will fly when welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, defends his title against rival, Colby Covington, in the world welterweight championship main event of UFC 245. Usman has won 14 straight fights leading up to UFC 245, and he expects to end his feud with Covington – winner of seven fights in a row – once and for all this December.
Max Holloway vs. Alexander Volkanovski
A no holds barred matchup will take to the center of the Octagon when Max Holloway puts his featherweight title on the line against surging Australian top contender, Alexander Volkanovski.
Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie
History will be made when double-champ, Amanda Nunes, the first woman to hold two UFC belts at the same time, defends her women’s bantamweight crown for the second time against Dutch striker and the first UFC women’s featherweight champion, Germaine de Randamie.
Grab a bite to eat at the newly opened Vagabond Restaurant at Excalibur Hotel & Casino and enjoy live music performances, tabletop gaming, foosball, shuffleboard and more. Or head to Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas for elevated game-time classics and gourmet options from Emeril Lagasse.
If you’re lucky enough to have tickets to the big fight, head over to Beerhaus at The Park across from T-Mobile before to watch the undercard fights, play some bar games, and grab a pint or two from the extensive array of draft and bottled brews.
If you’re a mere mortal sans tickets, going to a UFC viewing party is the next best experience available. Up and down the Strip you’ll find the best spot for you. Enjoy the outdoors and people-watching at Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas, place your bets, and grab a great seat at Moneyline Sport Bar & Book inside Park MGM Las Vegas. Or head Downtown to the Plaza Hotel & Casino and be part of the excitement inside the Events Center. Wherever you go, you’ll get the best seat in the house with a clear view of the fight on multiple screens. Heads up – there may be an entrance fee to these events.
The match is over and you have the rest of the night (or weekend) ahead of you. Good thing you’re in Las Vegas. Make your way to XS Nightclub inside Encore Resort at Wynn Las Vegas and dance the night away to the sounds of The Chainsmokers. Or listen to live bands with your hand-crafted cocktail at the hideaway bar that is The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
With the holidays literally around the corner, make sure to take some time for yourself. Relax with a rare cigar and fine whiskey at Montecristo Cigar Bar inside Caesars Palace, discover a new favorite from the secret menu at Rosina Cocktail Lounge at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, or join the Knights of the Roundtable at Excalibur Hotel & Casino’s Tournament of Kings Holiday Show ’Twas the Knight, where you can eat with your hands and watch the “knightly” battle.
Use these suggestions as a stepping-stone to the many experiences you can have in Las Vegas, fight night or any night!