It is extremely unusual for an event to live up to the kind of hype that surrounded UFC 168! We are pleased to report that the UFC VIP Experience reality was better than the hype, inside and outside of the Octagon.
Friday Pre-Fight Fun
Our UFC VIP Experience guests kicked off the weekend with reserved floor seating for an exclusive Q&A with long-time UFC Ring Announcer Bruce Buffer, along with surprise guest and Middleweight Title Challenger, Vitor Belfor. Both of these Q&A celebrities provided candid and insightful answers to fan questions for over an hour!
The longstanding tradition of public weigh ins provided for an up-close and personal look at the UFC's bests when they are at their leanest and meanest. Dustin Poirier and Diego Brandao provided some additional fireworks with a little pre-fight pushing and shoving, and our UFC VIP Experience guests were in the perfect spot to see the action. Intense rivals, Rhonda Rousey and Miesha Tate were ready to fight while weighing in and there was clearly no love loss when they squared up after the scale. Champion Chris Weidman and challenger Anderson Silva also took to the scale, and seemed ready to get into the Octagon that second for an unforgettable rematch.
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The Main Event
Fight Day was finally upon us and our UFC VIP Experience guests arrived early to find the best Hospitality Suite in Vegas. The glass table tops, black leather couches and blue-lit interior gave the suite an electric, yet sophisticated atmosphere. The gourmet food came with appetizers, desserts of all kinds, and a personal chef to assist with the main course including ham, turkey, fish tacos, sushi and more! The cocktails were also a delicious addition and allowed guests to skip the long lines in the arena between fights. For the guests who wanted to eat or drink while the fights were happening, several large flat screen TVs were provided for full coverage of the entire event.
The UFC VIP Experience was heightened with an Octagon Tour, which gave guests a chance to roll around on the mat and test their skills.Each of our guests also were given the opportunity to take photos in the Octagon holding the Championship belt, like UFC 168 champions Chris Weidman, Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne and many others did later that night.
Back in the hospitality suite, fighters, celebrities and ring girls came in to mix and mingle with our VIP guests; Forrest Griffin, Chael Sonnen, Urijah Faber, Cowboy Cerrone, Phil Davis, Michael Bisbing and Brittney Palmer to name a few. All of them took pictures, signed autographs and socialized with the crowd throughout the entire day to make the UFC VIP Experience extraordinary.
All Day Giveaways
To add a cherry to the top of an amazing weekend, we brought some incredible giveaways for UFC guests to enter to win throughout the day. These prizes ranged from UFC 360 the magazine and a UFC jump drive, to autographed posters, gloves and hats by Main Card fighters Weidman, Silva, Rousey, Tate, Browne and Josh Barnett! Not only did we give prizes away at our booth the all day, but we brought them right to our winners’ seats so that they didn’t have to leave the UFC action!
Click here to see these winners, along with more pictures from the UFC VIP Experience and the fights!
UFC 168 Main Card
Chris Weidman def. Anderson Silva, TKO (Round 2, 1:16)
Ronda Rousey def. Miesha Tate, Submission (Round 3, 0:58)
Travis Browne def. Josh Barnett, Knockout (Round 1, 1:00)
Jim Miller def. Fabricio Camoes, Submission (Round 1, 3:42)
Dustin Poirier def. Diego Brandao, TKO (Round 1, 4:54)
Fox Sports 1 Prelims
Uriah Hall def. Chris Leben, TKO (Round 1, 5:00)
Michael Johnson def. Gleison Tibau, Knockout (Round 2, 1:32)
Dennis Siver def. Manny Gamburyan, Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
John Howard def. Siyar Bahadurzada, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
William Macario def. Bobby Voelker, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Robbie Peralta def. Estevan Payan, TKO (Round 3, 0:12)