UFC Announces First-Ever International Fight Week In Partnership With Las Vegas Convention And Visitors Authority
By FCF Staff
The UFC has partnered with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to produce the first annual International Fight Week, which will take place July 3-7.
The inaugural week long event will feature the largest ever gathering of fighters, the UFC Fan Expo, open workouts with UFC 148 fighters, pool parties and pub crawls hosted by fighters and Octagon Girls a concert and UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II.
“For years the UFC has done a big Vegas show around the Fourth of July weekend and now we’ve made it a focal point in our calendar,” said UFC President Dana White. “For UFC 148, we’ve got fans coming in from all over the country, tons of people from Brazil and Canada and as far away as England, Japan and Australia to see this fight.
“Las Vegas is the UFC’s hometown. This is where our headquarters are, this is where we are from and we’re proud to be contributing to the local economy. The first annual International Fight Week will be awesome, the fans are going to have a fight week experience better than anything they’ve ever had before, and each year we are going to build this thing to the point where every fan on the planet knows they have to come to Vegas for this July fight week at least once in their lives.”
Several Las Vegas properties will be hosting UFC themed events during International Fight Week, including the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, the Palazzo, the Wynn, the Palms, the EA Sports Lounge at the Cosmopolitan, a Fremont Street experience at the D, Golden Nugget, Golden Gate and El Cortez.
The confirmed timetable thus far for International Fight Week includes:
• Final UFC 148 press conference, free and open to public, at Lagasse Stadium at the Palazzo, Tuesday July 3
• Octagon Nation Truck, with fighter appearances and interactive features, will be at the world-famous Fremont Street from July 4 until fight night
• A free 4th July concert at Fremont Street featuring 3 Doors Down
• FUEL TV will be reporting live from Fremont Street on July 4 and 5
• UFC 148 Open Workouts at XS at Wynn
• Pool Parties at the Mandalay Bay and Palms
• July 5 Pub Crawl in downtown Las Vegas hosted by
• UFC Fan Expo, July 6 and 7, at Mandalay Bay
• Rock concert with special guests
• UFC 148 viewing parties throughout the town
• UFC 148 Official After-Party at Tryst Nightclub at Wynn