(PRESS RELEASE) -- Las Vegas – With UFC® 162 just around the corner, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and City of Las Vegas are getting ready to celebrate with UFC Fight Week™, presented by Ultimate Poker. From July 3-6, some of the hottest locations around Vegas will host UFC themed events filled with lots of fighter appearances. The full schedule of events is listed below.
Fans on Twitter are encouraged to join in on the excitement by following @UFC (http://www.twitter.com/ufc) and using the hashtag #UFCFightWeek. Special giveaways and contests, including an Ultimate Poker scavenger hunt with a grand prize Harley-Davidson, will also be announced via the UFC’s Twitter throughout the week. Event details are available at UFC.com/FightWeek (http://www.ufc.com/FightWeek) .
*All times PT; Fighters and talent subject to change.
Wednesday, July 3
1 p.m. UFC Open Workouts XS (Inside Encore at Wynn), 3131 S Las Vegas Blvd. Stars from the upcoming UFC® 162 card including Anderson Silva, Chris Weidman,Frankie Edgar, Charles Oliveira, Dennis Siver and Cub Swanson will host a workout for fans. *Free and open to public (all ages).
5 p.m. UFC Community Day in partnership with Zappos and Boys Town Nevada Learning Village.
Representatives from Zappos and the UFC including UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin, and fighters Carlos Condit, Urijah Faber, Phil Davis, Luke Rockhold,Joseph Benavidez and Daniel Cormier will provide shoes to children from Boys Town Nevada. *Closed to public; Media invited to attend. Thursday, July 4
11 a.m. UFC® 162 Press Conference
MGM Grand, Main Lobby, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. UFC president Dana White and stars from the upcoming UFC® 162 card includingAnderson Silva, Chris Weidman, Frankie Edgar and Charles Oliveira, Tim Kennedy, Roger Gracie, Mark Munoz, and Tim Boetsch will answer questions from media and fans about the upcoming fight. *Free and open to public.
1 p.m. UFC Pool Party with Octagon Girls®
Liquid Pool at Aria, 3730 S Las Vegas Fourth of July pool party hosted by UFC Octagon Girls® and fighters with a DJ. *Admission fee. Ticket information available at UFC.com/FightWeek.
6 p.m. UFC Downtown
Fremont Street Experience – Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, Golden Gate Casino & Hotel, The D Las Vegas and El Cortez Hotel & Casino UFC fighters and Octagon Girls® will sign autographs and take photos with fans at locations on Fremont Street experience. Appearances are listed at UFC.com/FightWeek. *Free and open to public.
8:30 p.m. Three Days Grace concert, presented by Bud Light®
Fremont Street Experience, 425 Fremont Street UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen will kick off a free concert for fans under the Viva Vision canopy at Fremont Street Experience. *Free and open to public.
Friday, July 5
10 a.m. UFC Fan Expo
Mandalay Bay Convention Center, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd. Activities at the two-day UFC Fan Expo include Q&A sessions with fighters and talent, autograph and photo sessions, grappling competitions and vendor booths. A complete schedule of main stage activities and fighter autograph and photo sessions is available at UFCFanExpo.com. *Tickets available at UFCFanExpo.com.
4 p.m. UFC 162 Weigh-In
Mandalay Bay Events Center, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd. UFC 162 fighters will official weigh-in prior to Saturday night’s event at MGM Grand Garden Arena. *Free and open to public.
5:30 p.m. TUFF-N-UFF Tournament & Pre-Party
South Point Hotel & Casino, 9777 S Las Vegas Blvd. The TUFF-N-UFF “Festibrawl” pre-party includes food, drinks and live music. UFC fighters Gray Maynard, Travis Browne, Clay Guida and Eric Perez will sign autographs and watch the fight with fans. *Tickets available by calling the South Point Arena Box Office at 702.797.8055 (tel:702.797.8055) or online at SouthPointArena.com.
6 p.m. UFC Party
Lagasse’s Stadium, The Palazzo Resort, 3325 S Las Vegas Blvd. UFC fans will have the opportunity to join UFC fighters, Octagon Girls® and UFC Hall of Famers for an intimate party while enjoying hors d'œuvres created by chef Emeril Lagasse. The event will be hosted by UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes, and Forrest Griffin, welterweight Carlos Condit, heavyweight Daniel Cormier, lightweight Donald Cerrone, lightweight Josh Thomson, middleweight Luke Rockhold, light heavyweight Phil Davis, welterweight Tyron Woodley, host of Best of Pride Fighting Championships Kenda Perez, model Rachelle Leah, and Octagon Girls® Chrissy Blair and Vanessa Hanson.
*Tickets are available for purchase at any Venetian | Palazzo Box Office or by phone at 702.414.9000 (tel:702.414.9000) or at UFC.com/FightWeek.
Saturday, July 6
10 a.m. UFC Fan Expo
Mandalay Bay Convention Center, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd. Activities at the two-day UFC Fan Expo include Q&A sessions with fighters and talent, autograph and photo sessions, grappling competitions and vendor booths. A complete schedule of main stage activities and fighter autograph and photo sessions is available at UFCFanExpo.com. A special UFC Hall of Fame induction for Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 6. *Tickets available at UFCFanExpo.com (http://www.ufcfanexpo.com/) .
7 p.m. UFC® 162: Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman
MGM Grand Garden Arena
A complete fight card is available at UFC.com (http://ufc.com/) . *Tickets are available for purchase at mgmgrand.com (http://mgmgrand.com/) or ticketmaster.com (http://www.ticketmaster.com/) .
7 p.m. UFC® 162: Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman Viewing Parties Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, El Cortez Hotel & Casino, Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa, Palace Station Hotel & Casino and Sunset Station Hotel & Casino UFC fighters will host viewing parties with fans throughout the City. *Appearances listed at UFC.com/FightWeek.
UFC®162: Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT onUFC.TV (http://ufc.tv/) , iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for Standard Definition and $54.99 US/$59.99 CAN for High Definition.
About the Ultimate Fighting Championship® Universally recognized for its action-packed, can’t-miss events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe, the UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto, Beijing and Sao Paulo, UFC produces more than 35 live events annually. The UFC is the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. In 2012, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group for live events and thousands of hours of programming including the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, moving to FOX Sports 1 in September 2013.
In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 145 countries, to nearly 800 million TV households worldwide, in 28 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports Broadcasting Inc. and Australia via Main Event and in French throughout Quebec via Interbox. The UFC also connects with tens of millions of fans through its website, UFC.com, as well as social media sites Facebook and Twitter. UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with nearly 2.5 million followers on Twitter. UFC businesses also include over 90 UFC GYM® locations in 28 US states and Australia, UFC FIT™, an in-home fitness and nutrition program, UFC 360, the internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV (http://ufc.tv/) offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, a new videogame franchise in development with EA, best-selling DVDs, UFC Fight Club®, UFC Fan Expo®, branded apparel and trading cards.