EA ANNOUNCES ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON AS FAN-SELECTED FIGHTER TO JOIN JON JONES ON THE COVER OF EA SPORTS UFC

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EA ANNOUNCES ALEXANDER GUSTAFSSON AS FAN-SELECTED FIGHTER TO JOIN JON JONES ON THE COVER OF EA SPORTS UFC

 

Fans Cast 11 Million Votes in First Ever EA SPORTS UFC Cover Vote Presented by MetroPCS

 

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC®) announced today that Sweden’s Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson, the no.1 UFC light heavyweight contender,  is the winner of the EA SPORTS™  UFC Cover Vote presented by MetroPCS. Gustafsson will share the first ever EA SPORTS UFC cover with current light heavyweight champion, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, who EA announced last month as the first cover athlete. The two also met in the Octagon® earlier this year. Fans cast over 11 million votes throughout the cover vote program. Gustafsson edged out legendary welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in the final round, emerging victorious from a field of 16 fighters that also included champions Anthony Pettis, Ronda Rousey, Jose Aldo, Chris Weidman and Demetrious Johnson. EA SPORTS UFC will be available for the PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, in the spring of 2014.

 

“It’s a thrill and an honor to appear on the cover of the first ever EA SPORTS UFC game,” said Gustafsson. “I want to thank all my fans who tirelessly campaigned and voted for me. I am proud to have the support of not only my home country, Sweden, and Europe, but also from people all around the globe. This is a huge win that motivates me to become the best light heavy weight fighter in the world.”

 

“This was a great way to engage fans and we are excited that they selected Alexander Gustafsson as the Cover Vote winner,” said Dana White, UFC President. “Europe accounted for nearly 40% of the web traffic to the Cover Vote during the last week of voting. This overwhelming support from UFC fans in Europe is indicative of the sport’s rapidly growing popularity around the world and especially in EMEA. I couldn’t be more excited about the UFC game and the work that the team at EA SPORTS has done.”

 

As part of the MetroPCS EA SPORTS UFC Cover Vote Sweepstakes, one lucky fan who voted will have the chance to be part of Gustafsson’s entourage when he walks out at one of his next fights. Fans are encouraged to check out the MetroPCS Facebook and Twitter to get behind the scenes access to the winner’s experience.

 

Powered by EA SPORTS IGNITE technology, EA SPORTS UFC brings the action, emotion and intensity inside the Octagon to life in ways that were never before possible. The next-generation of True Player Motion not only showcases the diverse, powerful and fluid attacks of elite mixed martial artists through Precision Movement, Dynamic Striking and Strategic Submission Battles, but also brings the combatants to life with Full Body Deformation and Real-Time Exertion. The simulation of Human Intelligence takes leaps forward with the strategic and adaptive MMAi system and is expressed through the most realistic characters ever created in a sports game.

 

EA SPORTS UFC is in development at EA Canada in Vancouver and will be available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in spring 2014. The game is available for pre-order at http://www.origin.com. The game has not yet been rated the ESRB and PEGI; visit www.esrb.org and www.pegi.info for more information. Become a fan of EA SPORTS UFC on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/easportsufc and follow us on Twitter via http://www.twitter.com/easportsufc.

 

EA SPORTS is one of the leading sports entertainment brands in the world, with top-selling videogame franchises, award-winning interactive technology, fan programs and cross-platform digital experiences. EA SPORTS creates connected experiences that ignite the emotion of sports through industry-leading sports videogames, including Madden NFL football, EA SPORTS FIFA, NHL® hockey, NBA LIVE basketball, NCAA® Football, PGA TOUR® golf, SSX™ and EA SPORTS UFC. For more information about EA SPORTS, including news, video, blogs, forums and game apps, please visit www.easports.com.

 

About the Ultimate Fighting Championship®
Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto, Beijing, Singapore and Sao Paulo, UFC produces more than 35 live events annually. The UFC is the largest pay-per-view event provider in the world with events distributed residentially throughout North American cable and satellite providers including iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH Network, Avail-TVN, and in Canada on BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice. 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 on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2 including the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®.

 

In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 145 countries, to 821 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). UFC President Dana White is considered one of the most accessible and followed executives in sports, with over 2.7 million followers on Twitter. UFC businesses also include over 100 UFC GYM® locations, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, UFC FIT™, an in-home fitness and nutrition program, UFC 360, the internationally distributed magazine, a videogame franchise with EA, DVDs and Blu-rays, UFC Fight Club®, UFC Fan Expo®, branded apparel and Topps Trading Cards. For more information visit UFC.com.

 

About Electronic Arts
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: EA) is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment. The Company delivers games, content and online services for Internet-connected consoles, personal computers, mobile phones and tablets. EA has more than 300 million registered players in over 200 countries.

 

In fiscal year 2013, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $3.8 billion. Headquartered in Redwood City, California, EA is recognized for a portfolio of critically acclaimed, high-quality blockbuster brands such as The Sims™, Madden NFL, EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Need for Speed™, Battlefield™ and Mass Effect™. More information about EA is available at www.ea.com/news.

 

EA SPORTS, The Sims, SSX, Need for Speed, Mass Effect and Battlefield are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. and its subsidiaries.  Ultimate Fighting Championship®, UFC®, The Octagon™ and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks, trademarks, trade dress or service marks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC and affiliated entities in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks referenced herein may be the property of Zuffa, LLC or other respective owners. John Madden, NFL, NCAA, NHL, NBA, PGA TOUR and FIFA are the property of their respective owners and used with permission.  “PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

About MetroPCS
MetroPCS provides the freedom and convenience of unlimited, no-annual-contract wireless services on an advanced nationwide 4G LTE network for a flat rate. With MetroPCS, customers get great value and a wide variety of device choices from leading brands. A flagship brand operated by T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: “TMUS”), MetroPCS products and services are available online and across the United States through a network of company-owned stores, authorized dealer locations, and leading national retailers. For more information, please visit www.metropcs.com.

Riviera Casino & Hotel Hosting UFC Viewing Parties in August

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Riviera Casino & Hotel Hosting UFC Viewing Parties in August
 
Watch UFC 163 and UFC 164 Live at Queen Victoria Pub

 

Riviera Casino & Hotel is hosting UFC viewing parties at Queen Victoria Pub in August. Fans of UFC are invited to watch UFC 163, Saturday, Aug. 3 and UFC 164, Saturday Aug. 31 live on pay-per-view. Admission for the viewing party alone is $20 or $50 for all-you-can-drink domestic beers and well drinks. Doors open at 5 p.m. Guests must be 21 years of age or older.

UFC 163 on Saturday, Aug. 3 features Jose Aldo versus Chan Sung Jung (Korean Zombie) for the World Featherweight Championship in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The UFC 163 fight card also features Machida versus Davis, Leites versus Watson, Ferrira versus Hestor and Leniker versus Harris.

UFC 164 on Saturday Aug. 31 is between Benson Henderson versus Anthony Pettis for the World Lightweight Championship in Milwaukee, WI. The fight card includes Mir versus Barnett, Mendes versus Guida, Koch versus Poirier and Rothwell versus Vera.

Queen Victoria Pub offers an extensive “Craft” beer selection and a pub menu to entice any appetite. Located near the Casino floor, Queen Victoria Pub is open seven days a week: Sunday-Thursday 11-2 a.m. and Friday-Saturday 11-4 a.m. Ever try a smoked beer, herb beer, or fruit beer? Come visit Queen Victoria Pub and taste something new or enjoy your old favorites. For more information, visit www.RivieraHotel.com.

Riviera’s Queen Victoria Pub will also host viewing parties for the next two UFC events – UFC 165 on Sept 21, and UFC 166 on Oct. 19.

About The Riviera Casino & Hotel
Celebrating more than 55 years of non-stop entertainment, the Riviera Casino & Hotel is one of the iconic casino and hotel destinations in Las Vegas. With over 2,000 hotel rooms and 160,000 square feet of convention space, the Riviera brings a rich tradition of quality, service and hospitality excellence. Located on the north end of Las Vegas Boulevard, the Riviera features over 100,000 square feet of casino space with all of the latest games. Headlining entertainment includes illusionist Jan Rouven; the legendary Crazy Girls; and nightly performances inside the Riviera Comedy Club. Queen Victoria Pub offers an extensive “Craft” beer selection and a pub menu to entice any appetite and R Steak & Seafood headlines wonderful dining options, providing “affordable elegance” in a modern setting. For more information on the Riviera’s amenities, visit www.RivieraHotel.com  .

MANDALAY BAY Resort and Casino ~ Entertainment/Nightlife/Sports and Special Events Listing

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MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER

JOE ROGAN
TV personality Joe Rogan will bring his unique brand of stand-up comedy to the Mandalay Bay Events Center Friday, Feb. 1. Since 2002, Rogan has provided color commentary for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He was the host of the hugely successful reality show, “Fear Factor,” for six seasons on NBC and played Joe Garrelli, the resident electrician, on the hit NBC comedy series “NewsRadio.”

Date: Friday, Feb. 1
Time: 9 p.m.
Prices: $30 and $40 (not including applicable service charges)
Buy: Tickets are now on sale at any Mandalay Bay box office outlet and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

UFC 156: JOSE ALDO vs. FRANKIE EDGAR
The big football weekend gets bigger when the featherweight title super fight between reigning champion Jose Aldo and former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, Feb. 2 for
UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar. Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem also will return to the octagon to battle Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, while former UFC light heavyweight champion “Suga” Rashad Evans meets Rogerio “Lil Nog” Nogueira in a pivotal 205-pound clash. Aldo, from Rio de Janeiro, will enter the octagon with a record of
21-1. New Jersey native Edgar owns a record of 14-3-1.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 2
Time: Doors open at 3 p.m.
Prices: $75, $125, $225, $350, $500 and $750
Buy: Tickets are now on sale at any Mandalay Bay box office outlet and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

P!NK
GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter and pop culture icon P!nk will take over the Mandalay Bay Events Center Friday, Feb. 15, marking the second stop on The Truth About Love Tour presented by COVERGIRL. P!nk, known worldwide as one of the most captivating live performers of her generation, will tour North America in support of her new album The Truth About Love. Since her debut in 2000, she has sold more than 40 million albums, 65 million singles, nearly 20 million digital tracks, more than one million DVDs and has had 12 singles in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

Date: Friday, Feb. 15
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Prices: $59.50, $89.50 and $139.50 (not including applicable service charges)
Buy: Tickets are now on sale at any Mandalay Bay box office outlet and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Superstar Carrie Underwood will continue her critically acclaimed Blown Away Tour in 2013 including a stop at the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, March 2. Blown Away debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart and on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart. The album’s first two singles, “Good Girl” and “Blown Away,” also reached No. 1. A donation of $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg of the Blown Away Tour will support Red Cross disaster relief.

Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 8 p.m.
Prices: $45, $55 and $65 (not including applicable service charges)
Buy: Tickets are now on sale at any Mandalay Bay box office outlet and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com

MAROON 5
Following the release of its best selling new album, Overexposed, GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist
Maroon 5 will bring its 2013 North American tour to the Mandalay Bay Events Center Saturday, March 16. Overexposed features a series of chart-topping singles including “Payphone,” which went to No. 1 on both the Top 40 and Hot AC charts, and “One More Night,” which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot for several consecutive weeks. Maroon 5 will be joined by Neon Trees and Owl City as the tour makes 31 stops across North America.

Date: Saturday, March 16
Time: 8 p.m.
Prices: $39.50, $69.50 and $99.50 (not including applicable service charges)
Buy: Tickets are now on sale at any Mandalay Bay box office outlet and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com

MUSE
Since 1994, Muse has released five studio albums, selling more than 15 million albums worldwide. The group, Matt Bellamy, Dominic Howard and Chris Wolstenholme, comes to the Mandalay Bay Events Center shortly after releasing its sixth album The 2nd Law. Muse’s previous album The Resistance reached No. 1 in 19 countries worldwide and won numerous awards including a Best Rock Album GRAMMY Award. In July, Muse’s song “Survival” was used as the official song of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Date: Sunday, March 17
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Prices: $39.50, $49.50 and $65 (not including applicable service charges)
Buy: Tickets are now on sale at any Mandalay Bay box office outlet and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com

RIHANNA
Multi-platinum and GRAMMY Award-winning superstar Rihanna will bring her RIHANNA DIAMONDS WORLD TOUR to the Mandalay Bay Events Center Friday, April 12. As the recipient of six GRAMMY Awards, Rihanna has sold more than 37 million albums and 146 million digital tracks worldwide, and currently holds the record for top-selling digital artist of all-time. Rihanna’s impressive catalogue of hits features 11 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 including “We Found Love,” and 18 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Dance Club Song Charts.

Date: Friday, April 12
Time: 8 p.m.
Prices: $50, $75, $125 and $175 (not including applicable service charges)
Buy: Tickets are now on sale at any Mandalay Bay box office outlet and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com

ONE DIRECTION
The English-Irish boy band One Direction will perform at Mandalay Bay Events Center August 2 – 3 as part of its
2013 World Tour. One Direction was formed after its five members competed in the seventh season of the British television competition “The X Factor.” The group’s two albums Up All Night and Take Me Home, released in 2011 and 2012 respectively, broke several records, topped the charts and generated the singles “What Makes You Beautiful” and “Live While We’re Young.”

Date: August 2 – 3
Time: 8 p.m.
Prices: $49.50, $79.50 and $99.50 (not including applicable service charges)
Buy: Tickets are now on sale at any Mandalay Bay box office outlet and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com

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HOUSE OF BLUES

CARLOS SANTANA
In 2012 legendary musician Carlos Santana began a two-year run of his unique performances – “An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live – Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow” – in the specially re-configured House of Blues at Mandalay Bay. The residency resumes with the following 2013 dates:

Dates: January 19 – 20; 23; 25 – 27; 30; February 1 – 2;
May 1; 3 – 5; 8; 10 – 12; 22; 24 – 26; 29; 31; June 1 – 2
Time: 7 p.m.
Prices: $99, $119, $129 and $154 (not including applicable service charges)
Buy: Tickets are now on sale at any Mandalay Bay box office outlet, the House of Blues Box Office and all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com, www.ticketmaster.com or Santana.com.

HOUSE OF BLUES CONCERT CALENDAR
All tickets are subject to additional facility fee and service charges. Some restrictions may apply to select shows. Tickets can be purchased at the House of Blues Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (877) 632-7400 or (702) 632-7600. House of Blues offers breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week and opens at 8 a.m. Contact the House of Blues Box Office at (702) 632-7600 for additional information.

DATE/DOORS OPEN ACT PRICES STARTING AT

January 11 – 5 p.m. The Used with We Came as Romans, $89.50 (must be 18 years of age)
Crown The Empire and Mindflow

February 14 – 7:30 p.m. Rebelution with J Boog and Hot Rain $20 (must be 18 years of age)

February 23 – 8 p.m. Marilyn Manson with Butcher Babies $49.50 (must be 18 years of age)

HOUSE OF BLUES – WEEKLY LATE-NIGHT EVENTS

Locals 1.2.3 Program: Attention local concert fans – House of Blues offer the Locals 1.2.3 Program! By presenting ID at the box office prior to the day of the concert, Nevadans receive concert tickets with no service fees (valid for select concerts only) and a Local Drink Pass voucher which caps the domestic beer price at $6. Tickets and vouchers must be presented at the door the day of the show to be honored. Additionally, locals receive a 25% discount when dining or shopping at House of Blues.

VIP Service: Coming to Vegas? Party like a rock star at House of Blues with VIP treatment! With VIP service you will receive front-of-line VIP admission, VIP seated area, VIP cocktail waitress and bottle service with mixers. VIP service is available for the late night events. VIP packages start at $200. Call (702) 632-7699 or email lvviprelations@hob.com for more details.

Wednesdays: Nothing But the Blues – Featuring an evening of live blues music in an up-close, intimate setting inside the popular courtyard in the House of Blues Restaurant.
Free admission. All ages. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Thursdays: Acoustic Strip – Vegas promoter and musician Michael Soli brings unsigned bands and solo artists to House of Blues. The night features live, original music not seen or heard anywhere else on The Strip. Free admission. All ages. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Fridays: Rockstar Karaoke – Rockstar Karaoke puts the guest center stage with a full band providing the rhythm, guitar and backing vocals while guests belt out their favorite songs from a list of 200 Rockstar Karaoke mega-hits. No cover charge, two drink minimum. VIP packages available in advance at the Box Office. 21+  beginning at
10 p.m.

Saturdays:Live Blues Music – Live bands performing in the Courtyard. The music begins at
9 p.m. Free admission for all ages.

Sundays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – The World Famous Gospel Brunch features an All-You-Can-Eat Southern Style Buffet, All-You-Can-Drink Bar and Live Gospel Entertainment.
$37 for adults and $17 for children 12 years of age and under. Praise the Lord and Pass the Biscuits.

Motown, Rhythm and Blues – Ronnie Rose Band entertains the Sunday night crowd beginning at 8 p.m. Free admission for all ages.

 

NIGHTLIFE

EYECANDY SOUND LOUNGE & BAR
Located in the center of Mandalay Bay’s casino floor, eyecandy sound lounge & bar features an inviting atmosphere, chic design and plush seating. A contemporary twist on the typical Las Vegas lounge, eyecandy combines revolutionary sound stations, intricate lighting design and a dance floor with an ever-changing landscape to form a one-of-a-kind sensory experience. This setting offers an exclusive getaway, just steps from the casino floor.

Dates: Daily
Hours: eyecandy bar: Opens at 11 a.m.
eyecandy sound lounge: Opens at 6 p.m.
Admission: Admission is complimentary. Guests must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID.
Contact: Call (702) 632-7985 for more information

miX LOUNGE
Located on the 64th floor of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, this hot spot is one of the most stylishly hip lounges in the city. The lounge presents stellar cocktail concoctions, an innovative bar menu and a seductive blend of music spun by savvy DJs while surrounded by breathtaking views of The Strip.

Dates: Nightly
Hours: Opens at 5 p.m.
Admission: Cover charges apply pending day and special events. Guests must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID.
Contact: Call (702) 576-1551 for more information

FOUNDATION ROOM
Located on the 43rd floor of Mandalay Bay and showcasing the best view of the Las Vegas Strip, Foundation Room provides world-class dining and an unparalleled nightlife experience.

Dates: Nightly
Hours: Lounge Hours: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Dining Room: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday – Thursday;
6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday
Admission: Cover charges apply pending day and special events. Guests must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID.
Contact: Call (702) 632-7614 for more information
Note: Foundation Room has a membership program with exclusive benefits. To find out more about the services included in a Foundation Room membership or to schedule a personal tour, call (702) 632-4775.

LOUNGES

MIZUYA LOUNGE
Live entertainment and dancing nightly.

Act: The Guilty Pleasures
Dates and Times: January 6 – 7; 13 – 15: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
January 9; 17; 24; 30: 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Act: The Rebels
Dates and Times: January 3; 9 – 10; 17; 24; 26; 31: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
January 15; 22: 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Act: Patty Janura
Dates and Times: January 4; 18 – 19; 21 – 23; 28 – 30: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
January 3; 11 – 12; 16: 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Act: Phoenix
Dates and Times: January 4 – 5; 8; 10; 18 – 19; 29; 31: 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Act: The Definitives
Dates and Times: January 5; 11 – 12; 25: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Act: The Limit
Dates and Times: January 6 – 7; 13 – 14; 20 – 21; 27 – 28: 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Act: The Riff Rafters
Dates and Times: January 8; 16; 20; 27: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
January 23: 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

Act: Fairchild
Dates and Times: January 25 – 26: 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

ORCHID LOUNGE
Live entertainment and dancing.

Act: TJ Tyler Trio
Dates and Times: January 4 – 5; 11 – 12; 18 – 19; 25 – 26: 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

THE LOUNGE
Live entertainment and dancing are featured Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Act: Mark B
Dates and Times: January 4 – 5; 25: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Act: Ali Bros
Dates and Times: January 11 – 12; 19; 26: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Act: DJ
Dates and Times: January 18: 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 

ATTRACTIONS

SHARK REEF AQUARIUM
Not your typical aquarium, Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay is a total sensory experience designed to transport visitors to an undersea ocean of fantastic sights, sounds and encounters. See sharks, sawfish, giant rays, green sea turtles, piranhas, a rare Komodo Dragon, a Giant Pacific Octopus, a Shark Ray and Golden Crocodiles in North America’s only predator-based aquarium. There are more than 2,000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of seawater including 15 species of sharks!

Dates: Daily
Hours: Sunday – Thursday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
(last entry is one hour prior to close)
Admission: Adults: $18; Children (5-12 years): $12; Children (4 and under): Complimentary
Annual passes can be purchased and are valid for one year from purchase date;
Adults: $40; Children (5-12 years): $25; Children (4 and under): Complimentary
***Nevada Resident Discount: present valid I.D. at the box office and receive a discounted admission price.
Contact: For more information, call (702) 632-4555 or visit www.mandalaybay.com or www.sharkreef.com.

***Guests can choose three attractions from five venues at MGM Resorts Las Vegas properties and pay only $54. Tickets can be purchased in person at participating MGM Resorts International box offices (excluding Circus Circus), or by calling (866) 606-7111.

TICKETS FOR UFC 153: ALDO VS KOCH ON SALE THIS THURSDAY, AUGUST 23

TICKETS FOR UFC® 153: ALDO VS KOCH ON SALE THIS THURSDAY,
AUGUST 23, AT 7 P.M. ET

JOSÉ ALDO vs. ERIK KOCH
VITOR BELFORT vs. ALAN BELCHER
GLOVER TEIXEIRA vs. QUINTON ‘RAMPAGE’ JACKSON

The stars of UFC® 153: ALDO vs KOCH took over Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, launching ticket sales and officially kicking off the countdown to the event on October 13 at the HSBC Arena.

UFC featherweight champion José Aldo, No.1 contender Erik Koch, co-main event middleweight Vitor Belfort, Glover Teixeira and ‘Rampage’ Jackson spent time with Brazilian media and posed for a special photoshoot at “Arcos da Lapa”, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, ahead of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization’s third event in Rio.

UFC® 153 will be the fourth Brazilian UFCevent in just over a year and will be headlined by UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (21-1-0) colliding with young American talent Erik Koch (13-1-0). In the co-main attraction iconic Brazilian puncher Vitor Belfort (21-9-0) faces off against the dangerous Alan Belcher (17-5-0) in a middleweight battle and, in a special attraction at light heavyweight, one of the biggest names in mixed martial arts history – twice-over world champion ‘Rampage’ Jackson (32-9-0) – takes on the challenge of the feared Brazilian contender Glover Teixeira (18-2-0).

Brazilian welterweights Erick Silva (14-2-0, 1NC) and Demian Maia (16-4-0) round out the main card, taking on former UFC title challenger Jon Fitch and Rick ‘the Horror’ Story, respectively.

Tickets for UFC® 153: ALDO vs KOCH go on sale Thursday August 23, at 7 p.m. ET and are priced at: Stands (R$ 275); Special Seats (R$ 850); Premiere Seats (R$ 1.800), Premiere Octagon (R$ 1.800). Fans from around the world can purchase tickets online at www.ticketsforfun.com.br or charge by phone +55-21-4003-5588.

Official UFC®153: Aldo vs Koch card*

Main Card
Jose Aldo vs Erik Koch
Vitor Belfort vs Alan Belcher
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs Glover Teixeira
Jon Fitch vs Erick Silva
Demian Maia vs Rick Story

PreliminaryCard
Rony Jason vs Sam Sicilia
Gabriel “Napão” Gonzaga vs Geronimo “Mondragon” dos Santos
Diego Brandão vs Joey Gambino
Francisco “Massaranduba” Trinaldo vs GleisonTibau
Sergio Moraes vs Renee Forte
Luiz “Banha” Cane vs Chris Camozzi
Cristiano Marcello vs Reza Madadi

*All bouts live and subject to change. For more information or current fight news, visit www.ufc.com.

PHOTO CREDITS: UFC®

UFC Featherweight Champion José Aldo and No.1 contender Erik Koch
Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson and Glover Teixeira
Vitor Belfort

 

‘Rampage’ Jackson, Vitor Belfort, José Aldo, Erik Koch and Glover Teixeira

About Ultimate Fighting Championship®

Universally recognized for itsaction-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 and Beijing, UFC produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. In 2011, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group in the USA. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This also includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®.

In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 149 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. 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 over two million followers on Twitter. Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed magazine, UFC.TV offering live event broadcasts and video on demand around the world, the best-selling UFC Undisputed® video game franchise distributed by THQ, and a new franchise in developmentwith EA, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel and trading cards.

BRAZILIAN EDITION OF REALITY SHOW THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER DEBUTS ON MARCH 25

BRAZILIAN EDITION OF REALITY SHOW
THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER® DEBUTS ON MARCH 25

For American and Canadian audiences: All 13 episodes of the first international edition of TUF will air on TUF.tv Sunday night at midnight ET / 9:00 p.m. PT

Champions Anderson Silva, Junior Dos Santos and Jose Aldo and former champions Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua all make appearances

 

Seven years after its debut in the United States, in 2005, the first international edition of the famed reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter® begins in Brazil.  Co-produced by Brazilian production company Floresta, the inaugural Brazilian version of the show is the first time a TUF series was filmed outside of the United States.

The Ultimate Fighter – Brasil® features UFC legends Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort as the coaches of the first season, which features both the featherweight (145 lbs) and middleweight (185 lbs) divisions. As is standard on this series, the coaches will face-off in a highly anticipated live rematch in June for the grand finale.

The Premiere episode will showcase elimination bouts, narrowing down the initial group of 32 fighters to the final 16 who will move into the TUF house. From there, theywill be split between “Team Vitor” and “Team Wanderlei” and face weekly eliminations until the finale, where a winner from both weight classes will be declared The Ultimate Fighter® and win an international UFC contract.

The highly anticipated Premiere is scheduled to air Sunday night, March 25, on Rede Globo in Brazil after the Big Brother finale. All 13 episodes will first air on Rede Globo in Brazil Sunday nights and then on TUF.tv in the United States and Canada at midnight ET / 9:00 p.m. PT.

The initial 32 contestants, in  both the featherweight and middleweight divisions, hail from 15 of the 26 states inBrazil and represent a diverse cross-section of the country including São Paulo (8), Paraná (4), Rio de Janeiro (3), Amapá (2), Santa Catarina (2), Ceará (2), Brasília (2), Rio Grande do Norte (2). Also, the states of Minas Gerais, Roraima, Bahia, Mato Grosso do Sul, Espírito Santo, Amazonas and Paraíba have one representative each.

Althoughmany of the details will be kept under wraps until the Premiere, it has been revealed that a few famous personalities visited the house and training center during the taping. There are special appearances by UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos, UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

The series is one of the mostsuccessful sports reality shows in the US, having discovered some of the most talented fighters in the UFC. It has also helped leverage the promotion’s popularity amongst American audiences. The first edition, which had UFC legends Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture as coaches, featured big names such as Diego Sanchez (middleweight winner of that season), Forrest Griffin (light heavyweight winner), Josh Koscheck, Stephan Bonnar and Kenny Florian.

A part last season’s featherweight winner, Diego Brandão, the first Brazilian to ever win the show, other Brazilian fighters have appeared on previous editions. Heavyweight icons Rodrigo “Minotauro” and Dos Santos have been coaches. Minotauro appeared on the eighth edition, which aired in 2008, against former UFC Heavyweight Champion FrankMir. Both winners from that season, light heavyweight Ryan Bader and lightweight Efrain Escudero, were members of “Team Nogueira”. Brazilian fighter Vinicius “Pezão” Magalhães was one of the finalists from that edition, but lost the title to Bader. Dos Santos competed against former champion Brock Lesnar on the 13th season. The Brazilian TUF pioneer was Jorge Gurgel, eliminated on the eighth episode of the second season.

 

This season’s contenders include:

Flyweight

Name: Alexandre Ramos
Nickname: Sangue
Age: 23 years old
Record: 5-0
Fighting out of: Curitiba (PR)
Features: Single, no kids, Sangue built his career on Brazilian events, like Brave FC, where he made his debut, and also on Brazilian Fight League. Aside from his win via decision over Marcos Bicudo, all his bouts were finished in the first round by submission or knockout.

Name: Rony Mariano Bezerra
Nickname: Jason
Age: 27 years old
Record: 10-3
Fighting out of: Mossoró (RN)
Features: Single dad with two kids, “Jason” won seven of his fights via submission. One of them, over Felipe Sertanejo who now fights in the UFC, via triangle choke. Bezerra also fought Renan Barão, in2006, with a loss via split decision.

Name: Godofredo Pepey
Nickname: None
Age: 24 years old
Record: 8-0
Fighting out of: Fortaleza (CE)
Features: Single, no kids, Pepey teaches Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai, showcasing his versatility. Six of his wins were by submission and the other two by knockouts.

Name: Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini
Nickname: Vina
Age: 31 years old
Record: 19-3-1
Fighting out of: Curitiba (PR)
Features: Single, no kids, Vina’s record shows he’s good both standing and on the ground. Six wins by knockout and 13 by submission. None of his wins were decided by the judges.

Name: Anistávio Medeiros
Nickname: Gasparzinho
Age: 23 years old
Record: 12-7
Fighting out of: Natal (RN)
Features:  Single, no kids, Anistávio has plenty experience for a 23 year old. Of his 19 bouts, he has two losses over big names like Renan Barão and Willamy Freire.

Name: Johnny Gonçalves
Nickname: Cabeça
Age: 22 years old
Record: 4-0
Fighting out of: Taubaté (SP)
Features:  Single, no kids, the student is a specialist in Muay Thai, which he also teaches. Two of his four wins were by knockout. The other ones were by decision.

Name: Hugo Viana
Nickname: Wolverine
Age: 29 years old
Record: 5-0
Fighting out of: Salvador (BA)
Features: Single, no kids, the physiotherapist Wolverine in undefeated in MMA, but yet, as never submitted or knocked out an opponent. All his wins are by decision.

Name: Fernando Duarte Guerra
Nickname: None
Age: 28 years old
Record: 10 -1
Fighting out of: Dourados (MS)
Features: Married, with no kids. Fernando is a physical education teacher. Fighting MMA professionally since 2009, most of his wins (six) were earned by decision.

Name: Rodrigo Damm
Nickname: None
Age: 31 years old
Record: 9-5
Fighting out of: Vila Velha (ES) Features: Married and father of three kids, Damm is the most experienced flyweight on the show. He fought in big international events, such as Bodog Fight, Sengoku and Strikeforce.

Name: John Teixeira
Nickname: John Macapá
Age: 25 years old
Record: 12-0-1
Fighting out of: Macapa (AP) Features: Single, no kids, Teixeira began his career with four wins by armbar. He has managed eight victories by submission, two by knockout and three by decision.

Name: Rafael Bueno
Nickname: None
Age: 24 years old
Record: 7-1
Fighting out of: Bragança Paulista (SP) Features: Single no kids, Rafael is a fighter, but also makes a living as a coach. In his career, he has fought eight bouts, won seven and lost only the last one. He finished five of his fights and knocked out two opponents.

Name: Wagner Campos
Nickname: Galeto
Age: 30 years old
Record: 11-3
Fighting out of: Pinhais (PR) Features: Married with two kids, Galeto is a pro in MMA since 2006. He likes to fight standing up and has won six fights by knockout. One of his losses was to Jonn Lineker, the Brazilian who recently signed with the UFC.

Name: Peter Noble
Nickname: None
Age: 25 years old
Record: 10-0-1
Fighting out of: Rio de Janeiro (RJ) Features: Single no kids, Peter Noble is one of the great promises of the famous Brazilian Top Team gym. He has finished all of his fights – with seven knockouts and three submissions.

Name: Fabricio Guerrero
Nickname:
Age: 21 years old
Record: 10-0-1
Fighting out of: Santana (AP) Features: Single father with a son Fabricio is the youngest fighter in the show. Although he’s just 21 he’s been here for quite some time and proved to be tough in the ring, undefeated, he won ten matches and had one draw.
Name: Lim Dileno
Nickname: None
Age: 27 years old
Record: 7-0
Fighting out of: Manaus (AM) Features: Single no kids, the fighter and master of Jiu-Jitsu Dileno Lopes honors the tradition of the soft art. Seven of his victories came by submission, showing variations between guillotine (four), rear naked choke (two) and armbar.

Name: Giovanni da Silva Santos Jr
Nickname: Soldado
Age: 24 years old
Record: 10 – 1
Fighting out of: João Pessoa (PB) Features: Married, with kids, Soldado made his debut in MMA with a loss in 2006. Later he recovered and started a 10 consecutive winning streak, five by knockout, a submission and four by decision.
Middleweight

Name: Sergio Moraes
Nickname: None
Age: 29 years old
Record: 6- 1
Fighting out of: Sao Paulo (SP) Features: Single father of two kids, Moraes is a four-time Jiu-Jitsu world champion. Of his six career wins, five have been by submission and one by decision. His only loss was to Brett Cooper by knockout, at Jungle Fight 16 in 2009.

Name: Cezar Ferreira
Nickname: Mutante
Age: 26 years old
Record: 4 – 2
Fighting out of: Belo Horizonte (MG) Features: Married, has a son, Mutante’s last two fights were in the US, with a win over Chaun Sims, and a loss to Elvis Mutapcic. Strong standing up, three of his four wins came by knockout.

Name: Leonardo Mafra
Nickname: Macarrão
Age: 22 years old
Record: 5-0 Fighting out of: Balneário Camboriú (SC) Features: With an MMA career in southern Brazil, Macarrão has three wins by knockout – all in the first round – and two by decision. Aggressive in his standup game, the Chute Boxe Academy fighter bets on his punch power to win in the Octagon.

Name: Daniel Sarafian
Nickname: None
Age: 29 years old
Record: 7 – 2
Fighting out of: Sao Paulo (SP) Features: Strong in the ground game, with six of his seven victories won by submission, Sarafian shows a wide range of moves, including guillotine, armbar, and triangle choke. Of his two losses, one was by knockout.

Name: Gustavo Sampaio
Nickname: Labareda
Age: 35 years old
Record: 5 – 1
Fighting out of: Brasília (DF) Features: Specialist in kickboxing, Labareda is also strong on the ground, getting three of his five wins by submission. He has some international experience, with two wins in two tournaments in Spain.

Name: Fabio Luiz Vital Coast
Nickname: Bolinho
Age: 28 years old
Record: 9-0-1
Fighting out of: Natal (RN) Features: Undefeated in 10 MMA fights, Bolinho won eight of his 10 fights by decision. Of those, only one was a split decision. He also won by TKO against Nilton Santos, at Platinum Fight in 2009, where he last fought.

Name: Richardson Moreira
Nickname: Monstrão
Age: 27 years old
Record: 3 – 0
Fighting out of: Campinas (SP) Features: With three wins in three fights, Monstrão has yet to be pushed past the first round. Adding up the time of his three fights, this Team Nogueira athlete has only fought a total of 4 min. 56 sec. Outside the ring, Monstrão is a graduate in Engineering.

Name: Renee Strong
Nickname: None
Age: 24 years old
Record: 7 – 1
Fighting out of: Fortaleza (CE) Features: With two victories by knockout, two by submission and three by decision, Forte has a good career in MMA. His only loss was by knockout, against Mario Sartori, in IFC, in August 2011. Fighting professionally since 2006.

Name: Joao Paulo de Souza
Nickname: Tuba
Age: 28 years old
Record: 8 – 4
Fighting out of: Curitiba (PR) Features: With 12 fights on his record, including one at Wembley Stadium in London, Tuba has good experience in MMA. His last five fights went to the judges’ decision, and he lost only the last one to Valentino Petrescu.

Name: Francisco Drinaldo
Nickname: Massaranduba
Age: 33 years old
Record: 10 – 1
Fighting out of: Brasília (DF) Features: Fighter hired by Jungle Fight, Massaranduba is undefeated in his last four fights. With four knockouts, three submissions and three wins by decision, he only lost to the experienced Yuri Marajó in Jungle Fight 22 in September of 2010.

Name: Thiago Rela
Nickname: None
Age: 22 years old
Record: 3 – 1
Fighting out of: Itatiba (SP) Features: With his three victories by submission, his only loss in 2010 came when he was submitted by Alvaro Head in a Campinas Fight. His specialty is the rear naked choke, which has won him three bouts.

Name: Charles Maicon
Nickname: None
Age: 33 years old
Record: 8 – 1
Fighting out of: Sorocaba (SP) Features: Undefeated in his last eight fights, his only loss came in his fighting debut, losing by knockout to Sergio Junior in 2007. After that, he built an eight-win streak by knockout, and all in the first round. His nine fights in the Octagon lasted only 6 min. and 26 sec.

Name: Gilberto Galvão
Nickname: Giba
Age: 28 years old
Record: 17 4 -1
Fighting out of: Balneário Camboriú (SC) Features: With 11 of his 17 victories by submission, Giba shows he is an expert on the ground. He is strong and also relies on his “ground and pound” to halt his opponents.

Name: Thiago de Oliveira Perpetual
Nickname: Bodão
Age: 24 years old
Record: 8 – 1 -1
Fighting out of: Santo André (SP) Features: Coming off four consecutive wins, Bodão last six of eight wins have come by knockout. His last – and only – loss was in 2009, to Danilo Pereira, in Full Fight 2 via submission by a rear naked choke.

Name: Samuel Trindade
Nickname: None
Age: 25 years old
Record: 6- 1
Fighting out of: Boa Vista (RR) Features: With his career built in MMA in Northern Brazil, Trindade had been undefeated in his last six fights, following a loss to Ronys Torres in 2009. He won three fights by submission, one by knockout and two by unanimous decision.

Name: Delson Heleno
Nickname: Pé de Chumbo
Age: 34 years old
Record: 23 – 6
Fighting out of: Teresópolis (RJ) Features: The veteran Pé de Chumbo is an expert in the ground game winning 12 of his fights by submission. The Jiu Jitsu World Champion had ​​his last fight in November 2011, in the MMA contra a dengue event in Rio de Janeiro.

 

About The Ultimate Fighter®
Entering its 15th season, andfirst LIVE edition on FX, in the United States, The Ultimate Fighter® remains one of the longest running and most entertaining reality TV series in the USA, drawing millions of viewers on a weekly basis. An integral property of The Ultimate Fighting Championship®, TUF features various weight classes in a mixed martial arts (MMA) competition.

The show stars undiscovered professional MMA fighters living together in The Ultimate Fighter® house, and follows them as they train and compete against each other for a prized contract with the UFC. Many current and past UFC fighters are alumni of the show, with some competitors going on to become coaches in future seasons.

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 organization. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada, and with offices in London, England, Toronto, Canada and Beijing, China, UFC® produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world.

In 2011, the UFC burst into the mainstream with a landmark seven-year broadcast agreement with FOX Sports Media Group. The agreement includes four live events broadcast on the FOX network annually, with additional fight cards and thousands of hours of programming broadcast on FOX properties FX and FUEL TV. This includes the longest-running sports reality show on television, The Ultimate Fighter®, which now airs on FX in an exciting new live format.

In addition to its reach on FOX, UFC programming is broadcast in over 150 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 20 different languages. UFC content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions. 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 two million followers on Twitter.

Ancillary UFC businesses include best-selling DVDs, an internationally distributed UFC magazine, the best-selling UFC Undisputed® video game franchisedistributed by THQ, UFC GYM®, UFC Fight Club affinity program, UFC Fan Expo® festivals, branded apparel, trading cards, and JAKKS Pacific articulated action figures.