Our UFC 147 Fight Parties in Las Vegas for June 23, 2012
Aliante Station Casino + Hotel – Access Showroom, $10 Cover – HD
- Doors open at 5pm – 7300 Aliante Parkway, North Las Vegas, NV 89084 – 1-877-477-SOAR (7627)
Santa Fe Station – Centennial Ballroom, $10 Cover
- Doors open at 5:30 pm – 4949 N Rancho Dr Las Vegas, NV 89130 – (702) 658-4900
Fiesta Henderson – Cancun Room, $10 Cover
- Doors Open at 6pm – 777 W. Lake Mead Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89015 – (702) 558-7000
Palace Station Hotel & Casino– Grand Ballrooms – $10 Cover – HD
- Doors Open at 6pm – 2411 W. Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89102 – (702) 367-2411
Sunset Station Hotel & Casino – Club Madrid – $10 Cover
- Doors Open at 5pm – 1301 W. Sunset Rd, Henderson, NV 89014 – (702) 547-7777
It’s a big weekend for the UFC, with back to back cards this Friday and Saturday. It gets going with UFC on FX: Maynard vs. Guida, a free fight card that is packed with all but certain fireworks in the Main Event and throughout. The final match of the Sam Stout vs. Spencer Fisher trilogy is a guaranteed barnburner too. Fan favorites Ross Pearson, Cub Swanson, Matt Brown, Dan Miller and Rick Story are all scheduled to fight. This free UFC on FX fight card can be viewed at any Station Casinos Sports book. Don’t miss it!
On Saturday night, an epic rematch is set for a live from Brazil Pay-Per-View, UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II. Despite suffering the disappointment of yet another high profile fight being disrupted due to injury (Silva’s initial opponent Vitor Belfort withdrew), the UFC has yet again turned lemons into ‘Mike’s Hard Lemonade’ by replacing Belfort with an equally big name and equally dangerous veteran in Franklin.
The change of plans has also resulted in an unusual catch-weight scenario (a rare 190 lbs limit), one that fits Franklin’s ‘modus operandi’ to a tee, yet should be no hindrance whatever to Wanderlei who fought well for many years above his more natural 185 division. Franklin is seen as the ideal 190-195 pounder, and a likely champion of that hypothetical division were it to exist.
This 5 rounder is unlikely to go that long, so be careful about your bathroom breaks. Each fighter has KO power and the tenacity to stand and trade at the highest level, so a decision is unlikely. There’s a lot at stake for each, with many armchair warriors having called for ‘Wand’ to call it a day for several years now (out of admiration, not disrespect in most cases).
Franklin is not exactly in that territory yet with several extremely impressive performances in the last 3 years, but Franklin still is edging toward his curtain call with the unlikelihood of his returning to 185 lbs and very little chance of winning a title at 205 lbs (where champions nowadays tend to ‘walk around’ at 230 lbs).
Despite the obstacles, with a decisive win either man can become an extremely hot commodity at either 185 or 205lbs, just ask Dan Henderson who performed exactly that ‘back from the dead’ trick with just 2 impressive wins over top names.
As expected, the balance of the card is dominated by Brazilian fighters. It is after all broadcasting from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Fight fans will recognize ‘Top 10’ Heavyweight Fabricio Werdum in the co-main event as he undertakes a serious test against Mike Russow. A ton of up and coming Brazilian killers fill out the card. The casual fan will not recognize the names of many of these South American maulers, but the skill level of all is ‘par-excellence’.
UFC 147: Silva vs. Franklin II Live on PPV from Brazil will be shown at 5 separate Fight Parties throughout the Las Vegas Valley. See the Station Casinos Fight Party list below and choose your favorite spot to watch all the live action go down on Saturday night!