AVN Media Network, organizers of the annual AVN Awards, is proud to announce comedienne and actress Rebekah Kochan as comedy co-host for the 2014 AVN Awards. The ceremony takes place at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, January 18, 2014.
The gorgeous Rebekah Kochan is one of standup’s most versatile performers. Kochan made her movie debut in the critically acclaimed 2004 gay comedy “Eating Out.” She has since gone on to star in all four of its sequels. Kochan is also a writer for Joan Rivers on E! Entertainment Television’s high-rated talk show, “Fashion Police,” and co-starred alongside Adrian Brody, Michelle Rodriguez, and Lindsay Lohan in the indie-comedy hit “InAPPropriate Comedy.” Many in the entertainment industry have described Kochran as Sarah Silverman, Daniel Tosh, and Lucille Ball all wrapped into one.
“It’s an honor to be joining the ranks of all the amazing AVN hosts who have come before me to host the sexiest, most exciting show on the planet!” exclaims Kochan.
Kochan joins the ranks of previous AVN Awards comedy co-hosts Lisa Lampanelli, Dave Attell, Jim Norton, April Macie, Thea Vidale, and Robert Schimmel. Much of Kochan’s routine will appear in the awards’ national broadcast later in 2014.
“Rebekah Kochan is one of the funniest comedians working today, and we are honored to have her be part of our show,” said AVN CEO Theo Sapoutzis. “Her humor plays across the board; it’s edgy, but relatable, and always unpredictable. We look forward to watching her work the room. It’s going to be a fun and special night for everyone.”
The 31st annual AVN Awards Show will be hosted by Chanel Preston and Wicked Pictures contract star Samantha Saint. Dubbed “the Oscars of adult” by Entertainment Weekly, the must-attend, must-see event features the hottest stars from adult and mainstream pop culture. With a stylish red carpet pre-show and lavish star-studded ceremony, the AVN Awards celebrates outstanding achievements in the world of adult entertainment.
Rebekah Kochan in EATING OUT 3
AVN Media Network, organizers of the annual AVN Awards, announced today the launch of a Twitter-based casting call to find two new industry performers to serve as the coveted trophy girls during the 2014 AVN Awards. The awards take place at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, January 18, 2014.
To be considered, female talent must tweet their sexiest photos to the official AVN Awards Twitter account, @AVNAwards, and include the hashtag #AVNTrophyGirls. To be eligible, all candidates must have entered the adult industry in 2013. Submissions will be accepted until midnight October 25. Two winners will be selected soon after.
The ceremonial trophy girls serve in a highly visible and prestigious capacity for rising stars within the industry. The duo is on stage for the duration of the awards show and featured prominently on the show’s cable broadcast. Hundreds of new performers submitted entries last year in the hopes of being named trophy girls for the 2013 AVN Awards. Response was so overwhelming, three performers were eventually chosen: Bonnie Rotten, Rikki Six and Teal Conrad.
“We were simply amazed by the enthusiasm with which our casting call was received last year; our trophy girls were beyond amazing and have gone on to become big stars themselves,” said AVN CEO Theo Sapoutzis. “I am certain this year’s trophy girls will also impress and go on to represent our industry proudly. It will, as always, be difficult to choose among so many beautiful and bright young women, but it’s a task we look forward to.”
The 31st annual AVN Awards Show will be hosted by Chanel Preston and Wicked Pictures contract star Samantha Saint. Dubbed “the Oscars of adult” by Entertainment Weekly, the must-attend, must-see event features the hottest stars from adult and mainstream pop culture. With a stylish red carpet pre-show and lavish star-studded ceremony, the AVN Awards celebrates outstanding achievements in the world of adult entertainment.
Fans interested in attending the 2014 AVN Award Show may purchase standard and Golden Tickets at AvnAwards.avn.com/tickets.
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman answers UFC Fight Club fan questions in Toronto’s Maple Leaf Square.
Wicked Pictures’ multi-award winning contract performer and director jessica drake stepped in for adult star Kayden Kross as host of The Sex Awards, the adult industry’s first consumer-voted award show to be broadcast on national television. The inaugural event will take place at Avalon Hollywood on Wednesday, October 9.
“I’m happy to be hosting The Sex Awards,” exclaimed jessica drake. “We’re breaking new ground as the first consumer-voted awards show on a national network. Live hosting is one of my favorite things in this business, and I’m really looking forward to bringing my personal touch to the stage.”
drake, an AVN and XRCO Hall of Fame inductee, brings with her a wealth of hosting experience, having co-hosted the 2007 AVN Awards with comedian Jim Norton, the 2009 XRCO Awards with Kayden Kross and the 2010 F.A.M.E. Awards with Sunny Leone. drake is also an accomplished sexual wellness speaker and educator who lectures at universities and teaches seminars and workshops globally.
“From the action onstage, the excitement of the winners backstage, and the reality component, the show has so many different elements, and I’m looking forward to watching the finished product in January,” added drake. “I am grateful to Wicked and Paul [Fishbein] for this wonderful opportunity.”
If you live in the Las Vegas area or are planning to visit, you can now party with a porn star, and Kayla-Jane Danger is making it all a reality with an all access pass. Her VIP parties are just a few months old, but they’re already becoming legendary. Her Party with a Porn Star events allow VIP guests to have two or more porn stars hosting their table at any nightclub, day club or strip club in Vegas. As a VIP, you get an exclusive table hosted by the porn star of your choice—of course, being a VIP doesn’t come cheap and comes with a premium price tag.
“The VIP parties are a huge treat to our members,” says Kayla-Jane Danger. “A lot of men and women want to party with porn stars and get to know them off screen, and that’s why this is so successful. We will be offering more options to our VIPs in the future, so it’s definitely worth it to be a member.”
In September, Kayla-Jane will be expanding this service and having open tables with two to three porn stars hosting. VIPs can individually buy in with a maximum of 15 people at a table. This option will be allow non-members to be able to partake in the VIP lifestyle. Porn stars are picked in advance and VIPs need to prepay and RSVP.
Private photo shoots parties are also happening—porn stars and models shoot live while party goers socialize. These events are scheduled and will be available once a month for individual buy-ins, but are currently only available to VIP Members. VIP Members pay a yearly membership fee and get exclusive invites and access to special parties and events.
Just ahead of his title match with Anderson Silva at UFC 162, we get Chris Weidman in the world famous Console Creatures Q&A.
Tracy Lee of Combatlifestyle.com headed out to the racetrack @ Exotics Racing with Cowboy Cerrone on Wednesday when the winds were a bit much and kept the whole crew from heading out to the lake. He picked out a Black Lamborghini Superleggera and took it on a leisurely drive around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This was followed by a ride along with Pro Race Car drifter, Rudy Ibanez. Check out the awesome time he had out there!
The Ultimate Fighting Championship presents its eighth UFC Fan Expo event on Friday, July 5 and Saturday, July 6 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Also, slated for July 6 is UFC 162: SILVA vs. WEIDMAN at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“We love giving UFC fans unprecedented access to our sport and athletes,” UFC President Dana White said. “This July, we are planning the ultimate fan experience that includes UFC 162, the UFC Fan Expo which will feature more UFC fighters than any other UFC fan event EVER, and a Fight Week featuring pool parties, concerts and more. This is an absolute insane week for UFC fans around the world!”
UFC Fan Expo 2013 will feature more than 300,000 gross square feet of activities for UFC fans, including meet and greets and autograph sessions with top UFC fighters, Q&A sessions with top UFC personalities, as well as grappling tournaments and other special events. More than 150 exhibitors will also be on hand, giving fans the opportunity to purchase and experience some of the best sports and lifestyle products on the market today. This marks the fourth UFC Fan Expo held in Las Vegas since its inception in 2009, with additional UFC Fan Expos being held in Boston, London, Toronto and Houston.
On top of all the great fan activities, the UFC Fan Expo will be held in conjunction with UFC 162: SILVA vs. WEIDMAN scheduled for July 6 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-4) will take on top contender Chris Weidman (9-0) as he looks to extend his record for most consecutive wins (16), title defenses (10), most finishes (14) and longest title reign. Two other exciting middleweight bouts are confirmed for the card, as Tim Boetsch faces Mark Munoz and Roger Gracie squares off with Tim Kennedy.
Tickets for the UFC Fan Expo® 2013 are on sale NOW at www.ufcfanexpo.com. Tickets for Friday, July 6 are priced at $40, while tickets for Saturday, July 7 are priced at $45. A two-day pass is also available and is priced at $60. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets now and save, as ticket pricing will increase at the door. VIP packages for the UFC Fan Expo® are also available at www.ufcfanexpo.com.
In a move set to make history, The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced Saturday evening that it will feature women as coaches on the 18th season of The Ultimate Fighter, its long-running reality series. Newly minted UFC bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, will coach opposite the winner, and eventual title contender, of a fight between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano set for The Ultimate Fighter Finale on April 13 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Earlier this year, the UFC announced Rousey as the first-ever female fighter signed to the organization. She cemented her position as UFC champion and baddest woman on the planet with an impressive win against Liz Carmouche at UFC 157 in Anaheim, Calif.
On April 13, former Strikeforce bantamweight women’s champion Miesha Tate will square-off against highly touted, undefeated contender Cat Zingano in the second women’s bout in UFC history. The winner will ultimately join Rousey as coach to the newest class of bantamweights – living and training together – vying for the title of The Ultimate Fighter and a six–figure contract with the UFC.
Tryouts for season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter will take place on Monday, April 15 in Las Vegas, Nev. All TUF 18 candidates must be at least 21 years old, have the legal ability to live & work in the United States, and have a minimum of three professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fights – holding a winning record (with verifiable records).
Tryout details will be released on Monday, March 18. TUF 18 is expected to debut in the fall of 2013.
EA SPORTS and Monster celebrated the launch of the first gaming and music headphone, The EA SPORTS MVP Carbon by Monster, with an exclusive party to coincide with its debut at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The event was held at the ACT at the Palazzo in Las Vegas and attended by celebrities such as Nick Cannon, Holly Madison, Tyson Beckford, Sheila E, and Dhani Jones.
Release Date is set for late February 2013. Stay tuned for more details to come in the coming weeks.
For more information on the headphones visit: www.monsterproducts.com
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was once again selected as the top fighter of the year, taking home the Charles “Mask” Lewis award at the 2012 World MMA Awards Friday night. The event, which was hosted by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight No. 1 contender Chael Sonnen and Television host Molly Qerin and will be aired later in January on a number of networks.
Jones beat out Daniel Cormier, Nate Diaz, Benson Henderson and Ronda Rousey in the fan-voted category, earning the title for the second straight year.
Complete results, and full nominees, can be found below. Fighters Only conducted the voting and nominee process for the awards.
CHARLES ‘MASK’ LEWIS FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Jon Jones
Nominees: Daniel Cormier, Nate Diaz, Benson Henderson, Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey
FIGHT OF THE YEAR
Winner: Jamie Varner vs. Joe Lauzon (UFC on FOX 4)
Nominees: Dan Henderson vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (UFC 139), Michael Chandler vs. Eddie Alvarez (Bellator 58), Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez (UFC on FUEL TV 1), Dustin Poirier vs. Chan Sung Jung (UFC on FUEL TV 3), Jamie Varner vs. Joe Lauzon (UFC on FOX 4)
BREAKTHROUGH FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Chris Weidman
Nominees: Renan Barao, Michael Chandler, Luke Rockhold, Ronda Rousey, Chris Weidman
INTERNATIONAL FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Michael Bisping
Nominees: Michael Bisping, Alexander Gustafsson, Chan Sung Jung, Martin Kampmann, Stefan Struve
KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR
Winner: Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim (UFC 142)
Nominees: Adam Khaliev vs. Alexei Belyaev (League S-70), Edson Barboza vs. Terry Etim (UFC 142), Stephen Thompson vs. Dan Stittgen (UFC 143), Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon (UFC 144), Brian Rogers vs. Vitor Vianna (Bellator 61)
SUBMISSION OF THE YEAR
Winner: Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 140)
Nominees: Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 140), Charles Oliveira vs. Eric Wisely (UFC on FOX 2), Rousimar Palhares vs. Mike Massenzio (UFC 142), Ronda Rousey vs. Miesha Tate (Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey), Chan Sung Jung vs. Dustin Poirier (UFC on FUEL TV 3)
Nominees: Bellator, Invicta FC, ONE FC, Strikeforce, UFC
FEMALE FIGHTER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Ronda Rousey
Nominees: Jessica Aguilar, Sarah Kaufman, Sara McMann, Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate
GYM OF THE YEAR
Winner: Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Nominees: American Kickboxing Academy, Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA, Kings MMA, Nova Uniao
SHAWN TOMPKINS COACH OF THE YEAR
Winner: Rafael Cordeiro
Nominees: Rafael Cordeiro, Cesar Gracie, Greg Jackson, Javier Mendez, Andre Pederneiras
COMEBACK OF THE YEAR
Winner: Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 140)
Nominees: Alan Belcher (career), Mike Swick (career), Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (UFC 140), Tim Boetsch vs. Yushin Okami (UFC 144), J.P. Joubert vs. Norman Wessels (EFC Africa 15)
REFEREE OF THE YEAR
Winner: Herb Dean
Nominees: Herb Dean, Marc Goddard, John McCarthy, Josh Rosenthal, Mario Yamasaki
FIGHTERS ONLY LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Winner: Leon Tabbs
MMA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Winner: Ariel Helwani, MMAFighting.com/FUEL TV
Nominees: Karyn Bryant, MMA HEAT/FUEL TV; Ben Fowlkes, MMAjunkie.com/USA TODAY; Gareth A. Davies, The Telegraph; Ariel Helwani, MMAFighting.com/FUEL TV; John Morgan, MMAjunkie.com/USA TODAY
PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
Winner: Joe Rogan
Nominees: Jon Anik, Bruce Buffer, Mauro Ranallo, Joe Rogan, Bas Rutten
MMA MEDIA SOURCE OF THE YEAR
Nominees: ESPN, “Inside MMA” on AXS TV, MMAFighting.com, MMAjunkie.com, Sherdog.com
LEADING MAN OF THE YEAR
Winner: Dana White
Nominees: Victor Cui, Lorenzo Fertitta, Shannon Knapp, Bjorn Rebney, Dana White
BEST TECHNICAL CLOTHING BRAND
Winner: Clinch Gear
Nominees: Bad Boy, Clinch Gear, Hayabusa, Jaco, Venum
BEST LIFESTYLE CLOTHING BRAND
Winner: Bad Boy
Nominees: Bad Boy, Dethrone, Headrush, Punishment, TapouT
BEST TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT
Nominees: Everlast, Fairtex, Hayabusa, Pretorian, Venum
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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance at the International CES on Wednesday, where he talked a little about technology and a lot about hot-button political issues like the environment and gun control.
Clinton was greeted by rousing applause when he appeared toward the end of Samsung’s CES keynote, and at the end of his speech a portion of the audience gave him a standing ovation.
He began with some light-hearted talk, remembering that when he entered the Oval Office, cellphones weighed 5 pounds and there were only 50 sites on the Internet. “There have been more than that created since I started talking,” he said, in an understatement.
He talked about the importance of the Internet and mobile phones in raising living standards in poor countries like Haiti and he spoke of the importance of bringing broadband to all Americans. South Korea is number one in the world for download speeds, while the U.S. is 15th, Clinton said.
“Our speeds are one-fourth of theirs,” he said of South Korea.
He also urged the gadget-happy CES crowd not to take their comforts for granted. “You’d be shocked if the video failed and the screen went dark,” he said, while others in the world don’t even take drinking water for granted.
He soon turned to other, non-tech topics that took up a good part of his 30-minute address. In the wake of the December mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Clinton called for tougher action on gun control. The U.S. is about to have a “raging debate” over “our unjustifiable neglect of gun safety,” he said.
“Why would anybody need a 30-round clip for a gun? Why does anyone need one of these things that carries 100 bullets?” he asked.
The world faces three main challenges, he said: chasms of inequality, instability created by the financial markets and terrorism threats, and climate change. The U.S. just had its hottest year on record by 1 degree, Clinton said. “Perhaps the deniers will finally be quieted,” he said.
Technology can help solve the world’s problems, but technology alone is not enough, he said. “If you look what the Arab Spring did to use social networks to topple an oligarchy, you realize it’s not a total solution,” he said.
The “messy real world” requires more than digital connections to ensure a fair political process, he said.
Some of Clinton’s comments were sure to divide the audience and lead to questions about whether CES is the right place for a largely political speech. That’s ironic, since Clinton also said the biggest issue the U.S. faces today is division.
The country has come a long way in addressing racism and homophobia, he said. “The only remaining bigotry we have is we just don’t want to be around people who disagree with us,” Clinton said.
Source: James Niccolai (IDG)
Fighters Only, the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) magazine, is proud to announce the most outspoken man in mixed martial arts, Chael Sonnen, will return as host, along with Molly Qerim of CBS, for the fifth Fighters Only World MMA Awards ceremony.
Sonnen, the soon-to-be three-time UFC world title challenger, and CBS sports anchor Qerim presented last year’s Awards and received rave reviews from fans, and so they return for this year’s show, which goes back to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Friday 11th January 2013.
“Chael did a fantastic job as host last year and we are elated to be able to work with him again,” says Rob Hewitt, President and CEO of Fighters Only. “The commanding presence of Chael combined with the beauty and skill of Molly make the perfect partnership as hosts and we feel sure that they will make this years show even more entertaining.”
Despite currently filming an upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter, where he will challenge rival coach Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight championship at the show’s end, Sonnen will take time out from the gym to front the most glamorous night in mixed martial arts.
Devised to celebrate success and achievement within the MMA industry, the Fighters Only Awards gives fans across the globe the opportunity to cast their vote on which athletes, brands and industry professionals
have made the greatest impact on the sport over the previous 12 months. Voting is now open at www.worldmmaawards.com across 21 award categories including: ‘Fight of the Year,’ ‘Knockout of the Year’ and ‘Submission of the Year.’ An additional ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award will also be presented to a surprise recipient during the live ceremony.
The incredible success of last year’s event saw a relative “who’s who” of MMA take to the red carpet, and the Fighters Only Awards is set to return even bigger and better this year. The black-tie event is sponsored by Bodybuilding.com, the internet’s most visited health and fitness site and largest online retailer of nutritional supplements; along with Sandee (a Fightshop.com brand), the manufacturer of the world’s toughest combat sports equipment and the second-oldest Muay Thai brand in the world; as well as Infinite Labs, one of the fastest-growing, research-based sports nutrition brands in the athletic industry.
Fan tickets are selling out fast, priced just $35 each, and can be bought from www.ticketmaster.com or at The Joint’s box office.
On Saturday, Dec. 29 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® closes 2012 with a bang, as UFC® heavyweight champion Junior dos Santosmeets former champion Cain Velasquez in a long-awaited rematch between two of the sport’s hardest-hitting competitors.
Dos Santos (15-1, fighting out of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) ended Velasquez’s reign as heavyweight champion last November, knocking out the two-time Division I All-American wrestler in the first round. Now, the 30-year-old Velasquez (9-1, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) seeks revenge in arguably the biggest rematch in UFC history.
“Cain is on a mission to get the belt back and avenge the only loss of his career,” UFC President Dana White said. “He wants to prove that he’s still the best heavyweight in the world. But Junior is one of the hardest-hitting fighters ever and he proved that by knocking out Cain and Frank Mir in back to back fights. This is the perfect fight to end 2012!”
In addition to the heavyweight title rematch, former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin meets former Division I national champion wrestler Phil Davisin a pivotal 205-pound contest. Griffin, winner of season one of The Ultimate Fighter®, defeated Tito Ortiz in a trilogy bout in July. Now he collides with Davis, who is fresh off a brilliant submission victory over Wagner Prado at UFC 153.
UFC 155 also features surging middleweight star Chris Weidman (9-0, fighting out of Mineola, N.Y.) taking on Tim Boetsch (16-4, fighting out of Sunbury, Pa.) in a fight that will push the winner toward a 185-pound title shot. Weidman scored a first-round TKO of top contender Mark Munoz, while Boetsch snapped Hector Lombard’s five-year, 20-fight winning streak by defeating the Cuban in July.
If that wasn’t enough, Gray Maynard (12-1-1, fighting out of San Jose, Calif.) faces submission ace Joe Lauzon (22-7, fighting out of Bridgewater, Mass.) in a bout between two of the lightweight division’s top contenders. Maynard defeated Clay Guida in his last fight in June, while Lauzon earned another Fight of the Night award in August with a thrilling win over Jamie Varner.
AVN Media Network is pleased to announce that it has named adult megastars Jesse Jane and Asa Akira as co-hosts of the 2013 AVN Awards. The 30th anniversary show celebrating the biggest night in adult entertainment represents a significant milestone for the company and it promises to be a night to remember for the ages.
A bona fide adult superstar, Jesse Jane ascended from Hooters manager to Hawaiian Tropic pageant winner to international fame with a Digital Playground contract.
Digital Playground launched her into superstardom with global exposure on hundreds of magazine covers including FHM, Maxim, Strip Las Vegas and more.
She has earned leading roles on HBO’s Entourage and in the feature Baywatch: The Movie, among others, and also has starred in a multitude of music videos for artists from Drowning Pool to Robbie Williams.
“I’m so excited to host the 30th anniversary AVN Awards!” Jane exclaimed. “It’s such an honor to host again. I had a blast last time and this year will truly be amazing. Thank you AVN. I can’t wait!”
Native New Yorker Asa Akira is a stunning Japanese-American who first gained a certain amount of fame as a regular on the Bubba the Love Sponge radio show. The 5-foot-2 Asian beauty and made her boy/girl debut for Gina Lynn Productions, shot on the East Coast. She had already done several girl-girl scenes, mostly with Lynn.
In the past couple years Akira has made her stamp on the business as one of the most dynamic sexual performers of all-time as evidenced by her whopping 10 AVN awards at the previous two award ceremonies. Her showcase movies from Elegant Angel, Asa Akira is Insatiable 1 and 2 both have won overall movie awards as well.
“I feel so incredibly lucky to have this chance to host the awards show,” Akira said. “The AVN Awards is arguably the biggest, most important annual event in our industry. Hosting the 30th anniversary show is an honor I really can’t even describe right now. To say I’m feeling excited would be an understatement. I’m hoping to make this one of the best and memorable shows in AVN history! I’m also hoping not to trip on stage.”
Dubbed “the Oscars of adult” by Entertainment Weekly, the AVN Awards is a must-attend, must-see event featuring the hottest stars from adult and mainstream pop culture.
The 2013 AVN Awards takes place Jan. 19, 2013 at world-class concert venue The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. For ticket information, email email@example.com.
Why book just one suite when you can own the entire 150-Room Rumor Boutique Hotel in Las Vegas for the night?
The Siegel Group, owner of Las Vegas’ newest hit property, Rumor Boutique Hotel, invites anyone with the dream of owning a hotel for the night, to pick a date, and pick up their 150 keys. The intimate, boutique chic property is offering individuals, companies or groups the ability to reserve the entire hotel for just $13,000 per night. No other guests. No fighting for the best suite or wondering who you will find in the lounge or down at the pool. All for the cost of what one villa might fetch on the Strip.
Having debuted in late summer of 2010, Rumor was an immediate success, and quickly garnered accolades from the press and the public alike. Evoking a Las Vegas-meets-Palm Springs hotel with a Los Angeles feel, Rumor is infused with unconventional design that creates a cozy, boutique resort atmosphere. Featuring not only distinctive character and charm, it also serves-up an environment that makes it perfect for private events ranging from outdoor concerts to multi-stage DJ extravaganzas to intimate and private weddings.
“We wanted to create a hotel experience which was unconventional and fun, yet definitely urban and sophisticated,” explains Stephen Siegel, founder and chief executive officer, The Siegel Group. “A sense of playfulness and intrigue greets our guests as soon as they enter, and they immediately notice no big check-in area, noisy casino or winding lines. We have completely transformed the way people will think about Las Vegas by offering personal customer service in an intimate environment. With only 150 rooms, we thought why not offer the entire hotel for an affordable price? Who hasn’t wanted to play like Eloise did at the famed Plaza for just one night,” quips Siegel.
From the décor to the staff, everything about Rumor defies the usual Las Vegas experience. Guests of Rumor are greeted by Chinese foo dogs, hand carved from solid slabs of distinctly colored cantera stone. The porte cochère is perfectly framed in flowing drapes and the check-in area leads directly to the lounge; bypassing the usual Vegas-style 25,000 square foot thumping club. Rumor offers a truly cozy and inviting space to see, and be seen in. As soon as guests enter through the 10-foot glass doors, they are met with soothing ivory and white tones and are quickly engulfed into the laid-back, yet sexy personality of the hotel.
For the price of just an event space in other hotels, Rumor Hotel features all deluxe suites with private patios and balconies, intimate sitting rooms and luxurious oversized soaking tubs. The buyout also features the use of a stunning outdoor grass event area and pool deck outfitted with crisp white cabanas and the hotel’s premiere restaurant and courtyard, Addiction.
Total per night is $13,000 (excludes food & beverage, taxes and gratuity). Offer is good from June 15, 2011 to December 27, 2011 and is based on availability.
Located where Paradise meets Harmon, RUMOR is directly across the street from the famed Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. RUMOR is part of The Siegel Group’s Boutique Chic Retreats collection. Sister properties include Artisan; The Resort on Mount Charleston; Gold Spike and Oasis at Gold Spike.
For room reservations or more information, call (877) 99-RUMOR or visit rumorvegas.com.
“This mix is sort of a cross between what I do at XS on the weekends, and stuff that’s just good hip-hop – you can define for yourself what’s what,” says Pizzo “This mix is – shocker – fully blended. I don’t fuck with explosions, wack transitions, or screaming over the music to make up for bad mixing. It’s formatted to start off Saturday night and then get you home early Sunday morning. Enjoy.”
The newest addition to the Ultimate Fighting Championship® roster of world champions, featherweight title holder Jose Aldo, will make his Octagon™ debut on Saturday, January 1st when he defends his 145-pound crown against 22-year old phenom Josh “The Fluke” Grispi in the co-main event at UFC 125: RESOLUTION, presented by Tequila Cazadores and live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, January 1, 2011. Two titles will be on the line during this New Year’s Day card as Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, coming off back-to-back wins over UFC great BJ Penn, defends his title in a rematch against undefeated No. 1 contender Gray “The Bully” Maynard in the main event.
“Jose Aldo is one of the best fighters in the world, pound for pound, and you’ll see why on January 1st,” said Dana White, UFC President. “Aldo can do it all, and his historic arrival in the UFC as its first featherweight champion is going to set an exciting new standard. But Josh Grispi is a finisher, and he’s got every intention of taking the featherweight title back to Boston.”
This bout marks the first time a featherweight championship match is being held in the world-renowned UFC Octagon, adding a historic touch to a stacked event which features the UFC lightweight title fight between champion Edgar and the undefeated Maynard, as well as featured matchups that include Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi, Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann, Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim and Brandon Vera vs. Thiago Silva.
A high-ranking resident of the pound-for-pound list, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s Jose Aldo (fighting out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / 18-1 professional record) has taken the world by storm since his debut in the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) organization in 2008. Winner of eight in a row in the organization, including wins over Urijah Faber, Mike Brown, Manvel Gamburyan, Jonathan Brookins, and Cub Swanson, Aldo’s dynamic style and finishing power has drawn comparisons to some of the greatest fighters to ever lace up the gloves, including countryman and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Now the 24-year old Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt brings his otherworldly talent to the Octagon for what is expected to be his toughest test to date.
The 22-year old Boston native Josh Grispi (fighting out of Boston, Mass. / 14-1) may be nicknamed “The Fluke”, but his performances over the last two years have been anything but lucky. A gifted battler who can handle himself wherever the fight goes, Grispi’s last five wins have seen him finish The Ultimate Fighter 12’s Spencer Paige, Mark Hominick, Micah Miller, former UFC champ Jens Pulver, and LC Davis all in the first round, with no bout lasting more than 2:55. On January 1st, he’ll make his UFC debut with an opportunity to add a championship belt and another high-profile victim to his resume.
CO-MAIN EVENT : SHANE CARWIN vs. ROY NELSON
CLAY GUIDA vs. TAKANORI GOMI
CHRIS LEBEN vs. BRIAN STANN
NATE DIAZ vs. DONG HYUN KIM
BRANDON VERA vs. THIAGO SILVA
SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 2011
Live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena – Tickets on Sale Saturday, Oct. 23 at 10am PT
Each year the Ultimate Fighting Championship® rings in the New Year with a stacked fight card that features instant classics to be enjoyed for years to come – This January 1 will be no different. Frankie “The Answer” Edgar, coming off back-to-back wins over UFC® great BJ Penn, defends his title in a rematch against undefeated No. 1 contender Gray “The Bully” Maynard, heavyweight contender Shane Carwin faces seasoned veteran and The Ultimate Fighter® winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson in the co-main event and in the featured bouts, the always electric Clay “The Carpenter” Guida will look to impose his frenetic pace on former PRIDE® lightweight champion Takanori Gomi, the relentless Chris Leben faces decorated Marine turned mixed martial artist Brian Stann, submission specialist Nate Diaz takes on the undefeated judo black belt Dong Hyun Kim and the versatile Brandon Vera takes on the dangerous Thiago Silva atUFC 125: RESOLUTION, live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, January 1, 2011.
“We always put a huge card together in Vegas to kick off the New Year,” said UFC President Dana White. “As the main event for UFC 125, defending UFC Champion Frankie Edgar is going to take on Gray Maynard who is the only fighter ever to beat him. In the co-main event it’s a heavyweight war with Shane Carwin vs. Roy Nelson, plus Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi and Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann – this is going to be a killer start to 2011.”
Tickets for UFC 125: RESOLUTION are priced at $600, $450, $350, $250, $125 and $75, not including applicable service charges, and go on sale Saturday, October 23 at 10 a.m. PT at 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 UFC.com, www.mgmgrand.com or http://www.ticketmaster.com
UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Thursday, October 21 at 10 a.m. PT via the websiteUFC.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Friday, October 22, starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
UFC 125: RESOLUTION will be available live on Pay-Per-View on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, BellTV, Shaw Communications, Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of $44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for standard definition or high-definition broadcasts (where available).
After shocking many people in the mixed martial arts world twice in a row, Frankie Edgar (fighting out of Toms River, N.J. / 13-1 professional record) has proven without a doubt that he is the best lightweight in the world. Winner of five consecutive fights and eight out of his last nine in the UFC, including his decisive title defense over BJ Penn at UFC 118, the Summit, New Jersey native looks to avenge his only professional loss, a unanimous decision in 2008 to Gray Maynard. A former college wrestler at Clarion University, the 28-year-old has exponentially improved his boxing and has seamlessly transitioned into a complete mixed martial artist.
“I’m very excited to be fighting New Year’s Day against a fighter that has a win over me,” Edgar said. “I’m looking forward to putting on a great show and avenging my one loss. There are still a lot of people that are doubting me and that’s fine. I’ve learned a lot since our last fight and I plan on successfully defending my title.”
A three-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler turned mixed martial artist, Gray Maynard (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev. / 11-0, 1 NC) is unbeaten in nine UFC fights, imposing his will against top tier fighters such as Edgar, Kenny Florian, Jim Miller and Nate Diaz. His unanimous decision victory over Florian at UFC 118 cemented his No. 1 contender status and the decorated wrestler with heavy hands looks to realize his dream of becoming a UFC champion when he takes on Edgar at UFC 125.
“I’m excited and honored to be fighting Frank Edgar in a lightweight title bout for the UFC,” Maynard said. “Edgar is a great opponent; I’m looking forward to an exciting and tough fight with him. After years of hard work and sacrifice, this brings me one step closer to my goal of winning the belt.”
Coming off a near win against UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 116, Shane Carwin (fighting out of Denver, Colo., 12-1) realizes just how close he was to becoming the undisputed heavyweight title holder. After ripping through his first four UFC opponents in less than one round, including stoppage wins against Frank Mir, Gabriel Gonzaga, Neil Wain and Christian Wellisch, the former NCAA Division II national champion looked moments away from defeating Lesnar until a dramatic second-round comeback by the champ. Now Carwin knows what he needs to do to return to the title picture and that starts with an impressive performance against Roy “Big Country” Nelson.
A fighter with a wealth of experience, The Ultimate Fighter Season 10 winner Roy Nelson (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev. / 16-5)delivered first-round knockout wins over Brendan Schaub and Stefan Struve before going toe-to-toe with heavyweight force Junior Dos Santos in a memorable three rounder at UFC 117. The Renzo Gracie Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt is dangerous wherever the fight goes and isn’t afraid to stand and trade with anyone. Nelson is aware that a win over Carwin could propel him straight up the UFC heavyweight ladder.
Clay Guida (fighting out of Round Lake, Ill. / 27-8) has built a fan base on the fact that his bout will be a candidate for Fight of the Night each time he steps into the Octagon®. Full of energy and always ready for a three-round war, the charismatic 28-year-old is coming off two straight submission wins over Shannon Gugerty and Rafael Dos Anjos, respectively. With UFC wins over Nate Diaz and Mac Danzig as well, “The Carpenter” is looking to make a run at UFC title contention.
With a reputation for exciting fights and a nickname like “The Fireball Kid,” Takanori Gomi (fighting out of Kanagawa, Japan / 32-6, 1 NC) and Guida are sure to put on a bout to remember. Coming off a devastating first-round knockout over lightweight contender Tyson Griffin, Gomi has definitely acclimated to the Octagon and now the former PRIDE lightweight champion looks to put himself in the UFC title picture.
If the opponents of Chris Leben (fighting out of Portland, Ore. / 21-6) have learned one thing, it’s that you cannot count “The Crippler” out. On the verge of losing a fight more than one time, the 30-year-old veteran of 16 UFC fights has had a few brilliant comebacks. The feared striker with a limitless chin has won three in a row, including a decision victory over Jay Silva, a comeback KO victory against Aaron Simpson and an inspiring submission victory late in the third round against Japanese star Yoshihiro Akiyama.
Brian Stann (fighting out of Scranton, Pa. / 9-3) will need to put on his best performance ever if he wants to dent the granite chin of Chris Leben. But the retired Marine, who won a Silver Star for gallantry in action has proved he is able to handle high pressure situations. The 30-year-old former World Extreme Cagefighting® (WEC®) light heavyweight champion has developed his entire game since becoming a Greg Jackson disciple, exemplified with his submission victory over Mike Massenzio in his last fight.
A confident fighter that is sometimes considered cocky, Nate Diaz (fighting out of Stockton, Calif. / 12-5) has the tools and the drive to back up any of his pre-fight talk. The 25-year-old winner of the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter and newbie to the welterweight division has won two in a row, including a first-round TKO over Rory Markham and a third-round submission against veteran Marcus Davis at UFC 118.
Dong Hyun Kim (fighting out of Busan, Korea / 13-0-1, 1 NC) will prove to be a true test for Nate Diaz. A fourth-degree judo black belt and solid striker, Kim is comfortable wherever the fight goes. Undefeated in four UFC fights, including one no contest the 28-year-old used effective grappling and striking to earn a unanimous decision win against Amir Sadollah in his last fight at UFC 114.
A decorated grappler and Muay Thai national champion, Brandon Vera (fighting out of San Diego, Calif. / 11-5) can end a fight anywhere in the Octagon. Vera holds wins in both the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions and has been in there with some of the best fighters. Now the Norfolk, Virginia native looks to take on one of his most dangerous opponents to date when he mixes it up with Thiago Silva.
A black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a devastating striker, Thiago Silva (fighting out of Sao Paolo, Brazil / 14-2) has ended all five of his UFC wins by knockout or submission. A true finisher, the 27-year-old light heavyweight challenger has become a fan favorite because of his aggressive fighting style and is sure to be a true test for the versatile Vera.
SATURDAY, JULY 3, 2010
YOSHIHIRO AKIYAMA vs. CHRIS LEBEN
CHRIS LYTLE vs. MATT BROWN
KRZYSZTOF SOSZYNSKI vs. STEPHAN BONNAR
GEORGE SOTIROPOULOUS vs. KURT PELLEGRINO
BRENDAN SCHAUB vs. CHRIS TUCHSCHERER
KENDALL GROVE vs. GORAN RELJIC
SETH PETRUZELLI vs. RICARDO ROMERO
DAVE BRANCH vs. GERALD HARRIS
FORREST PETZ vs. DANIEL ROBERTS
JON MADSEN vs. KARLOS VEMOLA
Live from MGM Grand Arena – Las Vegas, NV
This year, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® provides another reason to look forward to the Fourth of July weekend as the remaining bouts of UFC 116: LESNAR vs. CARWIN, presented by Bud Light, is now confirmed. UFC 116, which will consolidate the heavyweight titles held by Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, will be accentuated by some of the most notable fighters in the UFC®.
Only two weeks after his impressive second-round TKO victory over previously undefeated Aaron Simpson, UFC veteran Chris Leben (fighting out of Oahu, Hawaii / 20-6) steps right back into the Octagon™ for the injured Wanderlei Silva and faces one of his toughest tests to date. The 29-year-old Portland, Oregon native has won his last two fights and four of his last six with three knockouts in the process. With legitimate KO power and a chin to go with it, Leben is a nightmare for many middleweight fighters. After a spectacular UFC debut a year ago, Yoshihiro Akiyama (fighting out of Osaka, Japan/13-1, 2 NC professional record) is set to make his long-awaited return to the Octagon. In his first fight, Akiyama won a split decision over Alan Belcher, while also taking home “Fight of the Night” honors in the middleweight contest. Throughout his mixed martial arts career, Akiyama has been known for his submissions and knockout power, and now he’ll definitely be getting another fighter that will test the power in those fists.
Featured in the “swing” bout of UFC® 116, Matt “The Immortal” Brown (fighting out of Cincinnati, Ohio/13-8) has been victorious in three of his last four fights, including a TKO of James Wilks. Brown has excelled in his striking ability and conditioning, however his tenacity will be tested when he battles Chris “Lights Out” Lytle (fighting out of Indianapolis, Ind./38-17-4). Lytle, a former professional boxer and a very experienced welterweight, is coming off two consecutive wins over Kevin Burns and Brian Foster. This fight should be very entertaining as both fighters do not fear exchanging blows for three rounds.
In a highly anticipated light heavyweight rematch, “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev./14-7) looks to avenge his TKO loss at UFC® 110, which came due to a cut. Bonnar has been a highly recognized fighter in the UFC® since 2005 after his battle with Forrest Griffin in the finale of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter®. This fight is important for Bonnar to gain some much needed momentum. Krzysztof “The Polish Experiement” Soszynski(fighting out of Temecula, Calif. via Winnipeg, MB, Canada/20-10-1) is not only coming off the victory over Bonnar, but he has also won four of his five fights in the UFC. Not only does he possess the power that he displayed against Bonnar, but he also has an impressive set of submission skills, as two of his four UFC victories have come by way of arm-lock submissions.
Riding a four fight win streak that dates back to September of 2008, Kurt “Batman” Pellegrino (fighting out of Point Pleasant, N.J./21-4) has been a very successful fighter in the UFC®. Pellegrino’s background in wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu have enabled him to become a highly technical fighter, with four of his seven UFC® wins coming by way of submission. His opponent George Sotiropoulos (fighting out of Vancouver, Wash./12-2) has also proved to be an Octagon standout, as he has defeated all five opponents he has faced. Making his debut at The Ultimate Fighter ® Finale 6, The Australian-born lightweight has shown to be a well-rounded fighter who can win through striking or submissions.
Chris “The Crowbar” Tuchscherer (fighting out of Fargo, N.D./18-2, 1 NC) has been able to translate a successful collegiate wrestling background into an impressive MMA record. A two-time Division II All-American and current training partner to UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar, Tuchscherer is coming off a victory over Tim Hague at UFC® 109. With only two fights under his belt in the UFC®, Tuchscherer hopes a win over the up-and-coming Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub (fighting out of Denver, Colo./6-1) could be a stepping stone to future successes. In his short career, Schaub has impressed many after being the runner-up on the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter®. Schaub is coming off a TKO of Chase Gormley, who he defeated in just 47 seconds. This fight between these two prospects will be an intriguing heavyweight matchup.
After an intense battle with CB Dollaway at UFC® 110, Goran Reljic (fighting out of Zadar, Croatia/8-1) is up against another tough fighter at UFC® 116. Reljic has an impressive overall record, with two bouts in the UFC®. The Croatian fighter is a counter striker, with knockout power from his hands and feet, which is a dangerous combination for his opponent Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove (fighting out of Maui, HI/13-7, 1 NC). At 6-foot-6, Grove has a reach that makes him a tough matchup for most middleweights. The veteran Hawaiian fighter has shown to be well-rounded, as his last three wins have come from three different methods (decision, TKO, submission).
Ricardo Romero (fighting out of North Brunswick, N.J./10-1) will be making his Ultimate Fighting Championship debut at UFC 116 in an attempt to take his MMA career to another level. Romero has accumulated 10 wins in his career and has shown he is not fond of leaving his fate in the hands of the judges, as nine of those wins have come by way of knockout or submission. “The Silverback” Seth Petruzelli (fighting out of Orlando, Fla./14-5) is a training partner of UFC veteran Tom Lawlor and makes his return back to the UFC. With a notable win over Kimbo Slice, Petruzelli’s first fight back has garnered plenty of buzz among fight fans.
Another fighter making his UFC debut is Dave Branch (fighting out of Brooklyn, N.Y./6-0), who is undefeated in his short MMA career. He has a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and is a member of the Renzo Gracie fight team. His opponent Gerald “Hurricane” Harris (fighting out of Tulsa, Okla./15-2) has a wrestling background and uses powerful slams. Harris has defeated his last two opponents by TKO, most recently taking down Mario Miranda at UFC® Fight Night in March.
Daniel “Ninja” Roberts (fighting out of Tulsa, Okla./9-1) is a very athletic fighter who is a former college wrestler. He has combined his wrestling background with jiu-jitsu to post an impressive record, with most of his victories coming via submission. Now the Oklahoma product looks to get his 10th professional win against a very experienced opponent. Forrest Petz (fighting out of Cleveland, Ohio/24-7) will be making his return to the UFC. “The Meat Cleaver” has won five out of seven fights since 2007 and the Cleveland native looks to continue his winning ways back in the UFC.
With only seven professional fights under his belt, Karlos “The Terminator” Vemola (fighting out of Prague, Czech Republic/7-0) is not only a newcomer to the UFC, but also to the sport itself. Vemola has won all of his fights in his career, with three by knockout and four by submission. Jon Madsen (fighting out of Granite City, Ill./5-0) is another fighter who is undefeated through his short career. A former Division II National wrestling champion, Madsen has two victories in the UFC, most recently a unanimous decision win over Mostapha Al Turk at UFC 112.