The Home of UFC In Las Vegas

MGM Grand and the Palms Casino play host to MMA’s biggest fights

Mixed martial arts experienced a phenomenal rise in the past decade, and casinos played a major role in the sport’s entry to mainstream American consciousness. Aside from training facilities, casinos serve as the second home for many mixed martial artists, where many of their career defining moments were fought. And in many ways, the bond between MMA and the casino industry would remain unbreakable in the years to come.

MMA partly owes to casinos the popularity that it achieved over the past couple of years. “The casinos are a big part of why the MMA promotions are so successful,” Las Vegas’ AXS-TV Fights CEO Andre Simon said. “Casinos purchase tickets for their biggest customers, which provides guaranteed revenues to fight promoters. Casino nightclubs offer fighters additional money making opportunities via appearances and post-fight parties,” added Simon. It should, thus, not be surprising that major MMA events hold its cage fights in big time casinos. MGM Grand and The Palms Casino in Las Vegas are two of the most high-profile venues of the world’s biggest MMA promoter – the UFC.

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MGM Grand Las Vegas

The MGM Grand Las Vegas is the biggest casino that has hosted the UFC. Its recently-held 20th anniversary card, “UFC 167,” featuring Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks, was held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The main casino floor offers 171,500 square feet of unlimited blackjack, roulette and craps action. In addition, the casino hall hosts 2,500 slot machines provided by world-renowned online gaming developer and Castle Jackpot architect, International Game Technology (IGT).

The Palms Casino Resort

The Palms Casino Resort is the other major casino that played host to UFC fights in Las Vegas. The Palms’ connection to the UFC can be traced back to the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) before the latter was absorbed by the former 3 years ago. Until 2013, when UFC President Dana White ended the league’s partnership with the casino, the Ultimate Fighter Finale was played at the Palms since 2005. The establishment’s 95,000-square foot casino hall boasts of tables for dice and card games, as well as 1,300 gaming machines for slots and video poker.

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