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UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum Wins First-Ever UFC Ultimate Cookoff at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas

UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum Wins First-Ever UFC Ultimate Cookoff at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas
On Thursday, July 9, UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum won the first-ever UFC Ultimate Cookoff culinary competition at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas (Pictured: Curtis Stone and Fabricio Werdum)

UFC fighters CM Punk and Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone
UFC fighters CM Punk and Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone

The UFC Ultimate Cookoff: Fighter and Food showdown was part of UFC International Fight Week.

Luke Rockhold
Luke Rockhold

Participating fighters included UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks, UFC middleweight CM Punk, UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum and UFC middleweight Luke Rockhold.

Chef de Cuisine at Lagasse's Stadium Scott Pajak, Johny Hendricks and MC Megan Olivi
Chef de Cuisine at Lagasse’s Stadium Scott Pajak, Johny Hendricks and MC Megan Olivi

The evening consisted of three, 30-minute rounds where the athletes were given a mystery basket of ingredients and had to create a dish within the select amount of time in front of a live audience. Each dish was then tasted by a panel of judges including celebrity chef, TV personality and author Curtis Stone, UFC Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Epstein and The Venetian and The Palazzo Vice President of Food & Beverage Sebastien Silvestri.

UFC Ultimate Cookoff at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas
UFC Ultimate Cookoff at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas
  • Round #1: Johny Hendricks vs.Luke Rockhold Winner: Johny Hendricks
  • Round #2 Fabricio Werdum vs. CM Punk Winner: Fabricio Werdum
  • Final round: Johny Hendricks vs Fabricio Werdum Champion: Fabricio Werdum
CM Punk
CM Punk

“I like to win, I win all the time and I like that the fans like that too,” said Fabricio Werdum, “I cook sometimes but not a lot.”

Sebastien Silvestri, Fabricio Werdum, Curtis Stone and Lawrence Epstein
Sebastien Silvestri, Fabricio Werdum, Curtis Stone and Lawrence Epstein

“I walked in here tonight thinking there is no way these guys knew their way around a stove, but they are as fierce in the kitchen as they are in the octagon, “said Curtis Stone, “They have a gentle hand for guys who could crush a skull with one gentle touch, and it’s beautiful to watch.”

UFC middleweight Luke Rockhold, UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks, Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, UFC Middleweight CM Punk
UFC middleweight Luke Rockhold, UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks, Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, UFC Middleweight CM Punk
UFC fighters CM Punk and Luke Rockhold at Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas
UFC fighters CM Punk and Luke Rockhold at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas
Johny Hendricks & Curtis Stone
Johny Hendricks & Curtis Stone
UFC Ultimate Cookoff at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas
UFC Ultimate Cookoff at Lagasse’s Stadium at The Palazzo Las Vegas

UFC international Fight Week continues at Lagasse’s Stadium Saturday July 11. Watch UFC 189 on more than 100 screens. Make your reservation now at 702. 607.2665.