On Wednesday, July 6, fight fans were delighted to the lip syncing abilities of some of their favorite fighters in the UFC Lip Sync Challenge at Lagasse’s Stadium inside The Palazzo Las Vegas (Pictured: Arianny Celeste at the UFC Lip Sync Challenge).
The event was part of the 5th annual UFC International Fight Week. UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans, UFC middleweight Uriah Hall and Bruce Buffer, the Veteran Voice of the Octagon participated in the competition. UFC Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste was also on hand to provide her thoughts on the performances and UFC correspondent Megan Olivi hosted the event. UFC resident DJ AL3 provided all of the music for the challenge.
The lip sync challenge was held in a four-man bracket-style format with Buffer going up against Miocic and Evans taking on Hall in the first round. Buffer performed “Rebel Yell” by Billy Idol complete with rock ‘n’ roll moves and sunglasses. For Miocic’s performance, he asked Buffer to come back on stage and serenaded him with “You’re the Inspiration” by Chicago. The fans picked Miocic to move on to the second round where he faced the winner of Rashad Evans and Uriah Hall.
Evans charmed the crowd with Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places,” prompting Megan Olivi to give Evans a new nickname – “Country Rashad Evans.” Hall danced around the stage to “1,000 Miles” by Vanessa Carlton even serenading Arianny Celeste in the hopes of swaying the vote. In the end, Olivi called an audible and moved both Evans and Hall into the second and final round to face Miocic.
The athletes pulled out all the stops for the second round. Miocic performed Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” Evans went with “Black” by Pearl Jam, and Hall had the crowd cheering him on with Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.”
The final vote was too close to call, leaving Stipe Miocic and Uriah Hall as co-Lip Sync Challenge champions.
Named Sports Bar of the Year by Nightclub & Bar magazine, Lagasse’s Stadium is the perfect place to watch your favorite sporting event, including UFC 200 on Saturday, July 9. Lagasse’s Stadium is packed with more than 100 HD screens (including a 9 foot by 16 foot main screen), private luxury boxes stadium-style seating and a kicked-up menu of Emeril Lagasse’s signature cuisine.