UFC will be getting ready to come to Chicago this weekend for UFC on Fox 2 headlined by Rashad Evans versus Phil Davis. However, that is not the only opportunity fans have to meet and talk to fighters. Below is the most comprehensive schedule of events that we can find anywhere.
Tuesday January 24
Chael Sonnen Mini Seminar and Autograph Signing
Chael Sonnen will be doing a mini seminar and autograph signing at Clay Guida’s MMA Stop Fitness in Crest Hill. The autograph signing is limited to only those who partake in the seminar and space is limited. The seminar will start at 6:30 and end no later than 8:30 due to Sonnen’s busy time schedule. For more information call 815.838.8700
Thursday January 26
UFC Press Conference
The standard pre-fight press conference is available to the general public and takes place at Chicago City Center in the Great Room 1. Scheduled to appear at the press conference are UFC fighters Rashad Evans, Phil Davis, Chael Sonnen, Michael Bisping, Demian Maia, Chris Weidman, Mike Russow, John Olav-Einemo as well as UFC President Dana White. The press conference starts at 1pm.
Arianny Celeste Calendar Signing
UFC ring card girl Arianny Celeste will be at the Four Lakes Lodge in Lisle on Thursday night from 9-11pm. She will be there promoting her new calendar, signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. The event will also feature Fight Chix apparel.
Friday January 27
The weigh-ins for UFC on Fox 2 are scheduled to start at 4pm. However, UFC Fight Club members will have access to a Q&A session with UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz from 2-3pm. Weigh-ins will take place at the Chicago Theatre in downtown Chicago.
Joe Rogan in Concert
Like many UFC events, Joe Rogan likes to perform his stand up comedy the night of the weigh-ins and this time is no different. Rogan will be performing at the Chicago Theatre, the same location that the weigh-ins will be taking place.
Big John McCarthy Referee Training
Big John McCarthy will be holding a three day seminar at Emerald Smoke MMA for those wanting to become certified referees and judges. The seminar costs $425 and students must earn a 90% or better on all three tests to become certified. More information can be found at https://www.mmareferee.com/?q=judge
Urijah Faber Seminar and Autograph Signing
Urijah Faber will be heading over to Clay Guida’s MMA Stop Fitness in Crest Hill on Friday from 6-7:30pm. Space is limited and for more information call 815.838.8700
Party with Arianny Celeste
Arianny isn’t done yet with Chicago as she is going to be heading over to Proof Nightclub on Friday night. Arianny will be doing a one hour meet-and-greet with VIP’s only. The doors to the club open at 10pm and the party goes until 4am.
Tracy Lee BDay Party
Tracy Lee of Combat Lifestyle will be hosting her own birthday party on Friday at Spybar. All you need to do is say her name at the door to get in.
Saturaday January 28
Brian Ebersole Autograph Signing
Brian Ebersole, known for his “hairrow” will be doing a public autograph signing before the fights begin. The appearance takes place starting at 12noon at Westend Bar & Grill. There will be free autograph postcards and 8X10’s can be purchased for $5.
Official Headrush Afterparty
Official Headrush Afterparty hosted by Chris Camozzi, Joey Beltran and Evan Dunham at Lumen after the fights. No cover before 11pm with password Headrush. Lumen is located at 839 W. Fulton Market.
Clay Guida Afterparty
Clay Guida will be hosting an after party at Proof Nightclub after the fights. Guida will be on hand through out the night. For more information contact Proof Nightclub located at 1045 Rush Street.
Sunday January 29
Dean Lister No-Gi Seminar
Dean Lister will be holding a no-gi seminar at New Breed Training Center from 11am-1pm. Cost is $50. For more information call 847.674.3577