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UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum won the first-ever UFC Ultimate Cookoff culinary competition at Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo on Thursday night. Participating fighters included UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks, UFC middleweight CM Punk, UFC heavyweight Werdum and UFC middleweight Luke Rockhold. Athletes were given a mystery basket of ingredients and had to create a dish in 30 minutes in front of an audience. Celebrity chef Curtis Stone, UFC chief operating officer Lawrence Epstein and Venetian and Palazzo vice president of food and beverage Sebastien Silvestri judged. Hendrick defeated Rockhold in round one. Werdum defeated Punk in round two. Then Werdum won it all. [EaterWire]
UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste dined with her mother at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at the D Las Vegas on Thursday night. Celeste and her mother shared some Dover sole alla mugnaia and penne arrabbiata then finished off some fresh strawberry shortcake for dessert. [EaterWire]
Official Octagon announcer for the UFC Bruce Buffer dined at Crush at the MGM Grand on Thursday night. The ring announcer, who is in town for the UFC: 189 Mendes vs. McGregor fight this Saturday at MGM Grand, stopped in for late-night bites and drinks. He ordered tuna two ways, crispy walnut shrimp, Nana D’s meatball flatbread, Angus mini burgers and ricotta gnocchi. Later in the evening, he joined a group of VIP hosts from Hakkasan and drank Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc. [EaterWire]
Actor James Woods dined at Public School 702 at Downtown Summerlin on Thursday night. In town for the World Series of Poker, Wood dined with a group of friends and ordered crispy ahi tuna tacos, mezze plate, margherita pizza, beer battered fish and chips and lemon meringue. [EaterWire]