The MGM Grand is one of the most renowned and lavish entertainment venues in the world,and one that is home to a diverse range of events. Located at the heart of the Las Vegas strip, it is the second largest hotel in the world and embodies the unique spirit of its surrounding area.
It is therefore fitting that the MGM recently hosted a spectacular night of fighting and pugilism, as MMA fans from all over the U.S. gathered to watch a series of compelling championship fights. In the space of a few glorious hours on September 27, 2014, some of the sports toughest competitors met in a no-holds barred bid for glory.
While the MGM Grand is synonymous with high profile MMA events, the most recent bill certainly captured the imagination of the fans. Leading the way was the highly anticipated battle between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier, which saw the confident Irishman continue his inexorable rise to the top of the MMA charts. Against his capable and durable opponent, McGregor started strongly and succeeded in ending the contest during the very first round.
After landing a short, chopping left hand behind his opponents’ ear and staggering him, McGregor moved in for the kill and forced the referee to call of the fight following a barrage of shot. This left McGregor was in typically ebullient mood. “I don’t just knock them out, I pick the round,” he said of his performance, suggesting that he could have delayed the outcome and toyed with his opponent if he had wished too. “What the other featherweights don’t understand is that it’s a whole other game when they get hit by me.” This is certainly true, as the power and aggression showcased by the Irishman sets him apart in the division.
In the main event, Demetrious Johnson retained his flyweight title against Chris Cariaso in the second round, while lightweight Donald Cerrone engineered a potential title shot thanks to a unanimous decision over Eddie Alvarez. Cerrone’s powerful leg kicks won the day, impressing the judges and taking their toll on his opponent.
Yoel Romero defeated Tim Kennedy by TKO in a controversial bout. Kennedy almost beat Romero in the closing seconds of the second round, but managed to be saved by the bell. In between rounds, Romero’s corner was given an excessive amount of time to clean up their fighters, giving him more time to recover, and possibly enough to rebound and beat Kennedy in a fight that he nearly won.
In the women’s bantamweight division, Cat Zingano returned to the octagon for the first time in over a year, beating Amanda Nunes in three rounds by TKO, and earning a shot at Ronda Rousey at UFC 182. Zingano was supposed to fight Rousey last year as well as coach during season 19 of The Ultimate Fighter, but after she injured her right knee in training, the bout was cancelled and Zingano has been recovering since then.
On a night such as this, the appeal of the MGM Grand is obvious. Whether you attend the event itself or watch at home while playing at Royal Vegas the Australian online casino, you are able to experience the magnificence of the occasion and feel as though you are a part of the night. With more events to come in the future, the relationship between the grandiose MGM Grand and the MMA looks set to become even stronger.