A-listers coming to attend UFC 114


"The A-Team" is coming to town to support Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in his UFC 114 superfight Saturday.

Co-stars Jessica Biel and Bradley Cooper will be adding their starpower to one of the largest celebrity contingents for a UFC event.

Also expected: Mike Tyson, Snoop Dogg, Forrest Whitaker, Sam Worthington of "Avatar," New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs, NHL all-stars, comedian David Spade, "The A-Team" director Joe Carnahan and Daniel Sunjat of "Rescue Me."

Jackson makes his film debut in June as Sgt. Bosco "B.A." Baracus in "The A-Team." That's acting. The animosity between Jackson and Rashad Evans, who meet Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden arena, is the real deal.

"They absolutely hate each other," UFC president Dana White said. "I don't know that we've had a UFC fight with more people and celebrities looking for tickets."

The second UFC Fan Expo looks like it will double last year's success, and pay-per-view buys should come in at about 800,000 to 850,000. The UFC's biggest fight ever, the Brock Lesnar-Frank Mir grudge match, topped 1.5 million buys.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

UFC legend Chuck Liddell's wax likeness will be unveiled today at the UFC Fan Expo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Liddell is the first mixed martial arts athlete to be immortalized in wax by Madame Tussauds Las Vegas.

MAY I RECOMMEND

Tonight's free Gavin Rossdale concert at Mandalay Beach is open to the first 4,000 fans who show up. The concert, which runs from 8-11:30 p.m., is part of UFC 114 weekend and the launch of video game maker THQ's "UFC Undisputed 2010." Up the Strip, Encore Beach Club and Surrender nightclub open this weekend at Wynn Las Vegas with a live performance by Ne-Yo on Saturday. Also Saturday, disco diva Gloria Gaynor of "I Will Survive" fame offers a free concert at 9 p.m. to kick off the Fremont Street Experience's "Summer of the '70s" festival and concert series.

SIGHTINGS

U.S. Olympic hockey standout Ryan Kesler, having lunch at Simon at Palms Place on Thursday. The Vancouver Canucks star is in town to promote the June 23 NHL Awards at The Pearl at the Palms. Later, Kesler signed autographs at Las Vegas Ice Center. ... Owners of Nu Sanctuary, uncorking a 9-liter bottle of Perrier-Jouet champagne at the grand opening Thursday at Town Square. Las Vegas entertainers Anthony Cools, Nathan Burton and the cast of "Fantasy" were on the red carpet. ... Poker pro Scotty Nguyen, at Lavo (Palazzo) Wednesday.

THE PUNCH LINE

"The judge ordered (Lindsey) Lohan to wear an alcohol-detecting device. A lot of drunk drivers have to wear these after they get a DUI, but when you're a celebrity, you can't just wear what other people wear. People look to you for leadership when it comes to fashion." -- Jimmy Kimmel

Norm Clarke can be reached at (702) 383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

 

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