Fight night. Two finely tuned athletes bred and designed to inflict pain and suffering. The deafening roar of the crowd in the background drowns out everything else. All thanks to the awesome seats that let you experience the blow by blow account of each fight. This sort of thrilling atmosphere has been around since the days of the coliseum in Rome and every battle attracted hundreds, even thousands of fans eagerly waiting to see the artistic, and almost poetic, display of human athleticism.
Making that expensive trip to Vegas or anywhere else in the world and purchasing those ringside tickets doesn't have to be all about the fight. For the most part, locations that the UFC choose are prime tourist locations in the most exotic places in the world. Staying inside your hotel and watching the pre-fight analysis and athletes talking trash about each other may mean missing out on the city you have traveled to. Any good traveler should also research the location that they are visiting and search for the awesome places to eat, drink and have fun with your buddies. Any of the local tourism sites, and of course LonelyPlanet, can be good sources of information.
During your spare time, you may also want to check the fight listings and features on the UFC site. This is a good way to check on updates regarding injuries and changes in the fight roster. It is also a good idea to hit the poker tables and get hyped up for the fight, maybe even earn (or lose) a little cash along the way. If you're the type of person who isn't interested in the pre-fight build up you can always go to partypoker.com to satisfy your poker cravings as well as other games in the comfort of your own room. Playing one or two exciting rounds of poker or blackjack with your friends is always a good way to promote a healthy competition between friends before going to the venue to watch the big fight. Having these activities will give you and your friends something to talk about to fill the dull moments in between rounds and in between scheduled fights. Enjoyable but competitive games such as online poker or blackjack can create some banter between your friends that will help replace the commercials and in-game fight analysis that you usually get when watching it on TV.
As with everything else, it is the journey that matters the most and not the destination. Everything leading up to that picture perfect knock out or that breath taking submission is what you'll remember most about the trip. Everything else that happens inside the octagon is just a cherry on top of the ice cream.