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Strip Scribbles: Has Brock Lesnar met his match in Shane Carwin?
Has Brock Lesnar finally met his match after facing and overpowering some of the best heavyweight fighters in the world? The UFC heavyweight titleholder dominated seasoned veteran Heath Herring and put away former champions Randy Couture and Frank Mir. Now on Nov. 21, Brock will have to pick on someone his own size when he takes on the undefeated 6-foot-3, 262-pound top contender Shane Carwin during UFC 106 at Mandalay Bay Events Center.
The night also will see the return of one of the brightest stars in UFC history, former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, as he battles UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in what should be a second war of epic proportions. Tito recently became a baby daddy with baby mama Jenna Jameson.
“Brock Lesnar has been tearing through everyone over the last year,” said UFC President Dana White. “But in Shane Carwin, he’s not only fighting someone as big as he is, he’s fighting someone who has ended all of his fights in less than three minutes. This is literally the biggest heavyweight title fight ever and also may be the most explosive.”
Tickets for UFC 106 go on sale this Saturday at noon, but UFC Fight Club members can purchase in advance starting today, and a special Internet ticket presale also will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers tomorrow.
*Siegfried & Roy remain very much committed to the annual record-breaking Great Santa Run to benefit Opportunity Village, even though it’s being relocated from the downtown area to a Town Square rendezvous point. Our press conference to launch this year’s race is set for Oct. 14.
The move was made to accommodate the event’s growth and to maximize fundraising potential. Multiple retailers there have signed on as sponsors and are urging employees and families to take part on Dec. 5. Mayor Oscar Goodman, although saddened by the move from downtown, remains a big supporter and hopes it can alternate between the two locations in future years.
*Las Vegas residents appearing on tonight’s Wheel of Fortune with Pat Sajak and Vanna White, which was taped here at the Palazzo and The Venetian, are line cook Joseph Ward Jr., interior designer Lorine Arreola and nursing student Dyana Healey. The Las Vegas-taped episodes continue all next week.
Comedy actress Jenny McCarthy treated her son, Evan, to Blizzberry Frozen Yogurt in the Palms. … Palms headliner singer Matt Goss watched Terry Fator’s show at The Mirage and stopped backstage afterward for our photo. … Head out tonight to the big San Gennaro Feast and catch incredible song and dance man Rick Faugno of Jersey Boys start with the national anthem at 8 p.m., and then perform some great American standards from his new one-man engagement Songs My Idols Sang (And Danced). His next showcase is Sunday at the South Point. When he stopped into the Bootlegger Bistro, owner Lorraine Hunt-Bono persuaded him to jump onstage and sing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” for dinner guests! … Crooner Brian Evans was presented with a certificate of recognition by Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons, which read, “The State of Nevada thanks you for your contributions to the entertainment industry of our Silver State. You continue the tradition that has made Las Vegas what it is today. We recognize your monumental talent and wish you continued success.” … It was a full house for Mini Madonna’s solo performance at Hawaiian Tropic Zone in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile as she paid tribute to the Material Mom and sang “Like a Virgin” and “Vogue.” … Here’s the first photo of Aubrey O’Day in her dress rehearsal as Peep Diva in Peepshow at Planet Hollywood -- click HERE for our interview with Aubrey a few days ago. Her first preview night is on Monday, with an official premiere next Thursday.
Rock and roll and R&B go head-to-head tonight in a clash of the titans Kid Rock and Motown champions The Temptations. Kid is in concert at The Pearl in the Palms, while a long block away at The Orleans Showroom, the 40-year-strong Temptations kick off a four-night run. Our local hero Smokey Robinson wrote and produced their first major hit “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” so he may well stop in to see Otis Williams, Bruce Williamson, Terry Weeks, Ron Tyson and Joe Herndon flawlessly present their smooth-stepping, classy-flashy hits that have become a treasured part of pop music history.
“Healthy and strong” Tony Curtis lands a new movie role and keeps two super-secrets from his Some Like It Hot behind-the-scenes book revelations. … Sylvester Stallone, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and record mogul P.Diddy lead the celebrities ringside when Floyd Mayweather Jr. attempts to remain unbeaten in his ring showdown against Juan Manuel Marquez. … Hometown heroes The Killers lead another star-studded invasion to town for the weekend entertainment rundown.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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