The UFC returns to Melbourne, Australia to present UFC 234 on Saturday, February 9. Middleweight champion and Australian resident Robert Whittaker returns to the cage for the first time at home since 2016 to take on the current No. 4 ranked contender Kelvin Gastelum, a native of Yuma, in the main event. Whittaker puts his title on the line in his first title defense. Both Whittaker and Gastelum are coming off wins. Whittaker competed in UFC 225 to take down Yoel Romero, while Gastelum won against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in UFC 224.
The co-main event is between former middleweight champion Anderson Silva and the undefeated, rising star Israel Adesanya. It’s been two years since Silva’s last fight, meaning Adesanya wasn’t even the UFC the last time Silva was the octagon. The winner is expected to compete for the title, opposing the winner of Whittaker vs. Gastelum.
Here are some venues around the Valley that will be showing the fights.
UFC 234 will be shown on Paz Cantina’s 27-foot LED video wall in the Venue. There is no cover charge. The Green Room is available for a private viewing party. Call (602) 281-2930 to make reservations.
Locally-owned Paz Cantina serves authentic Mexican cuisine on Roosevelt Row. The 7,000 square foot space also includes a café, Tequila Room, main dining room and patio. Paz Cantina is located at 330 E. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix. Learn more at pazcantina.com and follow Paz Cantina on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @PAZCantina.
Dave & Buster’s Tempe Marketplace
Will be showing the fights with a $5 cover charge. For more information or to make reservations, please call (480)281-8456.
Located in the bustling heart of Tempe Marketplace, Dave & Buster’s offers hundreds of the hottest new arcade games in its Million Dollar Midway where you can win tickets for epic prizes. Hungry? Try the mouth-watering, chef-crafted creations from the American-style restaurant. The premium bar features innovative cocktails, an impressive wine selection, and 20+ beers! Watch your favorite teams on one of the massive HDTVs with stadium sound that surrounds you from every direction! For more information, visit www.daveandbusters.com/tempe or follow on Facebook to stay up to date with weekly events and specials!
Twin Peaks, the ultimate sports lodge, will be showing this Saturday’s UFC fights. There is no cover or minimum charge to enjoy watching these fights. Twin Peaks has close to 100 large screen TVs, chilling 29-degree draft beers, made-to-order cocktails and a full scratch-made food menu. Twin Peaks has three Valley locations: 2135 E Camelback Rd. in Phoenix, 8787 E. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. in Scottsdale, and 6922 N. 95th Ave. in Glendale. For more information visit twinpeaksrestaurant.com