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By Nikki Villoria, contributor
UFC fans crowded into the Encore last night, where Travis Barker’s clothing line Famous Stars and Straps hosted The MAGIC Party at XS in collaboration with UFC. Walking the The MAGIC Party’s red carpet: UFC President Dana White; Octagon girl Brittney Palmer; The Best of Pride host Kenda Perez; and UFC fighters including Stephan Bonnar, Gray Maynard and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.
Additionally, Barker, Bun B, Lil’ B and Holly Madison, who showed off articles of her new UFC clothing line, walked the red carpet. After having surgery on his right shoulder, due to a partially torn rotator cuff, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez said his recovery is coming along well and that he is making good progress.
Regarding upcoming fights, Velasquez said there is a lot to look for from some of the fighters, and he is looking forward to getting back into a fight once he is fully recovered. The next fight he said he’ll most likely be ready for will be in June.
After his big victory against Evan Dunham, Melvin Guillard said that he’s just trying to fight whoever he can right now. “I just want to fight,” Guillard said. After the party, Guillard said that he’s going home to enjoy spending time with family, and then it’s back to the gym. Regarding a title win, Guillard said he believes that he has put in the time and deserves the title.
“It’s not about how bad I want it. I think I deserve it,” he said. “I’ve been in the UFC six years, and I’ve had a lot of success. I just think I deserve it. If I get it this year, I get it. If not, I just have to work harder.”
Out temporarily due to a hand injury, bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz said the recovery of his hand is going well. “I’m taking it slow. I don’t want to overdo it,” Cruz said. “I’m happy I just got to where I can make a fist. It still hurts a little bit, but the key is just not to rush things.”
Thanks to contributing photographer Scott Harrison for his VegasDeLuxe.com photo gallery. I shot photographs on the red carpet, as well.