If you are a fan of poker and mixed martial arts then you’re going to be in for a treat in a week’s time.
That is because Ultimate Poker will host a special Hall of Fame poker game next Friday night (November 15), which will feature a number of members of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) Hall of Fame. There will be no cash prize for the winner of the event, instead the prize will be the unofficial, priceless tag of best UFC Hall of Fame poker player.
The event will be held at the Las Vegas Red Rock Casino Resort and is set to feature retired fighters Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin, Royce Gracie and Matt Hughes, as well as veteran UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer. The Hall of Fame poker night will be held to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the UFC, which is a major occasion in the sport of mixed martial arts.
Each player in the event will also be assigned one Ultimate Poker sponsored poker professional to guide them through the game, just like a corner man would in the Octagon (the ‘cage’ in which UFC fighters do battle).
While there’ll be no fighting at the commemorative game, it is set to be a competitive affair, with most of the UFC Hall of Famers having experience in the upper echelons of poker.
Besides having been UFC Light Heavyweight title holders, both Liddell and Griffin have also played in the WSOP Main Event. While neither of them have gotten very far, the experience of playing at poker’s biggest live event will likely be an asset to them coming into the Hall of Fame poker game.
It doesn’t appear that Gracie has a lot of major poker experience, but that could be something that works in his favour. He came into the first UFC nearly 20 years ago as a dark horse and easily took out the tournament (they had tournament formats back then). No one should be surprised if he does the same next Friday night.
Former UFC Welterweight champion Matt Hughes also has a lot of experience in online poker, having played in numerous tournaments and cash games over the years. The most accomplished of the participants, however, is the Veteran Voice of the Octagon Bruce Buffer. Buffer has landed in the money at four different WSOP events, including the 2010 WSOP Main Event. He has also done well in the WPT, L.A. Poker Classic and the Grand Slam of Poker.
The poker game will be a six-player affair, but only five UFC Hall of Famers will be present, which leaves the question of what will happen with the sixth seat. That will go to the winner of the online Hall of Fame Poker Game Freeroll that will take place on Ultimate Poker on November 10.