MMA soars at Mayhem in Mesquite XIV

MMA soars at Mayhem in Mesquite XIV

April 10, 2018 3:08 AM


As someone who attended numerous boxing cards in Las Vegas’ pugilistic heyday during the 1970’s and 80’s it’s always exciting to see a young fighter poised to make a name for himself. You can take our word for it. But, better yet, make the short drive to Mesquite in mid-May.

That’s when Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fans will get a chance to see some stars of the future as Mesquite Gaming hosts the amateur fighting championship event, Mayhem in Mesquite XIV, on Saturday, May 19.

The bouts will be conducted inside the CasaBlanca Events Center at CasaBlanca Resort, in partnership with Barry Meyer’s world-famous Tuff-N-Uff promotion and highlights “The Future Stars of MMA” with combatants from gyms in Nevada, Utah, Arizona and California.

Doors open for the main event at 6 p.m., fights begin at 7 p.m. and an official Mayhem in Mesquite after-party begins at 10 p.m. General admission tickets are a most reasonable $14 and VIP seating starts at $30.

For more information on Mesquite Gaming, visit

CONGRATULATIONS! George Epstein, GamingToday’s poker columnist, often encourages readers to get involved with poker as a means of maintaining their cognitive abilities well into their senior years. And it seems, George is living proof of his theory.

Recently, George participated in the RateMyMemory Test formulated by Dr. Gary Small, head of UCLA’s Longevity Center and a New York Times bestselling author on the brain and mental health. The score index goes from zero to 100, and the higher the score the better your memory.

A low score reflects a concern for more significant memory difficulties – and could be a sign of symptoms leading to dementia.

Well, it seems George’s score exceeded 100, meaning his brain and cognitive functions are in darned good shape, which we think is pretty amazing for a 91-year-old.

RUNNING AWAY: If you are looking for something fun to do, that’s also healthy and gives you the chance to meet some amazing people, check out the Run Away with Cirque du Soleil 17th annual 5K run and one-mile fun walk being held at Springs Preserve this Saturday, April 14.

The event is interactive and immersive as Cirque performers in costume take over the venue, giving participants a chance to take pictures with their favorite artists. You will also enjoy the live music, complimentary refreshments from Whole Foods, a circus play area and more.

You can get all the details and preregister online at

MORE CIRQUE: On Saturdays, beginning April 21, you will be able to get a rare inside look at the original Cirque du Soleil production, Mystere, as the show opens its rehearsals at Treasure Island from 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Fans will be allowed to take pictures (no video or flash photography) as they watch the amazing athletic ability of some of the world’s best acrobatic performers in action. And they will receive a special voucher for an exclusive offer when presented at the box office.

The rehearsal viewing is free and so is the parking at TI, including valet.

COLLECTIBLES: Mark your calendars for the 26th annual Casino Collectibles Convention at the South Point, Thursday through Saturday, June 21-23. It’s a great place to get items to add to your collection or find out how much some of those casino chips you stashed away are worth.

And chips aren’t the only thing you’ll find there. There will also be numerous collections of playing cards, ashtrays, swizzle sticks, glasses… almost anything that carries a casino name or logo.

Put on each year by the Casino Collectibles Club, the convention will also offer four education seminars on aspects of the casino collectables hobby.

You can get more information about the Club and the convention online at

See you around town.