My Bloody Valentine

Posted February 12, 2009 in Feature Story

When it comes to Vamps, mosquitoes and the IRS, nothing says romance quite like blood. But there’s a new breed of American bloodthirst—the fast-catching rage of mixed martial arts. Traditionalists prefer boxing. This Valentine’s Day, you can have both for $99. Never thought I’d be writing this, but Primm Valley’s World’s Collide event has all the makings of something superlatively divine—a weekend package for two nights at one of the three resorts in Primm on the California/Nevada border, two free all-day attraction passes (ride that yellow roller-coaster that you always see on your way to Vegas), and two tickets to the event itself. Why this is extra-intriguing is that boxing purists hate MMA, and MMA brohemians don’t dig on pussified boxing—so the whole thing could turn into a scene from From Dusk Till Dawn. The card will oscillate back and forth, a boxing fight, then an MMA fight, a boxing fight, then MMA. If ever there was a chance to really distinguish the two, to better see where the excitement emanates from—judo throws or combinations—this is it. To top things off, $25 free play at the casinos included in the package, and the card will be hosted by two-time former boxing champ, Fernando Vargas. My fingers have become exsanguinated just writing about it. (Ronda Sota)


World’s Collide at Buffalo Bills, Star of the Desert Arena, at I-15 at the California/Nevada border; (800) 386-7867;; $99


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