A Man’s Guide to Hosting Guests On Fight Night

Excited for the big fight? If you’re the one hosting guests on fight night don’t get stuck with a trashed house and huge Pay-Per-View bill. Here are eight essentials to make sure you can enjoy the fight without a hitch.

Get the Time Right

Make sure people know what time to show up. You don’t want them coming too early or showing up so late they don’t end up wanting to split the PPV bill.

If you grill…prepare in advance

If you’re the one preparing the main course, or it’s a bring-your-own-meat occasion, make sure you’ve got all the bases covered. Got propane/charcoal? Matches? Sauce? Veggies? Seasoning? MEAT? Make sure you’re good to go and have enough plates and utensils to cover anyone eating.

Tell people what to bring

If you’re not preparing the main course or not preparing anything at all, LET PEOPLE KNOW. Tell them to eat first before coming. It’s important anytime you’re hosting guests. Because if you’re chowing down on something when they show up, they’re bound to ask for a bite-and you’d be a rude host to turn them down.

It’s pretty lame to show up to a fight night and there’s no drinks, snacks, etc. Let people know to not only bring some money for the PPV, but tell them to grab chips, drinks, ice or something specific.

Have enough seats

Ever been in an over-crowded, hot living room trying to enjoy a big fight? It sucks. You’re sitting against a wall, or sitting on a stool for three hours. It’s uncomfortable. Don’t do this to your guests. Make sure you’ve got more than enough seats for the number of people invited-just in case someone brings an unexpected guest.

The Right-Sized Crowd

Took this with 55,000 friends at UFC 129 Toronto. I decided not to grill.

Invite enough guests to pay for the fight, but not so many you can’t even hear it.

This is how I feel when the Super Bowl is played between teams I actually care about (even though it’s free). I want to enjoy the game with someone who is there for the sporting event, not the social event. If you invite too many-or the wrong-guests, you won’t enjoy the ass-kickings nearly as much.

Let people know in advance how much it’s going to cost for PPV

If you anticipate having 10 people, divide the cost by 8. Because someone’s probably going to not pay or not show. If you walk away with $5 extra bucks, don’t feel bad. They aren’t paying the maid once the night is done.

Get Paid

Ask a friend to be the collector. Hosts don’t want to be punks. They don’t want to be the bad guy that’s shaking the offering plate in everyone’s face to collect. Ask your best buddy to be the jerk for you and shove that red cup in people’s face and collect their money.

Don’t feel like being forthright? Make sure you tell guests where to pay up as soon as they walk in. And again at the end of the night tell people where to pay up.


Don’t get stuck with the full clean up. Ask your buddies to help pick up some trash and put things away before they walk out the door and leave you hanging.

Hosting Guests – Ultimately, just enjoy the night

Make sure not to make a big deal out of having some friends over for a fight. Keep it loose and fun. This isn’t a ladies party, enjoy the time and don’t miss out on the action.

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  1. i love this post… and have always wanted to do this.. we have taken a similar course when hosting super bowl parties in the past..

    i am not a big MMA guy but always loved boxing, and would love to host a boxing fight night PPV party.. .. it’s too bad that boxing has become a total farce..

    • Whenever I host UFC PPV I always let everyone know that the cost will be split up equally and then usually go with BYOD and snack/food. It’s worked for a few months now and beats having to go to a sports bar where you can’t hear the commentary or rewind.

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