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Support Hometown Hero Holly Holm at the Stage During UFC 196
The Pueblo of Santa Ana, N.M. – March 4, 2016

In honor of hometown hero Holly Holm's first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title defense, Santa Ana Star Casino will host a viewing party for UFC 196. The viewing party will be held at The Stage on Saturday, March 5. UFC superstar Carlos Condit will host the viewing party, featuring a co-main event with the Women's Bantamweight Title Championship between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate and a welterweight bout between Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

"Throughout her career, Holly Holm has done a lot for New Mexico and for the advancement of women in combat sports, so we are proud to support her during UFC 196," said Santa Ana Star Casino Marketing Operations Manager Jeff Jacot. "It's great to see the community rally around our hometown hero for what will be a very exciting night of fights."

The lineup for UFC 196 features 12 match-ups including the Women's Bantamweight Title Championship. In the co-main event, Albuquerque-native Holly Holm (10-0) will fight to defend her title as she faces challenger Miesha Tate (17-5) in the Women's Bantamweight Championship, while Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor (19-2) takes on Nate Diaz (19-10) in a welterweight faceoff. The main card also includes a light heavyweight bout between Gian Villante (14-6) and Ilir Latifi (12-4-0, 1NC) and a light heavyweight match-up between Corey Anderson (8-1) and Tom Lawlor (9-5-0, 1NC). A women's bantamweight showdown between Amanda Nunes (11-4) and Valentina Shevchenko (12-1) rounds out the main card.

General admission tickets to The Stage's UFC 196 viewing party cost $20 and include admission, as well as one hot dog and a draft beer. Tickets can be purchased at Reserved couch sections are also available. For more information about reserved couch sections, please call (505) 771-5353.

Doors open at 5 p.m. Guests must be 21 years old or older to attend. For more information, please call (505) 771-5680 or visit

About Santa Ana Star Casino

Santa Ana Star Casino, located off Highway 550 at the Jemez Dam Road, is just minutes north of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho. It was the first Indian casino to operate in New Mexico, opening its doors in 1993. Santa Ana Star Casino is “New Mexico’s Best Bet!” The Star offers a Vegas-style casino experience with an infusion of New Mexican charm. Reflecting the cultural authenticity and timelessness of the great southwest, it is an easily accessible regional destination for entertainment, excitement and good, old-fashioned value.

For more information contact: Shannon Guess at (505) 681-2949 or

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