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UFC Legend Wanderlei Silva Celebrates Birthday at Studio 54

July 5, 2010 by  



UFC Legend Wanderlei Silva celebrates birthday at Studio 54
The worlds of hip-hop and MMA converged last night at Studio 54 at MGM Grand to celebrate the birthday of legendary mixed-martial artist Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva (Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Dan Hardy arrives at Studio 54

Dan Hardy arrives at Studio 54

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.

Inside the venue, the ecstatic partygoers danced to beats by DJ Skribble and honored the fighter as he took the stage to receive his birthday cake. Naughty by Nature performed after the birthday celebration to the electrified crowd at Las Vegas’ most iconic nightclub.

Dan Hardy, Amanda Corey, Wanderlei Silva, Amber Nichole, Jacob “Stitch” Duran

Dan Hardy, Amanda Corey, Wanderlei Silva, Amber Nichole, Jacob “Stitch” Duran

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.

Wanderlei Silva hit the red carpet in style, arriving with an entourage that included fellow UFC fighter Dan Hardy, UFC cutman Jacob “Stitch” Duran and Xyience spokesmodels Amber Nichole and Amanda Corey. Wearing a Xyience button-down shirt and jeans, Wanderlei received a huge ovation from the plethora of fans trying to grab a glimpse of their hero. Wanderlei took the time to greet fans and pose for pictures with them, a sign of his gratitude for their support and devotion. Supporting him this evening was his wife Tea Silva, who looked radiant in a gold blouse and black shorts.

Naughty by Nature arrive at Studio 54

Naughty by Nature arrive at Studio 54

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.

Sporting his trademark mohawk, Dan Hardy also wore a black button-down shirt paired with his paint-splattered converse sneakers. Accompanied by Elizabeth Holloway, Hardy also greeted fans and took photos after walking the red carpet. The family affair continued when Jacob “Stitch” Duran walked the carpet in his black button-down shirt, flanked by his two daughters Angela Hunter and Carla Duran.

Wanderlei celebrates with the 54 Girls

Wanderlei celebrates with the 54 Girls

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.

The last group to hit the carpet was legendary hip-hop trio Naughty by Nature. Vin Rock hit the carper first wearing DJ-inspired designer t-shirt and baggy white shorts. Treach walked the carpet sporting New York Yankees Jersey and jeans, topped with a baseball cap, while DJ Kay Gee joined his two colleagues on the carpet wearing a pink polo shirt and jeans.

Wanderlei Silva celebrates his birthday on stage at Studio 54

Wanderlei Silva celebrates his birthday on stage at Studio 54

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.

Wanderlei took center stage shortly after midnight as Studio 54 honored the fighter with a one-of-a-kind birthday cake to commemorate the occasion. Led by the world-renowned DJ Skribble, the partygoers at Studio 54 sang happy birthday to the MMA star as he beamed on stage, with the 54 Dancers surrounding him to help celebrate. Overjoyed, Wanderlei made sure to shake the hand of every fan that could get close to the stage.

Naughty by Nature performs at Studio 54

Naughty by Nature performs at Studio 54

Photo credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images.

Following the birthday celebration, hip-hop pioneers Naughty by Nature took the stage at the Vegas hotspot for the myriad fans that packed the nightclub. Playing hits like “Feel me Flow,” “O.P.P.” and “Hip Hop Hooray,” the Grammy-winning trio got the crowd jumping as Treach took off his Yankees jersey and eventually tore off his tank-top. The performance was highlighted with a tribute to the late Tupac Shakur, as the group played some of his songs and remembered one of hip-hop’s greatest artists.

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