Nationwide Arena…You should definitely check out our own weekly contributor Zak Woods’ post on his blog WatchKalibRun.com about what to do and where to go. The highlights appear to be a few MMA blogs’ pre-parties.

– Friday night MMAJunkie and American Fighter team up for a pre-UFC 96 party at Mynt Ultra Lounge. Rich Franklin and Bruce Buffer will be in attendance. Call Josh at (614) 989-8258 to reserve a table.

– Also on Friday night Fight Magazine and Cagepotato will be holding a pre-party at the Sugar Bar and there’s has an open bar (take that stupid MMAJunkie fuckers hahaha!). Well the open bar is only for VIP’s from 8:30-10:00pm, but if you are not on the list you can still get in after ten o’clock. No word on the UFC fighters that will be there, but there is a ring girl contest hosted by Bruce Buffer! Wait a second I thought he was at the Junkie party? How could you betray me Bruce!?

– There will be a bunch of Canadians coming down on Crash MMA’s party bus, (including the fightlinker crew). Their website says they are going to a kick ass after party but it doesn’t say where. I guess you have to be in the Canadian cult to get in. [Ed. Note: Fightlinker says they’re going to CagePotato’s party]

Sounds like a hell of good time, so definitely check it out if you’re going to be in Columbus this weekend for the fights.