The venue was intimate, the music was pounding, the lights glaring, the lasers dancing, and the fights, the fights were explosive. Oh, and lots of ring girls, Vegas ring girls.
The event was Tuff-N-Uff's Future Stars of MMA at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. For an event built around amateurs, it was exciting enough to get MMA legend Randy Couture, and The Phenom Vitor Belfort to swing by.
Couture had quite a few fighters under his banner fighting, his son included. While these fights were contested by amateur combatants, the night had a very professional feel to it.
This card was a great example of how exciting and promising this sport really is.
Tuff-N-Uff displays a couple very apparent facts about MMA. The horizon is endless, the limitations are no stronger than our own will to smash them.
There is so much potential at every level in MMA. It has so many angles, and every aspect was shining brightly at Future Stars. From the class and desire of the fighters, the obvious elite training, to the seamless promotional coordination.
It was quite inspirational. Tuff-N-Uff has put together a brand and a message that really hits close to home for the elite of the MMA community.
That message is bring us your amateur up and comers, let us help you mold them and prepare them for the next step. Safety, class, integrity, and professionalism is what awaits you. Help us build this sport.
When that message is bought into by renowned BJJ/MMA trainer Marc Laimon, it is hard to deny its validity. When Randy Couture trusts an organization enough to test his fighters, it speaks volumes as to the potential that can be achieved under the Tuff-N-Uff banner.
Extreme Couture, Cobra Kai, Legends and many more showcased some extremely well trained fighters. The one thing that really stuck out other than the sound cornering and display of technique was honor.
In a sport built on a foundation of more traditional martial arts, sometimes the finer points are left behind. This was not apparent at Future Stars. Class was issue one for everyone involved.
The class, the sportsmanship, the dignity in victory and defeat was undeniable. Again, another point of the potential this sport harbors.
Another strength was the concern for safety. The utmost precautions were taken with the fighters.
At the end of the day this event left a lasting impression on one writer. That being said, it is a safe bet to say there was more than one person in attendance that experienced a sense of pride for having supported this.
To know that the UFC will be there, to understand that the Fedor arguments will never end, to wonder if Greasegate will ever die, that is part of being a fan. It is important to know your game if your going to support it and that is understood.
The one thing many fans miss is the simple fact that MMA is so much bigger than any one fighter, organization, or issue. Foundation people, foundation is the most important part of any sport.
With a strong foundation, this sport can be built into something no one ever contemplated. That foundation is being fabricated at the amateur level. It is being laid by Tuff-N-Uff.
You and I are in the position to support this effort. For less than four bucks at ibnsports.com you can pitch in and watch the future in Ryan Couture. Or as I always say, if you can make it down to the Orleans, do you yourself a favor and get to one of these events live.
The next one is this Friday August 28. Tuff-N-Uff is putting on the U.S.A. vs Canada card. So not only can you support amateur MMA but you can support your country too if you happen to hail from either place.
They need your support to make these fighters better. To provide them a home to hone their skills today so tomorrow they can become professionals, So tomorrow they can become your champions.