It is that time again fight fans. Friday night brothers Barry and Jeff Meyer are bringing Tuff-N-Uff Amateur Fighting Championships back to the Mardi Gras Ballroom at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada.
This event, as always, promises to entertain with high stakes, and elite level amateurs representing top camps from around the globe.
Those high stakes include three championship straps on the line. Two of which represent the final matches for the women’s 125 and 135 pound tournaments.
Also a title formerly held by Ryan Couture prior to his pro debut will be on the line as Tuff-N-Uff looks to find their next 155 pound king.
And that folks represents only the main and co main events. Tuff-N-Uff always boasts a deep fight card riddled with tomorrow’s stars. The pot has only been sweetened as they now boast an affiliation with Go Fight Live where they stream their events live.
Now no one has a reason to miss one of these exciting glimpses into the future of mixed martial arts.
As far as what is in store this Friday night, here are the angles on a stellar fight card.
In the finals of the women’s 125 pound tourney Stephanie Eggink (2-0) and Jennie Yum (6-0) will hook ‘em up and see who suffers their first defeat, and who emerges a Tuff-N-Uff Champion.
Those in the know will tell you the very gritty Yum is the one setting the bar for this tournament. She has racked up some impressive victories while dealing with some dangerous adversity along the way.
She should have her hands full with the scrappy Eggink who can finish and go the distance. Either way she comes to fight. There is not doubt she has found a good fight in Yum.
This final match of a hard fought tournament showcases some promising talent in the women’s aspect of MMA.
The other two ladies competing for a tournament title will do so at 135 pounds.
Sometimes you can love MMA but it doesn't always love you back. But when it does, it is sweet indeed. Such is the lesson learned by Tsui-Jen Cunanan (2-1) who suffered a crushing and controversial split decision loss in the tournament’s semi final match.
Unfortunately for the finalist who earned the judges favor, Emily Peters-Kagan, she injured herself and was unable to continue to the finals. Where one door closes, another opens, and Ms. Cunanan just walked right through.
She will be greeted by Ashley Weakley (4-0). Baby Tiger as she is known is a vicious striker with submission skills. She looks to earn that title with a win over the heavy handed Cunanan.
Tuff-N-Uff has always provided a respected, trusted, safe, and positive environment for women to cut their teeth and become high level mixed martial artists. Gina Carano has competed there as have many elite stars of the sport today.
Their support is invaluable to the further progression of both respect and evolution when it comes to women competing and being given the credit they are due for doing so.
The sky is the limit for all these female competitors trying to become champions. Hats off to Barry and Jeff Meyer for giving them the leg up they need to begin their ascent.
On to the main event where a belt has lay cold shivering and lonely since Ryan Couture left it behind to fry bigger fish in the world of professional 155 pound warriors.
Lying in wait, chomping at the bit to snatch up the vacant title are two dangerous amateur fighters.
Training out of the world class Sityodtong Academy Tyson Chartier (7-0) is looking to put his stamp on the Tuff-N-Uff title before he himself looks to reach for new heights as a pro. Obviously a lethal Muay Thai fighter, Chartier shows promise when it hits the mats as well.
His opponent Dustin Chevalier (3-2) will be making his 155 pound debut. A larger fighter, Dustin is moving down from 170 pounds to see what waves he can make as a lightweight. He finds a rigid test in Chartier.
The people at Tuff-N-Uff boast Chevalier’s explosive style citing his three first round stoppages. His style is a recipe for an exciting finale to what promises to be a great night of amateur MMA.
This is a night of competition that includes matchups between Xtreme Couture product Jake Swinney (3-0) and 10th Planet’s Travis Wright (5-0). Also Wand Fight Team’s Jason Rivera (1-0) will have his hands full with a local fight favorite Keith Tubin (1-1).
As always, come fight night the Mardi Gras Ballroom will be rocking with full tilt MMA action. The presentation is always top shelf, the fans are some of the best in the world, the corner men are damn sure the best in the world, and the glimpse into the future found in the ring is undeniably bright.
Don't miss it fight fan.
This article originally featured at Hurtsbad.com