If you spend enough time in the business of MMA you are sure to come across a few people who have had dealings with a certain duo in the industry of amateur mixed martial arts. That duo is brothers Barry and Jeff Meyer.
To take that a step further, if you have had dealings with Barry, a Masters Hall of Famer, or Jeff, a guy who is just as cool as the other side of your pillow, then you have had the distinct pleasure of dealing with two of the best guys in the business.
Ask a guy like John Fitch, or a little lady named Gina Carano: They can tell you all about the world class organization the Meyer brothers are running called Tuff-N-Uff Amateur Fighting Championships.
If you won't take their word for it, ask Randy Couture, Dan Henderson, or a Wanderlei Silva. They, too, will vouch for the nature and quality of events put on by the staff at TNU. Quite simply, anyone who knows a damn thing about MMA will describe them as the premier amateur show in not only the country, but perhaps the world.
Their efforts in the community are probably the only thing that outclasses their efforts in the fight realm. The bottom line is that they are the cream of the crop, honing and shaping young fighters, both male and female, to take the torch when the time is right and carry this sport into the future.
With that being said, it is time for yet another installment of TNU Amateur Fighting Championships this Friday night at the beautiful Orleans Hotel and Casino. Slated to take place in the intimate Mardi Gras ballroom, Barry and Jeff have brought together 26 competitors to hook ‘em up for Vegas fight fans.
Those 26 competitors represent some of the most elite camps this sport has ever seen. When you get fighters competing out of Xtreme Couture, Wand Fight Team, Team Quest, Legends MMA and 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu, one thing is certain: They are elite trained warriors.
Combining those elite trained warriors in hand-to-hand combat competition is a win-win for the fans looking on and the fighters themselves. For the fan, they take a glimpse into the future of what tomorrow holds. For the fighter, they know they are cutting their teeth against the best amateurs the sport has to offer, in turn, raising their experience in the process.
In particular, this card has a few bells and whistles to add to the allure of what is already a compelling event, the first of which is a 170-pound title fight between Eddie Jackson and Joey Angelo.
These are two scrappy individuals both looking to bring the vacant TNU title home with them Friday night. Angelo, in particular, is an east coast guy who has made a home for himself at the Tapout Training Center in Las Vegas.
Angelo has been boxing since a young age and is evolving his game daily to become a complete fighter. His Muay Thai is on point, his grappling is coming along, and he should make a great competitor for a very tough Eddie Jackson.
Jackson, a Legends MMA prodigy, is a TNU regular who has been impressive in his past performances. Jackson is a guy who prefers to stand and bang, making him a very fan-friendly fighter. With his love for striking ,and Angelo having a striking background, look for this one to set it off come fight night.
In the main event, two ladies are going to lay it all on the line for fight fans looking on. Latasha Marzolla will square off with Nikki Rae Lowe to cap off a stellar fight card.
These gals will compete at 125 pounds and look to take the next step in their MMA careers. In what is sure to be an exciting match-up, fight fans will see two promising female mixed martial artists display their skills as they compete in the main event.
Marzolla, in particular, has shown herself to be a vicious striker with a relentless attack.
There are not many promotions that will showcase a women’s MMA bout as their main event, but that in itself speaks volumes as to how far the TNU staff will go to support all their fighters. Their support of females in this sport is second to none.
Gender aside, any amateur fighter looking to hone their skills as they look to the future of their careers, and this sport could not find a better home to compete.
People will tell you that the amateurs that compete for TNU are often sharper at their craft than some of the professionals found scattered across the countryside in various regional promotions. That is in no way, shape, or form a stretch or an exaggeration.
Check out these fights, people, and if you can’t find your way to the Mardi Gras Ballroom at the Orleans Hotel and Casino, check out Go Fight Live where the event will be streamed live for a very modest fee.
Either way, one thing is certain: You will not be disappointed. The fighters are world-class, the promotion is top shelf and the fights always impress.
You couldn't spend better money supporting this sport because you are directly supporting the future of MMA. You are supporting the platform for the stars of tomorrow to take their next step into the future world of mixed martial arts.
After watching a TNU event, there is no denying the future is bright indeed.
This article originally featured at Hurtsbad.com