Legendary is a word that gets thrown around quite casually in the sport of mixed martial arts, and for a sport that has not even breached its second decade of mainstream existence, it seems to be used all too often.
Even still, spanning nearly 20 years, certain cream has risen to the top, and yes, legends have been born.
The legacy of two of the sport’s greatest legends will be showcased as Tuff-N-Uff Amateur Fighting Championships presents Xtreme Couture vs. Team Quest II.
Friday, February 12th, at the Mardi Gras Ballroom in the Orleans Hotel and Casino, two of the worlds most accomplished fight camps will feature their amateur and aspiring mixed martial artists.
Names like Sonnen, Maynard, Lindland, Griffin and, of course, both Henderson and Couture, have been forged under the Xtreme Couture and Team Quest banners. Now, waves of the next generation of mixed martial arts have found their way into these elite camps.
Showcasing skills crafted in the same environments where world champions put in their time, these amateur fighters are often more elite than many professional fighters found scattered across random promotions.
These amateurs spend time around some of the greatest fighters in this sport. They are educated, trained and guided by MMA’s elite.
The bottom line is, when these two camps face off in heated competition, the kind that can only be found inside a cage, fight fans will not want to miss a single moment.
Oh yeah, you read it right, Tuff-N-Uff has made the move away from the boxing style ring towards the more traditional MMA-style cage platform for their athletes to compete on.
Jeff Meyer of Tuff-N-Uff had this to say about the addition of the cage: “The cage has built up a lot of excitement from the fighters because Tuff-N-Uff is the closest thing to the UFC that many of them have experienced. We hope to provide our fighters with as much preparation for the big leagues as we can and the cage is a natural fit.”
The show may feature amateur matches between two of the greatest camps in the world, but it also offers a title fight as well. This fight is between two extremely game and scrappy competitors, current LW champ Dustin Chevalier and 10th Planet prospect Sean Bollinger.
Chevalier is coming off an impressive knockout win to earn his title. He is looking to show off his heavy hands against a BJJ ace. His opponent Bollinger is one of the rare few who can call himself a 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu black belt under Eddie Bravo.
There is not much better than a clash of styles for a title in this sport. This should add quite a compelling element to an already exciting event.
Add to it a semifinal bout between Tori Adams and Ashlee Evans for the Tuff-N-Uff female 145-pound tournament, and it only gets better.
"The first Xtreme Couture vs. Team Quest series provided such an exciting night of fights, and the two camps are ready to face off again," Tuff-N-Uff president Barry Meyer said. "The quality of athletes from these two academies is truly world-class, and I'm sure they'll deliver another great night of fights.”
With over a dozen match ups on tap and such amazing camps represented, this will be a night of amateur fights to remember. Many times the fights that take place under the Tuff-N-Uff banner are glimpses into the future as stars like John Fitch and Gina Carano once competed for the organization.
So the athletes competing in the Mardi Gras Ballroom in the fight capital of the world Friday night may very well be tomorrow's top competitors. By supporting them now, you in turn support the future of the sport.
Attend the event live for the price of two drinks at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant or follow the event on Go Fight Live’s pay-per-view stream for even less.
Either way, check this event out—it will not disappoint.
This article originally featured at Hurtsbad.com.