The Tuff-N-Uff amateur mixed martial arts event held Saturday, August 18 at the CasaBlanca Resort was an overwhelming success for fans and competitors alike. Fighters from all across the country came toMesquiteto compete and show fans why they are future stars. The event had 13 fights on the card, including a Super Heavyweight Title Defense and a Female Tournament Title bout in the 125 pound division.
Fans had the opportunity to see, up close and personal, intense brawling and no-holds-barred action from the next generation of mixed martial artists. “The crowd reaction was incredible. People were shouting and cheering for their favorites. Everyone seemed to have a great time and it was our privilege and pleasure to bring this event to Mesquite. Tuff-N- Uff is phenomenal. They provide an excellent venue not only to get the amateurs the attention they deserve, but fans the chance to see and enjoy these fighters.” said CasaBlanca General Manager Tim Rambo.
Fighters like Las Vegas’ Jillian “Justice” Lybarger (4-5) who has just become a professional Mixed Martial Artist. She squared off against Cortney Casey (4-1) in the 125 pound division. Casey won the fight and will challenge the winner of the night’s 125 pound Tournament Title in Tuff-N-Uffs upcoming Festi-Brawl on Sunday, September 2 at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas. Lake Forrest, Calif’s Rachel Cummins (2-2) made quick work of her opponent Tandra “Tundra” Lopez (1-1) from Las Cruces New Mexico to take the Tournament Title.
The Super Heavyweight Title Defense bout between Charles Williams (6-0) of Las Vegas and Jeremy Umland (2-1) delivered even more intense action than the crowd had hoped. Charles won decisively in the first seconds of the first round and is still the Super Heavyweight champ. His bout really did make the crowd go wild.
To make the event even more special, the CasaBlanca offered guests the chance to eat at the renowned Chi Town Food Truck where a “whack job” is actually a good thing, to purchase tee-shirts and other items from Tuff-N-Uff and other vendors and of course, ice cold beer. The festivities continued with free concert in the CasaBlanca Showroom featuring The Garage Boys.
Ely Prussin, CasaBlanca Director of Player Development said, “The entire event, from the weigh-ins, to the fights, was a huge success for everyone. It was such a pleasure working the Tuff-N-Uff crew to bring the MMA event to Mesquite. In fact, due to this success, we are planning on having another Tuff-N-Uff MMA event soon.