On Saturday, May 19, most of the first seven bouts in Barry Meyer’s Tuff-N-Uff series and Mesquite Gaming’s Mayhem in Mesquite XIV was action packed especially in the first and sixth bouts.
From the very beginning mayhem emerged, fans could tell that this would be an evening of excitement; especially after the winner of the first bout was carried out by Mesquite Fire and Rescue on a stretcher.
Bout #1 went the full three rounds, both John Varela, fighting out of Fusion MMA in St. George, UT and Denis Actis from Albuquerque, NM fighting out of Jacksonwink MMA, were exhausted at the end.
The winner was declared by unanimous decision to be Actis who was able to stand with the referee and opponent when the announcement was made but not a moment longer. The minute the referee let go of Actis’ arm, his knees let go of him and the declared winner sank to the floor.
Many who were in the cage at the time rushed to his aid and with the help of two individuals he was able to get to his feet and onto a stool but not for long. Actis sank from the stool to the floor and then the Rescue team stepped up. Mesquite Fire and Rescue workers went to work quickly supplying him with oxygen and strapping him onto the board so he could be carried out to a stretcher; he was sent to Mesa View Hospital.
According to one of the MMA referees, the decision of the judges stood, Actis was still the declared winner and was sent out only because of sheer exhaustion and possibly slight dehydration; he did not sustain an injury or get hit hard enough to cause any damage during the fight.
In bout #6, women came out harder hitting than the men and stayed that way until the end of their three round fight. Maria Jose Favela who fights out of Entram Gym in Tujuana, Mexico and Baja, CA. went against Eliza Rushton form American Fork, UT in a bloody battle to the end when Favela won the fight by unanimous decision.
Fans enjoyed the first seven rounds but it was the three title fights that had everyone’s interest up.
The first being Bout #8, when 155 pound Cody Hamm who fights out of Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, NV went against 155 pojnd Bryan Arreaga who fights out of DAB Gym in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Hamm came into the fight with a 6-4 record against Arreaga’s 5-1 but tapped out in the second round sending Arreaga away with the first 155 pound weight class title belt.
Bout #9 was for the title in the 145 pound weight class and Elijah Legget, fighting out of ICON MMA in Moreno Valley, CA and Nick Perez who fights out of XTREME Couture in Las Vegas, NV gave the fans a full three rounds of bloody battle until Legget was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
The “Main Event” was a three minute, three round title fight for the 135 pound weight class against Jaylon “New Breed” Bates and Christopher “Lil Savage” Elisarraras. Bates fights out of Portland City Boxing in Portland City, OR and Elisarraras fights out of XTREME Couture in Las Vegas, NV.
It could have been an exciting nine minutes of sports but 2:20 into the second round Bates knocked out Elisarraras sending Bates home with the belt and title of Mayhem in Mesquite VIX Champion.
In other bouts:
#2, Pierre Lagasca Tapped out to opponent Devante Burnham in the first round; #3 Elijah Bertley fell to Zane Darlington in the first round; #4 Jose Bonifez won his debut fight against Luis Camacho in the third round by TKO; #5 ended in a draw between heavy weight fighters Anthony ‘Big Mack’ Womack and Emaun ‘Main Event’ Greagor and in bout #7 Morgun Colledge tapped out in the first round to Mike Tim.
For more on Barry Meyer’s Tuff-N-Uff series or Mayhem in Mesquite XIV visit the Tuff-N-Uff web site at: www.tuffnuff.com. You can view more action packed pictures from the Mayhem XIV on our website at www.mesqutielocalnews.com and follow this link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6kpxpi4wb6ho6fs/AADRyyhvmoEdDqsNKmI3VOmza?dl=0