The mecca of MMA, Las Vegas, is host to many of the top MMA gyms and tons of UFC events. When “Sin City” isn’t enjoying their horde of Zuffa events, they can also enjoy some of the independent shows, such as Tuff-N-Uff, who return to the Orleans Hotel & Casino on Friday, Feb. 11, with the 15-bout event “Tuff-N-Uff: Xtreme Couture vs. Team Quest II.”
Xtreme Couture claimed victory in the first meeting between the two academies, which took place in August 2010 in the amateur MMA organization. Over half a year later, the two schools meet once again to see who is the best. It is interesting to note that Randy Couture used to train over at Team Quest for many years, so this is not so much of a war as it is a friendly rivalry between friends, but it doesn’t make team-based MMA any less fun. Any chance I get to be reminded of the IFL I will gladly relish.
In addition to the Xtreme Couture vs. Team Quest series, the Feb. 11 event will also feature a Tuff-N-Uff lightweight title fight, as current champion Dustin Chevalier (4-2) meets undefeated 10th Planet Riverside fighter Sean Bollinger (1-0-1), seeking the first defense of a belt he earned with a second-round TKO stoppage of Tyson Chartier this past September. Tuff-N-Uff’s 145-pound female tournament will also continue as undefeated prospects Tori Adams (3-0) and Ashlee Evans-Smith (2-0) meet in the ring.
Other intriguing main-card matchups include a rematch between female 135-pounders Emily Peters-Kagan (2-1) and T.J. Cunanan (3-2), who have a score to settle after Peters-Kagan earned a hotly contested split-decision win in their initial August 2010 meeting, while top bantamweight prospects Jerry Shapiro (4-0) winning all by submission and trains at legendary Cobra Kai takes on to the very game Jamie Hernandez (4-1) looking to take on the toughest guys out there at 135.
The full fight card is available for viewing at TuffNUff.net, and the entire event will stream live on GoFightLive.tv. Besides, what better way to start your Strikeforce weekend then with some more MMA? Hit the jump to see a few exciting fights from this up and coming MMA promotion, including a spinning backfist knockout from the ladies!