July 10th, Las Vegas NV saw the first ever all female mixed-martial arts fight card when Tuff n Uff debuted “Tuff Girls.” The showcase saw 10 matches with some of the best and some of the young and hungry up and comers MMA has to offer.
The very first match brought the heat with vicious striking and a rear naked choke by Tamara Riley that almost ended the match early in the first round vs. Michelle Velebit. Tamara Riley of Team Asylum (Phoenix, AZ) evened her record at 1-1 with an unanimous decision over Michelle Velebit (0-1) of Team Girls (Portland, OR) in the 135 lbs. weight class.
Match 2 saw impressive ground skills when a guillitine choke applied by Holly Dixon was turned into guard position by her opponent Autumn Richardson and then reversed back by Dixon. The referee stepped in during the third round to call the fight as Richardson got on top and dominated Dixon.
Unfortunately the third match of the night had to be called a “no contest” due to an inadvertant poke to the eye. There was no shortage of great bouts however. The night continued with Paige Zio from “Gracie Fighter” delivering a TKO to Kiley Martin of “Team Girls” with a high knee. Martin could not continue. Stephanie Webber fighting from “Victory Athletics” dominated ground and pound and took the match in the 1st by executing a classic armbar forcing Robin Hartmen from “Kickin Fitness” to tap. Kate Mcgray owned the fight against Gabriella Lakoczky from “Xtreme Couture” winning by unanimous decision.
The main event of the night saw Patricia Vandermeer from “Buckley MMA” take on the highly skilled Moa Palmer of “Team Oyama” who frequents the Tuff n Uff cards. Vandermeer showcased some great skill herself including an armdrag takedown and a highkick that rocked Palmer, but Palmer came back with a strong assault to the ribs and liver that left Vandermeer out of breath and unable to continue. Classic matchups one and all. As always the ladies came hungry and ready to fight to prove themselves just as dominant and proficient as the men’s division. We look forward to more great cards from Tuff n Uff.
1.Michelle Velebit def Tamara Riley via decision
2.Autumn Richardson def Holly Dixon via ref
3.Latoya Walker v Brooke Guidry NO CONTEST
4.Paige Zio def Kiley Martin via TKO
5.Stephanie Walker def Robin Hartmen via tap
6.Amanda Lavoy def Maeisha Lowe via decision
7.Amanda Wilcoxen def Courtney Stowe via unanimous decision
8.Ivana Coleman def Laren Feldman via decision
9.Kate Megray def Gabriella Lakoczky via unanimous decision
10.Moa Palmer def Patricia Vandermeer via KO
A portion of the proceeds from this event went to help Jessica Bednark. Bednark is a professional MMA fighter who suffered a ruptured artery in her brain while training.
On August 22, Tuff-N-Uff will host “The Future Stars of MMA” featuring Ryan Couture, son of MMA legend Randy Couture, Larry Mir, cousin of former UFC champion Frank Mir, and former Playboy playmate Latasha Marzolla. Tickets may be purchased by calling 702.284.7777, online at www.orleansarena.com or in person at the Orleans Arena box office located at 4500 West Tropicana Avenue at Arville Road.
Founded in 1994, Tuff-N-Uff Productions is the nation’s premiere amateur MMA organization. Tuff-N-Uff is a proving ground for amateur fighters providing an unparalleled outlet for up and coming fighters. Tuff-N-Uff has helped launch the MMA careers of pros such as Jon Fitch and Aaron Riley. Tuff-N-Uff strives to help the younger generation of fighters pursue their dreams of becoming professional MMA athletes through the development of individual athletic skills, work ethic, discipline, sportsmanship, self-respect and pride. For more information visit www.tuffnuff.net.
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