The TUFF-N-UFF 'Future Stars of MMA!' Returns to The Orleans in Las Vegas Friday; March 27th Event Will Determine the Finalists for the 8-man 155lb and 170lb Championships

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Some of the best male and female up and coming amateur MMA athletes will compete at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, March 27th.

TUFF-N-UFF Productions, Inc. once again brings you an action packed evening of "The Future Stars of MMA" fights and festivities at the Orleans Hotel and Casino on Friday, March 27th.

The evening will be kicked off by UFC ring girl and crowd favorite Arianny Celeste singing her rendition of the National Anthem. A special farewell will then be made for Mixed Martial Arts apparel pioneer and friend, TapouT owner Charles "Mask" Lewis, by giving him a much deserved 10 bell-count salute.

"Mask was always very cool with everyone he interacted with and I could feel his passion was intense and I remember him working a booth with the crew at our first show in Las Vegas in 2003 and he was an all around great guy."

Following will be an action packed evening of fights not to be missed. A highly anticipated fight will be the semifinals of the TUFF-N-UFF 155lb. and 170lbs. 8-man tournaments. Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and widely accomplished practitioner Bill "The Grill" Cooper squares off with hard hitting Xtreme Couture prodigy Kenny Marzolla in the welter weight division. The stakes are high, with the winners advancing to fight for the championship on April 24th.

"The fight between Cooper and Marzolla should be great," Meyer said. "They each have their own contrasting styles, which makes exciting fights. Marzolla has such strong knockout power and Cooper is such a good Jiu-jitsu practitioner and should be both athletes toughest fights. Marzolla has won his last 2 fights in under 1 minute combined by KO and Cooper has won his two fights by submission in the first round.

Also showcased at the event will be the finals of the TUFF-N-UFF 135lb. 4-man tournament Championship, as Hawaiian Fighting Arts student Junior Gomez squares off with Jamie Hernandez, fighting out of West Coast Fighting Academy in Riverside, Calif.

"Both Gomez and Hernandez bring it every fight," Meyer said. "You may not want to blink during this fight because if you do, you'll miss a ton of action."

Along with these fights, fans can also check out an action packed card, which features some of the most talented up-and-coming amateur male and female athletes from Xtreme Couture, Striking Unlimited, Legends MMA, West Coast MMA, and more.

"The Future Stars of MMA", will hit the ring live on Friday, March 27 at Orleans Hotel and Casino. Doors open at 6 pm, fights start at 7. Tickets are available at the Orleans Casino box office. For more information, check out the TUFF-N-UFF website at

TUFF-N-UFF is a true pioneer in the world of mixed martial arts and began promoting martial arts in 1994. In 2003 they received one of the first mixed martial arts promoter's licenses in the state of Nevada. They are responsible for spearheading amateur MMA in Las Vegas and have worked closely with the Nevada State Athletic Commission to regulate Amateur Mixed Martial Arts.

Tuff-N-Uff is broadcast to million homes in the US and Canada and featured in prestigious news media outlets including Inside MMA on HDNet, CBS, FOX, Fight! Magazine (March 09 issue), MMAJunkie, Sherdog and more.

The first event at the Orleans in 2003 had six fighters go on to compete in the UFC and three contestants making it on the hit reality show "The Ultimate Fighter" on Spike TV.

More future stars from around the world will be ready to shine in our open invitational amateur MMA Grand Prix, May 30th in the Orleans Arena. There will be talent scouts from television shows, movie production companies and professional Mixed Martial Arts organizations.

For more information visit:

Tony Timmons
Media Relations For TUFF-N-UFF
435-608-8833 fax


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