Las Vegas, it’s up to you to make Tuff-N-Uff’s 20th anniversary event a success. After all, admission is free.
In an unprecedented move, Tuff-N-Uff CEO Jeff Meyer hopes to fill Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center to the brim by offering a free MMA event to the fans.
“It’s our first-ever free show. We figured since it’s such a big occassion, celebrating 20 years, what better way to do that than to give away all the tickets and make it a really awesome community event,” Meyer told MMA Fight Corner.
On Saturday, June 7, Tuff-N-Uff will feature multiple championship fights and the finals of Tuff-N-Uff’s women’s strawweight tournament, which awards the winner a professional contract with Invicta FC.
For admission there is one thing fans must do, bring canned goods to help feed the needy. Meyer is working with Three Square Food Bank and has a goal to collect 5,000 pounds of food, the weight of all 32 fighters competing at the event. And he’s asking fans to help do their part as well.
“There’s going to be a bunch of canned food item donation bins…Please be invited to come. Bring a canned food item at the door and they’ll let you in.”
Ahead of the event, the Tuff-N-Uff fighters, Jeff Meyer, and his staff will pitch in at Three Square Food Bank. To give back to the community, they will pack boxes and drop them off to those in need.
Known as Las Vegas’ premiere amateur MMA organization, Tuff-N-Uff was founded by Jeff and Barry Meyer back in 1994. In the past months, Jeff has strived to carry on his brother’s memory. Barry was laid to rest in October 2013.
Tuff-N-Uff’s 20th anniversary will also honor his brother’s memory, a man who perceived and created a promotion which gave fighters the platform they needed to become professionals. From Ryan Couture and Shonie Carter, to Ronda Rousey, Frank Mir and more, Tuff-N-Uff launched the careers of nearly 100 professional MMA competitors over the past 20 years.
“It seems like the blink of an eye. It’s weird to think back,” said Meyer. “Can it really be 20 years? But it’s fun to think back and think about the history of our sport. And then the history of our company, Tuff-N-Uff, it’s just amazing to me.
“In fact, I was watching a video yesterday I put on our Facebook page,” said Meyer. “It’s a quick clip maybe a minute long or something like that of my brother intro’ing the first-ever Tuff-N-Uff on June 18th of ’94 and he was only 20-years old.”
“As we’ve seen this sport grow and Tuff-N-Uff grow, I was watching this video and thinking ‘What was he doing? Why did he have the initiative and the drive and desire to do this?’ Well it was, somebody stuck a microphone in his face and said ‘Hey we need somebody to intro this.’ You know, a lot of things at events happen last minute. And I’m sure that’s kind of something he was forced to do, but he did great, and I was so proud of him while watching the video. It was a really exciting time, twenty years ago…but it feels like it was yesterday.”
On the June 7 card there will be multiple championship fights and the strawweight final for the Invicta FC tournament. Watching the promotion blossom and being able to give its athletes bright futures serves as all the inspiration Meyer needs.
“We’re really excited to give these girls who we think truly believe the opportunity such a great chance to go into a such an established and…prestigious fight organization. We’re big fans of Invicta and we’re really excited to see our athletes progress to the next level. It’s always a great feeling to see our athletes go on to the pro ranks, but this is the first time Tuff-N-Uff’s able to offer the winner of a tournament a pro contract with such a prestigious fight organization.”
The June 7th fight card is stacked with four title fights. Though Meyer thinks all of the fighters are worthy of notice, he thinks the welterweight title fight will deliver for the fans.
“Looking at the fight card, the 170-pound title between Sebastian Buckley and Joel Champion is definitely one to keep your eyes on. Both of these kids are phenomenally talented. Sebastian’s local here out of Xtreme Couture,” said Meyer.
“He’s only 2-0, but he’s…done a lot of tournaments…and he’s also such a good kid. He does a lot of community service with the Boys and Girls Clubs and he’s done such a good job in the cage, his last fights were less than…40 seconds total. He’s a real talented athlete and he’s been very impressive inside the cage. He’s fighting a guy…named Joel Champion who’s fighting out of Apex MMA in Tuscon, MMA. That’s a great gym those guys turn out talent all day every day.”
The lineup for Tuff-N-Uff includes:
Invicta FC 115pd tournament final: Molly Wren Holmes vs. Jamie Moyle
Bantamweight title: Teejay Britton vs. Marco Lopez
Featherweight title: Ian Lujan vs. Sean Francis
Welterweight title: Sebastian Buckley vs. Joel Champion
Interim Lightweight title: Johnny Alvarado vs. Chance Cretsinger
Brian Calleros vs. Ryan Curry
Jason Preston vs. Jared Carle
Jianna Denizard vs. Cheyanne Vlismas
Carlo Juinio vs. DeAngelo Yates
Kari Lichtenwalner vs. Liz Tracy
Victor Mabin vs. Junior Gomez
Darnell Bumpus vs. Cody Monsalve
King Scott vs. Jordan Joseph
Damonte Blackmon vs. John Buttner
Jordan Harris vs. Marc Soria
Art Nicolas vs. Jason Mussay
For tickets and more information, visit UNLVTickets.com or call 702-739-FANS.