Robert Drysdale to make MMA debut

by: Jack Bratcher

PRO MMA has just learned that the Xtreme Couture BJJ instructor and grappling phenom, Robert Drysdale is set to make his amateur MMA debut at Tuff-N-Uff’s Future Stars of MMA on October 17 at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Whenever we speak to fighters from the Xtreme Couture gym in Vegas, one name always comes up when the subject of grappling is raised, and that is Robert Drysdale.  His name seems to have reached almost mythical proportions and this has stemmed from the way top level professional fighters describe his grappling abilities.

Now while MMA is a different ballgame than straight jiu-jitsu, Drysdale is certainly surrounded by some of the best fighters in the game at Couture’s that can help round out his skills.  I certainly would not want to learn that one of the first fights in my amateur career would be against Robert Drysdale.  No opponent has been named yet.  Hopefully Tuff-N-Uff can find an amateur willing to get in there with him.  Good luck with that Barry!

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Xtreme Couture Amateur Spotlight Part II: Weston Duschen

by: Jack Bratcher

In our first Xtreme Couture Amateur Spotlight, we interviewed Jimmy Johnson who had his very first MMA fight on the Tuff-N-Uff card on August 8. This week our Amateur Spotlight is with Weston Duschen, another rising star from the Xtreme Couture camp in Las Vegas who also fought on Tuff-N-Uff’s Future Stars of MMA show. Weston was nice enough to speak with us and let us know what it’s like being an up and coming amateur at this breeding ground of champions and what sort of possibilities the future could hold for this young MMA powerhouse. Weston also breaks down for us what happened at his fight last week when his opponent was disqualified for illegal strikes.

PRO MMA: Hey man how’s it going? How long have you been into MMA and how did you get started?
Weston: It’s going good,I’ve been doing MMA for about 3 years but I’ve been wrestling my whole life and I got into MMA when I was done wrestling but I still had that burn and desire to compete so I started training and I fell in love with the sport.

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So you wann be an fu***ing fighter? AJ Cessario’s MMA debut

by:  Jack Bratcher

Lots of people train in martial arts all over the world but far fewer ever take that step into the ring to test their skills against an oppoent.  Is it a certain gene or personality trait produced from the result of past experiences that causes a man or woman to want to compete with another person to see who is the toughest and most skilled fighter?  Are you tough enough to get in a ring with someone who has nothing but bad intentions for your physical well-being?  Anthony Cessario took that fateful first step last week when he fought his very first full contact MMA match against Odis Alex Ruiz at Tuff-N-Uff’s Future Stars of MMA event at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

PRO MMA: Hi Anthony, rarely do we get to speak with someone who has just made their MMA debut. How did the fight turn out?
AC: It went alright. I lost by decision, but I felt ok about it for my first fight. Alex was tough. He was big, real tall, and real fast for 155. I knew he had good hands and a lot of reach on me, so I was planning on going to takedowns if he came in swinging. I’ve been wrestling since I was a kid, so I’m real comfortable with my takedowns.

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Xtreme Couture Amateur Spotlight Part I: Jimmy Jones

by: Jack Bratcher

The Xtreme Couture gym located in Las Vegas is famous for having one of the best MMA training facilities in the world.  Not only do they have the highest quality training equipment money can buy, but the gym is bursting at the seams with the best instructors and sparring partners the sport has to offer.

On August 8, 2008 , Tuff-N-Uff, a Las Vegas-based MMA promotion held an event at the Orleans Hotel and Casino entitled, “The Future Stars of MMA,” which showcased amateur MMA talent from some of the hottest up-and-comers the sport has to offer.  One of these young upstarts is a gentleman by the name of Jimmy Jones.  Jimmy lives in Vegas and is fortunate enough to be part of the Xtreme Couture family.  PRO MMA was fortunate enough to catch up with Jimmy to find out how the Tuff-N-Uff show went and also what it’s like learning the ropes and paying your dues at what many consider the most-respected MMA gyms in the world.

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TUFF-N-UFF Future Stars of MMA Results

by: Jack Bratcher

On Friday, August 8, 2008, TUFF-N-UFF’s Future Stars of MMA event took place at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  Although not all the fighters were from the Vegas area, local gyms such as Xtreme Couture, X-treme Family Fitness, Nellis Combat and Cobra Kai were represented.  They had male and female fighters from as far away as Kentucky on the card.

Here are the results from the TUFF-N-UFF Future Stars of MMA:

Evva Johnson def. Susannah Clayton by TKO Rd.1
Karina Hallinan def. Maria Witt by TKO Rd.3
Christy Tada def. Amber Molinari by KO Rd.2
Chris Brady def. Ike Kaahanui by TKO Rd.2
Kimo Yadao def. Kyle Atkinson by Dec.
Marco Scolari def. Jimmy Jones by Dec.
Odis Alex Ruiz def. AJ Cessario by Dec.
Johnny Lee def. Richard St. Claire by Dec.
Justin Linn def. Tony Martinez by Armbar Rd.2
Levi Parrish def. Luis Mendez by Dec.
Justin Cheeks def. Junny Urbaez by TKO Rd.1
Jeff Restivo def. Joe Gonderm by TKO Rd.3
Javier Torres def. Omar Carter by Submission Rd.2
Eric Bosley def. Chris Engles by Submission Rd.1
Coates Cobb-Adams def. Alan Cisneros by RN-Choke Rd. 1
Weston Duschan def. Darrell Matos by Disqualification (knee-to-head) Rd.1

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August 8 has Men & Women’s MMA Action in Las Vegas at TUFF-N-UFF

by:  Jack Bratcher

On Friday, August 8th, 2008, TUFF-N-UFF will showcase a men and women’s amateur Mixed Martial Arts extravaganza in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Orleans Hotel and Casino.  Founded in 1994, TUFF-N-UFF received one of the first mixed martial arts promotional licenses in Nevada.  They have also had a huge influence on providing credibility to the amateur MMA scene by being the first promotion to receive sanctioning from the Nevada Athletic Commission.  Barry Meyer, President of TUFF-N-UFF, said, “We did the ground work making several presentations to the Nevada State Athletic Commission and received the official amateur approval,” Meyer said. “It was tough, but it was worth all of the hard work to provide a place for the future stars of MMA to shine.”  TUFF-N-UFF held their first event in 2003 and featured quite a few fighters who have gone on to make names for themselves and appear in the UFC.  Fighters such as Sam Morgan, Rob Emerson, Shonie Carter, and Jon Fitch have all fought in the TUFF-N-UFF organization.

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