LAS VEGAS, NEV. – This past weekend, TUFF-N-UFF Productions brought the first-ever amateur mixed martial arts bouts to Las Vegas, Nevada, before a crowd estimated at nearly 1,700. Good numbers for a card mixing professional and amateur bouts.
In a special submission wrestling rules match, Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Renato “Babalu” Sobral looked lethargic en route to a victory by triangle choke. The rules of the match called for one ten-minute round. Sobral’s opponent, Misha Cirkunov, took him down at will throughout the first four minutes of the round, but wasn’t able to do much to advance his position when Sobral sunk the choke prior to the halfway point.
In another first for Nevada, the first women’s mixed martial arts main event, Ginelle Marquez dominated a very tough Angela Hayes en route to an arm bar little more than two minutes into the round. In women’s amateur action, Greg Jackson-coached Nikki Garcia controlled all three rounds to secure a unanimous decision from Colorado’s Lacey Whitlach.
Angelo Antuna weathered a storm of strikes from Las Vegas fighter Kevin Ross before securing a fight-ending triangle choke. J.R. Sims impressed early with his punching power, but seemed to have difficulty putting combinations together. The pace of the fight slowed and Sims finished the fight in the third round with what was officially deemed a forearm choke to the throat of what seemed to be an exhausted Aaron Carvalho.
TUFF N UFF
South Point Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
December 29, 2006
PROFESSIONAL MMA (Three 5-minute Rounds)
Ginelle Marquez def. Angela Hayes by Armbar at 2:17, Round 1
Angelo Antuna def. Kevin Ross by Triangle Choke at 3:38, Round 1
T.J. Brown def. Reynaldo Duarte by Unanimous Decision
J.R. Sims def. Aaron Carvalho by Forearm Choke at 4:01, Round 3
SUBMISSION WRESLTING (One 10-minute Round)
Renato “Babalu” Sobral def. Misha Cirkunov by Triangle Choke at 4:13
AMATEUR MMA (Three 3-minute Rounds)
Carlos Fletes def. Weston Duschen by TKO at 0:25, Round 1
Nikki Garcia def. Lacey Whitlach by Unanimous Decision
Jonathon Stephens def. Joey Coury by Rear Naked Choke at 1:15, Round 1