Tuff-N-Uff Partners with Invicta FC for Four-Woman Strawweight Tournament

March 18, 2014
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tnu_invicta_coverLeading amateur mixed martial arts promotion Tuff-N-Uff announced on Tuesday that it has forged a partnership with the leading all-female fight promotion Invicta Fighting Championships.

“Tuff-N-Uff: The Future Stars of Mixed Martial Arts” will host a four-woman strawweight tournament, the winner of which will be rewarded with a fight contract with Invicta.

Aspiring female fighers Jianna Denizard (5-2), Jamie Moyle (3-2), Laura Uyeda (5-0), and Molly Wren-Holmes (4-0) make up the tournament that begins on April 11 at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

“Tuff-N-Uff has long supported women’s martial arts, and we’ve been fortunate enough to have some of the best ladies in the game compete in our cage,” Tuff-N-Uff Vice President Jeff Meyer said. “The chance to partner with the best all-women’s MMA organization in the sport for this unique opportunity was a natural fit for us, and I’m looking forward to seeing this tournament play out.”

Texas’ Denizad stands at 5-foot-7 and is the tallest competitor in the tournament. Primarily a striker, Denizard also has two submission wins on her record.

Moyle, a Las Vegas native, has competed against Invicta FC veteran Tecia Torres as an amateur. She’s the smallest tournament contestant and hopes to prove size doesn’t matter.

Arkansas’ Uyeda is a ground specialist. She earned a bronze medal in the No-Gi Worlds 2010 jiu-jitsu tournament. But the submission artist also has a knockout victory on her resume showing she’s no one-trick pony.

California’s Wren-Holmes is a well-rounded fighter that is comfortable no matter where the fight goes. She’s also a finisher. Three of her four wins are by knockout.

The winners of the two April 11 semifinal bouts will meet in the tournament final on June 7 at Thomas and Mack Center with the winner then moving on to fight for Invicta.

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  • Wolf Ticket

    I thought UFC bought out the entire strawweight division of Invicta.

    • Timothy Malone

      They did, including the previous strawweight champion Esparza. These are new signings to replace them. None of these girls have fought for Invicta before.

      • Seth

        And a few weeks ago Invicta signed some new 115ers, so they already started to rebuild that. In long run it will be better for IFC – a lot of space to create new stars :) Looking forwards to TUF20, This TnF tourney as well as next IFC event :)

        • TRT-rex

          Actually in the long run it will be better for UFC not invicta. UFC will pull any top fighters to the big show turning Invict into another feeder organization. Get real bro. Eventually Invicta will become the RFA for women. All champs to the UFC

          • Seth

            Invicta wouldn’t be main stream anyway. Im big supporter of IFC, but knowing that majority of MMA fans have no respect for WMMA yet, it wouldn’t be as big as it should for a long time to come. So at least they may have some profits from creating future stars for UFC.