Former Olympic wrestlers and mixed martial arts legends Randy Couture and Dan Henderson have long enjoyed a friendly relationship, but in August, both former champions will be represented on opposite sides of the ring.
Tuff-N-Uff returns to the Orleans Hotel & Casino’s Mardi Gras Ballroom in Las Vegas on Friday, August 6, and Las Vegas’ premier amateur fight promotion is proud to host a special event, “Xtreme Couture vs. Team Quest.”
Six fighters from Couture’s Las Vegas-based Xtreme Couture camp will clash with six combatants representing Henderson’s California-based Team Quest academy in a showdown for the ages, and in addition to respect and bragging rights, Tuff-N-Uff’s featherweight title also hangs in the balance.
Tickets for Tuff-N-Uff’s Aug. 6 event, which start at just $25, are available at the Orleans Hotel & Casino’s box office or online at OrleansCasino.com and TuffNUff.net.
In the night’s main event, Tuff-N-Uff 145-pound champion Jimmy Jones (6-3) represents Xtreme Couture putting his title on the line against tough Team Quest challenger John Gorton (4-2).
An eight-time Tuff-N-Uff veteran, Jones opened his career in 2008 with three-straight decision losses. Since then, Jones has gone on a tear with six-straight wins — including four via stoppage — en route to claiming Tuff-N-Uff’s 145-pound title.
Meanwhile, Gorton, who earned a submission win under the Tuff-N-Uff banner in August 2009, has put together a 4-2 record and looks to halt Jones’ impressive run.
Xtreme Couture featherweight Jesse Romero (2-0) meets Team Quest’s Craig Cook (2-0), Xtreme Couture’s undefeated Gil Guardado (5-0) faces Team Quest’s Brandon Morris (4-2) in a 160-pound affair, Xtreme Couture lightweight Jake Swinney (3-0) squares off with Team Quest’s Ronald Carroll (1-0) and Xtreme Couture lightweight John Hahn (2-0) clashes with debuting Team Quest fighter Ozzy Abarca (0-0) and Zach Conely (3-0) from Xtreme Couture battles Brock Pagan (2-0) as both men look to remain undefeated. Team Quest will also bring their lone female fighter and Army Sergeant Autumn Richardson (1-1) taking on local Christy Tada (1-5)