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Tuff-N-Uff returns Feb. 11 with “Xtreme Couture vs. Team Quest II,” plus lightweight title fight .  Written by aaric.   Monday, 17 January 2011 13:14   

The world-famous Team Quest fight camp is coming to Las Vegas, and you can bet that revenge against their rivals at Xtreme Couture is priority number one.

Tuff-N-Uff – Las Vegas’ premier amateur mixed martial arts organization – is proud to announce the promotion’s return to the Orleans Hotel & Casino on Friday, Feb. 11, with the 15-bout event “Tuff-N-Uff: Xtreme Couture vs. Team Quest II.”

Fighters from UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture’s Xtreme Couture camp will look to again defeat the traveling crew PRIDE, UFC and Strikeforce great Dan Henderson’s Team Quest Temecula academy. Xtreme Couture claimed victory in the first meeting between the two academies, which took place in August 2010.

In addition to the Xtreme Couture vs. Team Quest series, the Feb. 11 event will also feature a Tuff-N-Uff lightweight title fight, as current champion Dustin Chevalier (4-2) meets undefeated 10th Planet Riverside fighter Sean Bollinger (1-0-1), as well as a key semifinal bout in Tuff-N-Uff’s talent-laden 145-pound female tournament – which kicked off this past November – as undefeated prospects Tori Adams (3-0) and Ashlee Evans-Smith (2-0) meet in the ring.

“The first Xtreme Couture vs. Team Quest series provided such an exciting night of fights, and the two camps are ready to face off again,” Tuff-N-Uff president Barry Meyer said. “The quality of athletes from these two academies is truly world-class, and I’m sure they’ll deliver another great night of fights.

Tickets for “Tuff-N-Uff: Xtreme Couture vs. Team Quest II,” which start at just $25, are available at the Orleans Hotel & Casino’s box office or online at and

Fans from around the globe can watch the fights live at or, while highlights of the action air in more than 47 million homes across the nation on Tuff-N-Uff’s weekly series, which airs on SportsSouth and Sun Sports.

The evening’s main event features lightweight champ and Striking Unlimited disciple Chevalier seeking the first defense of a belt he earned with a second-round TKO stoppage of Tyson Chartier this past September. A three-time Tuff-N-Uff veteran, Chevalier has earned three career wins via stoppage – including two in the opening round.

Meanwhile, Bollinger looks to remain undefeated in his second bid for the Tuff-N-Uff 155-pound belt. The head instructor of 10th Planet Riverside, Bollinger made a memorable bid for the belt against Ryan Couture in March 2010. The jiu-jitsu ace locked in a deep triangle choke attempt that left Couture unconscious just as the bell sounded to end the second round. Couture continued, and the matchup was judged a draw after three rounds.

In female action, Greg Jackson’s MMA product Adams meets Evans-Smith with a shot at Taylor Stratford for the title on March 12th.

Adams looks for the fourth-straight win to open her amateur career despite suffering an exhibition-bout split decision loss to Tamikka “Boom Boom” Brents in the tourney quarterfinals. Adams was granted passage when Brents competed eight pounds heavier than the bout was scheduled for. Despite the massive disadvantage, Adams fought valiantly and many feel she still won.

Meanwhile, Evans-Smith utilized a controlling grappling game in her quarterfinal matchup against kickboxing specialist Jessamyn Duke en route to a clear-cut unanimous-decision win. The bout was the Gladiator Training Academy’s first under the Tuff-N-Uff banner.

The winner of the Adams vs. Evans-Smith bout meets teenage prospect Taylor Stratford in a March tournament final with Tuff-N-Uff’s inaugural 145-pound female championship on the line.

Other intriguing main-card matchups include a rematch between female 135-pounders Emily Peters-Kagan (2-1) and T.J. Cunanan (3-2), who have a score to settle after Peters-Kagan earned a hotly contested split-decision win in their initial August 2010 meeting, while top bantamweight prospects Jerry Shapiro (4-0) winning all by submission and trains at legendary Cobra Kai takes on to the very game Jamie Hernandez (4-1) looking to take on the toughest guys out there at 135.

The full fight card is available for viewing at, and the entire event will stream live on

Come see “The future stars of mixed martial arts!”

The last Tuff-N-Uff Amateur show held on 1/8/2010 showcased many of Xtreme Couture’s up an coming MMA fighters (Ryan Couture, Gil Guardado, Jimmy Jones, John Hahn, Charles Lee, Jesse Romero, Jake Swinney, Eric Center and Scott Kelsey).

All in all our team went 7-2 with Jimmey Jones winning the belt and Ryan Couture making quick work of Joe Tussing.

Below are some photos from the event and make sure to view the entire photo gallery by clicking here

Tuff-N-Uff Fights to Benefit Xtreme Couture GI Foundation

Posted: October 14, 2009 by Xtreme Couture MMA in tuff n uff

This weekend you can catch some great fights presented by Tuff- N-Uff up in Mesquite, NV.

General Admission Tickets are only running $20 and VIP seating is $50.
Or you can spend as much as you want because it’s a tax write off for you and it helps the Troops!!

You can get tickets here at the gym or you can buy online at

Weigh-ins for the event will be held here at Xtreme Couture MMA on Friday October 16th @ 6pm.


Reigning IFL Welterweight Champ Jay Hieron will lend his MMA knowledge to the next Tuff-N-Uff show August 8th at the Orleans Casino. Jay will be doing color commentary alongside play-by-play man Brian Salmond, the Sports Anchor from ABC 13 here in Vegas.

There will be 7 Xtreme Couture Amateur fighters taking place on the card. Justin Linn, Chance Torres, Kimo Yado, Weston Duschen and Jimmy Jones return to action. While Ike Kaahanui and Omar Carter make their debuts for the team.

Here is some prior footage of Jay and Brian working together.

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Interview with Xtreme Couture Amateurs

Posted: May 29, 2008 by Xtreme Couture MMA in Amateur Fight Team, tuff n uff

Extreme Fighter Magazine did an an awesome piece on our fighters who took part in the Tuff-N-Uff show May 23rd at the Tropicana. Check out the video here.

Expect to hear some very exciting news about our Amateurs and how you can become a part of the team in coming days.

Xtreme Couture Gym Members are Tuff-N-Uff

Posted: May 23, 2008 by Xtreme Couture MMA in tuff n uff

(Pictured l-r: back row Weston Dushen, Kimo Yadao, Jimmy Jones, Brice Ritani-Coe, Chance Torres; front row Kui Gonsalves-Kanoho, Mark Phan, not pictured Justin Linn)

8 members of the Xtreme Couture gym will be competing tonight in amateur MMA at the Tuff-N-Uff show at the Tropicana. Show starts at 7pm and will feature 15 bouts. That’s right, we’re more than half the card. Last month Tuff-N-Uff ran the first sanctioned amateur MMA show in Nevada and it was a barn burner. Awesome action all throughout.

Brice Ritani-Coe fights in the Main Event. He’s from New Zealand (though he was born in LA and has U.S. citizenship) and began his training with Ray Sefo’s trainer. Brice was set to represent New Zealand in the Olympics this summer in Boxing as a Super Heavyweight, but broke his hand a few months back and lost his spot. Now he is in Vegas with us, making the transition to MMA.

Chance Torres had the fight of the night at the last Tuff-N-Uff show, expect more of the same when the Hawaiian slugger takes on Devon Vaughner from Team Crack’em. Fellow Hawaiian Kui Gonsalves-Kanoho a disciple of Shawn Tompkins, who teaches kickboxing and wrestling here at the gym makes his amateur debut at 145lbs. Kui is battle ready. Rounding out the Hawaiian contingent of Xtreme Couture members is Kimo Yadao. An accomplished kickboxer, Kimo will be looking to put on a show in front of the 20 plus friends and family coming up from the Islands for his fight.

In a battle of related gyms, Mark Phan takes on Chris Brady from Legends MMA in Hollywood. Mark had the slam of the night last time.

Jimmy Jones and Weston Dushen will be making their amateur debuts on the card. Weston was all set to fight last time, but his opponent pulled out at the last minute. Hopefully all opponents show this time.

Justin Linn returns after a very impressive showing last time out. He will be taking on Wayne Wrath another young fighter who put on a great show last time. Justin had left the building when we got the crew together for the above photo. So here is one of him solo after he hoped on the scale yesterday.

We are in the process of formalizing an amateur program at the gym now and will be announcing it shortly.