Ronda Rousey protégé Marina Shafir headlines Tuff-N-Uff’s November 29 return to Orleans Casino


Promotion to honor founder Barry Meyer, who will be named chairman emeritus

Ahead of next weekend’s The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale, a Team Rousey assistant coach will headline a very special night for “Tuff-N-Uff: The Future Stars of MMA.”

Rousey’s friend and protégé, undefeated prospect Marina Shafir (3-0), meets Tabby Patterson (3-1) in the headlining bout of Tuff-N-Uff’s November 29 event at Las Vegas’ Orleans Casino.

Additionally, Tuff-N-Uff will honor its founder and longtime president Barry Meyer, who unexpectedly passed away in October.

“The past month has been a difficult time for the Tuff-N-Uff family,” Tuff-N-Uff Vice-President and Barry’s brother Jeff Meyer said. “But I’m proud to help carry on the legacy my brother and I started. We’ll start by honoring Barry and naming him chairman emeritus of our promotion, and then we’ll carry on by doing exactly what he would have wanted us to do, and that is to enjoy a great night of mixed martial arts, the sport he truly loved.”

The first Tuff-N-Uff fight is at 7 p.m., and doors to the venue open one hour earlier. The night’s officials schedule will also feature a very special memorial video to honor Barry Meyer.

Shafir made her Tuff-N-Uff debut in March and submitted Danielle Mack in just 59 seconds. A fellow judoka ace, Shafir is living up to the reputation Rousey built, with all three of her amateur bouts to date ending by first-round armbar.

Meanwhile, Patterson hails from Kansas and currently boasts a two-fight win streak. She most recently fought in October, when she earned a first-round TKO win over Natalie Jones. The bout mark’s Patterson’s Tuff-N-Uff debut.

The night’s co-feature also takes place in the women’s division as Drysdale Jiu-Jitsu’s Shannon Reid (2-1) and Evolve MMA’s Jessica “The Zombie” Zomcik (8-3) meet with a Tuff-N-Uff 145-pound tournament title on the line.

As further proof to Tuff-N-Uff’s standing as the nation’s leading amateur MMA promotion, AXS TV cameras will be on hand to film the action, and the highlights will be featured on “Inside MMA.”

In addition to the night’s headlining contests, a full lineup of aspiring amateur fighters from some of the world’s top academies – including Xtreme Couture, Syndicate MMA, Torres MMA, Team Alpha Male and Cobra Kai – will compete at Tuff-N-Uff’s November 29 event.

Tickets for the event, which start at just $25, are available at the Orleans Casino box office or by calling (702) 284-7777. Pink Spot Vapors presents Tuff-N-Uff, in association with Sin City Fight Promotions. This event is brought to you by Findlay Kia, Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys, Lemper Pain Centers and Nutrition Rush.

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Come see the future stars of mixed martial arts.



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