JEFF MEYER AND SHANNON KNAPP JOIN FORCES TO AWARD TWO “FUTURE STARS OF MMA” MULTI-FIGHT INVICTA CONTRACTS
TUFF-N-UFF’S NOVEMBER 7 FEATHERWEIGHT AND LIGHTWEIGHT WINNERS TO COMPETE AGAIN IN 2015 FOR THE CHANCE TO TURN PRO WITH INVICTA TUFF-N-UFF’S “FUTURE STARS OF MMA” – FRIDAY, NOV. 7 AT THE COX PAVILION
Tickets On Sale Now Starting at $25 through www.TuffNUff.com
Las Vegas, NV – Jeff Meyer and Shannon Knapp, leaders of two highly respected, nationally recognized mixed martial arts organizations, Tuff-N-Uff and Invicta Fighting Championship, respectively, today announced that they are joining forces to award two female “Future Stars of MMA” a coveted multi-fight Invicta FC contract.
Meyer and Knapp confirmed that four female featherweights and four female lightweights are set to square off on Tuff-N-Uff’s upcoming card Friday, November 7 live from the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The women who succeed in each of those fights, two featherweights and two lightweights, again will square off against each other at a Tuff-N-Uff event in 2015. Knapp will award those two winners an Invicta FC contract, and the privilege to launch their pro careers inside the Invicta FC cage.
Tickets for the Friday, November 7 edition of Tuff-N-Uff: “The Future Stars of MMA” are on sale now starting at $25 and are available online through www.TuffNUff.com. Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. PT; first bout starts at 8:00 p.m. PT. Tickets will be $30 the day of the event.
“I’m so honored to be working with Shannon Knapp to give Tuff-N-Uff’s ‘Future Stars of MMA’ the chance to turn pro with Invicta FC,” said Meyer, CEO of Tuff-N-Uff. “Invicta FC is not only the premier all-women’s MMA organization, it is also the most responsible and the most-watched on the planet. I hope to continue this relationship with Invicta FC to create even more opportunities like this for Tuff-N-Uff’s talented female fighters.”
“I’m excited to join forces with Jeff Meyer to create this 145 lb. and 155 lb. female tournament and to sign two amazing ‘Future Stars’ to a multi-fight Invicta FC contract,” said Knapp, President, Invicta FC. “We had such a positive experience working with Tuff-N-Uff for the 115 lb. tournament earlier this year. It was a pleasure to work with Jeff and his team. They showed us how professional they are, and that they really have their pulse on the rising talent in women’s MMA.”
Knapp and Meyer announced the four female bouts making up the first half of this tournament. These eight women are the top prospects in their weight class and come from all over the United States to compete Nov. 7:
The Featherweights (145 lbs.)
Leah Letson – Milwaukee Wisc. (4-0) vs. Pamela Sorenson – Minneapolis, Minn.(5-0-1)
Heather Wilson – Williston, N. Dakota (4-1) vs. Paola Ramirez – Carlsbad, Calif. (3-0)
The Lightweights (155 lbs.)
Leanne Foster – Beaverton Ore. (3-1) vs. Felicia Spencer – Orlando, Fla. (3-1)
Jessica Richer – Long Island, N.Y. (2-0) vs. Janie Konyek – Omaha, Neb. (2-0)
The winners of these bouts will fight again at a Tuff-N-Uff event in Las Vegas in early 2015. More information about this event, as well as the remaining bouts for the Nov. 7 Tuff-N-Uff card will be announced soon. All bouts live and subject to change.
About Tuff N Uff:
A 20-year old combat sports organization, the Las Vegas-based Tuff-N-Uff has presented the best amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) action in the nation since 2003, giving rise to the biggest star in the sport today, UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, as well UFC and Strikeforce veteran Ryan Couture and newly-signed UFC welterweight Alan Jouban. Tuff-N-Uff has helped grow the careers of many other MMA athletes including Jessamyn Duke, Ashlee Evans-Smith, Tonya Evinger, Jon Fitch, Jesse Forbes, Chris Holdsworth, Brad Imes, Jimmy Jones and Jesse Taylor. In 2013, Tuff-N-Uff became the first combat sports organization to be included on the UFC International Fight Week schedule of events. In 2014, Tuff-N-Uff presented a second event Thursday, July 3 live from Texas Station, earning status as the first event promotion to be listed on the UFC International Fight Week schedule two years in a row. Tuff-N-Uff celebrated its historic 20th anniversary Saturday, June 7, 2014, with over 15,000 fans, in a sold-out live event inside the Thomas and Mack Center. In 2014, Tuff-N-Uff partnered with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) to present, as part of UFC International Fight Week 2014, the first-ever amateur MMA World Championships. Also in 2014, Tuff-N-Uff’s CEO, Jeff Meyer, was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame and honored with the Crystal Award for his contributions to martial arts. Dedicated to its founder, the late Barry Meyer, Tuff-N-Uff is committed to the sport of MMA and building the “Future Stars of MMA.”