Tuff-N-Uff returns for Mayhem in Mesquite X: Third Mayhem in Mesquite of 2016 was an action packed night
Mesquite fight fans were treated to 2016’s third installment of Mayhem in Mesquite on Saturday night at the CasaBlanca. This one might have been the best one this year. Celebrating the 10th installment of Mayhem in Mesquite, presented by Mesquite Gaming, Tuff-N-Uff returned to the Virgin Valley for a 10-fight card that did plenty to rile up the fans. The night began with two fighters making their Tuff-N-Uff debut, and it was clear the two men were eager to start their careers. Carlos Flores of Ventura, California, took on Nick Saldarriage from St. George, and the two men could barely wait for the bell to ring to start throwing punches. A flurry of blows from Flores badly bloodied Saldarriaga, and the fight was stopped before the first round was over. Luis Camacho, of St. George, also won his debut fight over Jace Hunt in the evening’s second bout. Camacho scored a round two TKO fighting at 155 pounds. The third fight of the night turned out to be the most exciting. Cheyenne Hinsey from Las Vegas took a 1-3 record into the ring against Alondra Romero, owning a 1-0 record out of Las Vegas. Both women wasted no time getting to business, producing a first round that featured fists and knees from both sides. The crowd realized early on in the fight that it was going to be an active ordeal, and the fans matched the enthusiasm of the fighters for the night’s loudest bout. The second round saw both women begin to tire while facing the task of matching the other’s will. More grappling and less punches were seen in the second round. The third round was once again about punches and strikes. Both Hinsey and Romero emptied what was left in their respective tanks. When the final bell rung, both fighters fell to the mat, exhausted from a fight that went the entire three rounds. Judges unanimously scored the fight a draw — the only plausible outcome after watching the fight — and the two fighters embraced and congratulated each other. The fight was emblematic of how Tuff-N-Uff CEO Jeff Meyer has seen his sport grow with each event. He said matching up fighters correctly made for a successful event. “I have to give credit where credit is due, to our fighters and also to our matchmaker, who I think is starting to really hit his stride,” Meyer said. He credited his matchmaker for arranging an exciting fight card for Mayhem in Mesquite X. “I heard lots of great compliments from fighters and coaches saying it was a pleasure to work with him.” Nick Perez from Las Vegas, followed with a second-round tapout against Dain Hans, also from Las Vegas, in the fourth bout. Clay Matza ended the ensuing fight before anyone had a chance to realize what was happening. Matza scored a TKO over Gauthier Vimbert just 22 seconds into the fight for his first career victory. He came into the fight with a 0-2 record and traveled nearly 600 miles from Albuquerque to notch his first win. After intermission, Daniel Arellano and Bryson Oandasan entered the ring. In one of the more violent bouts of the night, Arellano, from St. George, knocked out Oandasan, from Las Vegas, in the second round. The seventh fight was another testament to matchmaking. Ajai Smith, from Las Vegas, and Eder Dominguez, also from Las Vegas, battled for the three-round duration. At the end, Dominguez was awarded a split-decision victory over Smith, improving his record to 3-1. Tuff-N-Uff veterans Sir Mosley and Cody Hamm from Las Vegas made up the eighth fight. Fighting at 155 pounds, the two men went the distance, but Hamm was in control of the entire fight. Each fighter landed punches, but Hamm was able to find enough openings in Mosley’s defense to put together a cleaner fight. After three rounds were completed, the judges unanimously decided in Hamm’s favor, improving his record to 5-2. The ninth fight of the night, on paper, looked like one of the best. Amanda Taylorbrought a 2-0 record from Las Vegas into the ring against Jesonna Ollis’s 3-0 record from Albuquerque. Like the fight before, this one went the distance but one fighter held a decided advantage. Ollis was the more aggressive fighter, keeping Taylor on the defensive for much of the fight, and winning unanimously to improve to 4-0. The final bout, the main event, pitted Abraham Nava, fighting from Ventura, California, against Calvin Parrington, fighting out of Las Vegas, for the Tuff-N-Uff Featherweight Title. Both fighters entered the ring with plenty of experience — Nava with a 5-3 record, Parrington with a 5-2 mark. The two fighters gave the audience a main-event-worthy show, too. The bout began with a first round of mostly grappling, as each fighter appeared to feel out the other. The final two rounds showcased the experience of both who displayed efficiency on their feet as well as on the mat. After three rounds of grappling, takedowns, and clean punches, Nava hoisted the featherweight title belt. Meyer, who said he hopes to be back for Mayhem in Mesquite XI in early 2017, said he was pleasantly surprised with the turnout. The energy, he said, was palpable from the first fight. “I was so excited. I was a little nervous being in December, it’s cold out, and we’ve ever done it in December here before. Man, thank God that people came out and they seemed to really love it I hope they had fun too,” Meyer said.
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