Tuff-N-Uff Results: Kelly Kobold tops DeAnna Bennett, Cody McKenzie DQ’d backstage
Las Vegas, Nevada – No Cody? No problem. Longtime Vegas ammy promotion Tuff-N-Uff kicked off its foray into pro MMA with a solid six fight live broadcast on new partners BeInSports & Fight Network. The originally scheduled main event featuring notorious UFC alum Cody McKenzie was cancelled last-second, but the rest of the card delivered solid finishes and an impressive showing from 16 year WMMA veteran Kelly Kobold in the main event. Read on for recaps of the upset-filled card & clips of the top finishes from Tuff-N-Uff!
170: Cody McKenzie (16-11, #465 World) vs. JD Domengaux (11-4, #633 World)
The originally scheduled Tuff-N-Uff main event was cancelled last-second for currently unknown reasons – the epic saga of erstwhile UFC featherweight Cody McKenzie continues.
Wait… why was McKenzie disqualified backstage? Main event cancelled last second? Wha?— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 15, 2018
W125: Kelly Kobold (20-3-2, #57 World) UD3 DeAnna Bennett (9-4-1, #29 World)
One of the true pioneers of women’s MMA, 16 year vet Kelly Kobold pressed the attack from the opening bell in characteristic fashion. That approach played pretty well against onetime UFC veteran DeAnna Bennett, who fired back but found herself on the back foot for much of round 1. Kobold’s clinch control was solid as she intermittently scored points against the cage in rounds 1 & 2. Bennett finally started coming forward midway through round 2, but as soon as she made progress she found herself back on the cage late. Both fighters still had plenty of energy for round 3, as they finally took it to the mat with Bennett on top. Neither woman did visible damage or came close to the finish, but Kobold’s early pressure was good enough to earn her a solid decision win. Huge performance for Kelly Kobold, who continued to prove herself as a top flyweight in 2018 after taking out Katy Collins by decision at LFA 34.
155: David Jordan (6-4, #120 US West) KO1 Gil Guardado (5-3, #118 US West)
A single right hook did the job for CES & WSOF alum David Jordan, who absolutely crushed the onrushing Gil Guardado with a perfect counter for the early round 1 KO in the Tuff-N-Uff co-main:
135: Tyler Bialecki (9-8) Sub1 Adam Acquaviva (6-4, #443 World)
A three-time winner in the CES and WSOF promotions, Adam Acquaviva came in with all the momentum against Tyler Bialecki. Bialecki showed no confidence issues despite entering on a four fight losing streak, as he fended off an early guard pull guillotine choke from Acquaviva. A few moments later, Bialecki scored the upset by latching on a D’Arce choke that secured the round 1 tap.
135: Rakan Adwan (5-4, #168 US West) TKO1 Jerry Shapiro (4-2, #364 World)
This was a quick, violent fight that saw Jerry Shapiro lock up a triangle choke and smash Rakan Adwan with elbows for the early portion of round 1. Once Adwan worked out of the sub and back to his feet, he maintained the frenetic pace as he pressed forward with punches. Before long the pressure overwhelmed Shapiro, who fell to his back and ended round 1 eating elbows and punches while curled in the fetal position. That wasn’t enough to convince ref Mark Smith to stop the fight, but Shapiro’s corner decided to save their wounded fighter. Your winner via upset TKO, Rakan Adwan!
145: Randy Rowland (3-3) TKO1 Boostayre Nefarious (2-3)
Marvin Eastman Jr., who goes by Boostayre Nefarious, plowed straight through Randy Rowland in the opening minutes. Nefarious went to work with devlish ground-and-pound that had Rowland barely holding on. When the son of the Beastman switched to a heel hook, it gave Rowland a chance to get to his feet and retaliate with Muay Thai offense. Just when Rowland was turning the tide with crosses and uppercuts, one of his shots strayed low and gave Nefarious a 5 minute rest. That rest wasn’t enough, as Rowland finished his man off with knees to the face and punches shortly after the action returned.
150: Jordan Leavitt (2-0) UD3 Lucas Neufeld (3-1, #12 Canada)
Tuff-N-Uff’s inaugural pro event kicked off with a dominant grappling clinic courtesy of Syndicate MMA’s Jordan Leavitt. After scoring with slams, Leavitt threatened with RNC and D’Arce attempts but had to settle for the blowout decision as Alberta’s Neufeld stayed tough til the end.
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