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Anatomy of an amateur MMA event

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    Are You Tuff-N-Uff?

    Are You Tuff-N-Uff?

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    A behind-the-scenes look at the sights and sounds of how amateur mixed martial arts organization Tuff-N-Uff put together its Future Stars of MMA show on April 24, 2009 at the Orleans.

  • Alex Ruiz, center, celebrates with Filipino MMA team members Bill Garness and Erik Cruz after his 155-pound title victory over Christian Palencia at the Tuff-N-Uff show on April 24, 2009 at the Orleans.

    Ruiz relishes role in and out of ring

    May 30, 2009

    Humble, is one word that follows Alex Odis Ruiz in and out of the ring. The 25-year-old mixed martial artist is sponsored by “Humble Me Clothing,” and to his friends, sponsors and coaches, the brand fits Ruiz to a “T. Alex is a very humble fighter, not a cocky fighter, he’s not a meathead,” said Bill Garness, owner of the gym Filipino MMA and one of Ruiz’s coaches. “He’s polite and mild-headed.”

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    Filipino MMA

    Filipino MMA

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    Amateur fighters Gor Mnatsakanyan, Rudy Morales and Alex Ruiz offer a backstage look at the unique combat principles and training being taught at Filipino MMA.

  • Weston Duschen, top, pounds out a quick victory Friday night over Sean McCauley at the Tuff-N-Uff event at The Orleans.

    Local wrestler back at it on different mat

    April 25, 2009

    This is one arena where Weston Duschen’s UNLV basketball roommates know not to challenge him. “They’re always messing with me and trying to get me to come play basketball with them because they know I can’t play. But when I offer them the chance to come into my world, they’re like: ‘No way,’” Duschen said with a smile.