(Note: SbB Senior Writer Tuffy is on the ground in Vegas this weekend for UFC 100 and provides this report.)
The festivities surrounding UFC 100 aren’t limited to the activities under the purview of Dana White. From the professional nightclub/porn card distributors that somehow slipped into Mandalay Bay after the weigh-in to meet the crowd just outside the doors to the banquet halls of nearly every casino in the city with a big-screen TV and enough money to cover the PPV, everyone wants in.
However, the event closest to UFC’s roots occurred last night as up-and-coming amateur promoter Tuff-N-Uff put up a card with a twist: 10 matches, all women. (This from the group that brought us the MMA debut of former Playboy model LaTasha Marzolla last May.)
Marketed as the first all-femme gig in Vegas history, at least 4,000 fans (many in town for UFC 100) came out to see 20 women grapple on a Friday night.
(Note: SbB Senior Writer Tuffy is on the ground this weekend in Las Vegas; he provides this report on UFC 100.)
If you weren’t convinced that MMA had hit the big time when you turned on SportsCenter this morning and were baffled by the presence of two MMA fighters sitting at a remote desk with an ESPN anchor chattering about UFC 100 as if the Worldwide Leader had been covering the sport since 1979, you would be if you had stepped into the heart of the festivities Friday in Las Vegas.
(Hey! Hands off the merchandise, lady!)
It wasn’t just the sheer number of the masses or the presence of the Other Buffer Brother in the Topps booth, but the makeup of the crowd suggested new room for even further growth in the sport. (On the other hand, that might have been the presence of booth babes every twenty feet. The sport, she is not about ze subtlety.)
Follow after the jump for a look at the UFC Fan Expo and UFC 100 weigh-in. If that doesn’t appeal to you, we’re sure there’s an “Ace of Cakes” marathon on somewhere. Read more…