Sellout crowd at Future Stars of MMA in Las Vegas

Jul 4, 2011 6:29 AM

Before UFC 132 took center stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the Cox Pavilion was home to the "Future Stars of MMA" last Friday.

The TuffNuff promotion crowned six amateur fighting champions and there were plenty of big names among the sellout crowd.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, and current Stikeforce women’s champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos were just some of the MMA stars in attendance. While Strikeforce heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum, and world renowned Brazilian jiu jitsu trainer Robert Drysdale worked the corner of fighters they currently train.

On the undercard, 170 lb Damian Jackson improved his record to 3-0 with a devastating ground and pound that forced a referee stoppage. He’s an explosive young fighter with precision striking that should continue to improve and eventually turn pro.

Each main card matchup was a title fight and both the men and the women were game to leave it all in the cage. Kathryn Davis from Reno got it started with efficient strikes but was deducted a point that resulted in a majority draw after bloodying up Kaiyana Rain.

Highly touted John Gettle (3-0) immediately took the back of Tyler Jeppesen and forced a tap to win the middle weight title. Gettle is being brought along with care and has the kind of ground game and physical attributes that’s sure to make him a future star.

In two other women’s title fights, both Jessamyn Duke and Marciea Allen went on to win via decision.

Cesar Campos improved to 6-0 by surviving a tough first round against Las Vegan Troy Remer, who pushed him up against the cage and took him down for some ground. Campos showed his resolve and became the featherweight champion after ending it with a rear naked choke.

In the main event Carl Postma won the Randy Couture TuffNuff Heavyweight Title.

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