Tuff-N-Uff announces Hawaiian expansion; Oahu debut targeted for September
(PRESS RELEASE) -- LAS VEGAS – The nation's premier amateur mixed
martial arts promotion is heading to the Aloha State.
Tuff-N-Uff co-founder Jeff Meyer today announced that Sifu Joseph
Solis, a martial arts Masters Hall of Fame inductee, will head up
the newly-formed Tuff-N-Uff Hawaii, which will host its first event
"Martial arts fans know that Hawaii has long been a hotbed for the
sport of MMA, both in terms of producing great fighters, as well as
rabid fans," Meyer said. "We're very proud of the reputation we've
established at Tuff-N-Uff, and we're incredibly excited to announce
that Sifu Joseph Solis will help to bring our brand to the Hawaiian
Additional details will be announced shortly, but the promotion is
targeting Oahu's Neal S. Blaisdell Center and FilCom Center as two
potential host sites.
Solis is the owner and head trainer of Hawaiian Fighting Arts Gym,
a collection of four gyms located in Oahu, Las Vegas, American
Samoa and Murrieta, Calif. Solis' gyms produce kickboxers and mixed
martial artists in both the amateur and professional ranks,
including a number of athletes who have previously competed under
the Tuff-N-Uff banner.
Solis is a lifelong martial arts practitioner who has earned the
rank of 7th degree black belt, and he previously served as
matchmaker for Alabama's Combat Sports Elite and Kansas City's
Warfare Extreme organizations.
"Tuff-N-Uff has worked to establish itself as the nation's top
amateur MMA organization, and we're committed to upholding those
same standards at Tuff-N-Uff Hawaii," Solis said. "We have a
vibrant and passionate MMA scene in Hawaii, and we're excited to
build a platform where top up-and-coming fighters can develop their
skills and prove their talent. Just as Tuff-N-Uff has done for ore
than a decade in Las Vegas, we're going to find the future stars of
mixed martial arts in Hawaii."
Tuff-N-Uff has promoted amateur fights in Las Vegas since 2003 and
has recently seen the likes of UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey
and UFC and Strikeforce veteran Ryan Couture
compete in its cage. Additionally, MMA notables such as Jessamyn
Evinger, Jon Fitch,
Holdsworth, Brad Imes,
Jones, Jesse Taylor
Thompson were among countless others who have also competed
under the Tuff-N-Uff banner.
Companies interested in sponsorship opportunities with Tuff-N-Uff
Hawaii can contact Sifu Joseph Solis at (808) 990-0700.
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