Schneider to defend title Jan. 15 in Vegas

Pahrump mixed martial arts fighter Brandon Schneider will fight on the latest Tuff-N-Uff card as the main event Jan. 15. Schneider is the light-heavyweight champion (205), 4-3 and will take on Lee Cordova, 4-3 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas starting at 7 p.m. The card includes three other title fights and nine fights total.

Tuff-N-Uff is a 20-year-old combat sports organization. The Las Vegas-based Tuff-N-Uff has presented the best amateur mixed martial arts (MMA) action in the nation since 2003, giving rise to the biggest star in the sport today, UFC former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, as well as UFC and Strikeforce veteran Ryan Couture and newly-signed UFC welterweight Alan Jouban.

According to the Tuff-N-Uff organization, it has helped grow the careers of many other MMA athletes, including Jessamyn Duke, Ashlee Evans-Smith, Tonya Evinger, Jon Fitch, Jesse Forbes, Chris Holdsworth, Brad Imes, Jimmy Jones and Jesse Taylor. In 2013, Tuff-N-Uff became the first combat sports organization to be included on the UFC International Fight Week schedule of events. In 2014, Tuff-N-Uff presented a second event Thursday, July 3 live from Texas Station, earning status as the first event promotion to be listed on the UFC International Fight Week schedule two years in a row.

Tuff-N-Uff celebrated its historic 20th anniversary Saturday, June 7, 2014, with over 15,000 fans, in a sold-out live event inside the Thomas and Mack Center.

In 2014, Tuff-N-Uff partnered with the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) to present, as part of UFC International Fight Week 2014, the first-ever amateur MMA World Championships. Also in 2014, Tuff-N-Uff’s CEO, Jeff Meyer, was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame and honored with the Crystal Award for his contributions to martial arts. Dedicated to its founder, the late Barry Meyer, Tuff-N-Uff is committed to the sport of MMA and building the “Future Stars of MMA.”

The following is the fight card for Jan. 15, which will feature three other title fights:

Patrick Branch (170) 3-1 vs. Kevin Crane (170) 3-1 for the title;

Farley Thomas (135) 5-2 vs. Champion Abraham Nava (135) 3-1-0;

Juancamilo Ronderos (125) 5-0 vs. Champion Matt Alfonte (125) 3-0;

Bronson Sabado (125) 4-5 vs. Carlo Junio (125) 5-5;

Rudy Garcia (125) 3-2 vs. Xavier Rake (125) 2-0;

Luke Allen (155) 0-1 vs. Ian Radford (155) 0-1;

James Edwards (125) 0-1 vs. Xavier Monrail (125) 0-0;

Dahlton Cordiero-Silva (125) vs. Alex Rowley ( 125).

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