Pugilists have been lauded in the annals of history thanks to their strength, charisma, and willingness to wear skin-tight striped onesies. Witness history with today's Groupon: for $12, you get one third-level ticket to the Tuff-N-Uff Future Stars of MMA event on Saturday, March 12, in the Mardi Gras Ballroom of The Orleans Hotel and Casino on Tropicana Avenue (a $25 value). The ticket applies to any seat in the green section; to view the seating chart, click here.
Tuff-N-Nuff sponsors the high-energy sport of Mixed Martial Arts fighting and showcases the sport's future stars. The Future Stars of MMA has helped launch fighting and extreme poetry careers of UFC professionals, and is filled with battles between up-and-coming amateur UFC fighters. The fisticuffs commence at 7 p.m., also known as the witching hour. The evening's main event pits middleweight champion Edmond Xhelili (4-1) in a title-defending struggle against three-time Rage in the Cage veteran Jason Richey (3-1) in a rematch of last August's hotly contested bake-off. The fight card is stacked with 16 fights, including a paparazzi-arousing Celebrity Charity match between Kings MMA's Aaron Tru and Lee Honish, as well as a 145 lb. title fight between Taylor Stratford (6-1) and Ashlee Evans-Smith (4-1). The fight card is subject to change as fighters learn about each other and themselves, with some scrappers still TBA.