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UFC helps amateur shows grow: Tuff-N-Uff in bigger arena tonight in Vegas

Steve Cofield
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Memorial Day weekend is jammed with parties and concerts in Las Vegas. UFC 130 is certainly the biggest sporting event in town, but it's not the only MMA going down. One of the best amateur shows in the country has outgrown its old digs and moved to a bigger arena. Tuff-N-Uff takes place tonight at the 3,500 seat Cox Pavilion.

The card is headlined by Frank Mir's cousin Larry Mir, who's facing Chis Barden. Mir realizes the significance of the amateur show moving to a larger venue.

"It is such a huge honor to be able to fight where Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar had their fight [at the first Ultimate Fighter finale]. They speak so much about how that fight put MMA in the mainstream," Mir told the Las Vegas Sun. "It's such a big honor to be able to fight where the greats have fought."

The weigh-ins for the card took place yesterday at the Sky Combat Ace hangar where Randy and Ryan Couture were on hand along with TUF 7 champ Amir Sadollah.

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The fight card starts at 7 p.m. PT. Yahoo! Sports lead MMA writer and myself will be on hand doing our ESPNRadio1100 "The MMA Insiders" show from 6-7 p.m. Come by and say hi, or listen here. Tonight's guest include Anthony Pettis and Brendan Schaub.

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