By Fighter Magazine
– Neal Taflinger
On Sat., Oct. 17, FIGHT! photographer Paul Thatcher traveled to Mesquite, Nev. for the Xtreme Combat Weekend. The Weekend, a joint venture between Randy Couture’s Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation and Las Vegas-based amateur MMA promotion Tuff-N-Uff, included paintball games and a fight card at Casablanca Casino to raise money for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Thatcher sent us the following report from the front:
Mesquite, Nev. is about an hour to an hour and a half outside of Vegas. It’s hot and dry and that’s where the paintball event took place. Everyone head to toe in army fatigues, with a varied array of custom paintball guns. These guys take this shit seriously…
The first thing I see is a midget in a Ghillie suit. Oh no, it’s Natasha Wicks, in the heat, head to toe in this season’s fall fashion. She’s gearing up for a showdown with Dave Farra from Raw Vegas. It all starts well with some trash talking as they prepare for battle. Natasha taking cover in a bush, Dave bravely out in the open. Pop pop pop….paintballs are now whizzing through the air…….Dave is not a good shot….Natasha rushes forward behind a wall.
Dave pops his head up one too many times and that’s all “One Shot” Wicks needs. Pow! Dave takes one to the side of the head. Natasha is now peeing herself laughing knowing she scored a direct hit. Dave emerges from behind the wall, blood streaming down his face.
Luckily for Dave there’s a medic on hand and the massive blood flow is stopped. He lives to fight on another day…
The fights are being held in a massive tent. Tuff-N-Nuff is an all-amateur show. Junie Browning is here looking in good health. Randy Couture is sitting ringside with special guest Dana White. Frank Mir is here cornering a couple of fighters.
I’m beat, it was a long day out in the sun, with an evening of good fights. It was a good day!