Photos: Tuff-N-Uff at The Orleans features brutal arm break

Medical staff attempt to stabilize William Kowolski’s broken arm as he is escorted out of the ring at the Tuff-N-Uff Amateur Fighting Championships at The Orleans on Feb. 26, 2010.
Photo: Ray Kasprowicz

By Hepi Mita, Vegas DeLuxe photo archivist

Frank Mir protege John Gettle became an Internet sensation last week after brutally breaking the arm of his opponent William Kowolski at the Tuff-N-Uff Amateur Fighting Championships at The Orleans.

Video of the horrific arm break hit the blogosphere and went viral, generating an abundance of attention for the previously unheralded amateur fighter. Here’s the video on YouTube. Warning: It is brutal.

Tuff-N-Uff at The Orleans - from

The injury is the worst any athlete has suffered in the history of the Tuff-N-Uff promotion, but Kowolski is expected to make a full recovery and is already planning on a rematch.

Gettle was not the only Tuff-N-Uff fighter to turn heads. Tuff-N-Uff champion Chris Holdsworth, at 135 pounds, declared his intentions to go pro with a first-round victory over the previously undefeated Gor Mnatsakanyan.

Tuff-N-Uff @The Orleans

Holdsworth’s amateur career ends with a perfect 5-0 record, with every one of his wins coming in the first round. His impressive stint as an amateur has made him one of the top prospects in his division.

Celebrities in attendance included K-1 legend Ray Sefo, UFC veteran Johny Hendricks and acclaimed MMA trainer Shawn Tompkins. Enjoy the photo gallery from photographer Ray Kasprowicz.

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