By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Video and Edited By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report
Chad ‘The Savage’ George has been around the mixed martial arts block a few times. He understands the game as well as anyone. He first burst into the rankings while fighting for the now defunct WEC (Which was purchased by ZUFFA in 2008 and later absorbed in 2010). While under the Zuffa umbrella, George earned his first win over John Hosman before losing to Scott Jorgensen, and Antonio Banuelos. The latter of the two bouts was a title eliminator bout, a fight George lost by a close decision.

Leading up to his last fight in the WEC, George was the subject of a documentary called “Occupation Fighter” which received a huge following on Netflix. The movie documented his training camp leading up to the bout with Banuelos. The movie brought a lot of attention to George, and it looked as though the UFC would be calling. Shortly after his last fight in the WEC, the UFC absorbed the promotion, however they only created one new division, leaving George and a host of others without a job.

Not one to wait, ‘The Savage’ returned to the regional scene and quickly picked up 3 wins in a row. Once again on the precipice, George stepped up to face current UFC contender Joe Soto under the Tachi Palace banner. George started out doing very well until he made a mistake and got caught in a choke that cost him the fight.

A subsequent loss to UFC bantamweight Cody Gibson followed . Then the storms came. The normal struggles that plague fighters began to pile up on George, however they were happening all at once. Two losses in a row set back his aspirations of UFC gold, but the injuries that followed threatened to end his career. A back injury and other assorted ailments left George’s fight career in limbo, however through the turmoil George found another passion; coaching.

George split with the former gym and created his own brand in California Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness. In a very short period of time the CMMA team has left an undeniable mark on the Southern California fight scene. The wins continued to pile up for the team, and although the head coach was proud of his new family, something was missing.

While getting the gym prepared and his injuries tended too, George soon found himself scratching at the old itch himself. A win over Sam Rodriguez on the regional scene primed George for his return to the national spotlight. He found that opportunity inside the Bellator MMA cage.

During the fight his opponent Mark Vorgeas attempted a guillotine choke however George deftly passed to side control where he applied what has become known as a ‘Von Flue’ choke. (A shoulder choke, that is named after Jason Von Flue who used the technique often with success!) George, an accomplished grappler knew his opponent was in a precarious situation and could tell by his disrupted breathing that the end was imminent.

As Vorgeas drifted into a state of unconsciousness a rather bizarre discussion ensued. “He’s out!”, George stated as he postured up, ready to drop hammers that remained holstered. ‘No he’s not!’ the referee blindly countered. After a few weird moments the referee looked in and finally agreed waiving off the fight.

The win and perhaps the bizarre circumstances behind the victory again thrust George into the spotlight. This time not as young gun with pink hair, but as a seasoned veteran and a true ambassador for the sport. Normally fighters are taught to wait for the referee to pull them off before relenting their attack. Had George acted like most, the whole sport itself would have been colored with the barbaric brush once again.

Although his recent win for Bellator MMA grabbed them a ton of notoriety (which they most definitely exploited), for some reason they have yet to book him another fight. In George it appears they could have what the UFC lacks, a marketable 135lbs fighter that could translate to the masses outside of the cage.

Instead it appears Bellator would prefer to promote aging legends and ‘never have beens’ whose only relevance is in projected ratings on a piece of paper. However one thing is certain in the MMA world one man gathers what another man spills, and its only a matter of time before the UFC realize the earning potential a fighter like George can bring.

 

Video  —  Posted: June 6, 2015 in Combat Sports, UFC
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By: Jonathan M. King

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

And Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

Jose Lopez looking for the finish!

Jose Lopez looking for the finish!

History sets the tone. It may not always give you an accurate depiction of the present, but the past tells the story. Yesterday is what makes us look forward to today. In the fight world, the past serves as a reminder as where you are, where you were, and most importantly how far you have come!

When Santiago Diaz (3-1) looks back at his still young amateur career he can see progress. After losing his first bout (a close decision), Diaz has rallied with 3 straight impressive wins, with two of those victories coming by way of  impressive knockout. The string of victories have vaulted Diaz up the state rankings, where he sits as the #5 Heavyweight.

His opponent Jose Lopez (4-0), is no stranger to Diaz. In fact it was Lopez who handed Diaz his first and only loss. Since that win, Lopez has only managed to fight once, a bout he won via disqualification. Unfortunately since no one will fight him, his inactivity has led to his current ranking as the #7 Heavyweight in the state, despite his win over Diaz.

History’s only flaw, is today. Today history has melted into the present, and currently we have two colossal men set to face off for the second time. Lopez looks to remain undefeated as an amateur, and a more confident Diaz will look to avenge his only loss while maintaining his current win streak.

This fight has the makings of being better than the epic first bout. Will Diaz’s new found success in the cage carry him over the undefeated Lopez? Will Lopez once again be able to vanquish his familiar foe? (Insert Batman Music Here)

There is only one way to find out! Come to the Hollywood Park Casino on May 30th, buy a ticket and enjoy the carnage! For tickets and information go to: www.SparStarPromotions.com

 

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Check out the video highlights from Lights Out Promotions and Bash Boxing.

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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Photos By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

Walking out of the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City among the crowd, the same sentiment reverberated multiple times on the way to the car. “Hey man, when are you guys going to do another one?”

Once again the Lights Out Promotions and Bash Boxing team has succeeded in putting together one hell of an entertaining night of fights. ‘Fight Night 2′ featured some of the regions top mixed martial artists, in a wide range of weight classes. The main event featured a mixed of young talent, and hard hitting veterans that left the crowd satisfied and asking for more.

Six fighters on the card in particular had heavier burdens than normal. With the up coming anniversary of the Armenian Genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire as the back drop, 6 Armenian fighters took to the cage to fight for not only themselves but for a nation as well. Alfred Khashakyan, Levon Sarsyan, Armen Bakanyan, Tigran Grigoryan, Davit Yeghiazaryan, and Leon Shahbazyan each represented their Armenian roots with hard fought efforts that led to a 5-0-1 record on the evening.

In the co main event of the evening Alfred Khashakyan plowed through Blackhouse MMA fighter Vitor Oristanio (1-3 MMA) with a first round KO that left the young Oristanio unconscious. After trading kicks early on, Khashakyan caught a charging Oristanio on the chin with an uppercut that folded his legs beneath him. Wasting little time, Khashakyan dove in with some vicious right hands that with the mat underneath gave Oristanio’s head no place to go! The last punch removing him completely from his senses. The knockout, his fourth in a row, puts Khashakyan in a prime position to get a call from the UFC. Normally fighting at 135 lbs, Khashakyan’s power and wrestling back-round immediately make him a contender in the bantamweight division.

The second co main event saw local fan favorite Thor Skancke (6-5 MMA) defeat journeyman Daniel McWillams (9-24 MMA) in the first round via submission (Americana). Skancke showcased his heavy hands early in the first round, landing with heavy hooks to the body of McWilliams before the fight found itself on the ground. McWilliams flirted several times with an arm bar/ triangle transition, but eventually Skancke threw his legs to the side and  landed in side control. Once there a few ground strikes softened McWilliams enough to allow Skancke to get a hold of a wrist lock. Which he rotated into the Americana, finishing the fight.

The win for Skancke returned him to the right side of .500. He also didn’t receive any damage, making him eligible for the next card at ‘Fight Night 3’!

Over all the event was extremely entertaining. The fights were a good blend of Knockouts and submissions, with a few leading up to the suspense of a judges decision. We saw a Liz Tracy make a huge splash in her pro debut, with a big upset over Maria Rios. We also will probably being saying goodbye to Alfred Khashakyan who now stands 4-1 in the midst of  a 4 fight KO streak. He should be getting a call from Sean Shelby and Joe Silva at the UFC very soon,

Lights Out Promotions and Bash Boxing put together some pretty amazing events. The dynamic blend of young talent, coupled with well known regional talent makes them a highly desired promotion for fighters. There are no stepping stones at a ‘Fight Night’ event. Like Thor Skancke said following his fight, “If you are not in the UFC, this is where the best competition is!” and like Annie Lennox said, “Who am I to disagree!”

 

 

 

 

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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Photos By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

After a very solid amateur career Erick Gonzalez (2-0 MMA) leapt into the professional ranks with a :26 second KO over Derrion Chapman. In that fight Gonzalez connected with a vicious elbow ending the fight in less than :30. His second fight went a little bit longer but ended in the same fashion.

Gonzalez took on a very tough Christian Bizarretty (1-3 MMA) and quickly took control of the fight landing the more effective strikes. Bizarretty was on defense pretty much from the onset of the fight, and was never able to get settled. Gonzalez utilized a stifling top game to keep Bizarretty flattened out, once the fight found its way to the floor.

Once Gonzalez had both hooks in with his opponent flat as a pancake, the ground and pound from the back mount reigned down. It was only a matter of time before veteran referee Mike Beltran had seen enough. With the win, Gonzalez continues to develop into a legitimate prospect. However the competition Gonzalez faces will continue to improve, therefore he will have to train harder and smarter than ever before if he wants to maintain that momentum!

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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Fighting in your debut can bring on a weird spectrum of emotions, or in the case of Liz Tracy its simply just another day at the office. Minutes before her walk out Tracy stood alone at the entrance to the ballroom stoic. Placidly pacing it was impossible to tell she was preparing for a fight. Her calm nature and cold stare almost made it seem Tracy knew something we were all missing.

Her opponent Maria Rios (2-2 MMA) came in with three times the experience, and would possess a huge size and reach advantage.  Early on it appeared that the reach advantage would tell the tale, as Rios kept Tracy on the end of her jab. However Tracy was able to get inside and drop Rios, who seemed to be concerned with the take down. Rios was never able to recover and perhaps her difficult weight cut coming into the fight contributed.

Once the fight was grounded, Tracy deftly took positional control and transitioned to the back. With one hook in Tracy was able to get her forearm under the chin of Rios, securing the choke and the finish in her first fight as a professional.

As her hand was raised the shocked crowd caught there first glimpse of a smile. One undoubtedly brought on by the realization that she did in fact know something, we all had only just recently discovered!

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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

For almost two minutes both George Garcia (2-2) and Ron Scolesdang (3-2 MMA) kept the entire crowd on the edge of their seats. From the opening bell both fighters threw heavy hands, with little regard for defense.

At first it was Gracia who tested Scolesdang’s chin early and often. However, Scolesdang’s beard never faltered. After surviving Garcia’s initial charge, it was Scolesdang who struck the decisive blow. After landing with a left, Garcia looked to follow but did so recklessly and walked right into a Scolesdang right hook that starched the advance.

The shots that followed fell Garcia leaving him prone on the canvas forcing the referee to prevent any further damage. Although the fight did not last very long, it certainly delivered. It is rare see two well rounded prospects square off this early in their careers and the fight was certainly one no one who will soon forget.

 

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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Coming off a disappointing loss in his last bout, Thor Skancke (6-5 MMA) came into his bout with Daniel McWilliams (9-25 MMA) with a new camp, and a reinvigorated mindset. Both of which apparently served him well. Skancke dispatched McWilliams midway through the first round via submission due to Americana.

Skacnke displayed his superior striking early on before the fight found its way to the mat. While there, the savvy McWilliams threatened from his back with a few trianlge and armbar attempts, that Skancke  was able to break through. From side control Skancke found himself in possession of McWilliams arm. Once the wrist lock was in place the torque on the arm did damage immediately forcing McWilliams to tap.

The win brings Skancke’s record to 6-5 as a pro. Hopefully it will not be long until we see Thor Skancke in Lights Out/Bash Boxing cage.

 

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500 MG of Ambien in the form of a Kashakyan right hand!

 

By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Photos By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

‘Fearless’ is not just a cool moniker for Alfred Khashakyan, it serves as an accurate description, and perhaps a warning. Although second to enter the cage he immediately took possession when he approached his opponent Vitor Oristanio and defiantly slammed his feet into the mat. A day earlier, Oristanio’s lack of respect boiled over when he shoved Khashakyan during weigh ins and now the time had come to pay for that mistake.

At the opening bell, Khashakyan immediately took to the center of the cage and his heavy hands once again made a mess of his opponent. Oristanio did his best to quell the advances, even cutting Khashakyan above the brow. However the effort was akin to trying to stop an elephant with a feather. Khashakyan bulldozed Oristanio dropping him early in the first round. What followed was one of the most impressive ground and pound finishes of the year. Once he felled his foe, Khashakyan dropped the hammer.

Oristanio may have retained some senses at first, but the first punch on the ground removed them quickly. The second shot, was purely academic and relocated Oristanio’s consciousness from ‘queer street’ to ‘dream land’! The finish was so violent that Oristanio needed to be transported from the cage to the hospital. Before leaving the young warrior gave the thumbs up to the crowd to let everyone know he was going to be alright.

For Khashakyan is just seems to be a matter of time before he gets the call from the UFC. The idea makes sense. He is the type of fighter the 135 lbs division needs. An exciting striker with excellent defensive wrestling, Khashakyan would mimic the skills of those at the top of the division. Currently riding 4 fight knock out streak, he could be one fight or a poorly timed injury away (he would be an excellent injury replacement) from fighting on the big stage.

Gallery will continue to be updated!






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Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Things got a little heated when co headliners ‘Fearless’ Alfred Kashakyan and Vitor Oristanio got into a shoving match during there face off. At first the stare down seemed typical, with neither fighter giving an inch. When Kashakyan raised his hands, it provoked a heavy shove from his opponent. Kashakyan returned the favor before staff quickly intervened. However what was earlier just another fight, is now anything but!

Every other fight was recognized by the commission and the card is certified for tomorrows festivities! Tickets are still available go to http://www.bashboxing.xom or http://www.valleryfightnight.com for tickets.