By: The Clinch Report

Spar Star MMA once again is live from the Hollywood Park Casino in Inglewood California. Tonight Farren Romero is set to defend her 135 lbs title against a very game Paola Ramirez.  Also featured as the co main event, Jonell Kimbrough (who is no stranger to the Spar Star cage) will take on Leo Imai in a 145 lbs contest.

Victor Rivera vs. Patrick Fernandez 3×2 Rds 140 lbs

Rd 1: Nice take down from Fernandez, Rivera ties him up in the guard. Larry Landless stands them up. Rivera lands with a few nice punches but Fernandez again takes him down with ease. Round comes to an end with Rivera on his back. 10-9 on our card for Fernandez.

Rd 2: Rivera very busy with the hands but not many land.Fernandez instigates the clinch but receives better than he gives and he lets it go. Fernandez looking for the hip toss, but Rivera reverses position. Leg trip from Fernandez puts Rivera again on his back. Fernandez in on another take down, but the bell rings before he can finish. 10-9 again for Fernandez.

Rd 3: Rivera touches with a 3 punch combination but Fernandez is no worse for the ware. Immediatly Fernandez gets another take down. Rivera looking to sweep to his back, but he is very high on the shoulders. Inverted triangle of sorts, body shots from Rivera who is looking for the armbar.  The round and the fight come to an end with Rivera taking that round on our card. we have it 29-28 for Fernandez.

Winner Via Split Decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 Victor Rivera

Daniel Yeh vs Wilber Gonzalez 3×2 Rds 145 lbs

Rd 1: Yeh immediately gets the take down but Gonzalez pops right back up and gets busy with his hands. Nice upper cuts from Gonzalez in tight. Nice take down from Gonzalez from the body lock. Now draped on Yeh’s back Gonzalez softening him up with strikes. Yeh back to his feet but more strikes from Gonzalez are his reward. Round ends. 10-9 Wilber Gonzalez

Rd 2: Yeh seems tired and Gonzalez gets him down rather quickly elevating nicely before dropping him on his back. Back to the feet for a body kick before another take down scores for Gonzalez. Quick transition to the back from Gonzalez Yeh is in all sorts of trouble. Round comes to an end before the choke could be finished.  10-9 Gonzalez

Rd 3: yeh with a take down, but Gonzalez looks up a triangle forcing him to stand up.  Both fighters throwing, but a caught kick puts Yeh on his back yet again. Nice pressure from Gonzalez who appears to have an anaconda choke in deep. Yeh appears to be ok, 10 seconds left Gonzalez really cranking but the round and the fight come a close! 10 -9 Gonzalez 30-27 Gonzalez

Winner Via Unanimous Decision 30-27 Wilber Gonzalez

Trey Branch vs James Pace 3×2 Rds 145 lbs

Rd 1: Nice kick from Branch but it is {ace who gets the take down. Beautiful transtion to the arm bar, but Branch rolls out and again and again. This time he rolled right into the triangle and that is that!

Winner :45 Rd 1 Via Submission Triangle James Pace 

Eugene Cacho vs Michael Braun 3×2 Rds 175 lbs

Rd 1: Braun with a very wide karate stance. Cacho charges forward and takes him down. Cacho in side control> Nice left from Cacho as Braun looks to get back to his feet. North South position for Cacho who lands to the body with the left. Braun back to his feet only to get back suplexed. Cacho achieves mount before the round ends. 10-9 Cacho

Rd 2: Nice jab from Braun, as Cacho swings and misses. Both fighters in the center as a right hand from Braun backs up Cacho. Cacho reverse and again looks to bring the fight down. Braun defending well, but no offense yet. Cacho digs deep and gets the take down from Braun’s hips. Nice right hand from Cacho as the round ends. 10-9 Cacho

Rd 3: Braun shwing some urgency Much busier with the strikes. Cacho ducks under a punch and again gets the big slam. Cacho in side control now, Braun seems frustrated. Nice knee to the back from Cacho. Cacho steps over looking for a choke to finish, but the scrammble ends the round and the fight. 10-9 Cacho 30-27 Cacho

Winner Via UD 30-27 29-28 29-28 Eugene Cacho

Carlos Ojeda vs Santiago Diaz 3×2 Rds 235 lbs

Rd 1: All Diaz from the opening bell, Leg kicks Stagger Ojeda. Nice take down from Diaz. Now looking to take his back Diaz softening up Ojeda to the body. Diaz looking for the choke but the round comes to an end right as Diaz established the mount. 10-9 Diaz

Rd 2: Diaz starts off where he finished off, with a nasty leg kick. Ojeda on his bicycle he seems hurt. Diaz can’t seem to finish him. They go to the ground. Nasty ground and pound from Diaz has inspired a leak. The referee moves in to get a better look, and that is all he need.

Winner VIA TKO Santiago Diaz 

Victor Hernandez vs Victor Pages 3×2 Rds 125 lbs

Rd 1: Trading leg kicks start the fight with Hernandez winning that battle. Pages shoots and gets the take down against the cage. Hernandez closes his guard as Pages looks to posture, however Ref Larry Landless stands them up. Dueling leg kicks again as the round comes to a close. 10-9 Pages.

Rd 2: Pages starts out eating another leg kick, Again looking for the take down, however Hernandez works off the cage to space. Huge head kick clips Pages and he is on queer street. More ground and pound from Hernandez is academic at this point.

Winner VIA TKO Victor Hernandez

Christopher Giddens vs Carlos Chavez 3×2 Rds 165 lbs

In a back and forth war, we had Carlos winning rounds 1 and 2, but dropping the third to Giddens who controlled the pace and location of the entire frame. We score the round for Giddens but the fight for Chavez 29-28

Winner VIA Split Decision 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 Carlos Chavez

David Lopez vs Kevin Widdoes 3×2 Rds 155 lbs

Result: SPLIT DECISION DRAW

Chris Hansen vs Javel McKenzie 3×2 Rds 125 lbs

Rd 1: Second Fight of our 125 lbs tournament underway. Hansen starts with the leg kick. McKenzie maintains the center of the cage. Trip attempt from Hansen has McKenzie backed up but he reverse position. Now McKenzie flirts with the level change but the ref pulls them apart. Hansen steams forward looking for another take down attempt but McKenzie stuffs it and the round comes to an end. Even round on our cards. 10-10

Rd 2: McKenzie moves forward with the jabs but Hansen able to get him on his back. McKenzie doing well to control Hansen’s posture. The Referee stands them back up.  Nice right hand from McKenzie, a quick scramble finds both on the mat. McKenzie looks to take the back but falls into Hansen’s guard. Hansen finishes the round in McKenzie’s guard. Another very close round. We have another 10-10

Rd 3: This round will tell the final story. McKenzie with a nice left hook but Hansen ties him up. McKenzie sprawls away momentarily but tenaciously Hansen gaets him on his back. McKenzie looks for the triangle but has it on the wrong side. Now he has it deep and he secures the tap late in the final round of a very close fight!

Winner VIA Submission  Triangle Choke Rd 3 Javel McKenzie

Jonell Kimbrough vs Leo Imai 3×2 Rds 145 lbs

Rd 1: Co Main Event Time! Two gentlemen that are no strangers to the Spar Star Cage! Both fighters step to the center of the cage for last minute instructions from Larry Landless. Here we go! Nice leg kick from Imai. Kimbrough in on a take down but Imai keeps it standing. Scramble fins Imai in the side control. Knee on belly for Imai but Kimbrough is back to his feet. Imai dives in on straight leg lock. he is keeping but cant seem to finish the hold. Kimbrough lands to the body in an attempt to break the hold. Both fighters stand as the round comes to a close. Close first round but we have it 10-9 Imai.

Rd 2: Imai misses with a leg kick but able to get Kimbrough down. Looking to transition, Imai is like a spider crawling up a water spout. Back to side control, for a moment and now the back. Kimbrough sweeps for a second only to lose position again. Imai spins for the arm bar and its close. He finishes the fight with a deep arm bar. Kimbrough tried to fight through it but eventually it was too much.

Winner VIA SUBMISSION ARMBAR Rd 2 Leo Imai

Paola Ramirez vs Farren Romero 3×2 Rds 135 lbs

Rd 1: Paola Ramirez is for real and she is not messing around. Both fighters give and receive, but Ramirez scores with the most damage. Big right hand inspires Romero leak. 10-9 for the challenger

Rd 2: Romero instigates the action as the frame starts but eats a nice straight right hand from Ramirez. She is hurt, Ramirez gets the take down but Romero back to her feet as she takes more damage. The separate but again Ramirez lands and Romero is on her bicycle. More unanswered shot get the referees attention and when Romero turns away he stops the fight!

Winner and New 135 lbs Spar Star Champion Paola Ramirez.

Mark Perez vs Ronnie Mugica 3×2 Rds 155 lbs

Rd 1:Both fighters clinch but Mugica lands an upper cut that drops Perez momentarily. Now back to their feet Perez lands low prompting the stoppage from the Referee. Nice left from Mugica on the re start has Perez falling all over himself and the cage. HUGE Upper cuts in succesion drop Perez again he is covering up and the referee steps in to save him Another electric Highlight Reel win from Ronnie Mugica…

Winner VIA TKO Ronnie Mugica Rd 2

Cody Halleman vs Antonio Vazquez  3×2 Rds 145 lbs

Results: Winner VIA Submission Antonio Vazquez Rd 2

Julian Capucetti vs Michael Reyes 3×2 Rds 1885 lbs

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By: Jonathan M. King

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Bob Fisher PugilPix.com

Maybe its not the Coliseum in Rome, or even the Forum across the parking lot but there is something epic about the Hollywood Park Race way and Casino. In its hey day the venue was a crown jewel of the elite, and the regular stomping grounds of the famed ‘Rat Pack’. The halls echo with memories, but what haunts me is the specter of whats to come.  The last race went off a little over a year ago, however the venue has stayed active in many ways.

For years the Casino and Racetrack have been the home base of Spar Star MMA. Like the Coliseum in Rome, gladiators made their bones here. Like the Forum across the street, Champions were made here! Soon it will all be just  a memory. Slowly piece by piece, the buildings add to the memories as they disappear, but until then the fists will fly.

March 28th will be our second to last show at this venue. If you have never been to a Spar Star Event, ask someone who has and you will find out quickly what you are missing. With only to shows left, the matchmaker and promoter are planning to go out with bang, so make sure you get tickets.

The Saturday show will feature the return of Spar Star MMA 135lbs Champion Farren Romero. Romero will put her belt on the line against fellow undefeated prospect Paola Ramirez. The co main event is equally exciting featuring Spar Star fan favorites Leo Imai and Jonell Kimbrough who will clash in a 145 lbs battle. Also featured on the main card: Mark Perez is scheduled to take on the always entertaining Ronnie Mugica, and Cody Halleman will square off with Antonio Vazquez.

Tickets May Still be Available Contact one of the Fighters on the Card!

Also Scheduled Are:

Chris Hansen vs Javel McKenzie

Christopher Giddens vs. Carlos Chavez

Carlos Ojeda vs. Santiago Diaz

Julian Capucetti vs. Michael Reyes

Victor Hernandez vs. Victor Pages

Eugene Cacho vs Michael Braun

Daniel Yeh vs. Wilbur Gonzalez

Rogelio Juan vs. Justin Morgan

Victor Rivera vs. Patrick Fernandez

Avedis Terzian vs. Jose Lopez

David Lopez vs. Jesse Ehrlich

James Pace vs. Trey Branch

 

Below find our gallery of Spar Star MMA’s Past. Photos courtesy of John Walsh The Clinch Report and Bob Fisher Pugilpix

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By: Jonathan M. King

Photos By: Blanca Garcia

The evenings only boxing event ended showcasing one of the best young amateurs in recent history. Now 4-0 as a pro Khazakstan’s Bekman Soylybaev is quickly backing up his stellar amateur pedigree and doing so with surgical precision.

Jose Gomez did his best to withstand the power of Soylybaev, at times firing back like a cornered animal. However he only at best had a punchers chance. At times it appeared as if Soylybaev was toying with his opponent. Often times smiling and dropping his hands in hopes of engagement.

Late in the third round Soylybaev cracked Gomez to the body, then changed levels and finished on his dome. The last shot inspired Gomez to turn away prompting a warning from referee Tom Taylor.  Smelling blood Soylybaev again resumed his clinic. Refusing to go down, perhaps too tough for his own good Gomez again turned away, forcing referee Tom Taylor to call a stop to the bout.

Boxing fans are going to have to keep an eye out for this kid.

 

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By: Jonathan M. King

Photos By: Blanca Garcia

Jay Bogan (5-4 MMA) looked outstanding in his fight against Jared Carlsten(3-2 MMA).  Bogan whose career has been surging of late never let Carlsten get comfortable. Although he was giving up a significant reach advantage, Bogan was able to control not only the distance but the pace of the fight as well. Frustrating his opponent.

Once the fight found its way to the mat Bogan was able to maintain position utilizing his wrestling and heavy top pressure. Carlsten tried to buck free, but Bogan ended up mounting him after sliding his knee over the belly. Shortly after Bogan slid to high mount, eliminating Carlsten’s hips and began reigning down with punches. After tasting a few shots, Carlsten turned away and covered up before the referee stepped in saving him from further assault.

Bogan like many other fighters was not feeling very well leading up to the event. Just getting over the flu, Bogan was still able to muster the resolve to not only step up but he performed tremendously in spite of the illness.  Now north of .500 for the first time in a long time, look for Bogan to fight again relatively soon. His current win streak coupled with his near flawless victory have him primed for a big show.

His wrestling pedigree, and high profile camp could have him on a short lost of injury replacements for the big shows.

 

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By: Jonathan M. King

Photos By: Blanca Garcia

“The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But victory belongs to the LORD” Proverbs 12:31

Matthew ‘M.O.G’ Spencer needed just :25 seconds to earn his second win as a pro against no losses. Spencer, secured a tight guillotine off the first clinch of the day and secured the tap almost immediately. A purple belt in the 10th planet system under Eddie Bravo, Spencer initially wanted to keep the fight standing, but his opponent was looking for the take down.

Once Vasquez closed the distance, Spencer grabbed a hold of a thai clinch that he pulled into a cirrhosis inducing liver shot. The knee stole Vasquez’s breathe and the choke prevented him from getting it back. Once Spencer grabbed the neck the fight was over.

The win for Spencer may not be enough to garner a high profile spot on a televised card, but he should be able to parlay this his second consecutive dominant win into at least an RFA Preliminary spot. With the team he has assembled around him, Matthew Spencer is never far from ready. Finding opponents willing to take him on, well that is another story entirely.

For more information about these events, contact: Lights Out Promotions or Bash Boxing

 

 

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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: Blanca Garcia

In the main event of the Lights Out Promotions/Bash Boxing card in Studio City, two fan favorites went at it for nearly 14 minuted to the delight of the crowd. Utilizing superior movement, and an effective game plan Brandon Hastings clearly had the advantage on the score cards going into the third frame. Richard Leroy seemed to be baffled by Hastings movement, often lunging with punches that Hastings easily avoided and countered with ferocity.

Going in to the final round, Leroy was bloodied and bruised but still moving forward. Continually moving, Hastings  took control of the round and once again left Leroy guessing. About halfway through the round, Hastings began to slow slightly. Charging forward Leroy saw an opening inspired by Hastings hands being low, and dropped him with a lighting fast combination that felled Hastings. Hastings did his best to weather the storm, but referee John McCarthy was forced to call a stop to the bout.

The incredible finish left the raucous crowd spellbound. With the win, Richard ‘Mr” Leroy remains undefeated as a professional at 3-0. While in defeat an extremely tough Brandon Hastings falls to 3-2. Although the fight obviously weighed heavy on the fighter, it was nice to see a huge crowd of people remaining long after the event ended, just to support their friend. Hastings may have lost the fight, but he certainly did look impressive. A rematch may certainly be in order!

For more information about these events, contact: Lights Out Promotions or Bash Boxing

 

 

 

The Golden Girl Delivers

The Golden Girl Delivers

By: Jonathan M. King

Photos By: Blanca Garcia

Jemyma Betrian entered the fight only her second as a mixed martial artist. However that number is not a reflection of her experience. Betrian transitioned to the sport after dominating for years as a kickboxer. Now training with Ronda Rousey, Marina Shafir, Jessamyn Duke, and Shayna Baszler the Golden Girl is getting a crash course in mixed martial arts from some of the best in the sport.

Across the ring from Betrian stood Chandra Engel (0-2 MMA). Engel accepted the bout on short notice and did her best to face the juggernaut before her, even threatening with a submission after taking Betrian down. However she was just outmatched.  Betrian’s pedigree came through, and despite a fever and the flu, The Golden Girl completed the task at hand.

Even after Engel achieved the take down, Betrian quickly scrambled from the bottom attempting an arm bar, that eventually allowed her back to a neutral position. Perhaps the take down shook something loose, because once Betrian got back to her feet the she never let off the gas.

Late in the first round Betrian began to swarm as Engel cornered herself. With amazing power and speed Betrian changed levels and landed to the body of Engel. As Engel reeled from the shot, almost doubling over, Betrian uncorked an ungodly head kick that landed flush to Engels nose inspiring a gushing leak. Immediately Engel fell backwards prompting the referee to stop any further damage.

The win keeps Betrian a perfect 2-0 as a professional and leaves her on a short list of future UFC Strawweights. Already the most educated striker in her divison, it would not be surprising to see her sign with the UFC immediately.








 

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By: Jonathan M. King

Photos By: Blanca Garcia

Glendale Fighting Club is of course well known for being the gym where UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey plies her trade under the careful tutelage of Coach Edmund Tarverdyan, The Gym is also the home of some other well known UFC fighters. However their young pros maybe one of the best kept secrets in MMA.

One of those young fighters is Alfred Kashakian (3-1 MMA). Kashakian carried his two fight win streak into Friday nights engagement against David Hernandez. Apparently Kashakian had other pressing engagements, because he didn’t waste anytime. Charging across the ring he attacked at the opening bell, and immediately had Hernandez reeling.

Hernandez did his best to stand and trade with Kashakian but fell like an oak tree when his button was pressed. Kashakian dropped Hernandez with a series of shots, that just made gravity impossible to resist. Immediately the referee stepped in calling a halt to the bout, as Hernandez was lying face first. The impressive KO electrified the crowd, and set the tone for the rest of the evening!

The win puts Kashakian on the radar as a top prospect in his division, adding another polished stone to the cadre they are collecting in Glendale!

For more information about these events, contact: Lights Out Promotions or Bash Boxing

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By: Jonathan M. King

Photos By: Blanca Garcia

What a beautiful dance it was! Taking turns leading the destructive tango both Marcos Bonilla (2-1 MMA) and Christian Bizaretty (1-2 MMA) each had their moments. The two fighters traded kicks early and often in a scrap that ended up being one of the most competitive fights of the evening.

Bonilla appeared to be landing the cleaner, more powerful strikes. However Bizaretty absorbed everything and still kept moving forward. Moving well behind his jab, Bonilla kept the pressure on and appeared to be clearly ahead on points. Bizaretty was able to score with a quick take down but was never really able to threaten from a dominant position. While on his back, Bonilla was very active and attacked with an nice arm-bar that he ended up using to sweep back to a neutral position.

Even a  foul (grounded head strike) that cost Bonilla a point was only enough to make the score close. Bonilla was awarded with the majority decision. One judge scored the fight a draw, but he was overruled by the other two ring side officials who scored the bout for Bonilla.

The win for Bonilla reaffirms his recent signing to Bellator MMA. His first fight for the promotion has been signed and with this win he will carry some pretty good momentum into the biggest fight of his life. The loss although tough to digest for Bizaretty will not define him as a fighter. He will certainly be back better than ever.

For more information about these events, contact: Lights Out Promotions or Bash Boxing

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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: Blanca Garcia

At 0-1 as a pro some were concerned that Levon Sargsyan was heading into deep water against the former Bellator MMA Fighter Ron Henderson (3-2 MMA). Those concerns were put too rest almost immediately. Sargsyan utilized a vast array of strikes including a spinning heel kick to the face at the opening bell. Henderson was forced on his bicycle from the start, as Sargsyan pushed forward establishing the pace.

Henderson was able to get the fight to the mat, however Sargsyan reversed position and landed an illegal knee that hurt Henderson. Veteran referee Mike Bell quickly intervened issuing a 2-point foul (illegal strike with injury). After alerting the judges of the score change, both fighters restarted and although Sargsyan was clearly winning, the foul now made the fight closer on the cards then it was in reality.

Once the fight resumed, The Glendale Fighting Club product immediately resumed his battering. Henderson still rocked from earlier, dove in for a take-down but ended up on his back. Sargsyan broke free to his feet, and unleashed a head kick that caught Henderson while he was still on the ground.

After a moment of judgement, referee Mike Bell waved off the fight as he stood over the supine Henderson. Although there appeared to be no intention behind the strike, Sargsyan was rightfully disqualified and Ron Henderson was awarded with the win in a rather odd finish. The win ends a two fight losing streak for Henderson, while Sargsyan continues to seek out his first win as a pro.

For more information about these events, contact: Lights Out Promotions or Bash Boxing