Chaos in The Casino Returns: Muay Thai, MMA, Boxing and “The Supernova from Moldova”.

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Promoter George Bastmajyan and Team Shafir

Promoter George Bastmajyan and Team Shafir

By Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

 

Promoter George Bastmayjan and his “Lights Out Promotions” team, once again put together an incredible sports exhibition that left a taste of every discipline on the pallet of LA’s loyal combat sports fans. The event took place once again at the Hollywood Park Casino, and just like the last event an empty seat was difficult to spot.

The MMA portion of the card, featured some of SoCal’s best such as Christos Giagos, John Robles, Ara Muradyan, TUF Alumni Karim Ghazi, Dmitry Gerasimov, Danny Navarro, Arsen Galstyan and Cameron Harris. However it was a fight on the undercard drew most of the attention. The pro debut of Marina Shafir. Shafir is one of the sports most highly touted prospects, and it doesn’t hurt that she is from Albany NY (Go Danes!).

‘The Supernova from Moldova” is known well too MMA fans, as being part of the ‘Four Horsewomen” of MMA. A team that features Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and of course UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey. Rousey was on hand, and working in Shafir’s corner with her coach Edmund Tarverdyan. The rest of her team, was not very far.

Shafir, had previously stormed through all of her amateur opponents, finishing them all in impressive fashion. Her pro debut was not any different. Shafir needed only 1:57 to defeat Chandra Engel via armbar. Aggressively Shafir, closed the distance early instigating her grappling game. Once the fight found the mat, it was evident that Shafir was looking for her signature arm bar. Engel did her best to defend and roll out of the first few attempts, but Shafir stayed patient and when the opening presented itself, she secured the arm and forced the tap.

Shafir, is seems to be destined for a successful career in mixed martial arts. Her extensive background, judo pedigree, and the dogs she shares the pen with are sure to keep her sharp, we can only hope the sport expands the growth of the women’s divisions.

“The Chaos in the Casino” series of fights are known in SoCal for being one of the best valued tickets in town. The dynamic fighters, and alternating disciplines give fight fans a look at several different sports, all under one roof, without ever letting you get comfortable. Just when a jujitsu exhibition tempts you into a glass of red wine, BAM, a muay thai head kick has you calling for the tequila! The Boxing portions of the fights never disappoint, they always feature consistent striking, devastating knockouts, and back and forth exchanges The Hollywood Park Casino provides the perfect backdrop for mixed martial arts, and all combat sports. They have a long history of supporting events like these.

Personal Commentary:

Supporting events like ‘Chaos in The Casino’ are crucial to the future of the sport. These operations often put their entire business on the line to put on events like these. The fighters get taken care of with this promotion, so each ticket sold directly supports local fighters.

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MMA Portion:

Vardan Sholinyan won via decision over Tremain Lewis

Arsen Galstyan, who won via TKO over Danny Lockhart

Emilio Chavez, was able to out point Dmitri Gerasimo, and won via Split Decision

Armen Bakanian won via impressive KO (punches) over Matt Doyle

Jay Bogan was able to secure an arm, and the tap over  Melsik Baghdasaryan

Danny Navarro took a UD over Fernand Vargas

Selah Williams took Damien Marzett’s back and was able to secure the tap via RNC

Christos Giagos TKO’d Preston Scharf  (Ref Stoppage)

TUF veteran Chris Karim Ghazi was victorious via submission over Dominigue Gutierrez

And in the Co Main Event, Ara Muradyan was able to win via signature armbar over a very game John Robles.

Muay Thai Card:

Sergey Martirosyan won via decision over Dennis Mendez
Levon Sargsyan and Ming Freeman, slugged it out, resulting in a majority draw

On The Boxing Card:

Alexi Zubov KO’d Ritchie Cherry

And in the Main Event:

Art Hovhannisyan peppered a very tough Miguel Zuniga for the entire fight and won via UD (main event)

 

 

 

 

Bellator 116: On the Cusp of Immortality,The Return to Form, and Farewell to A Legend.

Blagoi Ivanov

 

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

 

Bellator MMA’s roster of fighters is a diverse group of young talent, coupled with a few older lions who are looking for to either return to form, win a world title, or too  prove to themselves that they can still mix it up with the best. Three fighters that we will focus on tonight are Blagoi Ivanov, Karo Parisyan, and Vladimir Matyushenko.

On the Cusp of Immortality

Two years ago, Blagoi Ivanov was at the start of a very promising Bellator MMA career. He came to the company on the heels of defeating MMA Legend Fedor Emelianenko in the World Sambo Championships. Everything was going according to plan. Until armed thugs confronted Ivanov and a group of friends in his homeland of Bulgaria, at a nightclub. During the melee, Ivanov was stabbed under the armpit with a 12 inch blade. The wound pierced his heart, and lungs. Emergency surgery was performed to save the young fighters life, but then infections set in. Ivanov was placed into a medically induced coma, where he lay near death for over 80 days, in the dark.

When he awoke, he was a shell of his former self. The once strapping heavyweight was closer to a welterweight in size, and walking and breathing became his new hurdles. His career was effectively over as a fighter, however someone forgot to tell him. He spoke with Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebeney and promised that he would return. After one year of intense training, Ivanov began to put on the weight he slept off, and slowly but surely began regaining his facilities.

Since his return, Ivanov appeared to not have missed a step. He has remained undefeated. His latest win at Bellator 116 over former UFC fighter Lavar Johnson, came via a slick Americana late in the first round that forced ‘Big’ to tap. The win has earned Ivanov a place in the Heavyweight Tournament Finals where he will face former Title holder Alexander Volkov for a shot at the World Title. In two years Ivanov has been in places not many have gone before. He keeps defying the odds at every turn, he is a champion in life, and soon may have the belt to match.

Return to Form

From 2002-2008 Karo Parisyan was one of the worlds top welterweight fighters. He was fighting all over the world, and was on the verge of a title shot. During this run, the young judoka was considered one of the sports most talented fighters. With wins over Nick Diaz, Josh Burkman, Ryo Chonan, Former Champion Matt Serra, and Chris Lytle, Parisyan seemed set to have a long successful career. Then the wheels fell off!

Parisyan spoke with us before his fight with Rick Hawn, and told us how his life spun out of control. Substances that initially were designed to heal the nagging injuries a fighter must deal with, became part of his every-day routine. He was cut from the UFC, and seemed to be another case of wasted talent.

Like a real champion, Parisyan woke up one day and realized what he was losing. He sought help and slowly began to find himself again. He also started to feel that fire in his belly, that once labeled him ‘The Heat’. Taking some fights on the regional circuit may be difficult for a fighter who once fought at the top, however it was that same humility that led Parisyan back into the light.

After a few fights with mixed results, ‘The Heat’ began to churn into an inferno again. With his weight in check, and his problems in his rear view mirror, Parisyan was given a second chance with Bellator. His first fight against Rick Hawn was a difficult task, however Parisyan attacked from the opening bell. His hands looked up to speed, his movement was working and then he got caught. Hawn won the fight but it was obvious to everyone in attendance that Parisyan was on his way back.

His next fight was equally difficult. At Bellator 116 Parisyan was paired with AKA’s Ron Kesslar who is coming off a big win over War Machine. On paper the match pitted judoka v wrestler. However its was Parisyan’s hands that made the difference. late in the second round, Parisyan dropped Kesslar with a series of punches and was able to finish with impressive ground and pound.

The win solidified Parisyan’s chances for being selected in the next welterweight tournament. Parisyan, at one time could have been one of the best in the world. In fact he was one of the best. However real champions are not made they are built. In Parisyan’s case he is rebuilt. This version, the 2.0 version is much more humble and intelligent. Like the phoenix before him, ‘The Heat’ has risen from the fire and the future looks very bright!

Farewell to A Legend

Vladimir Matyushenko has fought everywhere, and in every major organization. ‘The Janitor’ has long been one of the top light heavyweight fighters in the world. The former IFL Champion, fought in the UFC, Bellator, IFL, IFC, and Affliction and many other organizations around the world. With a record of  27-8, Matyushenko has shared the cage with a ‘who’s who’ of the MMA elite.

At Bellator 116, Matyushenko lost to Joey Beltran via North South choke late in the 3rd round. The legend left his gloves in the cage signifying his retirement. Like a wrestler leaving his shoes on the mat, ‘The Janitor’ said goodbye to the world of fighting but will remain relevant in MMA as one of the best wrestling coaches alive. Vladimir is living the American dream. He came to this country speaking only the language of a wrestler, now he is revered as legend. Matyushenko will continue as the head wrestling coach at Dynamix MMA in Santa Monica where he will be an amazing influence on all fighters young and old for many years to come.

UofMMA-13

 

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

 

Every fighter has one trait in common. Weather you are the best in the world, or cutting your teeth as an amateur in your first bout; every fighter shares the fear and hatred of losing. At the amateur level these losses hurt the most. A devastating loss at this level can crush dreams, and expose confidence as a fraud.

The ‘U of MMA’, offers a unique stage to showcase that raw talent with a professional feel. With the Club Nokia as the backdrop, some of southern California’s finest gyms were represented. Teams like 10th Planet Van Nuys, 10th Planet Costa Mesa, PKG Westwood, Lighting MMA, Glendale Fighting Club, Systems Training Center, Xtreme Couture, Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA Gym, CSW, and NZT Pankration, all had fighters on the card, ready to make a name for themselves.

Juan Orta was one fighter that made sure he left an impression. Using his superior foot work and hand speed, Orta landed a starching right hand that removed his opponent from his senses long enough for the referee to save him from a further beating. Fighting out of Lighting MMA, Orta was making his amateur debut and certainly gained some notoriety with that short right hand finish.

Also remaining perfect with an amateur record of 4-0 was Team PKG’s Flavian Pilgrim. Pilgrim was able to pace himself and outlasted a very tough Jarett Conner (4-2). Conner seemed too be looking to bring the fight to the mat. However, Pilgrim utilized his athleticism to keep on his feet for most of the fight, and used his counter punching to cruise to a hard fought unanimous decision win.

CSW fighter Shohei Yamamoto also improved to 4-0 as an amateur with a highlight reel KO over Dean Bo Moskowitz. Yamamoto landed a huge right hand that caught Mokowitz on the temple, dropping him to the canvas where he was unable to defend himself. The knockout seemed to be the highlight of the evening, however there was more to come.

NZT Pankration fighter Ozzy Diaz came in to his first amateur title fight with a record of 3-1, and apparently he didn’t feel like wasting any time earning that title. Diaz barely broke a sweat when he dropped Xtreme Couture’s Jerell Cephas like a sack of potatoes with one shot. The KO was blistering, and immediately fired up the pro Diaz crowd. Diaz improved to 4-1, as an amateur and earned the inaugural “U of MMA” Light Heavyweight Title.

Also earning a “U of MMA” title was CSW featherweight Jacob Rosales. Rosales was able to do enough on the scorecards in the first and second rounds and was able to survive a late onslaught from a very tough Ryan Lilley. Early on, Rosales repeatedly slammed Lilley with consecutive suplexes, building up a clear lead in the judges minds.  With the win, Rosales remained perfect as an amateur with a stellar 5-0 record.

Events like the ‘U of MMA’ are crucial for the future of the sport of MMA. The difficult and even match-ups play a vital role by separating the wheat from the chafe. At this level records can often be bloated, but promotions like the ‘U of MMA’ serve as protectors and ambassadors by forcing the competitors to earn their bravado.

 

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Bamma BB12-7

The Champ spends a moment with his Grandmother.

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Bamma USA is known for putting on some of the best Mixed Martial Arts fights in California. Last night reinforced that recognition with some well balanced match-ups, and fighters who left all of their efforts in the cage.

Early on in the event, The Commerce Casino was rocked with a earthquake that registered 5.1 on the Richter scale. The after shocks, were hardly noticed as the crowd spent most of the night on their feet cheering loudly.

With the ground vibrating, the night was highlighted with spectacular efforts from a few fighters, one of which was former TUF contestant Chris Beal; who looked extremely comfortable as he dispatched a very game Keith Carson. Beal utilized his superior striking skills to take out the jittery Carson, who never seemed to get comfortable.

Beal utilized his superior counter striking and kept Carson guessing and flailing with random strikes that never seemed to threaten Beal. Beal maintained his composure, and showed excellent growth as he patiently waited for the opening instead of forcing the finish.

Comebacks are always entertaining, and Kevin Bostick’s comeback KO had the Casino shaking again. Bostick was able to absorb a vicious head kick from Chris Pena late in the first round. Moments later he countered a knee attempt with a huge uppercut that connected with Pena’s chin, immediately turning off the lights. Pena fell supine as the arena erupted with excitement.

The ladies also made a huge impression as Melanie Lacroix and Brooksie Baynard put on a back and forth battle that left both fighters battered. Baynard pressed the action the entire fight, utilizing her brute strength to her advantage, tossing Lacroix at first. However, Lacroix quickly changed her game plan, and was able to land countless knees in the clinch to Baynard’s face. Lacroix cruised to a close unanimous decision win. The fight was clearly a fan favorite, as the crowd stood for the entire second and third rounds.

Terrion Ware is quickly becoming the name you want to know, before everyone else in the world of MMA does. Last night, he proved why he should be the next guy on the UFC’s radar. Ware outlasted Eric Winston in a very tough 5 round war that netted ‘The Flash’ his first Bamma USA Title at 135 lbs. Winston proved to be a very tough opponent as advertised, and he was able to take down Ware on multiple occasions. However, outside of a near choke in the first round, he was never able to mount much offense with his dominant position. Ware was able to get out of that situation and never seemed in trouble on the mat after that round.

The fight came down to Ware’s superior counter punching. On multiple occasions he changed levels and countered with body shots and finished upstairs with the hook. Winston’s chin held up, and he was even able to clip Ware late in the fourth round. However, Ware came out for the start of the fifth with renewed vigor. Although, Winston was able to score another take down, Ware was able to get up after Referee Mike Beltran stood the fighters up, due too lack of action. Once standing Ware lit Winston up with body shots, and even attempted a few flying knees late that missed their mark.

Terrion Ware dedicated the win, and the title to the memory of his grandmother who passed away earlier in the week.

Once again the promoter Brett Roberts and his team created an atmosphere where the fighters decide the success of the event, and once again the fighters delivered. Bamma USA offers some of the most competitive fights available, and for the die hard fan, the pay per availability should be “must watch TV”. The fighters are hungry, aggressive, and the match-ups break the mold of the one sided regional promotions.

 

Notes: Also winning were Lateef Williams who dispatched Paul Karsky quickly with a slam and following choke; Kyra Batara impressively beat Misha Nassiri via Armbar; Benji Gomez outlasted David Duran, Christian Aguilera defeated Kory Kelly; Greg Parker defeated Paul Song; Justin Jones submitted Paul Gemmati; and Steve Kozola TKO’d Tommy Gavin.

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Preliminary Card:

 

Steve Kozola (1-0) v Tommy Gavin (1-2) 163 lbs

Rd1: Gavin controlling with the clinch before Kozola’s body shots force the fight to the mat. Gavin reverses but Kozola able to get the neck momentarily. Gavin on top, but cant posture. Gavin now gets the mount. Gavin looking to isolate an arm, but Kozola is able to sweep.  Kozloa with elbows as the round ends.

Rd2: Kozola charges forward but lands a low knee. Referee Maylan Ayers gives Gavin some time and he is ready. Both fighters are landing bombs. Huge left right from Kozola and Gavin is out.

Winner: Steve Kozola via TKO rd 2 :44

Paul Gemmati (0-3) v Justin Jones (1-0) 185 lbs

Rd1: Jones pressing the action early. Gemmati lands a nice knee after he spins Jones against the cage.  Big flurry from Jones, lefts and rights land, prompting Gemmati to shoot unsuccessfully.  More big shots from Jones as he takes Gemmati back to the mat. Gemmati eats another big shot from Jones, and turns his back as he seeks refuge in the cage. Both fighters breathing heavy, but Jones still the fresher of the two. Gemmati throws back with a vicious upper cut, and follows with a nice back fist before the round ends.

Rd2: Jones again pressing Gemmati into the cage, after landing a flurry. Both fighters breathing through wide open mouths, as exhaustion is starting to set in. Jones appears to have a guillotine momentarily before letting go. Nice trip from the clinch finds Jones on top of Gemmati working out of side control. Gemmati able to close the guard. Both fighters stand and trade with heavy punches. Round comes to a close, with Gemmati controlling from the clinch.

Rd3: Jones able to grab a hold of Gemmati’s neck, with a standing guilotine. It looks deep, and Gemmati is forced to tap.

Winner: Justin Jones via Standing Guillotine Rd 3 :22

 

Kory Kelly (0-3) v Christian Aguilera (1-0) 170 lbs

Rd1: Kelly lands some nice punches as he presses the action. Aguilera moving well, but eats a big right and drops. Both fighters looking for leg locks before the stand. Aguilera lands with some nice straight rights, but Kelly  with some vicious elbows has Aguilera flailing about. Huge left and right from Aguilera staggers Kelly, more hooks land and floor Kelly. Aguilera with a huge come from behind TKO.

Winner: Christian Aguilera via TKO Rd 1

Misha Nassiri (1-0) v Kyra Batara (0-0) 110 lbs

Rd1: Batara looking for the take down, but unable to get it. High crotch from Batara leads to a sweet slam. Nassiri is in trouble, as Batara gets to the mount. Quick transition to the arm bar. Batara defends with her leg, but is forced to tap.

Winner: Kyra Batara via Armbar Submission Rd 1 2:35

Benji Gomez (1-1) v David Duran (2-1) 125 lbs

Rd1: Gomez with a leg kick. Duran stalking with the right, and misses with the head kick. Deep leg kick from Duran. Gomez got clipped, and seemed to stumble but appears to have his wits. Gomez able to achieve the take down, and is working in Duran’s guard. Both fighters back to their feet, before Gomez again scores with the take down late.

Rd2: Both fighters start trading leg kicks and jabs.  Gomez able to take Duran down, but only for a moment. Duran continues to stalk and misses with the flying knee. Gomez keeps circling away from Duran who drives forward only to be taken down. Gomez may have stolen the round late.

Rd3: Noce counter jab from Duran backs up Gomez. Again Duran lands with the single shot, as Gomez backs away. Duran needs to land more than just one at a time. Neither fighter willing to commit to a flurry at this point, Duran flirts with the head kick. Gomez charges forward and lands with the one, but misses with the two. Leg kick from Duran gets stuffed, and he eats a counter for his trouble. Big right hand from Duran, but Gomez escapes. Both fighters let their hands go with 5 seconds left, neither lands significantly.

Winner: Via UD Benji Gomez (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Kevin Bostick (3-3) v Chris Pena (2-1) 155 lbs

Rd1: Both fighters come out blazing. Bostick with the early clinch, that leads to a take down. But Pena quickly sweeps, avoiding the armbar and moves to side cross. Bostick able to get back to his feet, but quickly gets dragged back down. Pena back up, and delivering knees from the plumb clinch. Big head kick rocks Bostick, but her responds with a huge upper cut that leaves Pena supine.

Winner: Via KO Kevin Bostick Rd 1 4:47

Paul Song (2-1) v Greg Parker (3-0) 170 lbs

Rd1: Song starts with the leg kick then lands a few hooks before Parker brings him down. Song trying to get back to his feet, but Parker gets his back and is looking for the choke. Song fighting the hands and turns in momentarily, but Parker is relentless on his back. Song turns in and is back to his feet. Parker catches the leg and slams Song back to the mat. Song working nice elbows from the bottom. Parker has the choke again, and this time its under the chin. Song is forced to tap.

Winner: Via RNC Submission Greg Parker Rd 1 4:00

 Main Card:

Paul Karsky (11-22) v Lateef Williams (2-1) 205 lbs

Rd1: Liver kick from Karsky is caught by Williams who slams him too the mat. Williams landing some right hands, as Karsky turtles up in defense. Karsky is in trouble as Williams found his neck.

Winner: VIA RNC Lateef Williams Rd1 1:06

Melanie Lacroix (2-1) v Brooksie Baynard (0-0) 135 lbs

Rd1: Both ladies y in the center and both throwing and landing simultaneously. Baynard with a clinch but Lacroix breaks free and lands a few hands before Baynard instigates another clinch. Nice knees from Lacroix, find Baynard’s mid section but she is still pressing forward. Both ladies giving as good as they get. Lacroix landing incredible knees, but Baynard’s pressure is relentless.  Lacroix able to break free as the round comes to a close.

Rd2: Both ladies start off where they left off, Baynard pressing Lacroix against the cage. Lacroix again looking for the thai clinch. Both fighters trading punches, Lacroix is bloodied but still throwing. Baynard changes levels but Lacroix able to defend the take down.  Big right hand from Baynard catches Lacroix flush, but back to the clinch. Lacroix landing on the exit, but Baynard still pressing forward. Three punch combination from Baynard but Lacroix fires back as the round ends. One hell of a fight so far!

Rd3: Big right hand from Baynard but Lacroix lands with three punches of her own, before the fight is back against the cage. Baynard looking to keep Lacroix pinned, but Lacroix can’t seem to circle away. Finally she escapes and eats a huge left from Baynard. Baynard again controling the action, but Lacroix explodes of the cage with a nice elbow and follows with the right, Baynard seems staggered for a moment. Lacroix throws Baynard to the mat as the fight comes to an end!

Winner: VIA (29-27, 29-28, 29-28) Decision Melanie Lacroix

Keith Carson (2-1) v Chris Beal (7-0) 135 lbs

Rd1: Carson moves forward to start but Beal lands a nice jab. Carson the busier of the two, as Beal seems to be looking for the counter. Nice flurry from Beal gets Carson’s attention. Carson digs to the legs with a snapping kick. Nice left from Beal rattles the chin of Carson. Big punches from Beal Another flurry from Beal has Carson looking for a take down, but Beal throws him aside and lands again with the straight left hand.

Rd2: Beal starts the round with more urgency, as he lands left to the body. Nice right hand stumbles Carson and a kick follows as he hits the canvas with Beal in his guard. Beal looking to posture but Carson effectively controling the posture for now. Nice elbow from Beal who is landing with spoty ground and pound. Both fighters too their feet, as Beal again lands on the exit. Stoppage for the Dr to look at Carson’s bleeding eye. Both fighters ready to go, as the Dr gives the all clear sign. Beal catches him with a nice combination that spins Carson across the cage. Nice right hand drops Carson and that is it!

Winner: Chris Beal via TKO Rd 2 4:37

Main Event:

Terrion Ware v Eric Winston 135 lbs for 135 lbs World Title

Rd1: Ware starting with the jab, as Winston circles to his right. Nice right hand counter from Winston. Ware responds with a two punch combination. Ware’s left eye appears swollen. Right hand over the top from Ware finds a home. Winston looking for the clinch, but Ware lands with some heavy shots. Liver kick from Ware follows. Winston shoots, and gets the take down, and qucikly transitions to the back of Ware. Winston looking for the choke, but Ware appears ok for now. Winston still trying to cinch in the choke. Ware sweeps and ends up in Winston’s guard. Nice right hand from Ware and knees to the mid section as the round ends.

Rd2: Nice right hand from Ware lands as he paces Winston. Winston also lands with the right. Now pursing another take down, but this time Ware defends and keeps his feet. 2 punch combination from Ware. Nice right to the body from Ware, who is utilizing excellent head movement. Ware with a knee, but falls to his back, and Winston pounces. Ware back to his feet. Ware lets Winston back up, and immeditaly digs to the body. Ware landing at will now. Winston backed up against the cage. Nice two punch combo from Ware. and again. Right to the body left hook upstairs again lands for Ware. Both fighters scramble to the mat,as Ware again stands and walks away.  Ware drops Winston with nice body shot, and Winston is hurt. Now Ware takes Winston’s back as the round comes to a close.

Rd3: Ware starts again with the same left right combination that has worked the entire fight. Winston paws with the jab, but Ware is just counter off of it with the uppercut, and the left to the body. Winston caught Ware, and he is hurt. Ware seems ok, as Winston brings the fight back to the mat. Winston seems to want the take down more than the finish. Ware seems to have recovered fully, and is now trying to transition to Winston’s back. Ware in the mount now, but transitions to side control. Nice left elbows from Ware find the side of Winstons grounded head. Nice switch from Winston has him back on top and working out of Ware’s guard. Both fighters back to their feet, Nice jab cross from Ware finishes the round.

Rd4: Right hand from Ware turns Winston’s head violently to start the fourth frame. Winston scores with another take down, as he countered Ware’s jab. Ware reverses into mount, but is controlled by Winston. Ware breaks free and stands up forcing Winston to do the same. Ware stalking his prey, as Winston backs away. Both fighters methodically picking their shots, Winston again shoots but Ware sprawls away. Both fighters are gassed, but Ware appears to have more snap on his punches. Winston eats a crisp uppercut, and throws back but their is not much on his punches. Another take down from Winston. Ware working the closed guard. Now using his butterfly guard Ware is looking to sweep.

Rd5: Ware looks to be rejuvinated. Alot of bounce in his step. Nice front kick lands, and a right hand follows. Winston again relentless with the take downs scores again. Working in Ware’s open guard Winsotn looking to trap an arm, and settles for some right hands instead. Ware landing some nice elbows from the bottom. Winston smothering from top position, preventing any movement from Ware’s hips. Referee Mike Beltran stands them up. Nice body kick from Ware. Right hand follows, and leaves an impression on Winston’s face. Flying knee from Ware just misses as the round and the fight comes to an end.

Winner: Via  Decision Terrion Ware and New BAMMA USA 135 lbs Champion

 

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By Jonathan King and Megan Parducho

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Fight #2 Dustin Blevins v Alexis Cardona 3×2 rounds at 125 lbs Fkyweight

Round 1.) Blevins scores an immediate take down, but Cardona back to his feet. Blevins looking for another, but eats a nice knee from Cardona. Body shots from Cardona, as Blevins again attempts the double, and he gets it. Cardona finishes the round landing some nice shots to the ribs.

Round 2.) Blevins starts out aggressive but misses a few heavy shots leaving him open for Cardona’s counters.  Knee from Cardona in the clinch, but Blevins scores again with a nice slam. Blevins again lands on top position as the round comes to a close.

Round 3.) Cardona’s strikes again instigate another take down from Blevins. Blevins now in side control, looking for an arm, then transitions to the back where he falls off. Cardona now with a chancery and landing shots to the ribs. Blevins holding a single leg, but he is eating shots from Cardona as the round and the fight comes to a close.

Winner: Via Split Decision 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 Dustin Blevins

Fight #3 Elias Lopez v David Dill 3×2 Rounds 230 lbs

Round 1.) David Dill achieves a take down, and is throwing in volume but not many land cleanly. Lopez is being smothered as Dill is having his way on the ground. Dill again with volume, but only a few find there home as the round comes to a close.

Round 2.) Lopez able to keep on his feet for a little while, but Dill eventually brings the fight back to the mat. Dill in top position, but Lopez ties him up just enough to avoid the stand up. Nice knees to the body from Dill, and the round comes to a close!

Round 3.) Lopez finds a home for a few punches, but Dill again slams him back down. Lopez to his feet momentarily but dragged back into deep water. Dill finishes the fight in top position.

Fight #4 Jordan Harris v Albert Morales 3x 2 Rounds 135 lbs

Round 1) Morales ends up on top after a brief exchange. Harris is looking to bring his legs up, but Morales defends well and lands a few ground strikes.  Harris is taking a few shots but ties up Morales as the round comes to an end.

Round 2) Harris flirts with the head kick, and spins but misses. Morales lands in control, on Harris back. A brief choke attempt is thwarted, but he is still looking for it. Both hooks in, but Harris defends well enough to survive for now. Morales flattens him out, and cinches in the choke!

Winner: Via RNC Albert Morales 1:24 Rd 2

Fight #5  James Miyagishima v Jose Lopez  3×2 Rounds Super Heavyweight

Lopez pressing the action, as he puts Lopez up against the cage. Big flurry from Lopez as Migayishima is not responding. Referee Mike Bell prompts him, but he has seen enough.

Winner: Jose Lopez via TKO Rd 1

Fight #6 Brad Zager v Anthony Gonzalez 3×2 Rounds Lightweight

Results: Winner: Anthony Gonzalez via TKO Rd 2 1:42

Fight #7

Albert Veloz v Charles Rizzo 3×2 Rounds Featherweight

Results: Albert Veloz via TKO 1:59 Rd 2

Fight #8 Stephanie Salazar-Chronister v Paola Ramirez 3×2 Rounds

Results: Winner: Paola Ramirez TKO Rd 3 1:24

Fight #9 Daniel Gonzalez v Daniel Alvarez 3×2 Rounds Featherweight

Results: Winner: Daniel Gonzalez Rd 3 Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)

Fight #10 Jessica Pryor v Tatiana Suarez 3×2 Rounds 135 lbs

Results: Winner: Tatiana Suarez Via UD

Fight #11 Jonell Kimbrough v Julian Waterbury 3×2 Rounds Lightweight

Results: Winner: Kimbrough via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Fight #12 Eric Castodio v Marcus Bonilla 3×2 Rounds for Vacant 145 lbs Title.

Winner: Marcos Bonilla

By: Jonathan King ‘The Clinch Report’

Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann (women’s bantamweight championship)

Daniel Cormier vs. Patrick Cummins

Rory MacDonald vs. Demian Maia

Mike Pyle vs. T.J. Waldburger

Robert Whittaker vs. Stephen Thompson

The UFC 170 fight card lost some of its appeal when co main event fighter Rashad Evans was injured in training, leaving Daniel Cormier without an opponent for his 205 lbs debut. Frantically the UFC scrambled to find a fighter, and decided on Patrick Cummins who is only 4-0 as a professional.  With other fighters refusing to fight on short notice, the UFC was left grasping to an aged story line, that had Cummins “breaking” Cormier in a training session while he was preparing for the Olympics.

No matter how much hype they try to build, the fight on paper is nothing more than filler. Cormier should have no problem dispatching Cummins, however I would not be surprised by a lack luster fight from both. Cormier is dealing with a heavy weight cut, and Cummins has never fought on such a big  stage. Cummins could shock the world, the stage is set for it, however I dont see that happening! Cormier via TKO

The real story is the Rousey vs. McMann fight. A stylistic match up that intrigues most fight fans. The Olympic Judoka vs the Olympic Wrestler. Both fighters received medals in their respected sports, as Olympians, both are undefeated, and the talent both possess as mixed martial artists has grown exponentially.  Although this fight may become a grappling match, it will certainly be a chess match of epic proportions. This fight may actually be won in the corner. In other words, the fighter that can adjust best on the fly may have the advantage. Both woman should have their moments, however Ronda can end it in a moment, so I have the Champion! Rousey via Submission.

Rory MacDonald v Demian Maia could go a long way as to define the next 170 lbs contenders. MacDonald is coming off a lackluster loss to Robbie Lawler, and Maia as well was out grappled by Jake Shields in another fight that lacked much excitement. So both have something to prove to the UFC brass. You can expect Maia to look for the take down, and you can expect MacDonald to try to avoid it at all costs! Mac Donald’s take down defense may be the difference. If  he can keep it standing, he should be able to land the decisive blow. MacDonald via TKO.

Pyle v Waldburger Should be a very entertaining fight, our candidate for FOTN (other than Rousey v McMann). Both fighters are in need of wins, to re establish themselves in the division, and both are coming off KO losses. Pyle has the experience,and its tough to bet against it, in this case! Pyle via decision.

Robert Whitaker and Stephen Thompson could be another barn burner. Although Whittaker does have an extensive submission pedigree he does like to stand and trade. That is exactly what Thompson wants to do. Thompson is one of the best kick boxers in the UFC, and if he can avoid the grasp of Whitaker he should be able to put on a striking display. Thompson via TKO.

Video  —  Posted: February 21, 2014 in Combat Sports, UFC
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