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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.

Video and Editing By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

By: Jonathan M. King

Alfred Kashakyan (3-1 MMA) is quickly becoming the worst kept secret in mixed martial arts. He will be anyway if he can keep his KO streak going. Kashakyan trains at the world famous Glendale Fighting Club under the watchful eye of Edmund Tarverdyan.  Training in a pool of sharks has prepared Kashakyan to fight on the grandest stage. However, his vision has not distorted the task at hand. Going into the most important fight of his life, Kashakyan seems to be on a rail. A rail that may make one or two more stops before ending up in the UFC!

With a well rounded pedigree, Kashakyan is an educated fighter wherever the scrap takes place. His strength as a striker is complimented by a very solid wrestling base that allow him to keep the fight where he wants it to be! Coaches and training partners are able to keep him honest in all areas, creating a hybrid fighter that literally has the ability to game-plan on the fly, making him very dangerous for any opponent.

Looking to knock him down is a Brazilian challenger named Vitor Oristanio (1-2). Oristanio a striker trains out of Blackhouse MMA and his K-1 level kickboxing could present a challenge for Kashakyan who also prefers to stand. However don’t be surprised if ‘Fearless’ Alfred parlays a take down into a ground and pound scenario. His wrestling back-round certainly makes that an option. However the knockout is always the ultimate goal! “I want to keep my KO streak going!” Kashakyan said.

Kashakyan vs. Oristanio will be the Co Main Event at ‘Fight Night 2′ at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. Tickets may still be available at http://www.valleyfightnight.com

*Special Thank You to fighters Glendale Fighting Club

Video and Editing By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

By: Jonathan M. King

Alfred Kashakyan (3-1 MMA) is quickly becoming the worst kept secret in mixed martial arts. He will be anyway if he can keep his KO streak going. Kashakyan trains at the world famous Glendale Fighting Club under the watchful eye of Edmund Tarverdyan.  Training in a pool of sharks has prepared Kashakyan to fight on the grandest stage. However, his vision has not distorted the task at hand. Going into the most important fight of his life, Kashakyan seems to be on a rail. A rail that may make one or two more stops before ending up in the UFC!

With a well rounded pedigree, Kashakyan is an educated fighter wherever the scrap takes place. His strength as a striker is complimented by a very solid wrestling base that allow him to keep the fight where he wants it to be! Coaches and training partners are able to keep him honest in all areas, creating a hybrid fighter that literally has the ability to game-plan on the fly, making him very dangerous for any opponent.

Looking to knock him down is a Brazilian challenger named Vitor Oristanio (1-2). Oristanio a striker trains out of Blackhouse MMA and his K-1 level kickboxing could present a challenge for Kashakyan who also prefers to stand. However don’t be surprised if ‘Fearless’ Alfred parlays a take down into a ground and pound scenario. His wrestling back-round certainly makes that an option. However the knockout is always the ultimate goal! “I want to keep my KO streak going!” Kashakyan said.

Kashakyan vs. Oristanio will be the Co Main Event at ‘Fight Night 2′ at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. Tickets may still be available at http://www.valleyfightnight.com

*Special Thank You to fighters Glendale Fighting Club

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By:Jonathan M. King  The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report and Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

Vitor Oristanio (1-2)  vs  Alfred Khashakyan (3-1)

The main event features two heavy handed, lightning fast strikers. Oristanio is coming of his first win as a pro a KO in his last bout.  While Khashakyan is also looking to maintain the momentum of a 3 fight win streak. His last win may have been his most impressive as he needed just over a minute to KO a very tough David Hernandez. Both fighters are looking to make statements with their performances which should lead to some serious action!

Liz Tracy (0-0) vs  Maria Rios (2-1)

Liz Tracy is set to make her professional debut after compiling a 2-1 record as an amateur. She will be sharing the cage with Maria Rios who will be fighting for the 4th time as a pro! Rios is coming off her first loss, and will be looking to take it out on the newcomer. However don’t count out the underdog when opportunity is on the line!
George Garcia (2-1) vs  Ron Scolesdang (2-2)

This fight is an early candidate for Fight of The Night. Garcia won his last fight over Paul Amaro via verbal submission, while Scolesdang knocked out Christopher Fajardo at the last ‘Fight Night’. It was only a matter of time before these two talented prospects squared off in the ring. Scolesdang may have a slight edge in the striking department, but Garcia’s possesses a pretty slick ground game and can end the fight in an instant! This fight cannot be missed!
Derion Chapman (0-2) vs Armen Bakanyan (1-3)

Hungry dogs hunt! Both Derion Chapman and Armen Bakanyan are hungry for wins.  Both fighters came into the pro ranks as highly touted amateurs, however things have not gone according to plan for either. Bakanyan has come up short on three decisions, one being a split, while Chapman is still searching for his first win. The fight should be an interesting match-up as Chapman’s speed will face off against Bakanyan’s power.

Thor Skancke (5-5) vs Daniel McWilliams (9-24)

Daniel McWilliams may not have the best record, but he is coming down in weight from 170 and at 6’2 will definitely maintain a notable size advantage. On the ground his submissions could be a problem. The scouting report on Skancke is simple, he comes at you from the opening bell and throws every strike with bad intentions. He will be looking to check McWilliams chin from the opening bell, however Skancke must be cautious. McWilliams is pretty savvy on the ground ( owner of 9 submission victories) and could end the fight with a submission in nearly any position.

David Mancha (2-2) vs Matthew Spencer (2-0)

Matthew Spencer is quickly gaining notoriety as a top up and coming prospect in the middleweight division. His tremendous strength coupled with his smothering Jiu Jitsu (Purple Belt under Eddie Bravo) make him a nightmare of an opponent anywhere the fight may go. His opponent Daniel Mancha may not have the best record, but he has much more experience coming in a veteran with over 15 fights under his belt.

Jonathan Greene (2-1) vs Gabe Lopez (3-6)

Jonathan Greene won the crowd over in his last ‘Fight Night’ performance, showcasing his durable chin, and relentless striking. Greene possesses excellent Thai boxing and is deadly in the clinch. His opponent Gabe Lopez is coming off a loss and looking to add another check in the win column. His durable chin and powerful take downs make him a formidable opponent for any striker.

Levon Sargsyan (0-2) vs James Acosta (0-3)

When two fighters are looking to get of the ‘schneid’ one thing is guaranteed, the fans will be pleased. Both Sargsyan and Acosta are eager to taste their first wins as pros, after both had stellar amateur careers. After going undefeated as an amateur Acost has run into some bad luck and is in need of a foundation win. Sargsyan is in the same boat after being DQ’d in his last bout, he is desperately in need of a win. When two hungry dogs get locked in cage, all hell breaks loose! Do yourselves a favor, DON’T BLINK!

Christian Bizarretty (1-2) vs Erick Gonzalez (2-0)

Durability versus Electricity. In one corner stand a very long Christian Bizarretty who has solid boxing, and a good ground game but his chin allows him to take chances most fighters can’t. . His opponent Erick Gonzalez can and has ended fights with one strike! His dynamic I.Q. changing elbows are becoming legendary and his technique continues to improve. This fight could end up being a three round war, or it could be over in a instant. One thing is certain get there early, this is a fight that cannot be missed!

*Card Subject to Change

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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report and Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

If you have seen Thor Skancke (5-5 MMA) fight, than you already understand. After witnessing him scrap, you comprehend what the casual onlooker can’t possibly understand simply looking at his record. Skancke is one of the most entertaining fighters decorating the Southern California landscape. Win or lose he is a throwback of sorts, resembling a likeness to his heroes more than to the mixed martial artists of today. However if you look beneath the surface you will find not only a fighter with a really cool name, but a man who does a whole lot of good for the neighborhoods and people around him.

“Growing up I watched a lot of Wanderlei Silva and Igor Vovchanchyn in Pride and just like them I’m not trying to win safely!” Skancke said.  The owner of some vicious hands, ‘TNT’ throws them early and often with the intent to end the fight quickly. Sometimes this aggression gets him in trouble, but Thor refuses to change what he believes defines him. ” I won’t comprise myself as a fighter, and I understand most of the big shows really value your record. I don’t give a shit about my record.” Skancke said. “There are alot of guys who fight ‘not too loose’, I am not one of them. I want to be known for putting on battles.” Which is exactly what he is known for. Just ask promoter George Bastmajyan “He loses fights better than most guys win them!”

Inside the cage he is a dog off-the-chain, a wolf if you will. Outside of the cage, however Skancke is a pack animal looking to not only feed himself, but those around him as well. While driving home one day, Skancke saw a sign that was about the cost of a meal for someone who was without the means to provide for themselves. The signs message resonated deeply, “Growing up, there were times my mom had to go to the church to get food!, I understand how bad things can be. I understand how quick life can turn and how quickly someone can become homeless or down on their luck.” Skancke said.

Giving money was the first step. Next he set up a charity that had clients donate money to hit pads with him. For over 8 straight hours, Skancke stood in a ring with the mitts on as a hoard of donors took their turn, their round to knockout hunger. After receiving a check from Skancke and his team,  the folks at the San Fernando Rescue Mission sent him a picture at Thanksgiving of several homeless people eating their meals with the caption “You paid for over half of these!

Next Skancke, who by trade is a carpenter decided to use his other skill set to continue his efforts. “I actually just got back from Mexico” Skancke said. While there he helped build two houses for families that were without means. While there Skancke began to realize that although materially poor, these people were rich beyond belief with a sense of love, charity and community.

The journey may have inspired Skancke, but it certainly did not soften his resolve. Reinvigorated, Skancke claims to be training harder and smarter than ever. April 17, will mark his return to the ring when he takes on Daniel McWilliams at ‘Fight Night’ from The Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. For Tickets go to: www.valleyfightnight.com or call 626-388-8888

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McWilliams, a journeyman with nearly 40 fights under his belt has alternated wins and loses in last three and at nearly 6’2 will maintain a notable size advantage. “He is a big guy!” Skancke said. ” I don’t really understand how a guy that big is going to make weight, but that is his problem. I don’t really worry about my opponent much, I just know what I am going to do and that is knock him out in the first round. If I don’t knock him out in the first round, then I will knock him out in the second. If I don’t knock him out in the second then I will knock him out in the third!”

Thor ‘TNT’ Skancke would like to thank his friends, family, sponsors and management for always supporting him. Specifically Kris Buckner and George Bastmajyan. He would also like to thank his sponsors Bottle N Pint, Investigative Consultants, Nutrishop of Woodland Hills, and LAVO Beard oil. Make sure you show support for your local fighters by checking out the people who sponsor them!

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By: The Clinch Report Staff

Brett Rogers and his BAMMA USA promotion return to the Commerce Casino Friday April 10th for ‘Bad Beat 15′. The main event will feature former TUF contestant Karim Ghazi (formerly Chris Saunders) who will take on a very talented up and comer Darren Smith.  Smith is riding a two fight win streak and is looking too add a big name to his resume of wins. Ghazi has alternated wins and losses in his last four fights, and is looking to bring some consistency to finally shed the prospect mantle for that of a contender.

The event will feature some of the regions best young fighters including Systems Training Centers John Robles, and Isaac Velasco, HardCore HQ’s Eddie Jackson. The Co Main event will feature dynamic striker Kevin Bostick, who will look to continue his winning ways against a fellow striker Chris Costello. Both of these fighters seem to get paid by the minute, and not the round so you better not blink.

 

Badbeat 15 Fight Card

155lbs: Karim Ghazi vs. Darren Smith

135lbs: John Robles (7-4) vs. Rob Gooch (3-2)

155lbs: Kevin Bostick (5-3) vs. Chris Costello (3-3)

170lbs: Eddie Jackson (5-1) vs. Ty Freeman (8-3)

125lbs: Tim Riscen (4-0) vs. Shai Lindsey (2-0)

125lbs: Michael Reyes (1-0) vs. Keenan Lewis (3-3)

145lbs: Isaac Velasco (1-2) vs Odis Ruiz (2-1)

125lbs: Adrian Gutierrez (0-2) vs. Kyle Estrada (0-0)

170lbs: Zachary McAlister (0-0) vs Daniel Hernandez (0-0)

135lbs: Brooksie Bayard (0-1) vs Shannon Reid (0-0)

105lbs: Kaiyana Rain (0-2) vs Tina Bui (0-0)

 

 

 

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.