Archive for October, 2015

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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

When Juan Archuleta(7-1 MMA) sprinted¬†to the cage Friday night for Lights Out Promotions and Bash Boxing’s Fight Night 4 card, he was definitely doing so in front of a hostile crowd. His opponent Alfred Khashakyan (5-2 MMA) had been riding a hot streak, was fighting in front of his hometown fans, and had already proclaimed this fight to be¬†the launching pad to his burgeoning UFC career. However the Spaniard had other less complicated plans, he simply had a nameless, faceless¬†soul to steal.

As most thought he would, Khashakyan came out with both guns blazing looking for a fire fight and with one of his first shots he cracked Archuleta with a nasty uppercut inspiring a leak right away.  One that only made the blood thirsty crowd that much more frenzied. However Archuleta weathered the early barrage, and was able to drag the fight to the mat where it remained for pretty much the rest of the round. Once the fight went horizontal the Purdue wrestling standout went to work soaking up the space and grinding the wind from his opponent.

They say every move has a counter move. If that is the case, Archuleta and his coach must have had them all scouted. Each time Khashakyan engaged (when they were standing) he was taken down. Each time Khashakyan wall-walked to his feet he would get dropped again. After each take down, came some more smothering. At times it seemed like Archuleta would allow Khashakyan to his feet only to take him down again. As if to open the door slightly, giving a glimpse of freedom before slamming it shut. A rather deflating tactic.

To Khashakyan’s credit it didn’t work, he never did quit. He kept fighting until the final bell. He just didn’t have the sauce on the ground to handle a guy with Archuleta’s wiggle. The pressure never relented, and the game plan was executed flawlessly. For three rounds Khashakyan had no answer for Archuleta as he continued to sponge him up like a spill on the floor. It was like watching a Bounty Paper Towel commercial. For three rounds, Archuleta was ‘The Quicker Picker Upper!’

 

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Winning clearly on all three judges score cards, ‘The Spaniard’ slowly broke not only the hometown favorite but the crowd as well.¬†Archuleta, who works on the show “Kingdom” was joined in the cage by his co-stars for the post fight celebration. But that celebration was short lived.

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Immediately Archuleta and his coach began to think to the future, even lobbying promoter George Bastmajyan for another fight right away.

Khashakyan will have to return to the drawing board. He is still a very talented fighter with a bright future this has not changed. If anything his path should be clearly defined now. He simply needs to improve his wrestling. ¬†Friday night just wasn’t his night, perhaps next time it will be. The good news for Khashakyan is he is the type of athlete that can adapt well and certainly will, providing he embraces the flaw and puts in enough time to correct the issue.

For Archuleta at this point the sky is the limit. After this performance he is certain to receive a few phone calls from eager promoters. However his pedigree and durability make him somewhat of a juggernaut at 135 lbs so don’t expect many fighters to call him out. after all who wants to piss off a demon?¬†¬†Its just not a very smart move.¬†However if something does not present itself soon, maybe we will see him back in the Fight Night cage for the December show. If not be on the lookout for you might end being the Spaniard’s next conquest!

 

 

 

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By: Jonathan M King

Marquee Match Of The Week:

Kashakyan vs Archuleta

“For Present joys are more to flesh and blood than a dull prospect of distant good!” John Dryden

Finally fight day is upon us and although the main event features a two former big leaguers, it is the up and comers that are in support that have captured the eye of many. Both Alfred Khashakyan and Juan Archuleta have been well known names on the fight circuit for quite some time. Especially within their specific disciplines they have even become known as “specialists”. Archuleta has become one of the most feared grapplers in the division, while Khashakyan earns equal respect with regards to his stand up skills. So it seemed inevitable that these two would eventually find themselves locked in a cage together, but to have it happen in Studio City is truly a gift.

To call a fighter a prospect, is a dangerous thing. While the wins can inflate ego, the losses can crush your confidence.  I guess thats a term we as the media feel necessary to use. It makes us warm and fuzzy on the inside. But it takes a coach to recognize a true prospect from a fraudulent one, and it a takes a great coach to save a prospect from himself! Lucky for both of these fighters they have two coaches that genuinely care for them and their well being beyond just the cage.

Ranking the Prospect

“Its hard to say about ranking, I just think they are two really tough fighters with good records” Edmond Tarverdyan said. “Alfred is a monster he is a very powerful fighter, but he needs to keep stepping up in competition and that is what this fight is the next step.” Khashakyan survived a few tough rounds in his last fight to score a late come from behind knockout, a fight that exposed a few holes in his game.

Since then Alfred has been working relentlessly on his wrestling with 3 x Olympian Martin Berberyan, and on his jiujitsu with wizard Alberto Crane. Adding those arrows to the quiver can only solidify the arsenal Tarverdyan has already created. Put them all together and you should have a pretty well rounded frankenstein of a fighter who hits harder than guys 15 lbs heavier than him.

Meanwhile Somewhere in the desert….

Juan Archuleta is the type of guy that really doesn’t need to fight. He could pretty much do anything. And do it well. In fact, he is currently acting on the hit television show Kingdom on Direct TV. However like most people that is just his job, and his passion is something different. His passion is punching people in the face. Juan is a fighter.

Training under Joe Stevenson, Archuleta is what I would call a demon fighter. His goal is not to hurt you right away, (although he can if you get careless) his goal is to steal your soul over the course of 3 rounds. He does this by grinding you down methodically, not allowing you to breathe, taking you down relentlessly, and essentially dry-drowning you like an anaconda does. Its heartless to watch. You add in his granite like chin, and it makes the other guy want to take his ball and go home!

The best part about this fight is we get to see this happen on the regional scene. We rarely get to see two prospects this good fight each other on a stage this small. Because fighters feel they are risking too much, But what good are two distant prospects that never see each others eyes? A true test, is a test. Not a quiz you already have the answers for!

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IMG_8356By: Jonathan King

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Photos By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

Once again the unholy union that is Lights Out Promotions and Bash Boxing, will take over the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City California for one of the most competitive fight cards they have ever put together. They leave you salivating for more fights and often, but you understand the time between cards when you see the match ups that take place. It truly is a proving grounds of MMA. For young fighter this is the place to find out if you have what it takes, for those veterans who find themselves in the midst of a transition, this is the perfect cage to keep balance to a name on the brink.

The records are according http://www.mixedmartialarts.com

Eddie Mendez (7-3-1 MMA) vs Curtis Millender (8-2 MMA)

At a catchweight of 175lbs Former UFC grappler Eddie Mendez is set to take on former Bellator MMA striking specialist Curtis Millender in what should be a classic matchup that puts style versus style, with a little extra flavor. Both fighters really need this win to earn a spot on a big card for their next fight. A win here, certainly will carry some momentum, while a loss would be a major setback! With all that is on the line, the fight could be an candidate for Fight of The Night. Who wins the lance or the ram?

Alfred Kashakyan (5-1 MMA) vs Juan Archuleta (3-1 MMA)

What a treat this fight is going to be! It is rare when you get to see two fighters at this early stage of their perspective careers face off on the regional scene. Both of these two fighters are shoe-ins for the UFC, so buckle up! Two superstars in the making. In one corner Ronda Rousey’s training partner, in the other corner one of the stars of the hist TV show ‘Kingdom’. This is going to be a fight you will not forget! The explosive hands of Kashakyan, the stifling wrestling game of Archuleta, who wins you ask? You do! Early candidate for Fight of the Night!

Dmitry Gerasimov (3-4 MMA) vs Julian Shore (3-1 MMA)

This fight features two very exciting 145lbs warriors that have been no secret to the Southern Californian fight scene. Shore who fights out of CMMA is a beast of an athlete who returns to the SoCal scene after winning fights under both the Legacy FC and Titan FC banner! He is welcomed by Fight Night veteran ‘Dima’ Gerasimov. If you have never seen a ‘Dima’ fight, he’s sort of a whirling dervish that stops occasioning to punch you in the face (Just ask Chinzo Machida). He always moves forward, and to his credit can take a ton of damage. Another fight that could end up earning fight of the night honors.

Kim Thinghaugen (2-1 MMA) vs Derion DC Chapman (1-3-1 MMA)

In one corner you have a well rounded fighter from across the pond, who has never been tested inside our battle dome! In the other you have a well travelled warrior who has fallen on hard luck but stood firm in the face of battle. Its sort of cliche and over written, but that is what you have. Thinghaugen is a talented grappler from across the pond, with power and promise. Chapman is quick handed savvy veteran who despite only 5 fights as a pro, had quite an extensive record as an amateur. Even though his record doesn’t show it he improves every time out. If the new guy leaves his chin out, you can bet ‘DC’ will be looking to check it back to LAX.

James Acosta (0-4 MMA) vs Levon Sargsyan (2-3 MMA)

Some of you will remember the last time these two fellas squared off. If you don’t, let me remind you. It was one hell of a donny brook. Some thought Acosta clearly won, some thought Levon was able to piece out a decision, eventually the judges agreed. Now they get to do it again, all for our entertainment! ¬†Acosta is a durable tank, while Sargsyan is more of a darting viper. He needs to find his mark often and early. Acosta is built for the long haul so he could very easily drag this fight into deep water, gator roll it, and save it for later. Another candidate for Fight of The Night.

Brandon Michels (2-8 MMA) vs Mike Quintero (Pro Debut)

You have to love when the big boys throw. Usually you can time there punches with a calendar and measure their falls with the richter scale. Not in this case. Mike Quintero making his pro debut is a beast of man. He throws with hate on every punch, not like he hates you, but like he hates you and your mamma! But here is the issue. Dude has technique. So its scary. Not like your drunk Uncle Joey. Brandon Michels has strong Muay Thai, and has been around a long time. Quintero is not going to show him anything new. That doesn’t mean won’t be able to land! Should be a fun fight to watch.

Thor Skancke (7-5 MMA) vs Nick Vanderpool (4-0 MMA)

This fight has the ear marks of either making or breaking your hearts. Nick Vanderpool brings a strong wrestling background, and an unblemished record.His heavy hands, bad intentions are looking to knock any opponent out on Oct 23rd. For Vanderpool the veteran of more than few Gladiator Challenge events this marks a big step up in competition, however the objective remains the same. Skancke however has been here before and this is his den; Perhaps Vanderpool just walked in front wearing a big old juicy t-bone. Hopefully this dog can hunt, cause I know that wolf can! Either Stand back, let the hounds bay cause we are gonna have a fight on our hands!

The evening will also feature some of the top young amateur talent taking part on the preliminary card as well.

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