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BAMMA WSOF-12

By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Photos By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

“What though strength fails? Boldness is certain to win praise. In mighty enterprises, it is enough to have had the determination” -Sextus Aurelius Propertius

Leading up to BAMMA USA event last week, 135 lbs prospect Albert Morales boldly took to social media and called out the champion when his opponent Rob Gooch fell off the card with an injury. Despite already having a fight himself, Morales saw opportunity. Although that matchup never happened the seeds had been sewn. Instead of talking his way into a title fight, Morales was going to have to earn that shot.

In his way a very tough Anthony Paredes, who trains out of  Team Quest and possesses some of the best wrestling in the division. His smothering attack can be a nightmare for a striker. Just watch his fight with Alfred Kashakian to see why. Although the fight may not have been a ‘mighty enterprise’, it would however be the ‘determination’ that crowned the victor.

Once the fight started it appeared clear that Morales was the more aggressive fighter. Moving well, and working behind his jab, Morales kept Paredes on his bicycle for most of the fight. Each time Morales would engage, Paredes would retreat. Outside of one take down, which Morales quickly transitioned into a potential armbar; the fight remained standing for 3 rounds.

Consistently moving forward, Morales found a home for his straight punches and wobbled Paredes several times with sharp two and three punch combinations, however he showed excellent maturity by remaining cautious. By doing so he never exposed his legs by getting over aggressive. Instead he maintained distance, reset, and looked to land again. Paredes did his best to fire back, but he just couldn’t keep up with Morales’s athleticism. Although the finish eluded him, Morales cruised to a unanimous decision win.

With the victory the bold 135 lb fighter moves his undefeated record to 5-0, where he finds himself in a prime position. As a top prospect he may soon get swallowed up by a larger promotion (World Series of Fighting was certainly impressed!), and if he doesn’t, at least he can now lay claim to a title shot. Before his words were just bravado, but after his last fight, can you really deny him the opportunity? His mouth may have booked the reservation, but his actions have at least earned him a seat at the table.

 

 

 

 

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Fight #1

Mike Kubeska (0-1-1) vs Fard Muhammad (2-3) 135 lbs

Rd1: Back and forth first round that found both fighters alternating dominant position. Early on it was Kubeska threatening from his back, after Muhammad established the striking game. The end of the round found Muhammad on top, landing with some IQ changing ground and pound.

Rd2:Round two very much like the previous frame. The carousel kept spinning as again each fighter took their turn scoring. Once again Muhammad finished the frame on top, although Kubeska continued to start the round strong.

Rd: After repeated warnings, Muhammad again spit the bit prompting a one point deduction from veteran Referee Mike Beltran. Despite the penalty, Muhammad was still able to emerge victorious in a fight that the judges saw from three completely different perspectives (28-28, 29-27, 28-27) giving Muhammad the majority decision.

Fight #2

Jalin Turner (0-0) vs Eric Steans (4-4) 155 lbs

Jalin Turner briefly found himself grounded by Eric Steans early wrestling based attack. Unfortunately for Steans he could not keep him there. Once standing, Turner uncorked a straight left hand that left Steans in a crumpled heap, halfway between consciousness and unicorns… Turner via KO Rd: 1

Fight #3

Heinrich Wassmer (2-0) vs Keenan Lewis (0-0) 125 lbs

Rd1: Hotly contested first frame. Wassmer seemed content to stand and trade with the much larger Lewis.But eventually found himself  on the mat underneath his larger foe. Lewis took the first frame.

Rd2: Quickly Wassmer closes to get the fight to the mat. After some time without improving his position Referee Mike Beltran stands them back up. A failed takedown from Wassmer finds Lewis on his back. Costly mistake for Wassmer perhaps. Lewis looking for the triangle but ends up too high, allowing Wassmer out via the back door.  Wassmer re-establishes his presence on top to ride out the round. 10-9 Wassmer

Rd3: Again Wassmer finds himself on top, but as previously, he is unable to advance or even threaten. Prompting the referee to stand them up. Back on the feet, Lewis now somehow gets to Wassmer’s Back and sinks a choke. It looks deep. Holy Cow, Keenan Lewis with an amazing come from behind victory. Lewis VIA Submission (RNC) 3:02 Rd: 3

Fight #4

Garrick Evans (2-1) vs Isaias Alvarado (3-2) 190 lbs Catcheweight

Rd1: Alvarado in charge early with the quick takedown. Although Evans able to get back to his feet, Alvarado keeps ahold and again brings the fight to the mat. Back to their feet momentarily before Alvarado again parlays a body lock in the take down. Evans looking for an arm perhaps, but its not there. Big ground and pound from Alvarado and he inspires the knockout.

Evans via KO Rd1:

Fight #5

Steve Ramirez (3-1) vs Kyle Estrada (2-1) 125 lbs

R1: Short feeling out process punctuated by a kick to the nads… Ramirez gets 5 minutes to recover, and Big John tells Estrada to keep the kicks up. Huge left hooks lands in succession and Ramirez drops Estrada prompting McCarthy to step in and stop the fight.

Fight #5

Andrew Ramm (4-3) vs Ozzie Alvarez (6-3) 170 lbs

Rd1: Tremendous size differential obvious from the opening bell in favor of Alvarez. Long feeling out process to start the action with Alvarez circling to his left. Alvarez insight for a clinch and able to get the fight to the mat. Ramm utilizing his guard effectively, preventing any posturing from Alvarez. Ramm threatening from bottom with his elevated legs, but he settles back into the closed guard. Alvarez unable to gain an inch of space. Big John stands them up after a lack of action from both fighters. Round comes to a close, close one to score but we have 10-9 for Ramm as he threatened consistently.

Rd2: A little more action to start the second round, both fighters looking to ignite the stand up affair. Alvarez circle incessantly but appears to be tiring. Ramm continues to stay in the center of the cage landing with the jab sporadically. Alvarez gets the better of a quick exchange then again circles away. Alvarez tries the waters with couple of hook combinations that score. Ramm starting to show some swelling around his nose. Quick barrage from Alvarez finds him in tight, where he is able to again score with the take down. Ramm immediately closes his guard in defense. Alvarez still can’t find any room but he does secure the round. 10-9 Alvarez

Rd3: Ramm charges forward with a combination that misses and finds him on the business end of another double leg. Alvarez looking to posture as Ramm again closes guard. Alvarez still unable to solve the jiujitsu riddle Ramm keeps posing, however he is doing enough to keep the referee at bay. Ramm again looking to elevate with his legs, perhaps setting up a submission. However Big John has seen enough and stands the two back up. Alvarez still circling as Ramm continues to stalk. Ramm flirting with the lead kick but Alvarez just bullies through and almost gets another take down. Big shot at the end of the round. 10-9 Alvarez. giving him the fight on our card. Winner via UD Ozzie Alvarez.

 

 

Bostick has his arm raised!

Bostick has his arm raised!

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)

 

 

 

BAMMA USA: BadBeat 14 Commerce Casino, Commerce

Photos By John Walsh The Clinch Report

 

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Flash picking his shots

Flash picking his shots

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Terrion ‘Flash’ Ware took another step towards attaining his UFC goals, with his 4th round dismantling of Jeff Martin at BAMMA USA’s BadBeat 13 event. Martin was a clear underdog coming into the fight, however his jujitsu pedigree proved that on paper odds mean very little once the fight started. Martin was able to take the champion down and flirted with several deep submission attempts, including a straight armbar that Ware was able to battle through. Clearly giving him the first round.

Then quickly things changed. Ware utilized superior movement to get inside of Martin’s jab with vicious body shots that slowed down Martin’s shots, and removed his take down strength entirely. Crisply, Ware changed levels effectively gaining entry at the body, then finishing at the head. Martin did his best to stay in the fight, and did so for three rounds, despite clearly being down on the scorecards.

It appeared Ware could finish Martin several times, but instead decided to continue the punishment. Ware appeared to be one a mission. Once the fourth round began Martin faded quickly and mercifully after some nasty hammer fists the fight was stopped. For a long time the knock against Ware was the his lack of finishing ability. Perhaps last nights ‘country ass whooping’ was directed at silencing those critics.

The win rights the ship for Ware who lost his last fight against UFC Title contender Joe Soto. Currently Ware has avenged his first lost, and since only lost to guys who have or currently do fight in the UFC. With a history of exciting fights, and a style that consistently entertains, perhaps it is time for Sean Shelby or Joe Silva to take notice.

BAMMA USA once again delivered a tremendous card. Great night of fights.

vBamma USA once again invades the Commerce Casino

Preliminary Card

Levon Sargsyan (0-0) vs. Michael Reyes (0-0) 125 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Rd1: Excellent patience from Sargsyan who avoids a few big swings from Reyes. Reyeslunges and catches Sargysan who is in trouble. Big ground and pound from Reyes who inspires the stoppage. Winner :32 Rd 1 via KO Michael Reyes

Chris Schommer (1-0) vs Jose Rivas jr (1-0) 205 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Reyes enters to “The Game” made famous by Triple H in the WWE. Interesting choice of songs….

Rd1: Schommer looking for the takedown but its not there. He settles for a few leg kicks, then feign the take down again. Reyes digs to the legs, then lands a nice two punch combination before Schommer instigates the clinch.  Head kick from Reyes flirts ineffectively. Schommer in on a single and brings the fight to the ground. In side cross landing elbows and punches, Schommer senses the finish. Schommer sinks in the brabo choke as he moves to a north south position and Reyes is out as the round ends. Winner via head and arm choke Rd 1 Chris Schommer

Ashley Yoder (1-0) vs Maria Rios (1-0) 115 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Rd1: Yoder starts out more active, but Rios patiently finds her way into the clinch. Yoder backed into the cage, taking a few foot stomps. Rios now backed up momentarily before reversing position. Referee Mike Beltran calls for a break, and Rios immediately lands with a nice leg kick. Yoder with head control, but Rios gets free and again pressing Yoder against the cage. Rios with a big elbow to the liver that buckles Yoder.We give  Rd 1 to Rios 10-9

Rd2: More clinching, as Rios still in control Both fighters land with punches. Another nice elbow from Rios brings her again into the clinch. Yoder able to take Rios down. Yoder now in side control lands a nice elbow. Yoder smothering Rios, but Rios doing some nice work from bottom. Triangle almost locked up by Rios but Yoder breaks free. Both fighters landing with punches as the round ends. We give it 10-9 Yoder

Rd3: Yoder again with a nice hip toss take down. Yoder in side control but Rios threatens the back. Nice reversal from Rios who is now working from the half guard. Rios transitions to the back but gets swept. Now Yoder working in the closed guard of Rios. Referee calls for a break. Rios lands a nice combination and another. Rios flurries and Yoder gives back as well. Rios again lands with heavy straight punches that have Yoder rocked and backed up as the round and the fight come to an end. We have it 10-9 Rios giving her a very close 29-28 decision win. Winner by UD Maria Rios

Adrian Gutierrez (0-0) vs Tim Riscen (2-0) 125 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Rd 1: Riscen in on a take down, but Gutierrez appears to have his neck.  Riscen gets free momentarily before having his posture controlled by Gutierrez. Back to there feet Gutierrez lands nice right before getting dragged back to the mat. Riscen in the guard now, looking to land with the right, but Gutierrez kicks him away and gets back to his feet. Riscen again with a take down. Big right elbows from Riscen find a home. Gutierrez gets free and stands only to be taken down again. And the round comes to a close. 10-9 Riscen

Rd 2: Gutierrez starts out the aggressor, backing Riscen up. Riscen finds the take down again. Riscen steps over in to half guard and lands with a few punches before Gutierrez escapes back to his feet. Riscen find the double leg again, and wouldn’t you know he gets another take down. Riscen locks up a modified head and arm choke, and that is the end of the contest. Winner Tim Riscen via SUB Von Flue choke

Alyssa Garcia (0-0) vs Misha Nassiri (2-0) 110 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Rd 1: Nassiri lands a few rights and lefts, but Garcia  closes the distance quickly. Both fighters get away from each other, only to have Garcia shoot and achieve the take down. Nassiri curled up against the cage, as Garcia looks to pull her away. Both fighters stand up. Nice knee in the clinch from Garcia. Sit out take down tosses Nassiri as Garcia is just smothering her. Nassiri doing well for the moment controlling the posture of Garcia. Round end 10-9 Garcia

Rd 2: Garcia swings wildly and misses but is able to get in close enough to grab the plumb clinch. Nice scramble from Garcia finds her in mount. Grapevines flatten out Nassiri but Garcia cannot seem to posture up. Garcia might have the back, but sits out instead. Now she transitions to the arm. Armbar looks tight but Garcia cant seem to force the tap. She adjusts and that is the end of the fight! Winner Alyssa Garcia via armbar Rd 2 2:04

Christian Aguilera (2-0) vs Eric Steans jr (4-2) 155 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Rd 1:Steans lands a big left that wobbles Aguilera right away. However he gets back to his feet and takes Steans down. Steans looking for the guillotine. Aguilera rolls through but lands a huge uppercut that has Steans out cold! WOW. Winner via KO Christian Aguilera Rd 1

Chris Pena (3-2) vs Mike Segura (2-0) 155 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Rd 1: Pena with a nice leg kick to start off the round. Segura looking to counter. 3 punch combination from Segura stop Penas’s advances. Segura looking to establish his superior reach. Pena touches with the right hand. Big left from Pena backs up Segura. Body kick from Segura drops Pena momentarily. Oooh a shot to the pills prompts referee Herb Dean to call a halt to the action. Pena has 5 minutes to recover. We are back under way. Pena charges forward and glances with the right hand. Segura lands a nice hook but misses with the second. Nice left rom Segura gets Pena’s attention. Segura jumps guard but Pena gets his head free and lands to the body. Segura trying to control the posture of Pena. Pena looks to be transitioning to the back, but Segura shakes him back into the half guard. Pena digs to the body. Nice short elbow from Pena. Segura finally closes the guard, but cannot find any breathing room. Big shots from Pena as the round ends. 10-9 Pena with the late work.

Rd 2: Segura with a nice side kick to the body of Pena. Pena presses Segura against the cage, and then takes him down. Segura again controls the posture well, and then grabs an arm. He could parlay this into a sweep, but has the arm lock pretty deep. Segura with a nice Kimura and Herb Dean has seen enough. No tap from Pena. Winner via technical submission Kimura Mike Segura

Daniel McWilliams (11-26) vs  Costello (3-2) 170 lbs 3X5 min rounds

Rd 1: Winner McWilliams via RNC :51 Rd 1

Jason Williams (4-6) vs Darren Smith (5-4) 158 lbs (catchweight) 3X5 min rounds

Rd 1: Referee Steven Davis is the third man in the cage for this catchweight bout. Willams starts off with the jab, as Smith looks to get under for the take down. Upper cut from Smith just misses. Knee from Williams as he is backed up finds it mark but Smith powers right through. Low blow from Smith prompts Steven Davis to call a halt to the action. Williams looks like he needs a minute, he will have 5. Williams is ready and here we go. Nice hands from Williams touch Smith, but he lands a counter that drops Williams. Smith looking to take the back and does. Punches from the back mount reign down, but Williams seems to be ok for the moment. Smith now working the choke. Both hooks in, but it looks like he is finally under the chin and he is, Smith secures the tap in the first round. X170 lbs 3X3 min roundsWinner via RNC Darren Smith Rd 1 3:41

Xavier Stokes  (4-4)) vs Ozzie Alvarez 170 lbs 3X5 min rounds

Rd 1: Alvarez  in top position as Stokes closes the guard. Nice rights to the body from Alvarez. Short elbow from bottom by Stokes. Alvarez still in control as Stokes looks to control. Alvarez scurries back into top control, as Stokes can’t seem to get up. Alvarezs lands a single left, and then hammers the body with right hands. Hammer fists alternate between the head and body. Stokes in trouble as Herb Dean looks in, a few more prompt the stoppage. Winner via TKO 3:03 Rd 1  Ozzie Alvarez

Christina Marks (4-7) vs Melanie Lacroix (4-1) 135 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Rd 1: Mike Beltran and his mustache in charge of the action. Both fighter stalking, neither willing to commit. Lacroix springs into a combination that finds her in the clinch. Nice knee from Marks, but Lacroix rag dolls her back against the cage. Nice right hands from Marks. Lacroix lands with the knee to the midsection. Marks doing some damage with the short punches, but Lacroix refusing to give up the clinch. Underhooks from Lacroix help her keep position. Lacroix catches a leg momentarily and uses it to again get inside. Marks backs away and circles to her left. Push kick from Marks and Lacroix again grabs the clinch as the round end. 10-9 Lacroix in a very close round.

Rd 2: Nice right hand from Lacroix lands as Marks was moving away. Lacroix again utilizing the wall and stall tactic to quote my buddy Stephen Quadros. Lacroix again holding plum but not landing anything all that significant. Both fighter seperate and Marks lands with a pawing right hand. Lacroix again gets inside and lands a big right on the exit. Marks defending well against the clinch but cant seem to get any momentum as Lacroix is smothering her. Marks misses the uppercut and eats a left. Both ladies trading heavy punches as the round comes to a close. 10-9 for Lacroix.

Rd 3: Marks misses with a sloppy right. Lacroix catches the leg and uses it again to get the clinch. Nice straight elbow from Lacroix gets through the underhooks of Marks. Nice right hand from Lacroix on the exit. Marks scores with a left. Nice right from Lacroix lands as both women are landing. Marks lands a swift 1, 2 that starches Lacroix, however she walks right through to again get the thai clinch. Nice knee from Marks. Bull rush from Lacroix as the fight comes to a close. Close round but 10-9 Marks. we have her losing  a UD but this fight could be scored much closer! Winner via UD 29-28 Christina Marks

Eddie Jackson (4-1) vs Nick Reale (7-8) 170 lbs 3X5 min rounds

Rd 1: Reale starting very low, pawing with the jab. Jackson looks to be more upright and looking to counter. Neither willing to commit, until Reale charges forward only to be thrown on his back. Jackson with elbow to the mid section. Jackson steps over into mount, but Reale able to recover half guard. Reale to his feet and quickly gets the take down. Jackson looking to shake Reale off his back and does so. 1,1,3 lands for Reale as he looks for another take down. Jackson tries to hop out, and lands a nice right that drops Reale. Jackson perhaps sensing the finish looks to swarm. Reale in trouble, eats several unanswered hammer fists. prompting the stoppage from referee Steven Davis. Winner Eddie Jackson via TKO  Rd 1

Jeff Martin (10-10) vs Terrion Ware (11-3) 135 lbs TITLE FIGHT 5×5 min rounds.

Rd 1: Martins out quickly. Nice counter left from Ware staggers Martin. Over hand right from Ware. Martin gets the clinch. Ware moves well to get away. Martin again looking for the take down and he has it. Ware is in trouble as Martin is fishing for an arm. Ware gets free and Martin stands. In the clinch Martin with nice knees. Martin now flirting with the choke as he gets Ware on his back. Triangle from Ware. Ware now looking for the arm. Marin in all sorts of trouble. Martin able to escape. Martin now in the guard and slams out of another triangle from Ware. Martin now has Ware’s back. Ware in a very bad position against the fence as Martin looks for the leg. Hammer fist from Ware as the round comes to a close. 10-9 Martin

Rd 2: Martin immediately shoots but Ware able to keep his feet although he is backed up to the cage. Martin with a knee but Ware lands over the top and staggers Martin. Ware digs to the body as Martin is on his bicycle. Leg kick from Ware. Martin touches with the jab. More leg kicks from Ware. Nice chopping leg kick from Ware. Uppercut to the body from Ware. Martin bleeding from the mouth now. Ware again lands with several punches and a knee. Nice body work from Ware. Martin seems to be gassing. Again a nice combination from Ware has Martin covering up. Ware’s jab is piecing apart his opponent. More leg kicks from Ware, and again. Martin has spent the entire round backing up. Ware digs to the body with a crisp left right combination. Head kick lands for Ware and the round comes to a close. 10-9 Ware

Rd 3: Ware again starts the round backing up his opponent. Martin eats a jab and an outside leg kick. Martin backed up moves to his left to get away from the cage, but Ware is relentless. Double jab from Ware finds its mark. Right cross lands and moves Martin across the cage. Ware slipped but back to his feet. Nice knee lands from the clinch for Ware. Martin lands to the leg, but eats a right hand for his efforts. Ware is moving Martin around at will with his straight punches, however Martin able to get in deep momentarily before Ware shrugs him off and cracks him with the left. Martin down, Ware backs off forcing him to his feet. Martin seems hurt, but able to keep fighting. Ware now pouring on the ground and pound as the round comes to a close. 10-9 Ware

Rd 4: Ware start off right where he left off, digging to the body of Martin. Martin with a nice knee, before he charges Ware and presses him to the cage. Martin pulls guard but Ware has none of it, both fighter back to their feet. Ware again lands to the body. Martin drops as Ware takes the back. Right hands from Ware are not being answered some more find their home and it is over! Winner and Still 135 lbs Bamma USA champion Terrion ‘Flash’ Ware 

 

 

 

 

KOTC 10.31-14

By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

The Bellator MMA promotion once again returns to The Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula CA. The main card will be headlined by two of the promotions top featherweight contenders. Coming off a loss to Pat Curran in which he lost his title, Daniel Straus is looking to return to his winning ways at the expense of Justin Wilcox. Wilcox flirted with the tournament championship when he lost in the finals last year to Patricio Pitbull, who is now the current strap hanger. After the loss, Wilcox rebounded with a win over Jason Fischer. Whoever wins this fight will certainly be flirting with Scott Coker as the next date for champion Patricio Pitbull.

Also fighting on the undercard are some of Southern California’s favorite sons. Johnny ‘The Tattooed Terror’ Cisneros will be taking on Rickey Rainey, and making his promotional debut is David Duran. Duran will be facing a very tough Shawn Bunch in the evening first preliminary bout. Cisneros made a name for himself fighting for the King of The Cage promotion, while Duran cut his teeth in the amateur circuit, before turning pro with the regional powerhouse that is BAMMA USA.

Make sure to tune in Live on Spike TV for the main card, and you can watch the preliminary fights on http://www.Bellator.com

The Main Card:
Featherweight Feature Fight: Daniel Straus (145.6) vs. Justin Wilcox (145.7)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Fernando Gonzalez (172.3) vs. Karo Parisyan (169.1) ^4
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Rafael Silva (137.6) vs. Rob Emerson (134.9) ^3
Middleweight Feature Fight: Kendall Grove (186) vs. Christian M’Pumbu (184.6)

Preliminary Card:

Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (205) vs. Malik Merad (203.6)
Welterweight Feature Fight: Justin Baesman (171) vs. John Mercurio (170.7)
Catchweight (177) Feature Fight: Johnny Cisneros (176.8) vs. Ricky Rainey (177)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Sergio Rios (155.6) vs. Saad Awad (156.3) ^2
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Nick Moghaddam (205.8) vs. Ray Sloan (202.4)
Middleweight Feature Fight: Keith Berry (185.8) vs. Joe Pacheco (186.2) ^1
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Shawn Bunch (135.7) vs. David Duran (135.3)

By Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

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

The sharpest of blades is forged with steel. Beaten into form. The edges razor thin, through brutal poundings and repeated tempering. Impurities at this stage can lead to catastrophic failures in battle. Fractures formed force confidence from the field of battle. A warrior who has no faith in his weapon is not an efficient warrior.

The same can be said of fighters. Although an individual sport, each fighter is shaped, molded and forged by the camp he or she trains. You may walk to the cage, the only one in gloves, but you are followed by an entourage who are equally invested in your prosperity. Simply because you are invested in them. There is a blind but beautiful loyalty to a fight team, that can only be built by repeated beatings. The camaraderie formed at the forge shapes a teams success.

Systems Training Center in Hawthorne, California is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best gyms in the Los Angeles area. Owner Marcus Kowal sat down with us to talk with us in the first of a several part series featuring some of the teams top young talent.

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Emerging from a shadow is never easy. Especially when you have the same name, as a legend. John Hackleman is one of he most well known striking coaches in MMA history. Known best for being Chuck Liddell’s head coach, Hackleman’s ‘The Pit’ MMA gyms are known to be some of the most grueling and demanding gyms in the sport. Coming from a gym with this mentality, the pressure to perform is tremendous. Wins, are expected. For the younger Hackleman, its much more simpler. He doesn’t want to disappoint his dad!

At Bamma USA BadBeat 11 he not only avoided disappointment, he won in spectacular fashion.  Utilizing superior movement, and range effective strikes, Hackleman jr was able to stun his opponent who lay prone after an half-hearted take down attempt. A few hammer fists from a standing position removed all doubt, and Hackleman jr was awarded the TKO win.

Hackleman Jr, is primarily known for his striking, but he is also eager to prove he is not one dimensional. His pedigree and name may have opened a few doors for him, but his work ethic, talent, and desire have pretty much erased any doubt as to weather or not John Hackleman Jr belongs. He most certainly does!

David Duran is quickly gaining a reputation for ending fights quickly! Utilizing a mixture of strikes and kicks, Duran was able to secure the TKO over Rick Rojo at the :20 mark of the very first round. With the TKO, Duran secured his second consecutive “Be First Clothing” KO of the Night bonus.

Currently 2-1 as a professional, with his only loss coming via decision, Duran could be someone to keep an eye on. His strong jujitsu back-round, coupled with his recent power surge make him a capable foe. It will be interesting to watch his progress, as he is matched up against opponents with more experience.

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