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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.

 

 

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 

 

 

 

 

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

You are a product of your environment. Where you come from has everything to do with who you are and who you become. The early stages, the developmental stage of life needs to be met with a family environment in order to thrive. For fighters this infintile juncture is also the most important. Often talent gets snuffed out before it has a chance to blossom because of confidence issues, gym egos, or lack of focus. Each fighters personality has to gel with the entire gym, otherwise cliques develop and factions arise.

At Systems, the team dynamic is the most important common theme. This is not a gym for individuals motivated by inflated egos.

The team concept is evident as soon as you enter the doors at Systems Training Center in Hawthorne, CA. During pro practice, the fighters children play nearby as daddies and mommies beat the holy hell out of each other. Although a cohesive unit, where everyone loves everyone, the old adage applies iron sharpens iron. With owner Marcus Kowal and coach Ian Harris leading the charge, Systems has several fighters on the verge of making it to the big show, and a few who are already fighting in big shows.

John Robles (7-3 MMA 0-1 WSOF) has already fought once for the World Series of Fighting, where he lost a decision to UFC veteran Jared Papazian. Robles is a hard punching striker, with a great chin and forward moving mentality. Now fully healed from a few nagging injuries, Robles is ready to finish the year strong, and looking to fight before the end of the summer.

Christos Giagos (9-2 MMA Tachi Palace 155 lbs Champion) is one of those guys that just looks like a fighter. He has wrestler build, but with a Leno-like chin. He utilizes a great combination of jujitsu and wrestling on the mat, to secure some pretty slick submissions. On his feet his power is evident. In his last fight, he defeated a very tough Sevak Magakian via triangle choke in the very first round;  securing his first major world title at Tachi Palace. Giagos is looking to possibly fight for the RFA title before the end of the year, but nothing a contract is not in place yet. One thing is certain though, the UFC is paying very close attention. Already on their radar, Giagos intends to stay ready to fight in case that phone rings.

Terrion Ware (11-2 MMA Bamma USA 135 lbs Champion) is another fighter who is playing the waiting game. Riding a 6 fight win streak, Ware has torn through the SoCal ranks, and is one of the top pro prospects in the state. Currently the Bamma USA bantamweight champion, Ware is also slated to fight for the Tachi Palace belt against former Bellator Champion Joe Soto. A win there would all but guarantee a trip to the UFC.

Systems has a very busy month ahead, with training camp in full swing for several fighters preparing for fights on the horizon. Each morning this family gathers, then they punch each other in the face, happily. After all “the family that kicks the crap out of each other stays together right”?

You can be sure that the waves they are making in the fight world will continue to grow. However, remaining true to their identity is the key to their success. As the future brings more and more success, you can be certain that family atmosphere will never change.

 

 

 

 

 

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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Duran inspires a leak!

Duran inspires a leak!

 

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Bamma USA has gained a reputation in the Mixed Martial Arts community for being one of the best promotions around. There are numerous reasons to bestow such praise for Brett Roberts and his crew, however the simplest reason is also the most important. They put on exciting fights. There are no free rides.  “Match ups, make fights!” In Bamma USA, the matchmaking is what makes the difference.

Badbeat 11 continued that trend, despite major issues that would have folded a lesser promotion. After loosing 1/2 of the main event, the promotion unlike most was able to find a extremely suitable competitor on short notice. Mehdi Baghdad (8-3) stepped in for E. Chavez who had to pull out of the fight due to injury, leaving Dionisio Ramirez (7-4) out of a title fight, and with a very dangerous opponent on short notice.

Both fighters gave an outstanding effort, that had the crowd standing at several points.  The first round found both fighters landing big, with neither giving any ground. After a very entertaining five minutes, both fighters emerged for the second round with neither staking a convincing claim to the first frame.

In the second though, Baghdad began to find his range, and after dropping Ramirez with strikes, he quickly transitioned to the back, securing the choke and the win at 1:53 of the second round.

Earlier in the evening John Hackleman Jr (son of famed striking coach of the same name) made his pro MMA debut, winning via TKO in the very first round. Hackleman jr, utilized his superior Muay Thai strikes, and dominate range to level a very tough Edward Hyman (0-1) at 1:07 of the very first round.

David Duran (2-1) was able to secure his second consecutive ‘Be First Clothing’ KO of the night bonus, edging out Aaron Wetherspoon (9-4), Chris Costello (3-2), and Jack May (6-0) who all won impressively either by KO, or TKO.

Mayhem Miller and Uriah Hall Incident:

Unfortunately and through no fault of the promoters the evening was marred with a black eye, because of one disgusting incident that has made headlines. Apparently Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller and Uriah Hall had words over a female(that may or may not be the same female who had filed assault charges against Miller earlier this year). When Hall try to calm things down, Miller began taunting him.

As this was happening, several reporters and security began to separate the fighters. It was at that point, a few racial slurs were uttered, and a right hand from Hall was issued in response. At that point Hall, who although upset, conducted himself with dignity the whole time, began seeking a way out of the arena.

Hall was escorted by security to the parking lot, not because he was being removed, Or because he was seeking out Miller, but because he simply wanted to go home. Security was there to ensure Miller didn’t return. Which to his credit, he did not!

Commentary: 

Much has been written already about the incident, most by people who weren’t even there. Debates have started, both defending and attacking Miller. Emotions were high, horrible things were said, and a punch was thrown. Is that enough for you to pass judgement on someone? Maybe it is; maybe this incident added to a few others is enough for some to feel comfortable passing judgement. However, sometimes good people do stupid things, when they are in pain or personal turmoil. It is no excuse for bad behavior, nor is it a ‘get out of jail free card’, but maybe it is a cry for help.

Hopefully, Hall doesn’t receive any punishment, and Miller gets the help he needs (only of course, if he feel if he is in need!) I for one, would love to see the resurrection and redemption of a very talented fighter named Jason Miller, not this angry Tyler Durden version of one of the most charismatic fighters in MMA history!

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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!

While awaiting a photo op at Bamma USA, several celebrities and fighters began making there way into the cage for photos. At some point, Uriah Hall and Jason Mayhem Miller began a heated confrontation. I was literally right next to Hall. By now a bunch of fans had surrounded, and the commission, MMA Interviews Spencer Lazara, a few security guards and myself began creating distance between the two. When more guard arrived, Mayhem leaned in and called Uriah a “Bitch as N^GGA!” at least 6 times. Each one more venomous, each one more taunting, and flinching at Uriah with his head. After the sixth racist line, Uriah who can easily say Miller was acting aggressive and belligerent, responded to one of Millers movements with a glance Right hand, that did make contact! Uriah was beside himself.

He had every right to be angry. I really Hope the UFC doesn’t suspend Uriah Hall, he was put into a corner by a complete lunatic, one that I can say I was a huge fan of, but not anymore. Jason Mayhem Miller has decided to remain relevant by hating on those who actually are! Very disappointing. I am actually filled with mixed emotions, because again Mayhem is obviously at rock bottom. In fact, he is just Jason Miller, his rascal-like Mayhem, is long gone. In its place, all that is left is a bitter, ex jock, who is burning every bridge he comes across. He will not be allowed back at Bamma USA. And this comes straight from the top!

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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report Photos by: John Walsh

Young fighters usually bring a desire and hunger that usually provides for exciting fights, if the match making is legitimate. However on the regional scene the big names are the draws. Often these names are in the twilight of their fighting career. Last night, we saw the start of some very promising careers, and we watched the end of two very prolific ones.

Gabe Ruediger has fought on the biggest stage in the world. As a former WEC and UFC veteran, Ruediger achieved the loftiest of a mixed martial artists aspirations. Now fighting for the last time, Ruediger was not only dealing with the retirement butterflies, but the man he was facing knocked him out last time they fought. Scott Catlin, himself no spring chicken also announced after the fight that he too was calling it a career. Both fighters had their moments, Catlin early and often, but in the end its was Ruediger’s submission game that secured the swan song victory!

Also on the card was the first ever BAMMA USA light weight title fight. E.J. Chavez landing some very heavy strikes, and avoided a very slick submission game to secure the first ever promotional title. The three round fight saw Chavez on top for pretty much the whole fight, but Jorge Valdez proved to be quite slick on his back, often working for several submissions. However Chavez proved to be too tough, and eventually ended the fight via TKO in round number 3.

The headline bout featured well known fighter Ronald Lebreton jr. against Mikey Gomez. Lebreton came out aggressive immediately taking control of Gomez, and grinding him against the cage. Counter the aggression Gomez was able to secure a take down, and once on the ground he was able to transfer to side control. From a strange angle Gomez secured Lebreton’s arm and rolled it into an arm-bar, forcing the tap early into the first round.

Regional promotions in southern California are not rare these days. Each day it seems a new one is popping up in casinos around the state. Often times, the fight cards only feature one or two competitive bouts, with the rest serving as ‘tomato cans’ to pad a fighters career stats. BAMMA USA however, subscribes to a different method of thinking.

Each fight, including the preliminary bouts featured well matched opponents that led to extremely exciting fights. BAMMA USA offers the casual fight fan, and the die hard a unique experience that will lead to more growth in the sport of MMA.

Commerce Casino served as the home venue for BadBeat 9 which was co-headlined by the first ever lightweight title fight

Sevak Magakian (12-4-1) v Eric Brown (3-3) 155 Lbs (Lightweight) Winner Eric Brown Rd 1 Submission

Scott ‘K.O.’ Catlin  (8-7) v Gabe ‘Godzilla’ Ruediger (17-8) 160 lbs (Catch weight) Winner Gabe Ruediger rd 2 Submission

Justin ‘The Mortal Sinn’ Linn (3-0) v Chris ‘The Urban Legend’ Culley (16-10) 150 lbs (Catch weight) Winner Culley via UD

Ernest ‘EJ’ Chavez (6-0) Jorge ‘The Envy’ Valdez (6-2) 155 lbs (Lightweight  Title 5×5 rounds) Winner EJ Chavez rd 3 TKO (new champion)

Ronald Lebreton Jr. (8-7) v Mikey Gomez (14-9) 185 lbs (Middleweight) Winner Mikey Gomez rd 1 Submission

We are going to stream the results round by round live from Commerce Casino

First Prelim:

Reshan Sabaratnam (0-1) v Tommy Gavin (0-0) 145 lbs (Featherweight)

Rd1: Herb Dean calling the action. Gavin lands a big right hand and immediately drops reshan who falls into Gavins gaurd. Reshan now in side control, with Gavin looking to bridge out. He now switches to a crucifix from side control. Gavin right arm trapped. Gavin rolls, and momentarily gets back to his feet, before Reshan brings him back too the mat. Another take down as the round ends. Clearly a 10-9 round for Reshan Sabarantnam.

Rd2: Big left hand from Reshan rops Gavin, who lands against the fence. Reshan follows him to the mat, and lands inside Gavins guard. Now in side control, Reshan is looking to posture, then mounts. And then switches to side control, before taking Gavins back. Gavin able to reverse, momentarily before being rolled to his back. Reshan transitions to the mount again, and now again takes Gavins back. Reshan with some ground and pound, Herb Dean looks in, and stops the fight. Winner Reshan Sabaratnam via TKO Rd 2 (2:51).

Chris Costello (1-2) v Matt Bahngte (2-2) 155 lbs Lightweight

Rd1: Referee Mike Beltran calling the action. Bahngte starts off with his jab, but Costello looks game landing leg kicks on both sides. Costello again landing a 1 2 combination. Bahngte much busier now, but has small welling already under his eye. Big knee from Costello. And a leg kick right hand follows. Big Knee by Bahngte countered well with a big right hand by Costello. The two engage in the clinch as the round comes to a close. 10-9 for Costello.

Rd2: Much better start from Bahngte as he is clearly the busier fighter. Left right lands for Bahngte, as Costello stalks. Costello loses his mouth piece prompted time from Beltran. Nice left for Bahngte lands, as Cosello goes back to the leg kicks. Costello again instigates the clinch and lands a big right hand. Bahngte flails for a shot, but has to pull guard as Costello sprawls effectively. Round comes to an end with Costello on top, and Bahngte is cut badly. 10-9 Costello

rd 3: Bahngte starts again as the aggressor, and scores a take down, as Costello scoots back to his feet, only to be slammed again to the mat. Bahngte transitions to the back, but cant sink in his hooks. Costello manages to get back to his feet and lands a heavy right to the head, followed by a vicious elbow. Now Costello seems to be pressing the action as Bahngte shoots again, but is stifled. Both fighters trading shots, and end up against the cage as the fight ends. We have Costello again 10-9 We have him winning all 3 rounds. Winner (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Chris Costello via Split decision

Luis Iniguez (2-4-1) v Nick Jordan (1-1) 145 lbs (Featherweight)

Rd 1: Referee Mike Bell in charge of the action. Over hand left from Jordan to start is partially blocked. Deep shot from Jordan finds him landing the take down into mount. He then transitions to the back, and starts softening Iniguez up with hammer fists. But Iniguez wont let him sink in the choke. Jordan now reigning down heavy blows from back mount. Round comes to a close, with Jordan clearly winning, possibly 10-8 but probably 10-9.

Rd 2: Early take down for Jordan scores, and he lands inside Iniquez’s closed guard. Good posturing by Jordan as Iniques looks to throw the triangle, Jordan gets free, but his relentless pressure wont allow Iniquez to his feet. Jordan again landing, ans he has Iniguez smooshed up against the fence. Now Jordan transitions to the back, but Iniguez turtles up in defense, as the round comes to a close, its all Jordan. 10-9

Rd 3: Iniguez starts out with a jab, but is again taken to the ground by Jordan who lands in guard. Again Jordan moves the scramble to the fence, where he begins the ground assault once again. Iniguez can only play defense at this point, as he finds himself in a sort of North-South position.  Iniguez again cannot get any room, as the fight ends Jordan again in dominant position. 10-9 Jordan. Winner via unanimous decision Nick Jordan

Terrion ‘The Flash’ Ware (5-2) v Bobby Sanchez (13-22) 130 lbs

Rd 1: Long feeling out process to start the bout. Ware lands a huge knee as Sanchez shot lands on his chin, and Ware swarms with a barrage of hammer fists that end the fight. Winner: Terrion ‘The Flash’ Ware via TKO rd 1(:41)

Marvin Madariaga (2-1) v Eric ‘E-Money’

Rd1:Winston Big rght hand by Madariaga lands immediately as Winston scrambles to grab an ankle, heel hook by Winston looks tight, but Madariaga grabs the fence to get away prompting a warning from Herb Dean. Winston instigates the clinch and looks for a takedown but Madariaga escapes. Left and right from Madariaga as he presses the action. Elbows to the side of Winstons head land for Madariaga, but Winston completes the take down. Winston now in side control, landinf short elbows. Madariaga hip escapes back to his feet, but can’t escape the clench. Toss from Winston at the bell.  10 -9 for Winston

Rd2: Madariaga grabs a neck, as Winston shot, but the guilotine is not tight enough. Winston escapes and rolls into an arm bar belly down. Beautiful roll completes the move, as Madariaga is forced to tap. Winner Winston via rd 2 submission Arm bar (1:15)

Main Card:

Sevak Magakian (12-4-1) v Eric Brown (3-3) 155 Lbs (Lightweight)

Rd 1: Sevak with a high kick that touches the face of Brown. Then Sevak catches a Brown kick and brings the fight to the mat. Sevak maneuvers for a heel hook, but Brown some how counters with a heel hook of his own, and Sevak taps! Winner Eric Brown Submission Heel Hook (:57) Rd 1.

Scott ‘K.O.’ Catlin  (8-7) v Gabe ‘Godzilla’ Ruediger (17-8) 160 lbs (Catch weight)

Rd 1: Mike Bell calling the action. Catlin lands a left, but Ruediger gets a single leg and takes the fight to the mat. Ruediger has Catlin up agaisnt the cagek but Catlin reverses pressing Ruediger. Catlin then escapes a take down and prefers to stand. Left right by Catlin lands flush. Catlin now landing with more frequency, as Ruediger keeps dropping his hands. Catlin being very efficient with his strikes, but Ruediger keeps moving forward. Ruediger having a hard time landing anything, and Catlin seems content to pick his shots. Knee from Ruediger lands, and so does a right from Catlin that was clearly after the bell. 10-9 Catlin

Rd 2: More single punches from Catlin find there mark , but Ruediger is able to secure the take down. Now Ruediger lands a series of hammer fists. Ruediger seems poised to finish, but Catlin is still alive. Noe Ruediger looks for an armbar, and get it. Catlin taps. Winner Ruediger via Armbar rd 2 (2:13) With an Assist to Sean Kanan  (who inspired the win)

Justin ‘The Mortal Sinn’ Linn (3-0) v Chris ‘The Urban Legend’ Culley (16-10) 150 lbs (Catch weight) Unfortunately the internet crashed. And Streaming results will start at round 3.

Rd 3: Front kick from Culley lands. Followed by a kick to the body of Linn. Culley now looking to counter, as he times Linn with a pawing jab. Linn moving forward landing abig left hand, but Culley shrugs it off. Culley starts a flurry with 3 right hands and several knees in the clinch, but Linn is able to survive. he round comes to an end with Culley landing again with the right. We score the fight for Chris Culley.  Winner Chris Culley via Unanimous Decision

Ernest ‘EJ’ Chavez (6-0) Jorge ‘The Envy’ Valdez (6-2) 155 lbs (Lightweight  Title 5×5 rounds)

Rd 1: Mike Beltran calling in charge of the action. Both fighters throwing with reckless abandon, as Valdez goes for the flying arm bar, but Chavez breaks free and lands a few bombs, before again being tied up in a potential arm bar, but again he escapes. Now in Chavez’s in the guard of Valdez landing big shots on the ground. Valdez trying to be offensive from his back, but can’t land much. Chavez lands 3 hammer fists to the face of Valdez, and remains stuck in his guard. And that is where the round ends. 10-9 Chavez

Rd 2: Valdez actively using his legs, but Chavez again takes the leg and parlays it into another take down. Again in Chavez’s guard. Valdez briefly gets to his feet only to be taken down again. Chavez doing his best to land ground strikes, but Valdez is very active from his back. Chavez still working in Valdez’s guard, but can’t seem to control the posture. Valdez looking for an omaplata but Chavez gets out as the round comes to an end. Another round for Chavez10-9

Rd 3: Big left hand from Chavez rocks Valdez and again the fight finds its way in the guard of Vadez. Chavez stands and wants Valdez to do the same. Both fighters now standing, and immediately Valdez utilizes the clinch against the cage. He then transers back to the ground, where Chavez looks for a triangle. Chavez breaks the hold, and moves back into the guard of Valdez. Big hematoma on the forehead of Valdez, as Chavez lands more ground strikes. Valdez is able to close the half guard, But Chavez stands. Chavez lands a flurry on the ground and is looking for the finish, Mike Beltran looks in and stops the action. Winner via TKO Chavez (4:00) New BAMMA USA Lightweight Champion

Ronald Lebreton Jr. (8-7) v Mikey Gomez (14-9) 185 lbs (Middleweight)

Rd 1: Lebreton pushes Gomez against the cage and starts with knees to the thigh of Gomez. Now Gomez reverses, and takes Lebreton down. Gomez working in side control, but Lebreton throws the switch and sweeps. Gomez grabs a hold of Lebreton’s arm from a strange angle and is able to secure an arm lock, as Lebreton taps furiously in agony! Winner Gomez via arm bar Rd 1 (1:37)