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Cali Love

Cali Love

By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Spar Star MMA once again took over the Hollywood Park Casino with not only a collection of amazing fights, but SoCal’s favorite son DUB C of the West Side Connection took over at intermission, and the place exploded! Locals saluted with their hands, and the performers responded in kind, as the intimate setting proved to be a unique fusion of entertainment that complimented each other well.

The fights were also extremely entertaining. The main event featured two highly skilled amateurs who are both making names for themselves as top MMA prospects. Tigran Martirosyan and Albert Morales squared off for the vacant 145 lbs Spar Star Title.

Morales and his teammates were all working with heavy hearts as their teammate Dee Boites was killed earlier in the week, the victim of a senseless criminal. Boites was crossing the street in Inglewood, when a criminal who was being pursued by the police, barreled through a red light and struck Boites with his car in the crosswalk. Boites later succumbed to his injuries. Morales fought with “Dee” written all over his equipment, as a tribute to his fallen training partner.

The fight was a back and forth battle with both landing heavy strikes, however the story was Morales’s grappling. Martirosyan was unable to counter the slick transitions by Morales on the ground. Once Morales exposed this weakness, he seemed to focus on bringing the fight to the mat. After several attempts at a submission with the arm, Morals was able to transition to the triangle. After a roll he ended up keeping it in the mount, where he secured the head, and the tap! The win brings Morales to 2-0 as an amteur, but the caliber of his opponent will certainly elevate him in the Camo ranks.

Spar Star Promotions provides a necessary element in MMA. They provide a stage for young fighters to test their metal. Spar Star separates the wheat from the chaff, the confident from the bragard, and the fighters from the frauds. They provide the pro ranks with a talent pool to choose from that has been battle tested, and crowd approved.

To Read more about Dee Boites please go to this site: http://www.systemstrainingcenter.com/systems-training-centers-loss-brother/

There is a link on that page to make donations to the Boites Family.

We would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the friends and family of Dee Boites, and all of his training partners at Systems Training Center!

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UofMMA-13

 

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. The popularity of the UFC has crept into the mainstream, and given birth to a whole new generation of fighters that cut their teeth on the local scene. For these fighters, the ‘steel sharpens steel’ mentality has created the need for amateur competitions to showcase and test the skills learned.

These “local” shows have the look and feel of the old school smokers, however with CAMO watching closely, the fights and fighters are regulated and safety is always the number one concern.

Spar Star MMA has been consistently putting on amazing fights at the amateur level, and for this event they teamed with Tapout LA Gym to exhibit some of the best young fighters in the area. This night continued that trend. With promoters like Tony Padilla (T Bone Steakz), and gyms like Tapout, the amateur MMA scene  in Southern California has a bright future!

Below is a photo gallery of some of the evenings fights. In between each fight were several ’round robin’ jujitsu exhibitions that gave several young athletes the opportunity to highlight their individual art.

Spar Star MMA recently had a hotly contested title fight between Marcel Cyprian and Tanner Chapman that ended in a draw.
Judge for yourself, all three rounds are shown below.

Main Event Round 1

Main Event Round 2

Main Event Round 3

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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

The golden road to the UFC: lost somewhere between the beginning, and a snowballs chance in hell. Amateur MMA events are often times when dreams run face first into reality. After all even the top amateurs have at best a ‘punchers chance’ to crack into the UFC ranks. Still the effort, the passion, and unfortunately the anguish of defeat is just as potent as it is on the grandest of stages.

And unfortunately for these fighters, once the claps have quieted, and the eyes of the audience glance away; these fighters are left with only a continued dream, or a lesson learned. Amateur fighters don’t receive any financial compensation.

Spar Star MMA provides an environment for these fighters to test their training, and ultimately themselves. Each one of these combat cadets spend so much time training, and preparing for the future, that the present is often left in limbo. Most exhibit a sort of feigned confidence, that the first few seconds of the fight have a way of exposing for being either myth or reality.

In most cases, panic usually eases slowly into a chaotic search for the basics. Once the initial rush of the ‘fight or flight’ instinct passes, the instructional pleas from coaches usually reminding the fighters to breathe or relax follow.

Mixed martial arts is a pretty fair and rewarding venue in the cruel sport of life. For fighters the equation is a simple cliche, ‘what you put in, is what you get out!’ Even at the amateur level the fights are won weeks ahead of time. Even at the amateur level the winners are simply willing to do, what the losers is not!