Posts Tagged ‘Chase Gibson’

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“Preserve, within a wild sanctuary, an inaccessible valley of reveries.” -Glasgow

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh and Bob Fisher

Growing up on La Brea between Hollywood and Inglewood, Chase Gibson (4-2 MMA) wandered for much of his youth, pulled between the two worlds his parents separately inhabited. Somewhere in the middle, Gibson began a downward spiral, where he danced with many demons that would ruin most of his teenage years. The story seemed destined for a bad ending, when a mirror image opened a rather odd door to redemption.

That image was both literal and figurative. Cooper Gibson (6-2 MMA), Chase’s identical twin brother ended up finding a path that kept him out of trouble, and soon led him to gaining quite the name in the sport of mixed martial arts. “Cooper cleaned up his life before I did”, Gibson said. “Watching his success in the sport inspired me to start seriously training. “Not surprisingly, like his twin brother, Chase quickly took to the sport as a natural, but then old injuries and old demons came knocking again! “Early on in my training I had some previous injuries that came back, and I sort of used that as an excuse to start messing up again”, Gibson said. Quickly Gibson was able to right the ship, and as soon as the injuries subsided he was back on course.

The long road to redemption for Chase Gibson may have started somewhere near mid city, however oddly enough, he would finally satisfy that search locked in a cage. Facing some rather stiff competition, Gibson cruised through the amateur mixed martial arts ranks with a stellar 5-0 record. Undefeated as an amateur, Gibson made his pro debut and true to form he continued hs winning ways, finishing his opponent in the very first round by rear-naked choke. At this point Chase Gibson appeared to be on cruise control, but then the wheels fell off.

First a split decision loss to Andrew Natividad under the King of the Cage banner spoiled his undefeated streak, then a razor thin unanimous decision loss to Derion Chapman followed. Gibson quickly found himself on the wrong side of .500 for the first time in his career. “That was a tough place to be”, Gibson said. “Especially since I think I won both of those fights.” As unfamiliar as losing was, it certainly was not enough to let those demons back in. “It was a very rough time, but as rough as it was at no point in time did I say f&ck it! I just got back in the gym, and made some adjustments”.

One of those adjustments was learning how to cut weight properly. After the two losses, Gibson noticed a weakness in his game that he correlated to his weight cutting procedures. So he fixed the wheel. “I actually sought out people who do this for a living, and it turns out I was doing it all wrong” Gibson said. The results were obvious.

In his first bout under the CXF banner, Gibson needed only 1:05 seconds to lock up a Brabo choke over a very tough AJ Bryant. In his next bout Gibson picked up perhaps his most notorious win, when he knocked out Far Mohammed with a highlight reel head kick that quickly went viral on the internet. In his next bout Gibson outworked a very game Adam Calderon cruising to a unanimous decision victory.

The impressive win streak has earned Gibson a seat at perhaps the most prestigious table of his career. Standing across from him will be a very violent Serob Minasyan (6-8 MMA), between them the CXF Featherweight Title will await the winner. With so much at stake you can bet the CMMA team and Chase Gibson have been doing their homework. “He’s a tough strong wrestler”, Gibson said. “He has a decent shot, and he throws heavy, but I don’t think he has ever fought anyone like me.”

Even though a title hangs in the balance, for Gibson there is a lot more at stake than a shiny gold belt. Recently married, Gibson also found out he will soon be a father. “We found on my birthday.” Gibson said. With a child on the way, the win means more than any other before. And although it may add some anxiety, that uncertainty gets crushed by the motivation to feed his family.

For Chase Gibson, a win and a CXF title would certainly bring him some validation. “I think CXF is one of the best regional shows in the country by far, the challenges they put up are amazing, they have some great fighters here, and a win really means something.” However it would also go a long way to justify the faith this young man has put in himself.

Redemption can be quite elusive for the lost. Constantly searching to find yourself can often lead down a very dark path. The luckiest of us emerge in the light on the other side. Finding the path to the light is never guaranteed, and what works for some may not for others. For years Chase Gibson chased his redemption, only when he stopped running did he find it within.

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By: Jonathan M. King

Photos By: John Walsh

The Hollywood Park Casino has always been friendly to the combat sports. Since openings its doors in 1994 beneath the shadow of its big brother the world famous horse racing facility of the same name, the Hollywood Park has been in the fight business. Of the many who hosted events at the Hollywood Park, two promotions had the credentials to call the place home.

One of those promotions Spar Star MMA will be hosting their last ever event at the Hollywood Park. Since 2012, Spar Star MMA has hosted an astonishing 21 events within the doors of the casino, offering countless fighters the opportunity to showcase their skills. Many of those fighters have moved on to the big shows like Bellator MMA and the UFC.

Saying goodbye to the Hollywood Park will be certainly bring a nostalgic malaise, however Spar Star MMA memories will continue to keep you warm and fuzzy on the inside. Some great fights, some incredible knockouts, and who can forget the time Dub-C and the fellas tore the roof off the building?

Saturday will truly be a bittersweet day. The end of an era. Places like the Hollywood Park Casino have always been a refuge for the emerging fighters. They offered a haven for promotions to build the fighters, creating a consistent environment for grass roots campaigns to become professional endeavors. Places like these are certainly an endangered species.

Spar Star of course will continue. Although the goodbye is bittersweet the truth is they had somewhat out grown the venue.

Make sure you head out to the show early, the event will certainly sell out. Click here: For Tickets.  The event will also be streaming live courtesy of our friends at The Global Combat Network

The champions list(Spar Star Champions Crowned at The Hollywood Park Casino): Bellator MMA veteran Albert Morales, Farren Romero, Oneida Diaz, Paola Ramirez, Andre Nickerson, Bellator MMA veteran Marcos Bonilla, Matthew Spencer, Leo Imai, Jose Lopez, Jose Diaz, Daniel Rodriguez, Joseph Williams, Keith Carson, and Benji Gomez.

Check out our gallery of Spar Star Events Past!

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CXF Karen-10

By: Jonathan M King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

From 2006-2009 California Xtreme Fighting was a steadfast beacon in a sea of shady promotions. Originally under the guidance of Mixed Martial Arts lifer Mike Rush, the promotion flourished for 3 years utilizing some of the best young fighters in the area. Jared Hamman, Brett Cooper, Francisco Rivera, Tony Fergusson, Daniel Hernandez, Ara Muradyan, Jared Papazian, Sevak Magakian and many more all found themselves cutting there teeth under the CXF banner. Many of whom have gone on the UFC and Bellator.

Now 7 years after their last bout ended CXF has returned. The first card back from their hibernation featured the return of grappling wizard Karen Darabedyan who had not fought since 2014. His opponent Pablo Sabori was riding a 4 fight win streak, and was anything but a tune up fight. From the opening bell Sabori came out aggressive, perhaps hoping to capitalize on some ring rust. However, Darabedyan showed little if any oxidation. After a few exchanges, Darabedyan charged forward with punches and was able to clinch Sabori before taking him to the mat. Once there, it was only a matter of time before the python like choke followed.  Sabori was forced to tap due to a rear naked choke, halfway through the first round.

The tough opponent, and impressive win served as a measuring stick for Darabedyan who said in his post fight interview that he was now certain he was ready for a return to the UFC.

Also victorious on the card were: Matthew Spencer who secured a first round impressive armbar win over striker Idris Wasi, Joshua Jones defeated hometown favorite Tigran Grigoryan, Moses Murrieta took a split decision over John Gendron, Derion Chapman utilized a slick triangle to finish veteran Bobby Sanchez in the first round, Keith Cutrone TKO’d Edgar Khachatryan in the first round of their very entertaining bout, Andrii Vasylenko took out a very game Brad Robinson with a slick armbar, Chase Gibson finished AJ Bryant with a signature D’arce choke, Kyler Phillips defeated Taylor Alfaro in a one sided contest. Perhaps the most entertaining bout of the evening took place between Erick Gonzalez and Shohei Yamamoto. Gonzalez was able to swarm for a 3rd round TKO in a back and forth war that had the sold out crowd on their feet.

The next CXF event has already been announced, and is planned for April 23rd. After the last sold out standing room only event, this one will certainly be another night of exciting fights you will not want to miss. Get your tickets early. Stay updated with LightsOutPromotions and Bash Boxing by clicking the links.

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Main Event: Sabori vs Darabedyan

Main Event: Sabori vs Darabedyan

By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

California Xtreme Fighting: The Return

The Sportsmen Lodge, Studio City California

Weigh Ins

Bobby Sanchez (148 lbs) vs Derion Chapman (145 lbs) Featherweight

Matthew Spencer (184 lbs) vs Idris Wasi (195 lbs) Middleweight

Edgar Khachatrian (173 lbs) vs Keith Cutrone (170.5 lbs) Welterweight

Erick Gonzalez (156 lbs) vs Shohei Yamamoto (153 lbs) Lightweight

Taylor Alfaro (136 lbs) vs Kyler Phillips (136 lbs) Bantamweight

Tigran Grigoryan (168 lbs) vs Joshua Jones (170 lbs) Welterweight

Brad Robinson (205 lbs) vs Andrii Vasylenko (204.5 lbs) Light Heavyweight

Chase Gibson (145 lbs) vs AJ Bryant (142 lbs) Featherweight

Moses Murrietta (183.5 lbs) vs John Gendron (184 lbs) Middleweight

Main Event: Karen Darabedyan (163 lbs) vs Pablo Sabori (160 lbs) 160 lbs Catchweight

 

 

 

 

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By Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Photos By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

On March 4th, Lights Out Promotions, in association with Bash Boxing, will present a reincarnation of sorts. California Xtreme Fighting has dusted off their banner of war, and once again it will be flying over the warriors inside of a cage. We are proud to present CXF: The Return, which will be held March 4th at The Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.

Many of Southern California’s top fighters have cut their teeth under the CXF Banner including: Joe Schilling, Jared Hamman, Tony Ferguson, Joe Condon, Jared Papazian, Francisco Rivera, Aaron Miller and many others. Since CXF’s last event many have tried to fill the void, but none have been able.

“The Return” of CXF has one purpose. The combat gods have short memories, so we will jog their recollection by putting together one of the best fight cards of the year. CXF:”The Return” will feature some of southern California’s top mixed martial arts talent, all of them looking to move one step closer to the promise land. The main card will feature a mix of seasoned professionals, and talented young ‘up and comers’ that will end up being future champions in this sport. This is an event that cannot be missed, so get your tickets early. This event is certain to sell out.
Go To: www.valleyfightnight.com  to purchase tickets.

The Main Event:
Pablo Sabori (6-2 MMA) vs Karen Darabedyan: (10-5 MMA) 155 lbs
Both fighters have well decorated pedigrees, and they both come from outstanding teams. Sabori a native Brazilian will be bringing his well rounded striking game into the cage, looking to turn lights out early. Darabedyan a grappler by trade, is also not one to shy away from a fire fight. He too has explosive hands with excellent footwork, so a toe-to-toe war is a possibility. However, he has been inactive in MMA for a little over a year. Will the ring rust be an issue? Sabori is currently riding a 4 fight win streak, and a hot horse is always tough to bet against. This fight could go either way, making all who witness the only sure fire guaranteed winners! Both of these guys are highly skilled, so this fight may produce any one, or maybe all of the performance bonuses! Buckle your seat belt and enjoy the ride.

The Main Card:
Shohei Yamamoto (2-0 MMA) vs Erick Gonzalez (4-1 MMA) 155 lbs
This is a very intriguing fight. Both of these fighters had absolutely stellar amateur careers, which resulted in success early on as professionals. Erick ‘The Ghost Pepper’ Gonzalez a spicy striker with power in both hands, has deadly Muay Thai strikes. He is extremely precise with his striking, and on the mat he has some explosive jiujitsu. Shohei Yamamoto is a well rounded fighter with knockout power in both hands. He also maintains a CSW pedigree which could make him a nightmare if he secures top position. Both of these guys are on the rise, what a treat to see them compete this early in there careers. Experts always claim styles make fights, and this one is not different. This fight may end up being the Fight of The Night.

Mosses Murrieta (1-0 MMA) vs John Gendron (1-0 MMA) 185 lbs
What a matchup! Both of these guys seem to enjoy throwing their hands, and when they do, they tend to make a mess. Murrieta destroyed his last opponent via KO early in the first round, while Gendron recently slugged out a decision in his pro debut. Both of these guys can end the fight with one punch. Very often when you have that kind of power facing off, you end up getting a back and forth war. This fight could produce either Knockout of The Night, or Fight of The Night, or dare we dream both?

Matthew Spencer (3-1 MMA) vs Idris Wasi (1-3 MMA) 185 lbs
Both of these fighters are hungry. Losses can be motivating that way, they are tough to stomach. Idris Wasi is cardio machine, who went the distance in his last fight, his debut under the Bellator banner. However he ended up on the wrong side of a judges decision. Now looking to punch his ticket back to the big leagues, Wasi must first ply his craft at CXF: The Return. His opponent Matthew Spencer is also coming off a disappointing loss, and is flat out chomping at the bit to get back in the cage. In Wasi, Spencer sees dinner, one he must first hunt himself. Spencer a jiujitsu purple belt with heavy hands has fought here before, and is banking on the hometown support. Both fighters are excellent athletes so this one might end up a going the distance in a back and forth war.

Bobby Sanchez (8-27 MMA) vs Derrion ‘DC’ Chapman (1-4-1 MMA) 145 lbs
Sanchez comes in off a win, and brings over 10 years experience as a professional fighter. In his career he has fought UFC veteran Cody McKenzie, Bellator MMA and WEC vet Chad George, Bellator MMA veteran Mark Vorgeas, and WEC legend Manny Tapia. He will need to rely on that experience as he is set to take on the always entertaining Derrion Chapman. Chapman returns to our cage for the 4th time and is looking to put an end to a 2 fight skid. Both of these guys are pretty quick, so don’t blink.

Taylor Alfaro (0-0 MMA) vs Kyler Phillips (0-0 MMA) 145 lbs
Both of these fellas are making their professional debuts after stellar records as amateurs. Neither has tasted defeat before, going a combined 10-0 as amateurs. With 8 of those fights ending decisively, by either submission or knockout this is a fight you will not want to miss. Two young guns looking to make a name at the others expense. This fight could go either way, and may end up producing a future champion.

Chase Gibson (MMA) vs A.J. Bryant (MMA) 145 lbs
Chase Gibson burst on to the professional scene as an undefeated amateur with a whole bunch of eyes on him. Three fights into his career he finds himself in the midst of his first losing streak. Losing 2 of his first 3 bouts via decision, Gibson is certainly looking to getting back to his forte, which is knocking people out. In his way talented youngster A.J. Bryant who is making his professional debut. Bryant, a heavy handed scrapper, is eager to start his pro career the way his amateur one ended with a victory.

Brad Robinson (1-1 MMA) vs Andryii Vasylenko (3-0 MMA) 220lbs
Training out of Hayastan MMA, Andryii Vasylenko enters the professional ranks with one hell of a pedigree behind him. The concrete fisted grappler can end any fight in an instant, either with his vicious hands, or on the mat with his stifling grappling. At 6’5 Bradley Robinson will be the first opponent Vasylenko won’t be able to dominant with sheer size. If Robinson can utilize his reach he should be able to keep the fight at a range where only he can score. This fight is going to end being a battle of will, look for both fighters to assert themselves early in this battle.

Keith Cutrone (0-0 MMA) vs Edgar Khachatryan (0-0 MMA) 170 lbs
Both of these fighters are making their professional debuts. Cutrone, a submission expert has won all three of his amateur bouts via the tap, is looking to parlay that success into a debut win as a professional. His opponent Edgar Khachatryan also making his debut fights out of the famed Hayastan Academy, where he trains under grappling gods Gokor Chivichyan and Gene Lebell. With those guys leading your camp, you can expect a well prepared fighter ready to go to war. Keep in mind these guys are middleweights, so pay attention. Both of these guys throw bricks!

Tigran Grigoryan (0-0 MMA) vs Joshua Jones (0-1 MMA) 170 lbs
Both Grigoryan and Jones had extensive amateur careers. Jones is getting back into the cage for the first time since 2014 and is looking to bounce back from a loss in his pro debut. Grigoryan 4-1 as an amateur, is entering the pro ranks riding a 4 fight win streak, with 2 of those wins coming via submission. Grigoryan may maintain a slight edge on the mat, however Jones has much more time in the cage, and that experience could prove to be the difference maker. Also, both of these guys have the gas to go the distance, so keep a score card on this one, it could end up being that close.

In an Amateur Showcase, Jonathan Quiroz from CMMA will be taking on Leon Shahbazian from Glendale Fighting Club at 170 lbs. In case you missed any of our events check out the image gallery below.

 

KOTC 12.4-26

By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By John Walsh The Clinch Report

Fight 1: Marlen Magee vs. Jay Pinto     155lbs   3X5

Results:

Rd 1: Both fighters start off with an incredible exchange that damages both fighters. McGee instigates the clinch  but ends up on bottom. Pinto pops his head free from the guillotine. Both fighters stand up and Pinto again lands in top control as McGee falls on the middle kick. Good first round. 10-9 Pinto

Rd 2: Again both fighters swinging heavy. Magee rocked early but able to survive. Pinto in control after 2 rounds on our cards 10-9

Rd 3: Very tough round to score, both fighter exhausted. Pinto had control of MaGee’s body for a good portion of the frame, but Magee was the only one scoring with strikes. We score the round for Magee. 10-9 but the fight for Pinto (29-28)

Decision: Winner via UD Marlon Magee (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Fight 2: Chase Gibson vs. David Hernandez   145lbs 3X5

Rd 1: Gibson starts out very busy. Nice head kick and body kick from Gibson find a home. Hernandez charges forward with a multiple punch flurry. Nice judo toss from Gibson finds him in side control. Now in North South position, Gibson looking to get busy with the ground and pound. Quickly Gibson transitions to the back where he secures the tap.

Winner: Chase Gibson via RNC Rd 1:

Fight 3: Chris Culley vs. Kevin Michel   149lbs 3X5

Rd 1:Chris Culley controls the fight from the opening bell. Great strikes at range, but not many of them. Culley picking his shots has Michel in a bad position up against the cage. Nice transition to the back from Culley who seems to have the choke deep, and he does. Michel taps ending the fight!

Winner: via RNC Chris Culley 4:45 Rd 1

Fight 4: Dominick Reyes vs. Jose Rivas  198lbs (Catchweight)  3X5

Rd 1: Rivas lands right away with a nice middle kick but eats a few nice knees from Reyes in the clinch. Reyes moving well, as Rivas appears to be tiring already. Reyes systematically picking Rivas apart. Crisp jab from Reyes finding their mark. Diverse arsenal of strikes from Reyes, who lands with kicks and punches to the body. Straight left hand from Reyes, followed by another and another. Rivas drops and that is the end of the fight.

Winner: via TKO Dominick Reyes 3:23 Rd 1

Fight 5: Todd Willingham vs. Joshua Aveles   170lbs 3X5

Rd 1: Both fighters feeling each other out, as each are throwing single shots. Aveles keeping that right hand cocked but not letting it go yet. Willingham giving as god as he is receiving so far! Willingham wearing some damage already as hid right eye is leaking. The eye is closing rapidly. Left hook upper cut from Aveles starches Willingham.  Body kick from Aveles rocks Willingham backwards. Nice right hand from Aveles as well.  Willingham appears to be on borrowed time  Left and right  huge upper cut from Aveles and that is the end of the fight!

Winner: Joshua Aveles via TKO Rd 1

Fight 6: Alex Reyes vs. Victor Meza   155lbs 5X5 (For KOTC 155lbs Title)

Rd 1:Both fighters working out of the orthodox stance as the trade middle kicks. Reyes flirts with the spin kick but misses. Meza looking to establish the jab, then flurries forward with the 3, 2. Reyes lands some heavy punches but Meza circles away effectively. Neither fighter looking to set anything up at this point, all home run shot to this point. Meza lands a nice uppercut but Reyes quicly obtains position and buries Meza into the cage. Both fighters work free to the center of the cage. Reyes working out of the clinch lands  to the body but Meza returns with a head kick as the round comes to a close. 10-9 Reyes

Rd 2: Reyes landing with some power to the body, then changing levels to the head before exiting clean. Reyes now attacking the legs of Meza, whose output and movement have slowed. Nice rght hand from Reyes before taking the clinch and slamming Meza to the mat. Meza back to his feet lands a nice right on the exit. Back to the middle of the cage now. Meza standing practically still. Reyes circling around him. Reyes doubles up on the jab before changing to the body. Left hook right leg kick from Reyes. Meza attempts the head kick but blocked effectively by Reyes. Meza looking for a guillotine but Reyes pops his head free, and looks for an arm in choke but he releases it before landing a nice combination to the body. Both fighters throwing and even Herb Dean catches one! 10-9 Reyes

Rd 3: Reyes lands a big leg kick and Meza is hurt. Meza pinned against the cage as Reyes keeps the relentless pressure applied. Reyes now in Meza’s open guard. Reyes with a knee as they both stand. Meza appears to be moving better. Both fighters starting to tire. Reyes again with the take down. Nice elbows from the top as Meza is in trouble again. Knees to the body from Reyes. Straight left from Reyes. Reyes looks to transition to the back, but Meza shrimps free to side control. Both fighter stand as the round comes to a close.

Rd 4: Meza coming to life in this 4th round. Reyes still in control, but Meza lands with a huge uppercut. Reyes again working the clinch, but Meza works free. Now Meza stalking.Reyes lands a right and Meza slips into a choke. Meza works free as Reyes fails to take his back. Reyes again buries Meza into the cage. Leg kick floors Meza as Reyes swarms. Meza able to survve so far but now the choke is in and it is deep! Meza taps!

Winner: via RNC submission and NEW 155lbs KOTC Champion Alex Reyes 4:43 Rd 4

Fight 7: Will Noland vs.  Daniel Hernandez 185lbs 5X5 (for KOTC 185lbs Title)

Rd 1: Hernandez takes a hold of an missed middle kick and parlays it into the first take down. Guillotine from Hernandez but Noland works free and to his feet. Another take down from Hernandez this time a trip. Noland back to his feet again. Nice knees from Noland in the clinch but again Hernandez grounds the fight. Somehow Hernandez gets an arm and secures the tap!

Winner: via Armbar rd 1 And Still 185 lbs Champion Daniel Hernandez

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Video: By JT MEDIA

Sound By: Bob Fisher

In what ended up being a very close fight upon a second watch, Kevin Widdoes and PKG’s Chase Gibson entertained the Spar Star faithful with one hell of a back and forth fight. Ultimately, Gibson proved to be too much on this night, however Widdoes certainly made the fight an entertaining scrap.

With the win, Gibson ends his perfect amateur record and announced that the time has come for him to turn professional. Widdoes suffers his first loss as an amateur and will certainly be back in the cage in no time…Stay in tune for the latest from these two So Cal beasts.