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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!

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By Jonathan King The Clinch Report

BAMMA USA has reached another milestone in the MMA game. “BadBeat 10” will be shown live on television in over 5 million homes between California and Nevada.  “This is a big step for us”, remarked BAMMA USA CEO Brett Roberts. “It affirms that the quality of our product is up to television standards. Now we can bring the excitement and energy of our live show to millions of homes. This agreement will open many other doors not only for the promotion but for our fighters as well, and it is a great way to celebrate our tenth show.”

According to a promotional press release: “Virtual channel 64, KILM is an independent television station with studios in Beverly Hills, CA. Under a local marketing agreement, the station is operated by Alki David’s ‘FilmOn’. Through this arrangement, KILM carries programming from ‘FilmOn’ and ‘My Combat Channel’. The station transmits to 5.6 million homes in both the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area and the San Bernadino-Riverside Metropolitan Area regions. An additional 2 million homes receive KILM programming through the ‘Channel 3 Dish Network’ in California and Nevada. KILM programming is also made available to a worldwide audience over its website (www.filmonla.com).  ”  (Via BAMMAUSA PRESS RELEASE)

The card reads as follows:

PRELIMINARY CARD*

Rudy Morales (0-1) v Tommy Gavin (0-1) 3×3 at 155lbs

Rd1: Mike Beltran starts the action and Gavin takes the fight immediately to his opponent. Eddie Bravo shouting instructions, as Gavin works short elbows against the cage. Gavin working for a choke, but Morales rolls into it. Gavin looks for the head and arm choke, but Morales sheds him. Gavin Stands, and lands leg kicks, Morales leaps from the mat with a flailing kick to the head, but Gavin again falls into the guard of Morales. “Big Giant Donkey Kong Punches” shouts Eddie Bravo as the round comes to an end. A clear 10-9 round for Gavin.

Rd2: Gavin looks for the jab, as Morales looks to set up leg kicks. Both fighters feeling each other out as if it was the first round. Gavin able to bring the fight to the mat, and is looking to get past Morales open guard. Morales loosely closes the guard. Morales able to get back to his feet, but Gavin again drags him into deep water. Morales looks to land elbows from his back, but Gavin is still in control. Round comes to an end, with Gavin again clearly in charge. 10-9 Gavin.

Rd3: Gavin misses with the leg kick. His corner asking him to set up the shot, Morales stuffs the shot, and lands a huge a big knee as Gavin shoots again. Gavin is hurt, and Morales swarms with vicious hammer fists that put Gavin on dream street. Referee Mike Beltran steps in before Gavin can receive anymore punishment.

Winner via TKO (Strikes) Rudy Morales Rd 3  0:41

David Duran (0-0) v Juan Archuleta (0-0) 3×3 135lbs

Rd1: Archuleta starts with a push kick but Duran lands a vicious series of knees that has Archuleta hurt.  Archuleta instigates the clinch and presses Duran against the cage. Both fighters fighting for under hooks, as they break. Duran lands a nice keg kick. And again as Archuleta misses with the jab. Archuleta misses with the superman punch and the following jab. Duran continues to punish the legs, but he eats a big right hand. Big takedown at the bell for Archuleta. Very close round but we are calling it for Duran 10-9.

Rd2: Archuleta starts the round the busier of the two, but again eats a nice leg kick from Duran. Big right hand from Archuleta lands, and he is able to secure the take down as well. Working from the open guard, Archuleta lands some short elbows, however Duran defends well. Duran doing a good job preventing Archuleta from mounting any significant offense. Archuleta able to posture and land a few hands at the end of the round. 10-9 Archuleta.

Rd3: Archuleta shoots in , but then switches levels and forces the clinch. Duran eats a left as he escapes momentarily but is again pressed against the cage. Nice body shots from Archuleta land, as Duran escapes. Both fighters trade jabs. Archuleta looks for the take down, but eats a nice knee from Duran. Big shots from Archuleta find their mark, as Duran gets on his bicycle. More straight lefts from Archuleta land and he chases Duran until he is able to force another take down. Duran back to his feet, as the fight comes to an end. Great fight!

Winner: Juan Archuleta via (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) UD 

Tim Riscen (1-0) v Brandon Frunk (0-0) 3×3 125lbs

Rd1: Big take down rom Riscen, and he is looking for the guillotine, but Frunk defends well. Frunk looks to land with the jab, but Riscen again brings him back to the mat.  Riscen appears to have the choke momentarily, but Frunk escapes. Riscen changes levels and again goes for the take down.  Round ends with Riscen holding position in the clinch, and the round 10-9.

Rd2: Riscen countering well, as Frunk seems to be content firing one punch at a time. Frunk lands a nice counter left to the body. And follows with some nice jabs. Riscen circling to his right, then goes for the take down. Frunk gets free, and attempts a take down of his own, but Riscen starches the attempt. Frunk reverses position and lands some knees to the thigh of Riscen.  Riscen shoots and schieves the take down, but Frunk gets back to his feet at the bell. Close round that we are giving to Frunk 10-9 based on his striking.

Rd3: Frunk pressing the action is able to stuff a Riscen take down attempt, and is now pressing the action against the cage. Both fighters work free, but again Frunk is pressing the action. Nice take down defense from Riscen, establishes dominate position that immediately transitions the back. Frunk able to shrug free. Another shot from Frunk is stuffed. Riscen appears to be gassed, and is back pedaling but he avoids another futile shot from Frunk. 10 seconds left, and they spend it in the clinch. Close round and fight but we have Frunk winning the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28.

Winner Tim Riscen via UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Dionisio Ramirez (5-3) v Toby Grear (7-4)

Rd1: Big kick from Grear starts the action. Nice one two from Ramirez finds it mark. Low blow from Grear prompts the warning. Restart. Grear looks for the take down, but instead presses Ramirez against the fence. Grear changes levels and tries the take down again, but Ramirez defends. Nice knee from Ramirez and he is free. Leg kick from Grear lands but Ramirez also lands with big punches and Grear is hurt as the bell sounds. Close round but we have Grear 10-9.

Rd2: Big kick misses for Grear, and Ramirez is swarming. Nice shots land, but Grear dives in for a heal hook. Ramirez rolls well, and is free. Nice up kick from Grear, as both restart from the standing position. More big shots from Ramirez as he throws the legs aside and dives in. Nice leg kick from Ramirez lands, and he gains presses Grear against the cage. More kneed from Ramirez find there mark, Grear drops, and Ramirez lands some big ground and pound prompting the stoppage!

Winner: Ramirez via TKO rd 2

Jeff Martin (10-8) v Victor Henry (5-0) 3×5 135lbs

Rd1: Both fighters feeling each other out. Henry is looking to establish the range early with jabs and kicks.  Nice clinch from Henry is reversed by Martin who presses Henry against the cage. Nice trip from Henry, momentarily gives him the back, Nice throw from Henry, who immediately sinks in both hooks, Henry looking for the choke, but Martin defends. Now the choke seems deeper, but Martin signifies he is ok, Martin doing a good job fighting the hands, but Henry is relentless with his jujitsu. Martin breaks free, and lands a nice right hand as he falls into Henry’s guard, triangle looks deep, and it is Martin taps.

Winner: Victor Henry via Arm in Triangle Choke rd 1 4:22

Alex Suhonosov (2-1) v Ozzie Alvarez (3-2) 3×5 170 lbs

Rd1: Leg kicks from Alvarez open the round. Suhonosov lands a nice inside leg kick as well. then a one two combo lands. Take down is stuffed by Alvarez.  Suhonosov misses with a big left, but then eats a low blow prompting the quick warning and stoppage. Alvarez contnues with the outside leg kicks, and appears to have landed a low blow, but the ref didnt see it. Alvarez swarms as Suhonosov turtles up and eats several big shots before the ref stops the fight. Replays show it was a push kick to the liver that appeared to be glancing that caused the damage.

Winner:  Alvarez via TKO (strikes) rd 1 2:38

Daniel McWilliams (8-20) v Jesse Juarez (18-9) 3×5 170lbs

Rd1: Winner Juarez rd 1 via TKO

Shad Smith v Noad Lahat.

Winner: Lahat via UD rd 3

Main Event:

Jesse Newell (7-2) v Chris Culley (17-10) 5×5 145 lbs Title Fight

Rd1: Mike Beltran in charge of the action in this 5 round title fight. Culley starts with a jab, then fires a leg kick that finds a home. Newell stalks and presses Culley into the cage. well still fighting for the trip, but Culley for now defends well. Now Newell has a body lock that eparlays into a single leg. Finally e s abe to secure the take down. Culley back to his feet, but still in jeopardy. Newell again has a leg, but Culley escapes and lands a push kick. Newell pressing the action into the cage, but the relents. Back in the center of the cage. Nice right hand from Newell. Culley lands a nice knee, and takes Newell’s neck but the round ends. 10-9 for Newell.

Rd2: Culley starts the round with new confidence as he lands a few punches right away. Culley lands a nice straight right hand. Newell still pressing forward. Culley circles to his left, and paws with the jab, Nice body kick from Culley finds a home on Newell’s liver. Newell gets a hold of a single leg, then presses Culley momentarly against the cage. Culley quickly circles off and lands on the exit. Nice jab, right combination from Newell.  Culley is now making Newell miss often with his movement. Jabs from the champion find Newell’s forehead. Nice leg kick from Culley as the round ends. 10-9 Culley.

Rd3: Newell eats a jab to delivery a leg kick. Culley lands a nice head kick, then escapes Newell’s range. Nice body kick from Newell. Culley’s southpaw stance seems to be confusing Newell, as he is getting beat to the punch by the quicker champion. Blood flowing from Newell’s nose. Nice head kick again from Culley. The champions movement is incredible. Nice combination from Newell started with the jab and ended with a leg kick, before Culley moved away. Culley returns fire with a vicious leg kick. Big switch kick from Newell connects with Culleys head but he seems fine. Culley returns to peppering Newell with the jab. Another head kick from Culley. 10-9 Culley

Rd4:Culley starts with the jab, then circles off and lands a leg kick. Culley now circling the stagnant Newell. kick from Culley catches Newell low prompting a stoppage. Action re starts. Culley doubles then triples up the jab successfully. Culley with a jab leg kick combination. Then a push kick to the head lands lightly. Culley catches Newell with a right hand that staggers him. Newell on his back, as Culley looks to dive in. Newell with a nice heel hook attempt, but Culley postures free. Culley walks away forcing the stand up. Newell appears to be gassed. Culley landing with straight punches. Big left from Culley, but Newell walks through the punch. Nice knee in the clinch from Culley, the round ends. 10-9 Culley.

Referee stops the fight

Winner Chris Culley via Stoppage (Corner)

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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