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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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Promoter George Bastmajyan and Team Shafir

Promoter George Bastmajyan and Team Shafir

By Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

 

Promoter George Bastmayjan and his “Lights Out Promotions” team, once again put together an incredible sports exhibition that left a taste of every discipline on the pallet of LA’s loyal combat sports fans. The event took place once again at the Hollywood Park Casino, and just like the last event an empty seat was difficult to spot.

The MMA portion of the card, featured some of SoCal’s best such as Christos Giagos, John Robles, Ara Muradyan, TUF Alumni Karim Ghazi, Dmitry Gerasimov, Danny Navarro, Arsen Galstyan and Cameron Harris. However it was a fight on the undercard drew most of the attention. The pro debut of Marina Shafir. Shafir is one of the sports most highly touted prospects, and it doesn’t hurt that she is from Albany NY (Go Danes!).

‘The Supernova from Moldova” is known well too MMA fans, as being part of the ‘Four Horsewomen” of MMA. A team that features Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and of course UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey. Rousey was on hand, and working in Shafir’s corner with her coach Edmund Tarverdyan. The rest of her team, was not very far.

Shafir, had previously stormed through all of her amateur opponents, finishing them all in impressive fashion. Her pro debut was not any different. Shafir needed only 1:57 to defeat Chandra Engel via armbar. Aggressively Shafir, closed the distance early instigating her grappling game. Once the fight found the mat, it was evident that Shafir was looking for her signature arm bar. Engel did her best to defend and roll out of the first few attempts, but Shafir stayed patient and when the opening presented itself, she secured the arm and forced the tap.

Shafir, is seems to be destined for a successful career in mixed martial arts. Her extensive background, judo pedigree, and the dogs she shares the pen with are sure to keep her sharp, we can only hope the sport expands the growth of the women’s divisions.

“The Chaos in the Casino” series of fights are known in SoCal for being one of the best valued tickets in town. The dynamic fighters, and alternating disciplines give fight fans a look at several different sports, all under one roof, without ever letting you get comfortable. Just when a jujitsu exhibition tempts you into a glass of red wine, BAM, a muay thai head kick has you calling for the tequila! The Boxing portions of the fights never disappoint, they always feature consistent striking, devastating knockouts, and back and forth exchanges The Hollywood Park Casino provides the perfect backdrop for mixed martial arts, and all combat sports. They have a long history of supporting events like these.

Personal Commentary:

Supporting events like ‘Chaos in The Casino’ are crucial to the future of the sport. These operations often put their entire business on the line to put on events like these. The fighters get taken care of with this promotion, so each ticket sold directly supports local fighters.

Make sure you BUY a ticket and help support your Local Fighters!

 

 

 

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MMA Portion:

Vardan Sholinyan won via decision over Tremain Lewis

Arsen Galstyan, who won via TKO over Danny Lockhart

Emilio Chavez, was able to out point Dmitri Gerasimo, and won via Split Decision

Armen Bakanian won via impressive KO (punches) over Matt Doyle

Jay Bogan was able to secure an arm, and the tap over  Melsik Baghdasaryan

Danny Navarro took a UD over Fernand Vargas

Selah Williams took Damien Marzett’s back and was able to secure the tap via RNC

Christos Giagos TKO’d Preston Scharf  (Ref Stoppage)

TUF veteran Chris Karim Ghazi was victorious via submission over Dominigue Gutierrez

And in the Co Main Event, Ara Muradyan was able to win via signature armbar over a very game John Robles.

Muay Thai Card:

Sergey Martirosyan won via decision over Dennis Mendez
Levon Sargsyan and Ming Freeman, slugged it out, resulting in a majority draw

On The Boxing Card:

Alexi Zubov KO’d Ritchie Cherry

And in the Main Event:

Art Hovhannisyan peppered a very tough Miguel Zuniga for the entire fight and won via UD (main event)

 

 

 

 

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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