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The Golden Girl Delivers

The Golden Girl Delivers

By: Jonathan M. King

Photos By: Blanca Garcia

Jemyma Betrian entered the fight only her second as a mixed martial artist. However that number is not a reflection of her experience. Betrian transitioned to the sport after dominating for years as a kickboxer. Now training with Ronda Rousey, Marina Shafir, Jessamyn Duke, and Shayna Baszler the Golden Girl is getting a crash course in mixed martial arts from some of the best in the sport.

Across the ring from Betrian stood Chandra Engel (0-2 MMA). Engel accepted the bout on short notice and did her best to face the juggernaut before her, even threatening with a submission after taking Betrian down. However she was just outmatched.  Betrian’s pedigree came through, and despite a fever and the flu, The Golden Girl completed the task at hand.

Even after Engel achieved the take down, Betrian quickly scrambled from the bottom attempting an arm bar, that eventually allowed her back to a neutral position. Perhaps the take down shook something loose, because once Betrian got back to her feet the she never let off the gas.

Late in the first round Betrian began to swarm as Engel cornered herself. With amazing power and speed Betrian changed levels and landed to the body of Engel. As Engel reeled from the shot, almost doubling over, Betrian uncorked an ungodly head kick that landed flush to Engels nose inspiring a gushing leak. Immediately Engel fell backwards prompting the referee to stop any further damage.

The win keeps Betrian a perfect 2-0 as a professional and leaves her on a short list of future UFC Strawweights. Already the most educated striker in her divison, it would not be surprising to see her sign with the UFC immediately.








 

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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: Blanca Garcia http://blancamarisagarcia.smugmug.com/

Lights Out Promotions and Bash Boxing held their weigh ins for Friday Nights Fight Night, and all the fights are now official. Richard Leroy and Brandon Hastings are set for the main event. The fights will begin promptly at 6:30. Tickets for this event will sell out. Last I heard there were still a few tickets available through the online portal, but they are almost gone!

If you haven’t been to one of these events, then you had better remedy that situation quickly. You are about to miss one of the best So Cal fight cards of the year!

For Tickets go to: http://www.bashboxing.com/

 

 

Chaos 10.30-42

By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Photos By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

 

Once again Bash Boxing and Lights Out Promotions have combined forces in order to create a hybrid night of combat that fans won’t soon forget. The Event takes place at The Sportsman Lodge in Studio City, California and features some of the best young fighters in the sport today.

Main Card:

Georgie Garcia ( 1-1 MMA, 10th Planet) vs Paul Amaro (3-3 MMA, NOC Fitness) 125lbs

Georgie Garcia is a very talented grappler who has fought in the past for King of The Cage. His opponent Paul Amaro is one tough dude! Amaro can take a ton of punishment, and prefers to stand and trade. The relentless pace that both of these fighters push makes this fight an early candidate for ‘Fight of the Night’. This early bout may end up being one of the most entertaining fights of the night!

Levon Sargsyan (0-1 MMA, GFC Fighting Club) vs Ron Henderson ( 3-2 MMA, Blackhouse MMA) 125 lbs

A few months ago Ron Henderson was an undefeated prospect making his Bellator MMA debut. Henderson lost that fight, and then a subsequent one for RFA. Now sitting at 3-2, Henderson is looking to return to his winning ways. In his way is Glendale’s Levon Sargsyan, who is also looking to stem the bleeding. Sargsyan never was able to get started in his pro debut, losing in just :32 seconds after being rocked by a head kick, he was dispatched with the follow up ground strikes. He simply got caught. This fight could end up being a battle of wills. Look for quick, heavy hands from both fighters!

Alfred Kashakyan (2-1 MMA, GFC Fighting Club) vs David Hernandez (1-1 MMA, Total Training Center) 145 lbs

This is a fight I am excited to see. Both fighters have good pedigrees, and both like to throw heavy punches. Hernandez is coming off a tough loss to talented prospect Chase Gibson, so he will be looking to right the ship after a stellar amateur career. Kashakyan is coming off a huge win over a very tough Cameron Harris, and hopes to add to his current 2 fight winning streak. Don’t blink, this one could end in a flash! Early candidate for ‘Knockout of The Night’.

Christopher Fajardo (1-0 MMA, Fight Academy) vs Ron Scolesdang (2-2 MMA, Team Oyama) 135 lbs

Fajardo is coming off an impressive TKO over Paul Amaro in his last fight, while Scolesdang is looking to right the ship after a tough split decision loss to ‘Ruthless’ Rudy Morales in his last bout. That fight was in October of 2013, so not only will Scolesdang have to battle Fajardo, but he will also have to knock off over a year of rust! Fajardo has excellent hand speed, and tremendous power for his division but in Scolesdang he may have found his equal. This is another candidate for ‘Fight of the Night’, but could also earn “Knockout of The Night” status as both guys throw with chin shattering force.

Matthew Spencer (1-0, HarQore HQ/The Yard/10th Planet) vs Justin Vasquez (3-7 MMA, LittleRock Wrestling) 185lbs

Matthew Spencer is one of the top 185 lbs prospects in the state. After a standout amateur career, Spencer turned pro and won his first fight in dominate fashion. However he showed one weakness, his wrestling defense. Vasquez, a wrestler could be the perfect opponent to expose this weakness. Vasquez will have to remain on his toes though, Spencer’s purple belt pedigree could end the fight from any position. This fight could be a candidate for ‘Submission of The Night’.

Mario Delgado (0-1 MMA, The Bodyshop) vs Casey Greene (2-1 MMA, Saekson Muay Thai)

Another candidate for ‘Knockout of The Night’. Mario Delgado is coming off two TKO losses in a row, which makes him very dangerous. A fighter backed into a corner, or hemmed in by losses can be like a cornered animal. Casey Greene will need to utilize his surgical striking to keep Delgado on his feet. Look for Delgado to ground the fight in search of a submission.

Jemyma Betrian (1-0 MMA, Glendale Fighting Club) vs Chandra Engel (0-2 MMA, Combative Arts) 115 lbs

After an extensive amateur career that saw mixed results, Engel turned pro and lost her first two fights. One of those losses was to Marina Shafir, who is teammates with her next opponent. Engel is looking for her first win as a pro, and in her way a kickboxing legend Jemyma Betrian. Betrian transitioned to MMA last year after amassing a ridiculous record as a kickboxer (35-2). Now training with ground aces Shafir, and UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey at Glendale Fighting Club, a win over Engel could propel Betrian into the UFC’s burgeoning Strawweight division.

Co- Main Event: Jay Bogan (4-4 MMA) vs Jared Carlsten (3-2 MMA, Systems Training Center) 145lbs

Coming off two submission wins in a row the later by a very rare twister submission Jay Bogan is  making a name for himself as an ‘air taker’ and an ‘arm breaker’! After a four fight skid earlier in his career, Bogan appears to have reinvented himself as a mixed martial artist. He faces his toughest opponent yet in well rounded Jared Carlsten. Carlsten is looking to rebound after a tough split decision loss to Boostayre Nefarios (Marvin Eastman jr) in a fight that many observers had him winning! Carlsten is also an expert on the mat, and should this fight go to the ground, it could end up being a transition tango, that could lead to a lighting fast submission from no where!

Main Event:Richard Leroy (2-0 MMA, Sityodtong) vs Brandon Hastings (4-1 MMA) 155 lbs

Richard Leroy is a tremendously strong featherweight, with a durable chin. In his last fight Derrion Chapman tested his chin several times, only to have Leroy walk through his punches. Leroy ended up securing a choke midway through the 3rd round earning him his second win as a pro against no losses. His opponent Brandon Hastings brings some heavy hands along with a well rounded submission game.   Expect to see Leroy’s explosive thai striking early and often. Although it may take a second for these fighters to get comfortable, it should end up being an epic fire fight!

Check out our Image Gallery from Previous Events:

Courtesy of John Walsh and Bob Fisher from Pugilpix.com

 

 

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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Bronson Casarez is a young tough kid, with lofty aspirations. Following in his teammate Joshua Aveles’s (Current KOTC 170lbs and 160lbs Champion) footsteps, the Team Diamond product entered his last fight at Hollywood Fight Night 8 as a last minute replacement. He emerged a prospect, with a ton of attention. In that fight, Casarez outpointed 135lbs stalwart Dmitry Gerasimov in a very close fight. The win bolstered the young fathers confidence and moved him onto a short list of players in his division.

Casarez is now set to take on his toughest opponent to date in Jared Papazian. Papazian a former UFC veteran is coming off a big win in his last fight over Ara Muradyan and is looking to make the jump back to the UFC with an impressive win over a hungry young opponent. Don’t let the experience differential fool you, the fight should be a classic brawl, as neither fighter has the ‘backup’ in their vocabulary!

Also appearing on the card in support of the main event in a co-feature Muay Thai specialist Casey Greene takes a very tough Mario Delgado. Coming off a huge win in his last bout over Derrion Chapman, Richard Leroy is set to return to the Lightsout Ring against submission specialist David Fabian who is making his pro debut.

The preliminary card is also filled with local talent, featuring some excellent match-ups. Systems Training Center Eric Rios is looking to rebound from his first loss against another fighter,  Levon Sargsyan who is in the exact same position. Fighting out of Glendale Fighting Club, Sargsyan is also searching for his first win as a pro. Both fighters have explosive hands, and the matchup is an early favorite for fight of the night.

Featured on the preliminary card are some highly touted local prospects such as HarQore HQ’s/10thPlanet/The Yard product Matthew Spencer, Glendale’s Alfred Kashakyan, Systems Training Center’s Jared Carlsten, and of course Muay Thai Legend Jemyma Betrian who is looking for her second win as a mixed martial artist in as many bouts.

Betrian is perhaps the best prospect currently not in the UFC strawweight division. Although only 1-0 as a mixed martial artist, Betrian’s striking pedigree makes her one of the most dangerous women in the world at her weight. This may very well be the last time to catch her fight outside of the UFC.

If you have never been to a Lights Out Promotions/Bash Boxing card you are certainly in for a treat. The unique blend of combat offers a taste of ever discipline to even the most elite of combat fans. The unique atmosphere, beautiful woman, and celebrity attendees add to an always explosive card. The tickets usually sell out fast so make sure you order them now! For Tickets go to: http://www.itsmyseat.com/events/380443.html

The complete MMA portion of the card is as follows:

Remember The Card is Subject to change!

FEATURING:
• Jared Papazian vs. Bronson Casarez
• Casey Green vs. Mario Delgado
• Richard Leroy vs. David Fabian
• Angela Hancock vs. Liz Tracy
• Marcos Bonilla vs. Christian Bizaretty
• Mathew Spencer vs. Justin Vasquez
• Alfred Kashakyan vs. David Hernandez
• Ron Scolesdang vs. Christopher Fajardo
• Levon Sargsyan vs. Eric Rios
• Jay Bogan vs. Jared Carlsten
• George Garcia vs. Paul Amaro

Jemyma Betrian is awaiting her opponent.

Photo Gallery From Previous Lights Out Promotions Events:

First edit courtesy of Dmitry Gerasimov

UFC Champion Ronda Rousey poses with a young fan! #ChaosAtTheCasino

UFC Champion Ronda Rousey poses with a young fan! #ChaosAtTheCasino

 

By Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com, Alex Linares and John Walsh The Clinch Report

Chaos At The Casino 5, was one of the most memorable fight cards in Southern California history. Future and Former UFC stars battled it out in the cage in front of a sold out crowd. Many UFC stars were on hand to watch the fights including UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, Chris Beal, Josh Barnett and many others.

The card was headlined by former TUF finalist Karim Ghazi and highly touted prospect Dominic Clark. Clark was able to get Ghazi down early in the first round bout. Once there he quickly grabbed a modified guillotine and put Ghazi to sleep. The win moves Clark that much closer to the UFC, and also garnered him the ‘Submission of The Night’ bonus that was provided by 911 Tax Relief.

Thor Skancke also earned a bonus, for his devastating knockout over a very tough Matt Hagge. In a back and forth heavy handed showdown, both fighters had their moments early. However once Skancke was able to achieve top position, he was able to end the fight with some brutal ground and pound earning the “Knockout Of The Night” Bonus thanks to the Law Offices of Allen Saralou who sponsored the prize.

The “Fight of The Night” bonuses went to Christoper Fajardo and Paul Amaro. Both fighters gave as good as the received in this back and forth battle. Fajardo seemed to have Amaro heading for the exit on several occasions but he kept coming back. Amaro even turned the tide momentarily with some heavy haymakers that had Fajardo reassesing his approach. Ultimately Fajardo proved to be too much, and with Amaro hurt and down, the referee was forced to halt the action. The FOTN bonus was sponsored by Pain Away.

The biggest upset of the evening went to Amanda Bell, who was able to storm through Marina Shafir in the first round of their fight. Bell came out aggressive and landed some nice right hands, that had Shafir adjusting right away. A stiff right hand from Bell starched and staggered Shafir. Bell then swarmed her felled opponent and was able to secure the win with some ground and pound strikes that forced the referee to step in and stop the bout.

Heavyweight stalwarts Chase Gormley and Tony Lopez fought each other in a rather cautious fight that had neither willing to commit. Lopez started slow and was on his back for most of the first round, but was able to reverse the momentum in the second frame. Gormley appeared dominant at first, but then tired, as Lopez began to turn up the pressure. Late in the third frame Lopez attempted a head kick and his knee gave out from under him. Referee Mike Bell let him continue but repeated falls prompted a stoppage that immediately puts Chase Gormley back in the hunt for the UFC contract he so covets.

Also victorious at Chaos At The Casino:

Jay Bogan defeated Marcos Bonilla, Ruben Warr won a unanimous decision over Jordan Isordia, Vardan Sholinian out wrestled Mike Frear for the decision win, Jemyma Betrian decimated Hadley Griffith, and Joe Hernandez came back to TKO Arsen Galstyn.

Once again George Bastmajyan and his Lights Out Promotions team exceeded expectations. The well thought out matchups, and improved organization gave the show a very polished feel. The resulting amazing fights were presented properly in a quick fan friendly format. The event left fans asking as …”When is Chaos At The Casino 6 going to be?”

A very good question only time will answer.

 

By Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Videoed and Edited By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

Manny Gamburyan is set to take on Cody Gibson at UFC 178. This time he will be competing in a new weight class. Gamburyan will be dropping for the first time to 135 lbs, and is hoping the new neighborhood will be his permanent home.

Gamburyan has fought at 170, 155, and 145 lbs as a pro, very often fighting much larger opponents. The new division will mark his 4th as a mixed martial artist. Now working with nutritionist guru Mike Dolce, Gamburyan is confident he can maintain his energy at the new weight and is looking to make a run at a title.

‘The Anvil’  is also the consummate teammate. He is constantly helping other fighters prepare for their bouts and will be at Chaos At The Casino 5 on August 10th to support his teammates Marina Shafir, Jemyma Betrian, Varden Sholinian, and Alfred Kashakyan. All of whom will all be competing on one of the most stacked fight cards of the year.

UFC 178 is only a few months away and although everyone is talking about Jones v Cormier, Gamburyan v Gibson is a fight that cannot be missed!

By Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Video and Editing By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

Jemyma ‘The Golden Girl’ Betrian is one of the most dynamic strikers alive. As a kickboxer she is known the world around for her career changing liver kicks, and her lightning fast hands.

When you talk to her, its hard to imagine such a sweet effervescent spark plug, transforming into a killing machine. However, that is exactly what happens when the cage door is closes.

Jemyma refers to it as “WarMode”. Although the war analogy is overplayed in our sport, there is not really a better way to describe the sheer violence she unleashes when the bell rings. Her liver kicks can cause cirrhosis, and her hand speed is blurry, even when played in slow motion. Simply put she is the most dangerous striker alive in any division of women’s MMA.

She is already only a few fights away from the UFC.

Betrian will debut on August 10th at Lights Out Promotions ‘Chaos At The Casino 5’ which begins at 6:30 Sharp. The event will stream live on the internet. But if you can get to The Hollywood Park Casino, this is an event you won’t want to miss!

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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Video and Edited By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

After her last sparring session, leading up to her August 10th fight with Amanda Bell, Marina Shafir took time out of her day to talk with us about her training, and her opponent. Shafir also addressed ‘The Armbar Nation’ directly, with an assist to ‘The Queen of Spades’ Shayna Baszler. Check out what the future of MMA had to say as she looks forward to her second fight as a professional

Marina will be fighting on August 10th, at Chaos At The Casino presented by Lights Out Promotions.

For tickets Call: 323-243-7777 or 818-484-5555

Marina trains a The Glendale Fighting Club. We would like to thank everyone at the gym for putting up with us for a few hours.

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Marina Shafir

Marina Shafir

By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

All Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

The Past:

Pedigree can only carry you so far. God given ability without a champions work ethic may get you to the dance, but it certainly is not enough to ensure your tenure at the top. Becoming the best is one thing remaining there however, is a completely different animal. One only tamed by embracing the grind that accompanies everyday training. Champions live, they don’t simply exist. They are fueled by a different fire, cut from a different cloth. Sacrifice their only constant, and pain their only guarantee.

For Marina Shafir, that sacrifice began long ago. As a world class Judoka, Shafir cut her teeth competing against some of the best judo players in the game. Along the way becoming very close friends (“sweat sisters”), with UFC Champion Ronda Rousey. Together they trained to become the best, along the way forming a bond that would continue as Ronda transitioned from Judo to MMA.

“I have seen her transition from an athlete to a machine” Shafir said. “We used to eat peanut butter whole wheat bagels, because that was all we could afford. Now each meal is planned and only the finest fruits and ingredients! Its overwhelming to think about how much she has evolved to become this champion!” Shafir said.

The gulf between hype, and champion is wide. The chasm is filled with the crushed potential of pretenders who although once promising,dared to contend. Proper preparation is the only way across this divide. Still, there is no guarantee. Walking the tightrope of expectation can be a daunting task even for the most confident.

However for Shafir the motivation is simple. She fights for her brothers, she fights for her mother’s brutal honesty. She fights for the gym in Moldova her father opened to keep kids off the street. “I am my mom, I am my dad, I am made from them! I fight for them, for the last name they gave me. Not to make me something, but to make our name something.” Shafir said. 

In a world where prize fighters fight for, well…the prize, Shafir’s take offers a fresh breeze in a rather stale locker room full of hyperbole.

The Present:

The past is a majestic world filled with accomplishments, and stepping stones that have led to this moment. Unfortunately the present for Shafir is a cruel bitch named reality. Sure the reasoning is pure. Yes, her camp is sexy. But without the wins nobody cares. The great WWF manager Jimmy Hart was once asked why he dressed the way he did and he said, “The minute I dress like everyone else, I’ll have to sit with everyone else!”

And although not a wiry weasel with a megaphone, Shafir is not unlike Hart, at least for now. Until its her turn, she is perfectly content playing her part. As long as she is still on the players side of the fence. To stay there Shafir must simply do one thing, win!

Without the wins, the ends just won’t justify the means. Justification resumes August 10. On trial, will be Amanda Bell. At only 1-2 Bell would appear like fodder for the touted Shafir, however a close look at Bell’s amateur career reveals a glaring TKO win over Shafir’s teammate Jessamyn Duke. So, the plot thickens…well…a little anyway.Bell a well known grappler is a tough test for Shafir, however she is confident in all aspects of the game.

“If she wants to stand and bang, we can stand and bang. If she wants to grapple, well thats fine too we can grapple.” Shafir said. “I have been training very hard on my striking with Edmond Tarverdyan and would like to showcase it[my striking], but you have to see where the fight goes.”

Wise beyond her years, Shafir has a patience that allows her to enjoy the ride, without taking anything for granted. A ride she is extremely grateful to be on. “I really want to thank my coaches and training partners (Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and Jemyma Betrian), they all know who they are! My mom and dad, for making me, and George Bastmajyan for booking my fights.” Shafir said. “George goes out of his way for all the fighters, not just me. He is easy to fight for. I want to put on a good show for him!”

The Future:

Trusting in uncertainty is your best bet. At least it is when you are built fundamentally sound. Each building block serves as a stepping stone for the next. Each step rewarded with another waiting to be taken. The future is only a breathe away from the present, and moments from being in your past. Marina Shafir walks in some pretty big footprints, that carry high expectations. Unlike Rousey, Baszler and Duke, Shafir fights at 145 lbs. A weight class that doesn’t even exist in the UFC. However she believes its only a matter of time before it does. Maybe Shafir can serve as the defacto 145 lbs ambassador as Ronda did, to help usher in the new weight class. Maybe a stint in Invicta will be on the docket. Either way her patience and her surroundings never let the future blind her.

“I can never get lost in the shuffle, because of the people around me.” Shafir said. “You are the company you keep, and my company is pretty fucking cool!” Shafir said.

Wherever the future takes Marina Shafir, and whatever it holds for her, one can only make an educated guess. It may be here… It may be there.. However it will never be far from her past, and it will never be far from where she currently sits, whether on the brink or years past the break, Marina Shafir like her moniker claims, is a Supernova. The light from a distant burning star that can last long after the star itself fades.

It may not be set in stone, but it appears to be a ‘sure thing’, that in the sport of MMA Marina Shafir’s legacy will burn on, long after she is gone.

 

 

Marina Shafir trains at Glendale Fighting Club and is Sponsored by: Virus, Cucuone, Core Power

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