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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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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Photos By: Bob Fish Pugilpix.com

Spar Star MMA has been recognized by the C.A.M.O (California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization) along with California Fight League (CFL) to host the Southern California Regional Tournament. On Oct 3rd, Spar Star MMA will host the regional finals in the Heavyweight, Welterweight, Bantamweight, and Flyweight divisions.  The winners of these bouts, will move on to the finals where eventually a State Champion will be crowned, but wait there is more!

In the Southern California Heavyweight Finals Spar Star MMA Champion Jose Lopez (5-0 CAMO) will take on Sau Tafao (2-1 CAMO). The winner will move on to the finals for the State Championship, but they will also walk away with the Spar Star MMA Heavyweight Title.  Both fighters will be primed and ready for certain, as there is more than just bragging rights on the line.

In a highly anticipated rematch Sergio Marroquin (5-3-0-1 CAMO) will take on Santiago Diaz (3-2 CAMO). In their first go around, Diaz was able to survive an early knockdown to out point a tiring Marroquin who came in on short notice. Now with both contestants properly prepared, this fight should end up being everything the first round was last time. The winner will become the Spar Star MMA #1 Contender for the Heavyweight title.

Defiants MMA’s Adrian Gonzalez (4-0 CAMO) will take on Dog Pound MMA‘s Carlos Chavez (3-0 CAMO) in a welterweight contest that will determine the Southern California Champion and will advance to the finals in the state wide tournament. The winner of the bout will also advance to the finals for the vacant Spar Star MMA 170 lbs Title.

Due to an injury Lonnie Huey still awaits his opponent in the 135 lbs division. However the winner will be crowned the Southern California champion, and will advance to the state finals in the CAMO sanctioned tournament. The opportunity is certain to bring out the best in whoever takes advantage!

In the featherweight division Systems Training Center‘s Rocky Morales (5-0 CAMO) will throw down with Sityodtong LA’s Gilbert Nakatani (2-1 CAMO) in a donnybrook that has duel title implications. The winner will not only advance to the state finals, but they will do so as the Spar Star MMA Champion. Neither fighter has 

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The card will also feature the Spar Star MMA 145 lbs Title fight between Leo Imai and Roman Puga. Both are Spar Star MMA fan favorites fighting out of local camps; Imai out of Robot Fight and Fitness in Santa Monica, while Puga is a student of the late-great Joe Camacho and Mihai Valeriu at MMAFC. Both fighters earned their way to this point winning their respective brackets in the first ever Spar Star tournament. Whoever wins, one thing is guaranteed Spar Star MMA is certain to have a shining example at the top of the 145 lbs division!

 

Both Spar Star MMA and CFL have a long history of putting together competitive fight cards that have produced some of the states finest young talent in recent years. Promotions like their deserve accolades especially since so many of late have been stealing the headlines in a bad way. Its refreshing when you look at the current state of chaos and realize its already a thing of the past.

 

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By: Jonathan M. King

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

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Jose Lopez looking for the finish!

Jose Lopez looking for the finish!

History sets the tone. It may not always give you an accurate depiction of the present, but the past tells the story. Yesterday is what makes us look forward to today. In the fight world, the past serves as a reminder as where you are, where you were, and most importantly how far you have come!

When Santiago Diaz (3-1) looks back at his still young amateur career he can see progress. After losing his first bout (a close decision), Diaz has rallied with 3 straight impressive wins, with two of those victories coming by way of  impressive knockout. The string of victories have vaulted Diaz up the state rankings, where he sits as the #5 Heavyweight.

His opponent Jose Lopez (4-0), is no stranger to Diaz. In fact it was Lopez who handed Diaz his first and only loss. Since that win, Lopez has only managed to fight once, a bout he won via disqualification. Unfortunately since no one will fight him, his inactivity has led to his current ranking as the #7 Heavyweight in the state, despite his win over Diaz.

History’s only flaw, is today. Today history has melted into the present, and currently we have two colossal men set to face off for the second time. Lopez looks to remain undefeated as an amateur, and a more confident Diaz will look to avenge his only loss while maintaining his current win streak.

This fight has the makings of being better than the epic first bout. Will Diaz’s new found success in the cage carry him over the undefeated Lopez? Will Lopez once again be able to vanquish his familiar foe? (Insert Batman Music Here)

There is only one way to find out! Come to the Hollywood Park Casino on May 30th, buy a ticket and enjoy the carnage! For tickets and information go to: www.SparStarPromotions.com

 

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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Video: Courtesy of JT Media, LLC

UPDATE: Women Named for the tournament! 

Aiko Ewing vs Farren Romero will square off in the first bout, while Danielle Mack vs Paola Ramirez will face each other in the second opening round bout on Oct 11, at The Hollywood Park Casino. The winners will fight for the inaugural Spar Star MMA Womens Bantamweight Title which will take place Nov 29th at Spar Star MMA’s Thanksgiving Fight Weekend!

Tickets are available now!

Spar Star MMA Promoter Tony Padilla, and ‘Matchmaker Mel’ are putting together the first ever CAMO Womens Bantamweight Tournament. With the next two dates secured, the promotion is in prime position to put together a round robin tournament at the amateur level.

October 11th will feature the opening round as four women will enter the cage, each with a chance to move on to the November finals. On the line the inaugural Spar Star MMA Womens Bantamweight title, and bragging rights as the first ever CAMO sanctioned tournament winner.

The tournament is just the latest addition to what is shaping up to be an amazing fight card. Stay Tuned for more details!

 

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By Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Spar Star MMA is known throughout the Southern Californian region for there amazing amateur showcases. Once again some of the best young mixed martial artists entered the cage. Some dreams were realized, while others were derailed.

Promoter Tony Padilla and his team started with a small snow ball, which has now tripled in size and moves of its own accord. The momentum this promotion has created is fueling a buzz that was making waves across the country. For the first time the event was streamed live online for free, and people were watching live, across the country. Padilla and his team cut their own path, and for fighters that path serves as directions to the ‘big show’.

Fight Card:

Craig Plaskett fighting out of Hayastan MMA, moved his amateur record to 2-0, when he was able finish a very tough Steven Ayala who was making his debut. Plaskett utilized his superior striking to secure the TKO in the 2nd round of the fight.

Lance Lee, Plaskett’s Hayastan MMA teammate also won his fight via split decision over Jose Granillo. Granillo who fighting out of Kings MMA, came up short in a very close split decision.

Sergio Perez completed the perfect evening for Hayastan, when he was able to defeat Jonathan Quiroz.

The highlight of the evening was also the most pleasant surprise. Super Heavyweights Hernan Sebastiani and Edward Rodriguez shook up the entire casino with their incredible brawl. Both fighters showed tremendous heart, and surprising technique. Sebastiani even throwing some nice head kicks. Which is not easy especially when you weigh nearly 400 lbs! In the end, Sebastiani was able to secure the win in a fight that had the entire crowd standing in approval.

In the main event ‘Dog Pound MMA’s’ Jose Lopez remained perfect as an amateur after cruising past an overwhelmed Santiago Diaz.

 

 

 

 

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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!