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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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Bamma BB12-7

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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We are streaming the results for King of The Cage ‘Terrified’ Live from the San Manuel Indian Casino in Highland, CA.

The main event will feature current 170lbs champion Joshua ‘El Rey’ Aveles vs Kris Armbrister for the vacant 160lbs King of the Cage title. Also featured as the co main event is Jerod Spoon vs. Henry Corrales at 145 lbs.

Preliminary Bouts:

Fight #1 Bobby ‘The Kid’ Sanchez v Keith ‘Danger’ Carson 135 lbs 3 X 5

Rd1: Big John McCarthy is the third man in the cage. Carson starts with the jab, and Sanchez looks for the take down, then pulls guard. Sanchez holding on to the single leg, as Carson presses him against the cage. Nice knee to the body from Carson. Sanchez back to his feet, again looking for the single leg. Sanchez seems hurt, Carson landing hammer fists to the head, three unanswered and Big John stops the fight.

Winner: Via TKO Rd 1 Keith ‘Danger’ Carson (2:38)

Fight#2 David Evans v David Mitchell 170 lbs 3 X 5

Rd1: Referee Mike Beltran is in charge of the action. Big right hand from Evans prompts the shot from Mitchell. Evans pressing the action as he has Mitchell against the cage. Mitchell looks for a single leg, but Evans able to defend momentarily before being dragged to the mat. Mitchell landing soft rights from Evans closed guard. Beltran calling for action, looking to stand them up. Mitchell starts to work, only to be tied back up promptly. Evans controlling the posture well, as Mitchell cant seem to do any damage. Ref stands them up, and Mitchell immediately looks for the take down again, and has it. Nice right hand lands for Mitchell. Not alot lading bu enough action to keep the stand up away. Nice flurry from Mitchell, rights and lefts reign down. Again Beltran stands them up. Round comes to a close. 10-9 Mitchell.

Rd2: Big front kick from Evans lands, and Mitchell immediately draws tight.  Big shots from Evans, as Mitchell is hurt. Mitchell back to his feet, looks for the take down only to be reversed. More punches from Evans, Mitchell is leaking. Mitchell finally gets the take down, and the momentum back. Now in mount, Mitchell looking to posture up, and he slips off. Both fighters back on their feet. Nice knee from Evans, Mitchell again down. But again back up! It is all about the take down for Mitchell. Even though he is telegraphing it, it is still working. Evans controlling the posture well. Nice ground strikes from Mitchell, are scoring bu not doing much damage. Mitchell looks for a leg, but Evans stands only to be slammed back to the mat. round comes to a close with Mitchell again in top position. 10-9 Mitchell with the late control and take downs.

Rd3: Mitchell quickly achieves another take down,Evans throws a sweep and is now in top position. Mitchell able to get the body lock, and return to his feet. Evans sprawls away from another attempt at his legs, and lands a nice elbow. Mitchell throws a switch and achieves top again, big right hands find there mark, but Evans pulls Mitchell near again. Mitchell slips again looking for the back, and Evans ends up in his guard. Short elbows from Evans grind away at Mitchell. Both fighters are completely gassed. Referee Mike Beltran stands them up. Nice knee to the body from Evans, and another that lands a little south of the border. Beltran calls time. Mitchell will have up to 5 minutes to recover. Mitchell is ready. Another take down attempt by Mitchell is left unsatisfied as the fight comes to a close. 10-9 we have him winning 30-27

Winner: Via Split Decision (29-28 Evans, 29-28 Mitchell, 29-28 Evans) David Evans 

Fight #3 Terrion ‘Flash’ Ware v Kevin Michel 135 lbs 3 X 5

Rd1: Referee Mike Beltran is again the third man in the cage. Michel looking to establish the jab. Ware countering over the top with the right hand. Ware doubling up on the jab. Michel lands a leg kick. and a nice counter right hand. Ware pumping that jab, and Michel is already bruising up. Nice leg kick from Michel. Knees from the clinch land for Ware, and now upper cuts. Michel can’t escape Ware’s thai clinch. Knees to the body now for Ware find a home. Michel leaking as more knees find a home. Ware now looking for the back, but Michel holds a single leg. Hammer fists from Ware find there mark. Michel momentarily gets the trip, but Ware quickly gets back up.  Ware throws up his legs, and sets up the triangle, it looks deep, but Michel alive for now. Ware adjusts the hold, and sinks it deeper. Michel taps.

Winner: Terrion ‘The Flash’ Ware via submission (triangle choke) Rd 1 (4:26)

Fight#4  Eric Moon v Vince Alaalatoa 170 lbs 3 X 5

Rd 1: Big John McCarthy in charge of the action. Alaalatoa with a sizable reach advantage. Nice jab lands on the face of moon. Nice take down from Moon, but Vince gets back to his feet promptly. Both fighters trade lefts, with Moon getting the worse of the two. Nice body shot from Moon., as he changes levels and looks for the single leg.  Finally he gets it, but Alaaltoa quickly stands and takes Moon down. Vince looking to transition to the back is softening up moon with punches. Both hooks in, as he tries to flatten him out. Lefts from Vince, find Moon’s temple. Vince looks like he might have injured his knee, but he is still game to trade punches. Now Moon has Alaalatoa’s back and the choke looks deep, it is and Vince is forced to tap.

Winner:  Eric Moon Via Submission RNC (Short choke) 

Fight #5 Melvin Costa v Johnny Cisneros  185 3 X 5

Rd 1: Mike Beltran in charge of the action. Nice left hook from Cisneros finds its mark, but Costa presses Cisneros against the cage, before he circle off. Nice take down off the leg kick for Cisneros, and he is looking to mount. Big left hands from the back, have Costa in trouble against the cage. Halfway between mounts, Cisneros lands big punches.  Both fighters now trading shots, Costa is a bloody mess already.  Big power double leg from Cisneros drives Costa back into the cage, on on his back.  Costa kicks Cisneros away, but Cisneros throws the legs to the side before landing a big hammer fist. Now in side control, Cisneros trapping an arm, begins to reign down again. Costa back to his feet, but Cisneros puts him back on the mat. Round comes to a close. 10-9 Cisneros.

Rd 2: Costa starts out backing up Cisneros, feigning the jab.  Cisneros again takes the fight to the ground. Right hands from Cisneros land to the temple of Costa as he struggles to get back to his feet. Cisneros again back in control on the ground, but he allows Costa to his feet before he again slams him to the mat. Cisneros working from side control. Now in back mount, with both hooks in Cisneros looking for the choke. Costa rolls to his back, before Cisneros stands. Working in Costa’s guard Cisneros looking to posture up. Rude elbows from Cisneros make their introduction to Costa’s face. Left to the body, and right elbows bring the round to a close. Cisneros in charge 10-9.

Rd 3: Costa able to stuff Cisneros’s first take down attempt, only to be dropped with the second. Cisneros is relentless with the ground assault.  Now in side control, Cisneros uses some shoulder shrugs and short elbows to stay busy. Cisneros fighting for mount, but Costa doing well enough to prevent the transition. Now Costa sweeps, and ends up on top momentarily.  Cisneros again scores with the take down. Big Hammer fist echoes from Cisneros, as Costa thought about the triangle. SO far this fight is all Cisneros. Referee Mike Beltran stands them up, but Cisneros finishes the fight and the round with another take down. 10-9 CIsneros

Winner: Johnny Cisneros via UD

Fight #6 Joseph Condon v Sam Liera 170 lbs 3 X 5

Rd 1: Condon counter the attacks of Liera well. Liera stalking, is moving Condon around the cage. Nice counter from Liera finds a home. Both fighters still feeling out the other. Liera attacking the legs well. Nice change of levels by Liera as he starts with the body shot, and exits on the right up stairs. Big right hand from Liera starches Condon, who is on his bicycle. Liera now on Condon’s back, and the choke is in deep. Condon is forced to tap.

Winner: Sam Liera via Submission RNC Rd 1 (3:39)

Fight #7 Jared Spoon v Henry Corrales for the Bantamweight Title 145 lbs 5 X 5

Rd 1: Both fighters take the center of the cage. Spoon looking to establish his range, but Corrales quickly lifts him and slams him to the mat. Spoon, may have a guillotine, but Corrales escapes. Nice right hand from Spoon, backs up Corrales. Corrales returns fire with jabs and leg kicks, that back up Spoon. Both fighters trade on the exit of a quick clinch. Spoon’s mid section showing signs of bruising. Corrales lands low with a kick, that stops time. Spoon will have up to 5 minutes to recover. After a short break, the fight resumes. Corrales with a nicely timed counter right hand, sends Spoon backwards. Another low kick from Corrales drops Spoon, and again time is called by veteran referee Big John McCarthy, who takes a point for the second infraction. Both fighters are ready, Spoon gets the momentary take down, but Corrales gets back to his feet, only to go for a ride again. Both fighters back up and in the center of the cage. Spoon bleeding from the nose. Nice leg kick from Spoon. Round comes to a close. 10-8 Spoon because of the deduction.

Rd 2: Nice leg kick from Corrales starts the second frame. Both fighters eating jabs. Corrales lands a nice one two, and Spoon appears staggered, but he is not. Corrales now backing up Spoon. Spoon ducks under a jab, takes Corrales leg and gets the take down. Corrales quickly back to his feet. Corrales throws a leg kick, and Spoon takes him down. Corrales reverses and gets back to his feet. Spoon can’t seem to keep Corrales down for very long. Spoon breathing heavy from his mouth, as Corrales looks to counter. Big exchange with Corrales landing the better shots. Spoon is able to secure a single leg, but Corrales is able to pull free. Spoon again with the single leg take down as the round comes to a close. 10-9 Corrales.

Rd 3: Corrales starts the third frame clearly as the aggressor, and drops Spoon with a leg kick.  Both fighters trade hooks. Once again Spoon works for the single leg take down, but Corrales again back to his feet in a flash. Low kick from Spoon this time prompts the stoppage from Big John. Corrales seems ready. Nice leg kick from Spoon buckles Corrales, who responds with a three punch combination. Nice combination from Corrales as he changes levels and delivers to the body first, then the head. Left hand catches Spoon but he says it didn’t hurt with a head shake. Corrales gets sloppy with his hands, and Spoon capitalizes and again brings the fight to the floor. Now in mount, Spoon looking to land ground strikes, but the round comes to a close. 10-9 Spoon in a round that could go either way.

Rd 4: Again Spoon looks for the take down, but Corrales avoids nicely. Chopping leg kick from Corrales, and then again. Spoon marching behind the jab, but unable to land clean. Corrales counter punching well. Spoon seems content to throw one strike at a time. Now he starts to open up with the hands, but Corrales is waiting with the counter right hand. Corrales cutting off the cage well. Nice left hand from Corrales stops the take down attempt. It works a second time as well. Nice one two from Corrales. Spoon is able to duck under though and again is able to slow the fight down. Working in half guard, Spoon looks to transition, but Corrales shrugs him off before returning to his feet. Round comes to an end. 10-9 Corrales.

Rd 5: Big right hand shows some urgency by Spoon, but it misses its mark. Both fighters being very cautious. Neither wants to commit to a combination. Leaping lead right hand from Spoon, is partially blocked. Corrales beginning to find a home with the jab. Nice counter right hand from Corrales answers a Spoon left. Nice jab from Spoon snaps Corrales head back. Corrales ducks under a jab, returns with the right, and looks for the take down. Spoon circles away. Spoon’ mouth wide open as he takes a deep breath. Push kick from Corrales presses Spoon back, but he immediately shoots in and gets the take down at the end of the round. 10-9 Spoon

Winner: Via Split Decision Henry Corrales (Crowd very disappointed in the decision) And New KOTC Bantamweight Champion of the World

Min Event:

Joshua ‘El Rey; Aveles v Kris Armbrister for vacant KOTC 160 lbs World Title. 5 X 5

Rd 1: Leg kicks from Armbrister, but a short right hand from Aveles drops him. Aveles swarms with elbows to the body. Mike Beltran has seen enough.

Winner: Joshua Aveles via TKO rd 1 (0:20) And New KOTC Jr Welterweight Champion of the World.