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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 The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh

Leo Imai took on a tough Alejandro Flores and dispatched him in rather quick fashion. Imai quickly becoming a name to remember in the Southern California amateur ranks. Imai now 2-0 under the CAMO umbrella and his stock is rising rapidly. Imai has looked impressive in both of his wins, and fighting out of the up and coming team at Robot Fight and Fitness, the sky’s the limit for this young fighter.

Make sure you look for him fighting under the Spar Star Banner in the near future!