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By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Photos By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

Walking out of the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City among the crowd, the same sentiment reverberated multiple times on the way to the car. “Hey man, when are you guys going to do another one?”

Once again the Lights Out Promotions and Bash Boxing team has succeeded in putting together one hell of an entertaining night of fights. ‘Fight Night 2’ featured some of the regions top mixed martial artists, in a wide range of weight classes. The main event featured a mixed of young talent, and hard hitting veterans that left the crowd satisfied and asking for more.

Six fighters on the card in particular had heavier burdens than normal. With the up coming anniversary of the Armenian Genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire as the back drop, 6 Armenian fighters took to the cage to fight for not only themselves but for a nation as well. Alfred Khashakyan, Levon Sarsyan, Armen Bakanyan, Tigran Grigoryan, Davit Yeghiazaryan, and Leon Shahbazyan each represented their Armenian roots with hard fought efforts that led to a 5-0-1 record on the evening.

In the co main event of the evening Alfred Khashakyan plowed through Blackhouse MMA fighter Vitor Oristanio (1-3 MMA) with a first round KO that left the young Oristanio unconscious. After trading kicks early on, Khashakyan caught a charging Oristanio on the chin with an uppercut that folded his legs beneath him. Wasting little time, Khashakyan dove in with some vicious right hands that with the mat underneath gave Oristanio’s head no place to go! The last punch removing him completely from his senses. The knockout, his fourth in a row, puts Khashakyan in a prime position to get a call from the UFC. Normally fighting at 135 lbs, Khashakyan’s power and wrestling back-round immediately make him a contender in the bantamweight division.

The second co main event saw local fan favorite Thor Skancke (6-5 MMA) defeat journeyman Daniel McWillams (9-24 MMA) in the first round via submission (Americana). Skancke showcased his heavy hands early in the first round, landing with heavy hooks to the body of McWilliams before the fight found itself on the ground. McWilliams flirted several times with an arm bar/ triangle transition, but eventually Skancke threw his legs to the side and  landed in side control. Once there a few ground strikes softened McWilliams enough to allow Skancke to get a hold of a wrist lock. Which he rotated into the Americana, finishing the fight.

The win for Skancke returned him to the right side of .500. He also didn’t receive any damage, making him eligible for the next card at ‘Fight Night 3’!

Over all the event was extremely entertaining. The fights were a good blend of Knockouts and submissions, with a few leading up to the suspense of a judges decision. We saw a Liz Tracy make a huge splash in her pro debut, with a big upset over Maria Rios. We also will probably being saying goodbye to Alfred Khashakyan who now stands 4-1 in the midst of  a 4 fight KO streak. He should be getting a call from Sean Shelby and Joe Silva at the UFC very soon,

Lights Out Promotions and Bash Boxing put together some pretty amazing events. The dynamic blend of young talent, coupled with well known regional talent makes them a highly desired promotion for fighters. There are no stepping stones at a ‘Fight Night’ event. Like Thor Skancke said following his fight, “If you are not in the UFC, this is where the best competition is!” and like Annie Lennox said, “Who am I to disagree!”

 

 

 

 

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Fight Night LO 3.15-47

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Fighting in your debut can bring on a weird spectrum of emotions, or in the case of Liz Tracy its simply just another day at the office. Minutes before her walk out Tracy stood alone at the entrance to the ballroom stoic. Placidly pacing it was impossible to tell she was preparing for a fight. Her calm nature and cold stare almost made it seem Tracy knew something we were all missing.

Her opponent Maria Rios (2-2 MMA) came in with three times the experience, and would possess a huge size and reach advantage.  Early on it appeared that the reach advantage would tell the tale, as Rios kept Tracy on the end of her jab. However Tracy was able to get inside and drop Rios, who seemed to be concerned with the take down. Rios was never able to recover and perhaps her difficult weight cut coming into the fight contributed.

Once the fight was grounded, Tracy deftly took positional control and transitioned to the back. With one hook in Tracy was able to get her forearm under the chin of Rios, securing the choke and the finish in her first fight as a professional.

As her hand was raised the shocked crowd caught there first glimpse of a smile. One undoubtedly brought on by the realization that she did in fact know something, we all had only just recently discovered!

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By:Jonathan M. King  The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report and Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

Vitor Oristanio (1-2)  vs  Alfred Khashakyan (3-1)

The main event features two heavy handed, lightning fast strikers. Oristanio is coming of his first win as a pro a KO in his last bout.  While Khashakyan is also looking to maintain the momentum of a 3 fight win streak. His last win may have been his most impressive as he needed just over a minute to KO a very tough David Hernandez. Both fighters are looking to make statements with their performances which should lead to some serious action!

Liz Tracy (0-0) vs  Maria Rios (2-1)

Liz Tracy is set to make her professional debut after compiling a 2-1 record as an amateur. She will be sharing the cage with Maria Rios who will be fighting for the 4th time as a pro! Rios is coming off her first loss, and will be looking to take it out on the newcomer. However don’t count out the underdog when opportunity is on the line!
George Garcia (2-1) vs  Ron Scolesdang (2-2)

This fight is an early candidate for Fight of The Night. Garcia won his last fight over Paul Amaro via verbal submission, while Scolesdang knocked out Christopher Fajardo at the last ‘Fight Night’. It was only a matter of time before these two talented prospects squared off in the ring. Scolesdang may have a slight edge in the striking department, but Garcia’s possesses a pretty slick ground game and can end the fight in an instant! This fight cannot be missed!
Derion Chapman (0-2) vs Armen Bakanyan (1-3)

Hungry dogs hunt! Both Derion Chapman and Armen Bakanyan are hungry for wins.  Both fighters came into the pro ranks as highly touted amateurs, however things have not gone according to plan for either. Bakanyan has come up short on three decisions, one being a split, while Chapman is still searching for his first win. The fight should be an interesting match-up as Chapman’s speed will face off against Bakanyan’s power.

Thor Skancke (5-5) vs Daniel McWilliams (9-24)

Daniel McWilliams may not have the best record, but he is coming down in weight from 170 and at 6’2 will definitely maintain a notable size advantage. On the ground his submissions could be a problem. The scouting report on Skancke is simple, he comes at you from the opening bell and throws every strike with bad intentions. He will be looking to check McWilliams chin from the opening bell, however Skancke must be cautious. McWilliams is pretty savvy on the ground ( owner of 9 submission victories) and could end the fight with a submission in nearly any position.

David Mancha (2-2) vs Matthew Spencer (2-0)

Matthew Spencer is quickly gaining notoriety as a top up and coming prospect in the middleweight division. His tremendous strength coupled with his smothering Jiu Jitsu (Purple Belt under Eddie Bravo) make him a nightmare of an opponent anywhere the fight may go. His opponent Daniel Mancha may not have the best record, but he has much more experience coming in a veteran with over 15 fights under his belt.

Jonathan Greene (2-1) vs Gabe Lopez (3-6)

Jonathan Greene won the crowd over in his last ‘Fight Night’ performance, showcasing his durable chin, and relentless striking. Greene possesses excellent Thai boxing and is deadly in the clinch. His opponent Gabe Lopez is coming off a loss and looking to add another check in the win column. His durable chin and powerful take downs make him a formidable opponent for any striker.

Levon Sargsyan (0-2) vs James Acosta (0-3)

When two fighters are looking to get of the ‘schneid’ one thing is guaranteed, the fans will be pleased. Both Sargsyan and Acosta are eager to taste their first wins as pros, after both had stellar amateur careers. After going undefeated as an amateur Acost has run into some bad luck and is in need of a foundation win. Sargsyan is in the same boat after being DQ’d in his last bout, he is desperately in need of a win. When two hungry dogs get locked in cage, all hell breaks loose! Do yourselves a favor, DON’T BLINK!

Christian Bizarretty (1-2) vs Erick Gonzalez (2-0)

Durability versus Electricity. In one corner stand a very long Christian Bizarretty who has solid boxing, and a good ground game but his chin allows him to take chances most fighters can’t. . His opponent Erick Gonzalez can and has ended fights with one strike! His dynamic I.Q. changing elbows are becoming legendary and his technique continues to improve. This fight could end up being a three round war, or it could be over in a instant. One thing is certain get there early, this is a fight that cannot be missed!

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Preliminary Card

Levon Sargsyan (0-0) vs. Michael Reyes (0-0) 125 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Rd1: Excellent patience from Sargsyan who avoids a few big swings from Reyes. Reyeslunges and catches Sargysan who is in trouble. Big ground and pound from Reyes who inspires the stoppage. Winner :32 Rd 1 via KO Michael Reyes

Chris Schommer (1-0) vs Jose Rivas jr (1-0) 205 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Reyes enters to “The Game” made famous by Triple H in the WWE. Interesting choice of songs….

Rd1: Schommer looking for the takedown but its not there. He settles for a few leg kicks, then feign the take down again. Reyes digs to the legs, then lands a nice two punch combination before Schommer instigates the clinch.  Head kick from Reyes flirts ineffectively. Schommer in on a single and brings the fight to the ground. In side cross landing elbows and punches, Schommer senses the finish. Schommer sinks in the brabo choke as he moves to a north south position and Reyes is out as the round ends. Winner via head and arm choke Rd 1 Chris Schommer

Ashley Yoder (1-0) vs Maria Rios (1-0) 115 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Rd1: Yoder starts out more active, but Rios patiently finds her way into the clinch. Yoder backed into the cage, taking a few foot stomps. Rios now backed up momentarily before reversing position. Referee Mike Beltran calls for a break, and Rios immediately lands with a nice leg kick. Yoder with head control, but Rios gets free and again pressing Yoder against the cage. Rios with a big elbow to the liver that buckles Yoder.We give  Rd 1 to Rios 10-9

Rd2: More clinching, as Rios still in control Both fighters land with punches. Another nice elbow from Rios brings her again into the clinch. Yoder able to take Rios down. Yoder now in side control lands a nice elbow. Yoder smothering Rios, but Rios doing some nice work from bottom. Triangle almost locked up by Rios but Yoder breaks free. Both fighters landing with punches as the round ends. We give it 10-9 Yoder

Rd3: Yoder again with a nice hip toss take down. Yoder in side control but Rios threatens the back. Nice reversal from Rios who is now working from the half guard. Rios transitions to the back but gets swept. Now Yoder working in the closed guard of Rios. Referee calls for a break. Rios lands a nice combination and another. Rios flurries and Yoder gives back as well. Rios again lands with heavy straight punches that have Yoder rocked and backed up as the round and the fight come to an end. We have it 10-9 Rios giving her a very close 29-28 decision win. Winner by UD Maria Rios

Adrian Gutierrez (0-0) vs Tim Riscen (2-0) 125 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Rd 1: Riscen in on a take down, but Gutierrez appears to have his neck.  Riscen gets free momentarily before having his posture controlled by Gutierrez. Back to there feet Gutierrez lands nice right before getting dragged back to the mat. Riscen in the guard now, looking to land with the right, but Gutierrez kicks him away and gets back to his feet. Riscen again with a take down. Big right elbows from Riscen find a home. Gutierrez gets free and stands only to be taken down again. And the round comes to a close. 10-9 Riscen

Rd 2: Gutierrez starts out the aggressor, backing Riscen up. Riscen finds the take down again. Riscen steps over in to half guard and lands with a few punches before Gutierrez escapes back to his feet. Riscen find the double leg again, and wouldn’t you know he gets another take down. Riscen locks up a modified head and arm choke, and that is the end of the contest. Winner Tim Riscen via SUB Von Flue choke

Alyssa Garcia (0-0) vs Misha Nassiri (2-0) 110 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Rd 1: Nassiri lands a few rights and lefts, but Garcia  closes the distance quickly. Both fighters get away from each other, only to have Garcia shoot and achieve the take down. Nassiri curled up against the cage, as Garcia looks to pull her away. Both fighters stand up. Nice knee in the clinch from Garcia. Sit out take down tosses Nassiri as Garcia is just smothering her. Nassiri doing well for the moment controlling the posture of Garcia. Round end 10-9 Garcia

Rd 2: Garcia swings wildly and misses but is able to get in close enough to grab the plumb clinch. Nice scramble from Garcia finds her in mount. Grapevines flatten out Nassiri but Garcia cannot seem to posture up. Garcia might have the back, but sits out instead. Now she transitions to the arm. Armbar looks tight but Garcia cant seem to force the tap. She adjusts and that is the end of the fight! Winner Alyssa Garcia via armbar Rd 2 2:04

Christian Aguilera (2-0) vs Eric Steans jr (4-2) 155 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Rd 1:Steans lands a big left that wobbles Aguilera right away. However he gets back to his feet and takes Steans down. Steans looking for the guillotine. Aguilera rolls through but lands a huge uppercut that has Steans out cold! WOW. Winner via KO Christian Aguilera Rd 1

Chris Pena (3-2) vs Mike Segura (2-0) 155 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Rd 1: Pena with a nice leg kick to start off the round. Segura looking to counter. 3 punch combination from Segura stop Penas’s advances. Segura looking to establish his superior reach. Pena touches with the right hand. Big left from Pena backs up Segura. Body kick from Segura drops Pena momentarily. Oooh a shot to the pills prompts referee Herb Dean to call a halt to the action. Pena has 5 minutes to recover. We are back under way. Pena charges forward and glances with the right hand. Segura lands a nice hook but misses with the second. Nice left rom Segura gets Pena’s attention. Segura jumps guard but Pena gets his head free and lands to the body. Segura trying to control the posture of Pena. Pena looks to be transitioning to the back, but Segura shakes him back into the half guard. Pena digs to the body. Nice short elbow from Pena. Segura finally closes the guard, but cannot find any breathing room. Big shots from Pena as the round ends. 10-9 Pena with the late work.

Rd 2: Segura with a nice side kick to the body of Pena. Pena presses Segura against the cage, and then takes him down. Segura again controls the posture well, and then grabs an arm. He could parlay this into a sweep, but has the arm lock pretty deep. Segura with a nice Kimura and Herb Dean has seen enough. No tap from Pena. Winner via technical submission Kimura Mike Segura

Daniel McWilliams (11-26) vs  Costello (3-2) 170 lbs 3X5 min rounds

Rd 1: Winner McWilliams via RNC :51 Rd 1

Jason Williams (4-6) vs Darren Smith (5-4) 158 lbs (catchweight) 3X5 min rounds

Rd 1: Referee Steven Davis is the third man in the cage for this catchweight bout. Willams starts off with the jab, as Smith looks to get under for the take down. Upper cut from Smith just misses. Knee from Williams as he is backed up finds it mark but Smith powers right through. Low blow from Smith prompts Steven Davis to call a halt to the action. Williams looks like he needs a minute, he will have 5. Williams is ready and here we go. Nice hands from Williams touch Smith, but he lands a counter that drops Williams. Smith looking to take the back and does. Punches from the back mount reign down, but Williams seems to be ok for the moment. Smith now working the choke. Both hooks in, but it looks like he is finally under the chin and he is, Smith secures the tap in the first round. X170 lbs 3X3 min roundsWinner via RNC Darren Smith Rd 1 3:41

Xavier Stokes  (4-4)) vs Ozzie Alvarez 170 lbs 3X5 min rounds

Rd 1: Alvarez  in top position as Stokes closes the guard. Nice rights to the body from Alvarez. Short elbow from bottom by Stokes. Alvarez still in control as Stokes looks to control. Alvarez scurries back into top control, as Stokes can’t seem to get up. Alvarezs lands a single left, and then hammers the body with right hands. Hammer fists alternate between the head and body. Stokes in trouble as Herb Dean looks in, a few more prompt the stoppage. Winner via TKO 3:03 Rd 1  Ozzie Alvarez

Christina Marks (4-7) vs Melanie Lacroix (4-1) 135 lbs 3X3 min rounds

Rd 1: Mike Beltran and his mustache in charge of the action. Both fighter stalking, neither willing to commit. Lacroix springs into a combination that finds her in the clinch. Nice knee from Marks, but Lacroix rag dolls her back against the cage. Nice right hands from Marks. Lacroix lands with the knee to the midsection. Marks doing some damage with the short punches, but Lacroix refusing to give up the clinch. Underhooks from Lacroix help her keep position. Lacroix catches a leg momentarily and uses it to again get inside. Marks backs away and circles to her left. Push kick from Marks and Lacroix again grabs the clinch as the round end. 10-9 Lacroix in a very close round.

Rd 2: Nice right hand from Lacroix lands as Marks was moving away. Lacroix again utilizing the wall and stall tactic to quote my buddy Stephen Quadros. Lacroix again holding plum but not landing anything all that significant. Both fighter seperate and Marks lands with a pawing right hand. Lacroix again gets inside and lands a big right on the exit. Marks defending well against the clinch but cant seem to get any momentum as Lacroix is smothering her. Marks misses the uppercut and eats a left. Both ladies trading heavy punches as the round comes to a close. 10-9 for Lacroix.

Rd 3: Marks misses with a sloppy right. Lacroix catches the leg and uses it again to get the clinch. Nice straight elbow from Lacroix gets through the underhooks of Marks. Nice right hand from Lacroix on the exit. Marks scores with a left. Nice right from Lacroix lands as both women are landing. Marks lands a swift 1, 2 that starches Lacroix, however she walks right through to again get the thai clinch. Nice knee from Marks. Bull rush from Lacroix as the fight comes to a close. Close round but 10-9 Marks. we have her losing  a UD but this fight could be scored much closer! Winner via UD 29-28 Christina Marks

Eddie Jackson (4-1) vs Nick Reale (7-8) 170 lbs 3X5 min rounds

Rd 1: Reale starting very low, pawing with the jab. Jackson looks to be more upright and looking to counter. Neither willing to commit, until Reale charges forward only to be thrown on his back. Jackson with elbow to the mid section. Jackson steps over into mount, but Reale able to recover half guard. Reale to his feet and quickly gets the take down. Jackson looking to shake Reale off his back and does so. 1,1,3 lands for Reale as he looks for another take down. Jackson tries to hop out, and lands a nice right that drops Reale. Jackson perhaps sensing the finish looks to swarm. Reale in trouble, eats several unanswered hammer fists. prompting the stoppage from referee Steven Davis. Winner Eddie Jackson via TKO  Rd 1

Jeff Martin (10-10) vs Terrion Ware (11-3) 135 lbs TITLE FIGHT 5×5 min rounds.

Rd 1: Martins out quickly. Nice counter left from Ware staggers Martin. Over hand right from Ware. Martin gets the clinch. Ware moves well to get away. Martin again looking for the take down and he has it. Ware is in trouble as Martin is fishing for an arm. Ware gets free and Martin stands. In the clinch Martin with nice knees. Martin now flirting with the choke as he gets Ware on his back. Triangle from Ware. Ware now looking for the arm. Marin in all sorts of trouble. Martin able to escape. Martin now in the guard and slams out of another triangle from Ware. Martin now has Ware’s back. Ware in a very bad position against the fence as Martin looks for the leg. Hammer fist from Ware as the round comes to a close. 10-9 Martin

Rd 2: Martin immediately shoots but Ware able to keep his feet although he is backed up to the cage. Martin with a knee but Ware lands over the top and staggers Martin. Ware digs to the body as Martin is on his bicycle. Leg kick from Ware. Martin touches with the jab. More leg kicks from Ware. Nice chopping leg kick from Ware. Uppercut to the body from Ware. Martin bleeding from the mouth now. Ware again lands with several punches and a knee. Nice body work from Ware. Martin seems to be gassing. Again a nice combination from Ware has Martin covering up. Ware’s jab is piecing apart his opponent. More leg kicks from Ware, and again. Martin has spent the entire round backing up. Ware digs to the body with a crisp left right combination. Head kick lands for Ware and the round comes to a close. 10-9 Ware

Rd 3: Ware again starts the round backing up his opponent. Martin eats a jab and an outside leg kick. Martin backed up moves to his left to get away from the cage, but Ware is relentless. Double jab from Ware finds its mark. Right cross lands and moves Martin across the cage. Ware slipped but back to his feet. Nice knee lands from the clinch for Ware. Martin lands to the leg, but eats a right hand for his efforts. Ware is moving Martin around at will with his straight punches, however Martin able to get in deep momentarily before Ware shrugs him off and cracks him with the left. Martin down, Ware backs off forcing him to his feet. Martin seems hurt, but able to keep fighting. Ware now pouring on the ground and pound as the round comes to a close. 10-9 Ware

Rd 4: Ware start off right where he left off, digging to the body of Martin. Martin with a nice knee, before he charges Ware and presses him to the cage. Martin pulls guard but Ware has none of it, both fighter back to their feet. Ware again lands to the body. Martin drops as Ware takes the back. Right hands from Ware are not being answered some more find their home and it is over! Winner and Still 135 lbs Bamma USA champion Terrion ‘Flash’ Ware 

 

 

 

 

By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Filmed By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com and John Walsh The Clinch Report

That city is well fortified which has a wall of men instead of brick.”  Greek Philosopher Lycurgus

Christos ‘The Spartan’ Giagos (9-2 MMA) has become one of the most complete mixed martial artists in southern California. He has notable wins over Sevak Magakian, Chris Tickle, the late great Joe Camacho, Thor Skancke and Preston Sharf. In his last fight, Giagos secured the Tachi Palace 155 lbs title against Magakian.

However the celebration with his father and friends was short lived. The win earned Giagos another title shot in a gateway bout with Dakota Cochrane for the RFA 155 lbs title on August 22nd. More importantly the winner will almost certainly punch his ticket into the UFC.

Preparing him for this bout as always is his Systems Training Center Family. Giagos trains alongside BAMMA USA 135 lbs Champion Terrion ‘Flash’ Ware, WSOF fighter John Robles, and recent RFA standout Dmitry Gerasimov. With coach Ian Harris and Marcus Kowal in his corner, Giagos rounds out a uniquely talented team.

Giagos sat down with The Clinch Report, to talk about his now infamous celebration after his Tachi Palace win, training for his RFA title fight, and what it means to be a major part of the Systems Training Center family.

Christo Giagos is Represented By: Iridium Sports

Giagos vs Cochrane for RFA 155lbs Title

 

 

By Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Filmed By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com and John Walsh The Clinch Report

The sharpest of blades is forged with steel. Beaten into form. The edges razor thin, through brutal poundings and repeated tempering. Impurities at this stage can lead to catastrophic failures in battle. Fractures formed force confidence from the field of battle. A warrior who has no faith in his weapon is not an efficient warrior.

The same can be said of fighters. Although an individual sport, each fighter is shaped, molded and forged by the camp he or she trains. You may walk to the cage, the only one in gloves, but you are followed by an entourage who are equally invested in your prosperity. Simply because you are invested in them. There is a blind but beautiful loyalty to a fight team, that can only be built by repeated beatings. The camaraderie formed at the forge shapes a teams success.

Systems Training Center in Hawthorne, California is quickly becoming recognized as one of the best gyms in the Los Angeles area. Owner Marcus Kowal sat down with us to talk with us in the first of a several part series featuring some of the teams top young talent.