Posts Tagged ‘Spar Star MMA’

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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

And Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

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

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Bob Fisher PugilPix.com

Maybe its not the Coliseum in Rome, or even the Forum across the parking lot but there is something epic about the Hollywood Park Race way and Casino. In its hey day the venue was a crown jewel of the elite, and the regular stomping grounds of the famed ‘Rat Pack’. The halls echo with memories, but what haunts me is the specter of whats to come.  The last race went off a little over a year ago, however the venue has stayed active in many ways.

For years the Casino and Racetrack have been the home base of Spar Star MMA. Like the Coliseum in Rome, gladiators made their bones here. Like the Forum across the street, Champions were made here! Soon it will all be just  a memory. Slowly piece by piece, the buildings add to the memories as they disappear, but until then the fists will fly.

March 28th will be our second to last show at this venue. If you have never been to a Spar Star Event, ask someone who has and you will find out quickly what you are missing. With only to shows left, the matchmaker and promoter are planning to go out with bang, so make sure you get tickets.

The Saturday show will feature the return of Spar Star MMA 135lbs Champion Farren Romero. Romero will put her belt on the line against fellow undefeated prospect Paola Ramirez. The co main event is equally exciting featuring Spar Star fan favorites Leo Imai and Jonell Kimbrough who will clash in a 145 lbs battle. Also featured on the main card: Mark Perez is scheduled to take on the always entertaining Ronnie Mugica, and Cody Halleman will square off with Antonio Vazquez.

Tickets May Still be Available Contact one of the Fighters on the Card!

Also Scheduled Are:

Chris Hansen vs Javel McKenzie

Christopher Giddens vs. Carlos Chavez

Carlos Ojeda vs. Santiago Diaz

Julian Capucetti vs. Michael Reyes

Victor Hernandez vs. Victor Pages

Eugene Cacho vs Michael Braun

Daniel Yeh vs. Wilbur Gonzalez

Rogelio Juan vs. Justin Morgan

Victor Rivera vs. Patrick Fernandez

Avedis Terzian vs. Jose Lopez

David Lopez vs. Jesse Ehrlich

James Pace vs. Trey Branch

 

Below find our gallery of Spar Star MMA’s Past. Photos courtesy of John Walsh The Clinch Report and Bob Fisher Pugilpix

The History Making Liver Kick

The History Making Liver Kick

By: Jonathan M King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Spar Star MMA Thanksgiving edition was another well balanced mixed martial arts event featuring some of Southern California’s top young talent. Mel Valenzuela carefully crafted an intricate fight card that show cased some of the best gyms in the area. Tapout LA, 10th Planet, DogPound MMA, BJMUTA, Systems Training Center, NZT MMA, The Sweat Shop, and Chad George’s new CMMA are just a few of the teams that were represented.

Farren Romero made MMA history when she captured the inaugural Spar Star MMA Bantamweight title, after she was able to fell a very tough Danielle Mack with a cirrhosis endusing liver kick. Mack did her best to retreat and recover, but her efforts only fueled Romero’s advance as she flurried with straight punches that went unanswered. After the volume of strikes continued from Romero, the referee stepped in to save her from further damage. The victory for Romero was certainly sweet, however each title carries with it a target. With a cadre of young hungry fighters coming through the amateur ranks, Romero will have to continue to improve is she hopes to retain that new shiny belt!

In the evenings co-main event, Tapout LA’s Daniel Rodriguez took on Hayastan/Defiant Gym’s Hakob Ter Petrosyan. Petrosyan looked to establish his range early on however Rodriguez had other plans. A nice left hand from instigated a lazy take-down attempt from Petrosyan that was stuffed easily. Once Rodriguez cleared the legs the ground and pound came raining down. After a few more unanswered shots referee Frank Trigg stepped in to call a halt to the bout. Rodriguez maintains his unblemished record (6-0) as an amateur and is looking to hopefully parlay this latest win into a shot for a pro contract.

Rodriguez like the rest of the Spar Star roster of amateurs are certainly in the right spot. Just a over a year ago Systems Training Center’s Albert Morales captured Spar Star gold, now after completing his amateur career Morales is set to make his debut on one of the grandest of stages. Morales will be fighting for Bellator MMA in January against fellow Spar Star MMA Champion Fabian Gonzalez. Gonzalez and Morales are just the latest Spar Star Alumni to make graduate to the next level. They now join Ron Henderson and Jonathan Santa Maria as the latest fighters to make the leap from the local So Cal fight scene.

Spar Star is more than just a promotion. Or maybe they just properly define the term. Simply put Spar Star MMA promotes fighters. If you can do well in their cage, odds are you will do well in any cage. Promoter Tony Padilla has created a juggernaut, a snowball rolling downhill gathering steam, soaking up talent and spitting out stars. The Morales, Henderson, Santa Maria, and Gonzalez signings to Bellator are a direct result of his work. In other words, as a promoter, he promotes. Not just his show, or his brand but the fighters themselves as well. And not only when they fall under his umbrella, even after the a fighter has outgrown the Spar Star playground, Padilla stay invested. Padilla says it best himself when he says “Spar Star is a family!” As the head of that family, nothing gives the father more pride than seeing his children succeed!

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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Saturday November 29th brings everyone a unique opportunity to witness MMA history. Months ago candidates for a women’s bantamweight tournament were selected to square off in an attempt to crown the first ever Spar Star MMA champion. That title would be the first of its kind under the CAMO sanctioning body.

Last month the four semi finalists were set to earn their spots, however a last minute withdrawal left Danielle Mack without a fight. Since she was ready to go, and on weight, Mack received a first round bye. Her opponent in the finals Farren Romero had to earn her spot in the traditional way. Romero choked out her opening round opponent in the second round of their fight, punching her ticket to meet Mack in the finals.

With Hollywood Park Casino as the backdrop, once again the Spar Star Cage is in place and ready to absorb all the punishment the fighters can dish out. Many of these men and women will be using this platform as launching points for their burgeoning pro careers. So we can expect a high level of output from some very eager brawlers. Several of the fighters on the card have fought here before, a testament to both the quality of the show, and the character of those who run the operation.

The Nights first fight is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm, with doors opening an hour earlier at 5:00 pm. As always this event is for all ages. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. A few tickets may still be available so make sure to contact any of the fighters on the card for tickets.

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The entire Fight Card is scheduled as followed.

Antony Nealy vs. Kosmas Galatsis 181 lbs (Catchweight)

Roman Puga vs. Walter Alfaro 145lbs

Russell Beatley vs. Sergey Martirosyan  165lbs (Catchweight)

Tigran Grigoryan vs. Mateuz Grudziaz in a 175lbs

Nicholas Duran vs. Richie Meister   135lbs

Tizoc Froese vs. Javel Mckenzie       125lbs

Sincere Freeman vs. Mario Lopez   155lbs

Tanner Grant vs. Julio Rios   140lbs (Catchweight)

Jonathan Quiroz vs. Antonio Vasquez   145lbs

Eric Berganza vs. Jacob Sandoval   135lbs

Erick Gonzalez vs. Jonel Kimbrough 155lbs

JaShonna Owens vs. Selena Longo 145lbs

Hakob Ter-Petrosyan vs. Daniel Rodriguez 176lbs (Catchweight)

Danielle Mack vs. Farren Romero 135lbs

*Card is subject to change!

Some of Southern California’s best gyms will be represented including Hayastan, Tapout LA, 10th Planet, Main Event Gym, UFC Gym Fullerton, Systems Training Center, PKG, DogPound MMA, NZT MMA, The Sweat Shop, Defiant MMA, Team Sweet Science, and many more.

As always the stars will certainly be out, you never know who you may run into at a Spar Star show.

Check out some of our photo from the past Spar Star Events!

 

 

 

By Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Video By: JT Media

Sound By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

 

In the first ever CAMO sanctioned Bantamweight tournament, Farren Romero took on a very tough Aiko Ewing. The fight was the main event for Spar Star MMA “Fight Night Fright Night”, and for good reason. In a back and forth battle, both ladies had moments of brilliance. However Romero proved to be too big for Ewing, who eventually succumbed to a choke late in the third round of their bantamweight scrap.

With the win Romero moves on to fight Danielle Mack in November for the inaugural Spar Star MMA Bantamweight Title. The fight is certain to be an amazing bout between two very talented fighters. Make sure you stay tuned to Spar Star MMA for ticket information, it will be a fight you certainly do not want to miss!

 

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Sound Courtesy of :Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

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!

 

 

 

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Video: By JT MEDIA

Sound By: Bob Fisher

In what ended up being a very close fight upon a second watch, Kevin Widdoes and PKG’s Chase Gibson entertained the Spar Star faithful with one hell of a back and forth fight. Ultimately, Gibson proved to be too much on this night, however Widdoes certainly made the fight an entertaining scrap.

With the win, Gibson ends his perfect amateur record and announced that the time has come for him to turn professional. Widdoes suffers his first loss as an amateur and will certainly be back in the cage in no time…Stay in tune for the latest from these two So Cal beasts.

By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Video By: JT Media Sound By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

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