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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

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By: Jonathan M King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Videoed and Edited By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

I guess you could say Matthew Spencer has been reborn in every sense of the word. Spiritually and Physically it would be difficult to find a more legitimate role model. Spencer works several full time jobs to support his family and still has time to train religiously! Not only physically, but spiritually as well. Spencer is an active member in his church and often provides spiritual counsel to younger fighters.

As an amateur, Spencer had become somewhat recognized as a pedigreed fighter with a well rounded skill set. After all, he trains with some of the best in their respected disciplines. Most fighters in the sport of mixed martial arts prefer to find a home. A one stop shop for all their training needs. Super camps like American Top Team in Coconut Creek Florida, or American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose California, and even Jackson’s MMA in Arizona provide this ‘all in one’ fight camp that  resonates with some of the best fighters in the world. Like those fighters, Spencer receives the same training, in mixed disciplines. However unlike most, Spencer calls three gyms home. ‘The Yard‘ Muay Thai, ‘Tapout‘ Los Angeles, and Eddie Bravo’s ‘10th Planet Jiu Jitsu‘ can claim a piece of Spencer, as he represents sort of a three headed monster created by all 3 labs.

That Franken-Fighter, assembled from parts strewn around LA, made his pro debut at Hollywood Fight Night 8 presented by Lights Out Promotions and Bash Boxing, and all went according to plan. His opponent Gabe Lopez proved to be pretty tough, powering out of a deep arm bar, before Suplexing Spencer on his head. Spencer held on to a guillotine choke that in hind sight he probably should have let go! Even still Spencer quickly recovered without ever sacrificing position, and eventually he was able to secure  the rear naked choke at the end of the first round.Lopez fought off several attempts, but once the forearm was under his chin he was forced  to tap.

The win, his first may have been expected. However the journey to the destination has been full of road blocks. Life presents several challenges in everyday life. Spencer is no different in this regard. How he handles these issues, however is what separates this man from the rest. His approach to fighting and to life remain the same. His faith is his armor, and his family his heart. His allegiances may be between three different teams, but that loyalty is stronger than most fighter who call one place home. He may be late to the dance, in terms of age, however after all he has overcome to get where he currently is, with the faith he has, I wouldn’t bet against him!

For  more on our Exclusive coverage please check out our full report at:

https://theclinchreport.com/2014/10/31/costumes-and-carnage-hollywood-fight-night-8/

 

UFC Champion Ronda Rousey poses with a young fan! #ChaosAtTheCasino

UFC Champion Ronda Rousey poses with a young fan! #ChaosAtTheCasino

 

By Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com, Alex Linares and John Walsh The Clinch Report

Chaos At The Casino 5, was one of the most memorable fight cards in Southern California history. Future and Former UFC stars battled it out in the cage in front of a sold out crowd. Many UFC stars were on hand to watch the fights including UFC Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, Chris Beal, Josh Barnett and many others.

The card was headlined by former TUF finalist Karim Ghazi and highly touted prospect Dominic Clark. Clark was able to get Ghazi down early in the first round bout. Once there he quickly grabbed a modified guillotine and put Ghazi to sleep. The win moves Clark that much closer to the UFC, and also garnered him the ‘Submission of The Night’ bonus that was provided by 911 Tax Relief.

Thor Skancke also earned a bonus, for his devastating knockout over a very tough Matt Hagge. In a back and forth heavy handed showdown, both fighters had their moments early. However once Skancke was able to achieve top position, he was able to end the fight with some brutal ground and pound earning the “Knockout Of The Night” Bonus thanks to the Law Offices of Allen Saralou who sponsored the prize.

The “Fight of The Night” bonuses went to Christoper Fajardo and Paul Amaro. Both fighters gave as good as the received in this back and forth battle. Fajardo seemed to have Amaro heading for the exit on several occasions but he kept coming back. Amaro even turned the tide momentarily with some heavy haymakers that had Fajardo reassesing his approach. Ultimately Fajardo proved to be too much, and with Amaro hurt and down, the referee was forced to halt the action. The FOTN bonus was sponsored by Pain Away.

The biggest upset of the evening went to Amanda Bell, who was able to storm through Marina Shafir in the first round of their fight. Bell came out aggressive and landed some nice right hands, that had Shafir adjusting right away. A stiff right hand from Bell starched and staggered Shafir. Bell then swarmed her felled opponent and was able to secure the win with some ground and pound strikes that forced the referee to step in and stop the bout.

Heavyweight stalwarts Chase Gormley and Tony Lopez fought each other in a rather cautious fight that had neither willing to commit. Lopez started slow and was on his back for most of the first round, but was able to reverse the momentum in the second frame. Gormley appeared dominant at first, but then tired, as Lopez began to turn up the pressure. Late in the third frame Lopez attempted a head kick and his knee gave out from under him. Referee Mike Bell let him continue but repeated falls prompted a stoppage that immediately puts Chase Gormley back in the hunt for the UFC contract he so covets.

Also victorious at Chaos At The Casino:

Jay Bogan defeated Marcos Bonilla, Ruben Warr won a unanimous decision over Jordan Isordia, Vardan Sholinian out wrestled Mike Frear for the decision win, Jemyma Betrian decimated Hadley Griffith, and Joe Hernandez came back to TKO Arsen Galstyn.

Once again George Bastmajyan and his Lights Out Promotions team exceeded expectations. The well thought out matchups, and improved organization gave the show a very polished feel. The resulting amazing fights were presented properly in a quick fan friendly format. The event left fans asking as …”When is Chaos At The Casino 6 going to be?”

A very good question only time will answer.

 

Cali Love

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!

Live coverage of Spar Star MMA. From The Hollywood Park Casino

Fight #1: Eric Castodio (2-0) v Jacob Rosales (3-0) 145 lbs  3×2 min Rounds.

Rd1: Referee Miylan Ayers calling the action. Both fighters start with heavy punches and kicks, Rosales with he take down, and now looking for the choke. Castodio fighting the hands, and now gets ahold of Rosales’s neck momentarily. Rosales now back on top. Castodio controlling the posture well and lands a up kick on the break., Castodio again looks for the choke, but Rosales gets free and lands in the guard as the round comes to a close.

Rd2: Nice right hand from Rosales rocks Castodio, but he is able to instigate the clinch. Rosales again with heavy hands. Castodio with a nice leg kick but then eats some more punches from Rosales. Rosales now working in the closed guard.Rosales back to his feet for a moment before attempting to take the back. Castodio reverses position and finishes the round in top position.

Rd3: Rosales starts busy, landing with both hands, but Castodio still has plenty left. Rosales with a nice knee from the clinch, and lands with the right hand follow. Nice judo throw from Rosales has Castodio on the ground for a moment, but he bounces up and throws a nice leg kick that finds a home. Rosales plods forward with the jab, and finishes the round with a nice flurry.

Winner: 30-27 via Unanimous Decision Jacob Rosales 

Fight #2 Mario Lopez (0-1) v Carlos Chavez (0-0) 170 lbs 3×2 Min Rds

Rd1: Referee Larry Landless in charge of the action. Chavez with a nice leg kick, but Lopez counters with a push kick. Nice counter right hand from Lopez. Chavez with a lead left hook that finds a home, then a leg kick. Big right hand from Chavez drops Lopez, Chavez unable to capitalize, but then achieves mount. Now looking for the back, but the round comes to a close.

Rd2: Lopez flirts with the lead left, but eats a counter from Chavez. Lopez moving backwards, as Chavez looks for the big shot. Lopez pushes back the advancing Chavez with a push kick. Both fighters exchange counters. Low blow by Lopez prompts a stoppage. On the restart, both fighters exchange right hands, but then Chavez lands with a nice left that backs up Lopez. Nice body kick from Lopez as the round comes to a close.

Rd3: Lopez looks to be the busier fighter as the final frame begins. Nice side kick from Lopez. Chavez with a chopping leg kick. Lopez keeps switching stances, but eats a short left from Chavez. Nice right hand from Chavez, but Lopez answers with one of his own, followed by a leg kick. Both fighters going for it, Lopez eats a huge right and goes down right before the round ends.

Winner: 29-28 30-27 30-27 Carlos Chavez via UD

Fight #3: Jesse Fox (0-1) v Bryce Zarraga (0-0) 3×2 min Rds 155 lbs

Rd1: Both fighters touch gloves and we are underway. Fox moving well, but Zarraga able to land with the jab. Long feeling out process, but a huge left from Fox drops Zarraga. Fox now working in the closed guard. He postures up and lands some big ground and pound as the round comes to a close.

Rd2: Zarraga shoots for a take down, but Fox sprawls away. Zarraga relentlessly attacking the single leg, but Fox is able to defend. Nice knee to the body by Fox, as both fighters clinch. Nice leg kick from Fox. Zarraga ducks under a left and again shoots to no avail. Fox defending well against the take down but un able to provide any offense.

Rd3: Nice kick to the body by Fox, and now its Fox pressing Zarraga against the cage. Fox working in Zarraga’s guard. Zarraga looks to hit a switch, but Fox is able to take the neck. Front chancery from Fox, as he drags Zarraga to the mat. Fox looking for an arm, decides to finish the fight landing ground and pound.

Winner: Jesse Fox via UD 

Fight #4: Angel Gonzalez (1-0) v Tanner Grant (1-0) 3×2 min Rds 145 lbs

Rd1: The third man in the cage is again Larry Landless. Grant starts out snapping the jab. Grant able to get the back of Gonzalez, but unable to get in his hooks. Now he has both hooks in, but Gonzalez defends the choke well. Great job hand fighting from Gonzalez but he is still in trouble. Gonzalez is able to survive the round.

Rd2: Big kick from Gonzalez lands but Grant with a nice take down. Both fighters scramble on the mat, but Grant able to get top position. Grant in the half guard looking to mount. Gonzalez holding on, as Grant tries to posture up. Shoulder shrugs from Grant. Nice right hand on the ground from Grant. Both fighters too their feet as the round ends.

Rd3: Grant comes out strong again, and quickly gets to the back of Gonzalez. Gonzalez again defends the choke well. Big ground and pound from Grant breaks up the search for a submission. Both hooks in for Grant, as more right hands find the side of Gonzalez’s head. Round comes to a close.

Winner: Grant via UD

Fight #5: Dominick Reyes (1-0) v Tywone Cotton (0-0) 3×2 Min Rounds 205lbs

Rd1: Milan Ayers will call the action. Both fighters start and land with low kicks, Reyes using the legs to establish the distance, then closes with a multiple punch combination. Leg Kick from reyes. Reyes pumping the jab, cotton is in trouble and he goes down. That is it.

Winner: Reyes via TKO Rd 1

Fight #6 Henry Mendez (1-2) v Antonio Vazquez (1-1) 3×2 min Rounds 145 lbs

Rd1: Larry Landless the third man in the cage. Vazquez looks for a take down and gets it. Mendez closes the guard, as Vazquez looks to land. Referee stands them up. Vazquez again gets the take down. Mendez looks for a triangle, and has it deep, but Vazquez escapes. Now back in Mendez Guard, Vazquez looking to posture up as the round comes to a close.

Rd2: Vazquez again gets the take down, but the ref stands them up after no action. Vazquez again brings the fight to the mat, however Mendez reverses position.  Vazquez controls the posture as Mendez looks to start with the ground and pound but the round comes to an end.

Rd3: Mendez looks for another take down, but Vazquez able to defend. Only to be taken down a moment later. Vazquez able to tie up Mendez forcing the stand up. Mendez again with another take down. Vazquez closes the guard and looks for an arm before the round and the fight come to an end.

Winner: Vazquez via UD

Fight #7 Kevin Widdoes (1-0) v Jose Antonio Ahumada (0-0)

Rd1: Widdoes starts out pressing the action. Nice leg kick lands before the fight goes to the mat. Widdoes looking to mount from the 1/2 guard and he gets it. Big ground and pound from Widdoes, as the Ref looks in and that is it!

Winner: Kevin Widdoes via TKO rd 1

Fight #8 Derrick Martinez (0-2) v Lionel Mathews (0-0) 265 lbs 3x 2 min Rounds

Winner: Martinez via KO :22 Rd 1

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Mixed Martial Arts is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. The popularity of the UFC has crept into the mainstream, and given birth to a whole new generation of fighters that cut their teeth on the local scene. For these fighters, the ‘steel sharpens steel’ mentality has created the need for amateur competitions to showcase and test the skills learned.

These “local” shows have the look and feel of the old school smokers, however with CAMO watching closely, the fights and fighters are regulated and safety is always the number one concern.

Spar Star MMA has been consistently putting on amazing fights at the amateur level, and for this event they teamed with Tapout LA Gym to exhibit some of the best young fighters in the area. This night continued that trend. With promoters like Tony Padilla (T Bone Steakz), and gyms like Tapout, the amateur MMA scene  in Southern California has a bright future!

Below is a photo gallery of some of the evenings fights. In between each fight were several ’round robin’ jujitsu exhibitions that gave several young athletes the opportunity to highlight their individual art.