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IMG_8356By: Jonathan King

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Photos By: Bob Fisher Pugilpix.com

Once again the unholy union that is Lights Out Promotions and Bash Boxing, will take over the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City California for one of the most competitive fight cards they have ever put together. They leave you salivating for more fights and often, but you understand the time between cards when you see the match ups that take place. It truly is a proving grounds of MMA. For young fighter this is the place to find out if you have what it takes, for those veterans who find themselves in the midst of a transition, this is the perfect cage to keep balance to a name on the brink.

The records are according http://www.mixedmartialarts.com

Eddie Mendez (7-3-1 MMA) vs Curtis Millender (8-2 MMA)

At a catchweight of 175lbs Former UFC grappler Eddie Mendez is set to take on former Bellator MMA striking specialist Curtis Millender in what should be a classic matchup that puts style versus style, with a little extra flavor. Both fighters really need this win to earn a spot on a big card for their next fight. A win here, certainly will carry some momentum, while a loss would be a major setback! With all that is on the line, the fight could be an candidate for Fight of The Night. Who wins the lance or the ram?

Alfred Kashakyan (5-1 MMA) vs Juan Archuleta (3-1 MMA)

What a treat this fight is going to be! It is rare when you get to see two fighters at this early stage of their perspective careers face off on the regional scene. Both of these two fighters are shoe-ins for the UFC, so buckle up! Two superstars in the making. In one corner Ronda Rousey’s training partner, in the other corner one of the stars of the hist TV show ‘Kingdom’. This is going to be a fight you will not forget! The explosive hands of Kashakyan, the stifling wrestling game of Archuleta, who wins you ask? You do! Early candidate for Fight of the Night!

Dmitry Gerasimov (3-4 MMA) vs Julian Shore (3-1 MMA)

This fight features two very exciting 145lbs warriors that have been no secret to the Southern Californian fight scene. Shore who fights out of CMMA is a beast of an athlete who returns to the SoCal scene after winning fights under both the Legacy FC and Titan FC banner! He is welcomed by Fight Night veteran ‘Dima’ Gerasimov. If you have never seen a ‘Dima’ fight, he’s sort of a whirling dervish that stops occasioning to punch you in the face (Just ask Chinzo Machida). He always moves forward, and to his credit can take a ton of damage. Another fight that could end up earning fight of the night honors.

Kim Thinghaugen (2-1 MMA) vs Derion DC Chapman (1-3-1 MMA)

In one corner you have a well rounded fighter from across the pond, who has never been tested inside our battle dome! In the other you have a well travelled warrior who has fallen on hard luck but stood firm in the face of battle. Its sort of cliche and over written, but that is what you have. Thinghaugen is a talented grappler from across the pond, with power and promise. Chapman is quick handed savvy veteran who despite only 5 fights as a pro, had quite an extensive record as an amateur. Even though his record doesn’t show it he improves every time out. If the new guy leaves his chin out, you can bet ‘DC’ will be looking to check it back to LAX.

James Acosta (0-4 MMA) vs Levon Sargsyan (2-3 MMA)

Some of you will remember the last time these two fellas squared off. If you don’t, let me remind you. It was one hell of a donny brook. Some thought Acosta clearly won, some thought Levon was able to piece out a decision, eventually the judges agreed. Now they get to do it again, all for our entertainment!  Acosta is a durable tank, while Sargsyan is more of a darting viper. He needs to find his mark often and early. Acosta is built for the long haul so he could very easily drag this fight into deep water, gator roll it, and save it for later. Another candidate for Fight of The Night.

Brandon Michels (2-8 MMA) vs Mike Quintero (Pro Debut)

You have to love when the big boys throw. Usually you can time there punches with a calendar and measure their falls with the richter scale. Not in this case. Mike Quintero making his pro debut is a beast of man. He throws with hate on every punch, not like he hates you, but like he hates you and your mamma! But here is the issue. Dude has technique. So its scary. Not like your drunk Uncle Joey. Brandon Michels has strong Muay Thai, and has been around a long time. Quintero is not going to show him anything new. That doesn’t mean won’t be able to land! Should be a fun fight to watch.

Thor Skancke (7-5 MMA) vs Nick Vanderpool (4-0 MMA)

This fight has the ear marks of either making or breaking your hearts. Nick Vanderpool brings a strong wrestling background, and an unblemished record.His heavy hands, bad intentions are looking to knock any opponent out on Oct 23rd. For Vanderpool the veteran of more than few Gladiator Challenge events this marks a big step up in competition, however the objective remains the same. Skancke however has been here before and this is his den; Perhaps Vanderpool just walked in front wearing a big old juicy t-bone. Hopefully this dog can hunt, cause I know that wolf can! Either Stand back, let the hounds bay cause we are gonna have a fight on our hands!

The evening will also feature some of the top young amateur talent taking part on the preliminary card as well.

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Never a doubt? Paredes Hugs the ref!

Never a doubt? Paredes Hugs the ref!

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

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

‘Fight Night 3’ took place last Friday at The Sportsmens Lodge in Studio City California, and once again the event delivered. Fighters from throughout the region showed up in their best form, most dreaming of something bigger and better, while others once again simply enjoyed being in the mix.

The first fight of the evening also featured what many consider the Knockout of the Night. Veteran Johnny “Merc” Mercurio needed only :7 to dispatch journeyman Gabe Lopez with a nasty left hand that removed all of Lopez’s equilibrium, folding him instantly into a purely defensive posture, forcing the referee to step in and save him from further damage. The ferocious KO, definitely set the table for the fights that followed.

Next up local fan favorite Derion “DC” Chapman patiently waited for his spots, and found them in the third round when he finished his opponent Izic Fernandez with a nasty knee followed by a left hand that ended fight. Fernandez had success early in the contest, but seemed to fade just as Chapman began to pour it on.This was a Huge win for Chapman who now finds himself in the midst of a 2 fight win streak.

The third fight of the evening saw Chris Rodriguez survive an early assault from Levon Sargsyan, before he was able to ground Sargysan with a stifling wrestling game that eventually produced the rare ‘far arm’ choke finish at 2:25 of the very first round. Sargsyan look amazing on his feet but could not prevent the take downs, and eventually that is what cost him the win. Excellent showing for Rodriguez who withstood an early barrage enabling him to cinch up the win.

Talented 170 lbs prospect Anthony Hernandez needed only 2:28 seconds to destroy veteran Daniel McWilliams with I.Q changing elbows that brought the crowd to their feet. Hernandez quickly established himself has the more powerful striker, and appeared to be in control of the fight from the opening bell. The sheer violence of the finish will certainly put more than a few 170 lbs fighters in the area on notice!

The fifth scrap of the evening was also one of the most entertaining. Max Ceniceros was able to out last Dima Gerasimov in a back and forth donnybrook that saw both fighters land and absorb well beyond their thresholds should have allowed. The result; for three rounds the entire auditorium stood and watched with mouths agape, as these two warriors stood toe to toe in a fight reminiscent of Bonnar v Griffin I. Both men were battered, bloodied and bludgeoned, but in the end Ceniceros was able to pull out the unanimous decision on all cards. Great fight by two very courageous fighters who both refused to quit.

Bellator veteran Marcos Bonilla returned to the Lights Out Promotions and Bash Boxing cage, and also returned to his winning ways. Bonilla was able to swarm his opponent Adel Al Tamimi in the second round of their fight, TKO’ing him with some vicious ground and pound. The win is huge for Bonilla who returns to regional action after losing his Bellator debut to talented prospect A.J. McKee. With the win Bonilla may be just a few fights away from returning to the big leagues of MMA.

Undefeated prospect Matthew ‘The MOG’ Spencer remained untainted as a professional with a hard fought first round armbar victory over a very tough Jonathan Ferrell. Ferrell early on appeared to be in full control, staggering Spencer several times with pinpoint jabs, and cranium shattering elbows that appeared to momentarily stun Spencer. However Spencer quickly regained his composure, was able to return to his ground game base. Once he had the arm and went belly down, Ferrell really only had one legitimate option and he chose wisely. The tap forced the end to a very interesting fight that only lasted a total of 1:49, however this is a fight that gets no justice from the occasional viewer who briefly scans the results on Sherdog.

Next up, Muay Thai specialist Daniel Clark started off  his fight against savvy veteran Marlon Magee in classic fashion. Clark looked to set up his kicks with precise jab that kept Magee guessing, however it was the Alberto Crane jiujitsu pedigree that ended the fight. Clark was able to wrap up a rear-naked choke at 1:52 of the first round, ending another quick but very entertaining bout. The win moves Clark to 5-1 as a pro, and should be enough to get the attention of the larger promotions. If i was him, I would keep my phone real close.

The co main event of the evening was also by far the best fight of the night. For two rounds, the heavily favorite Alfred Khashakyan found himself down significantly to the relatively unknown Anthony Paredes out of Team Quest. Parades was able to take down Khashakyan at will, and with very little resistance. The tactic worked as Khashkyan for 2 rounds had no answer for the wrestlers attack. On his back for most of the fight, Khashkyan found himself down 10-9, 10-8 on most score cards, and appeared to be close to throwing in the towel. Instead exhausted, and bloodied he answered the bell in the third round and thank god he did! What came next was one of the most improbable comebacks in recent MMA history.

Late in the third round it appeared Paredes was gassing out, and that moment of weakness was all Khashkyan needed. Paredes ate a body shot that immediately paid divides for Khashkyan as he retreated to the cage in attempt to survive. Quickly Khashakyan closed the distance and unleashed a multiple punch combination that had Paredes covering up without offering any defense. A few more punches from Khashkyan found there target, and ended the night as referee Mike Bell had to stand in saving Paredes from further damage. The win a KO for Khashkyan may be the biggest of his career, but it will also serve as a wake up call. In this sport if you have a weakness, eventually it will be exposed.

The main event of the evening saw Los Angeles’s most popular regional fighter Thor Skancke defeat friend and former training partner Jason Cordero at 3:44 of the very first round. Skancke landed some nice leg kicks early that had his opponent thinking low, setting up his hands. Late in the round the fight found its way to the mat, where Skancke was able to establish position and quickly end the fight with some inspiring ground and pound. The win moves Skancke north of .500 as a pro, bring his record to 7-6, while Cordero drops to 5-7.

As always the violence was delivered, and everyone in attendance seemed to have a blast. If you have never been to a Lights Out Promotions/Bash Boxing event than you may want to reconsider. These guys put on affordable fights that thoroughly entertain, and consistently deliver highlight reel KO’s strategic submissions, and sometimes if your lucky,  you get a fight that just redefines your conception of the sport.

 

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Fight Night LO 3.15-22

By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

The 4th of July holiday may be in the rear view mirror, but Thor Skancke (6-6 MMA) saved his fireworks for July 10th. On that night Skancke will be taking on a very tough Jason Cordero (5-6 MMA) in the main event of ‘Fight Night 3’, and as always he promises to bring his own breed of fireworks.

“I am looking to put the pace on him early”, Skancke said. “He is not going to get past round 2. If he (Cordero) trained real hard his reward will be losing in the 2nd round, If he took me lightly he won’t last past the first!” Skancke said. At first the prediction may seem full of bravado but for Skancke its how he handles the reality of fighting.

Even though he sees his hand being raised, Skancke refuses to take anyone lightly. “I am physically and emotionally unable to take anyone lightly, anybody has a chance to beat me, so I train the same way every time.” Skancke said. “I come to knock you out quickly, I want to punch your teeth down your throat” Skancke said.

So although it may be an athletic contest Skancke makes no bones about his attitude when it comes to fighting!  “I don’t play games, I take every fight as a threat.”

Maybe that is why so many people come to watch him fight. Consistently one of the top draws on the local MMA scene for some reason Skancke translates to fight fans. Its not only his name that sets him apart, he truly is a showmen. From his entrance to his appearance, and his comical way Skancke is a guy you want to like. His fighting style reinforces that belief. Although he is awkward with the notion of popularity, he is not oblivious to his drawing power.

“People can tell when someone is the genuine article.” Skancke said. “I am a pretty exciting fighter to watch.  Many guys leave it ‘all out there’, but I handle business with a ferocity, and a reckless abandonment that most fighters lack, I have a kamikaze way about doing work, and I think thats why i put asses in seats.”

Skancke, a notorious brawler has spent the last year or so fine tuning his ground game. Recently under the tutelage of UFC/WEC veteran Gabe Ruediger, Skancke has made huge strides to increase not only his technique, but his confidence as well.

“My ground game has always been decent, I even won a few grappling contests, but for some reason in MMA it just wasn’t working. It took a new coach (Ruediger) to tie it all together, and to instill the confidence I needed in order to execute on the ground.” Skancke said. With his last win coming via submission it is difficult to argue with the results.

July 10th will be the test. In the end, the fight game may be cruel but its quite simple. Each fight produces a hammer and nail. For Skancke, the ends justify the means. The work will speak for itself, until then we can only anticipate. Until then we can only be satisfied with the fireworks we have seen, yet we can revel that their are still some more to come!

Thor Skancke Fights out of Tarzana Boxing Club/Systems Encino/10th Planet HQ

He is Sponsored By: Bottle and Pint, “The Hell and The Hunger” by  Mike Reynolds (In stores now), Pain Away, and Nutri Shop of Woodland Hills, and Ten Braves Apparel

He would like to thank his coaches Bernie Hopalian, Gabe Ruediger, Chris Buckner, and his manager George Bastmajyan. He would also like to thank all the fans that always come out in droves to support him. 

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By: Jonathan M King The Clinch Report

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

The wait is almost over, the time is drawing near. ‘Fight Night 3’ returns to the Sportsmen’s Lodge courtesy of Lights Out Promotions and Bash Boxing. Following in the footsteps of previous ‘Fight Night’ installments, tickets are almost already sold out, and July 10, is still over a week away. For Tickets go to www.ValleyFightNight.com

The near sellout crowd is set to witness an absolutely stacked card, from ‘rooter to the tooter’, the card features a unique blend of battle tested veterans looking to punch their tickets back to the show, and hungry young predators looking to make a name for themselves as The City of Angels bears witness.

The main event features local legend, and avid face puncher Thor Skancke (6-6 MMA) who will take on the grappler Jason Cordero (5-6 MMA). The classic matchup of grappler vs. striker will be on display once again in this bout. Will it be a battle of transitions? Or will the lights go out in Studio City? A fight that cannot be missed!

The Co Main event features Alfred Khashakyan (4-1 MMA) vs Anthony Paredes (3-1 MMA). Khashakyan is arguably one of the top prospects in the area. His punches leave opponents unconscious, sipping their meals through straws. However this time, he may have finally found a rival with equal pedigree. Paredes comes in with a very well rounded striking game, backed up by a stifling wrestling game. If he can get Khashakyan to the mat, he may be able to maintain a solid advantage. This is another fight that could end being a marathon, or a sprint. Either way is another battle of top prospects you will eventually see fighting in the UFC.

The card also features the return of UFC and Strikeforce veteran Eddie Mendez (7-3). Mendez is looking to return to form, coming off of two very tough loses, one being his UFC debut the other being a title fight to now UFC fighter Kevin Casey under the RFA umbrella. He will be a facing a fighter very much in the same situation. Johnny Mercurio (5-6 MMA) is coming off of two tough losses himself, one of those being his Bellator MMA debut. These two veterans will be meeting head to head full speed, at a catchweight of 175 lbs. This one should be zero to sixty, in an instant. Put your seatbelt on!

Also on the Card:

Marcos Bonilla vs. Adel Al Tamimi (1-1 MMA) Both fighters are exciting strikers with very different styles. Bonilla has deadly accurate hands, that make a mess when he throws them around. Add in his footwork, and snapping leg kicks and he is a nightmare for anyone. Al Tamimi may be the perfect match. If he can keep his distance, and move in and out of Bonilla’s range, his karate style and hammering kicks can accumulate damage quickly, and his pace is always very measured. This fight could produce the *Knockout of The Night Candidate.

Ron Scolesdang (4-2 MMA) vs Paul Amaro (3-5 MMA) Both fighters are veterans of the ‘Fight Night’ series and always come ready to perform. What happens when a typhoon meets a tornado? This fight should give you the answer. Scolesdang is looking to build off his last ‘Fight Night’ performance, while Amaro is looking to end a five fight skid. With both fighters only knowing one speed, this fight should get the blood going.

Daniel Clark (3-2 MMA)vs Marlen Magee (3-2 MMA) This fight features two very well rounded tacticians, who have both been on the verge of the next level for quite some time. Clark may be the more well rounded fighter, but Magee is riding a 3 fight win streak, and will need to utilize his wrestling to neutralize the jiujitsu of his foe. Clark has all the tools for this game, however its been 8 months since his last fight. Ring rust is something Magee will certainly being looking to expose. This fight could produce the evenings slickest submission! *Submission of The Night Candidate

Dmitry Gerasimov (4-3 MMA) vs Max Ceniceros (6-2 MMA) Another early candidate for Fight of the Night. Ceniceros is currently riding a five fight win streak and standing in the way of his sixth, a one very tough Russian. Gerasimov’s karate pedigree and aggressive style coupled with Ceniceros explosiveness will make this fight one of the best on the card. *Fight of the Night Candidate.

Joe Bryant vs Joe Hernandez Whenever the heavyweights get locked in the cage you cannot afford to blink. This fight should come with that as a warning label. Both Bryant and Hernandez are both young, strong and extremely hungry. This fight could go either way, but it doubtfully will see a judges scorecard. Remember Don’t Blink. *Knockout of The Night Candidate

Levon Sargsyan (2-2 MMA) vs Chris Rodriguez (1-2 MMA) Intriguing bout that pits two talented prospects, cut from similar molds, in a fight that should deliver machine-gun action from the opening bell. Make sure you get to your seats early this is a fight that is certain to entertain.

Vardan Sholinian (5-1 MMA)  vs Anthony Hernandez (4-0 MMA) Hernandez undefeated atop a four fight KO pony, is risking his undefeated record against perhaps his toughest opponent yet. Sholinian one of the top young prospects emerging from Team GFC possesses heavy hands, a strong ground game and a granite chin. How is this not a main event? This one is worth the price of admission alone! *Knockout of The Night Candidate

Matthew Spencer (2-0 MMA)  vs Jonathan Ferrell (0-1 MMA) Ferrell making his ‘Fight Night’ debut will be looking to showcase his striking skills early. Spencer will be looking to utilize his strength and grappling skills to bring Ferrell into deep water, where he can drown him. Whoever wins, it should be a fun scrap to watch.

Izic Fernandez (1-0 MMA) vs Derion Chapman (1-2-1 MMA) How often does the curtain jerker actually have a chance to be Fight of The Night? This one does. Both fighters recently became professionals after extensive amateur backgrounds. This fight could end up being too close to call! *Fight of The Night Candidate

 

 

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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!”

 

 

 

 

Fight Night LO 3.15-15

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Coming off a disappointing loss in his last bout, Thor Skancke (6-5 MMA) came into his bout with Daniel McWilliams (9-25 MMA) with a new camp, and a reinvigorated mindset. Both of which apparently served him well. Skancke dispatched McWilliams midway through the first round via submission due to Americana.

Skacnke displayed his superior striking early on before the fight found its way to the mat. While there, the savvy McWilliams threatened from his back with a few trianlge and armbar attempts, that Skancke  was able to break through. From side control Skancke found himself in possession of McWilliams arm. Once the wrist lock was in place the torque on the arm did damage immediately forcing McWilliams to tap.

The win brings Skancke’s record to 6-5 as a pro. Hopefully it will not be long until we see Thor Skancke in Lights Out/Bash Boxing cage.

 

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Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Things got a little heated when co headliners ‘Fearless’ Alfred Kashakyan and Vitor Oristanio got into a shoving match during there face off. At first the stare down seemed typical, with neither fighter giving an inch. When Kashakyan raised his hands, it provoked a heavy shove from his opponent. Kashakyan returned the favor before staff quickly intervened. However what was earlier just another fight, is now anything but!

Every other fight was recognized by the commission and the card is certified for tomorrows festivities! Tickets are still available go to http://www.bashboxing.xom or http://www.valleryfightnight.com for tickets.

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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!

*Card Subject to Change

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By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

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

If you have seen Thor Skancke (5-5 MMA) fight, than you already understand. After witnessing him scrap, you comprehend what the casual onlooker can’t possibly understand simply looking at his record. Skancke is one of the most entertaining fighters decorating the Southern California landscape. Win or lose he is a throwback of sorts, resembling a likeness to his heroes more than to the mixed martial artists of today. However if you look beneath the surface you will find not only a fighter with a really cool name, but a man who does a whole lot of good for the neighborhoods and people around him.

“Growing up I watched a lot of Wanderlei Silva and Igor Vovchanchyn in Pride and just like them I’m not trying to win safely!” Skancke said.  The owner of some vicious hands, ‘TNT’ throws them early and often with the intent to end the fight quickly. Sometimes this aggression gets him in trouble, but Thor refuses to change what he believes defines him. ” I won’t comprise myself as a fighter, and I understand most of the big shows really value your record. I don’t give a shit about my record.” Skancke said. “There are alot of guys who fight ‘not too loose’, I am not one of them. I want to be known for putting on battles.” Which is exactly what he is known for. Just ask promoter George Bastmajyan “He loses fights better than most guys win them!”

Inside the cage he is a dog off-the-chain, a wolf if you will. Outside of the cage, however Skancke is a pack animal looking to not only feed himself, but those around him as well. While driving home one day, Skancke saw a sign that was about the cost of a meal for someone who was without the means to provide for themselves. The signs message resonated deeply, “Growing up, there were times my mom had to go to the church to get food!, I understand how bad things can be. I understand how quick life can turn and how quickly someone can become homeless or down on their luck.” Skancke said.

Giving money was the first step. Next he set up a charity that had clients donate money to hit pads with him. For over 8 straight hours, Skancke stood in a ring with the mitts on as a hoard of donors took their turn, their round to knockout hunger. After receiving a check from Skancke and his team,  the folks at the San Fernando Rescue Mission sent him a picture at Thanksgiving of several homeless people eating their meals with the caption “You paid for over half of these!

Next Skancke, who by trade is a carpenter decided to use his other skill set to continue his efforts. “I actually just got back from Mexico” Skancke said. While there he helped build two houses for families that were without means. While there Skancke began to realize that although materially poor, these people were rich beyond belief with a sense of love, charity and community.

The journey may have inspired Skancke, but it certainly did not soften his resolve. Reinvigorated, Skancke claims to be training harder and smarter than ever. April 17, will mark his return to the ring when he takes on Daniel McWilliams at ‘Fight Night’ from The Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. For Tickets go to: www.valleyfightnight.com or call 626-388-8888

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McWilliams, a journeyman with nearly 40 fights under his belt has alternated wins and loses in last three and at nearly 6’2 will maintain a notable size advantage. “He is a big guy!” Skancke said. ” I don’t really understand how a guy that big is going to make weight, but that is his problem. I don’t really worry about my opponent much, I just know what I am going to do and that is knock him out in the first round. If I don’t knock him out in the first round, then I will knock him out in the second. If I don’t knock him out in the second then I will knock him out in the third!”

Thor ‘TNT’ Skancke would like to thank his friends, family, sponsors and management for always supporting him. Specifically Kris Buckner and George Bastmajyan. He would also like to thank his sponsors Bottle N Pint, Investigative Consultants, Nutrishop of Woodland Hills, and LAVO Beard oil. Make sure you show support for your local fighters by checking out the people who sponsor them!

 

 

Chaos 10.30-68

Right Hand Inspires the Plasma Shower!

 

By: Jonathan M. King The Clinch Report

Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report

Bash Boxing and Lights Out Promotions put on one hell of a show last night at Hollywood Fight Night 8. The event took place at the Florentine Gardens on Hollywood Blvd. Keeping with the spirit of Halloween several of the gorgeous ring card girls were dawning scantily clad costumes that at times made it difficult to watch the fights. After all, with a perfect ten dressed as a she devil, attentions tend to shift and quickly! In between the madness there were some pretty entertaining fights.

Several of the fighters were making their professional debuts. Although not well known names, these fellas gave all they had in the ring. On the boxing side of the card, Urmat Ryskeldiev (9-3-1) probably had the most impressive outing. Utilizing his superior speed, Ryskeldiev finished his opponent journeyman Bernardo Guereca (17-22-1) with a liver rattling shot on a level change. Once the referee surveyed the damage, the count wasn’t continued. Also winning via corner stoppage was Stanyslav Skorokhod (8-0). Skorokhod used his range to pick apart David Lopez (4-11-3) who proved to be too tough for his own good. After absorbing some heavy punishment the corner informed the inspector to “throw in the towel”, Now undefeated after 8 bouts a step up in competition is needed.

Former title contender Avtandil Khurtsidze (29-2-2) returned to form by systematically destroying perennial thorn Eddie Hunter in their 162 lbs bout. Khurtsidze led a charge throughout the fight behind his forehead, which caused many butts throughout the fight. Hunter early on gave as well as he received but eventually his combinations fell off, and instead looked for the home run shot that never came. Khurtsidze hammered the body of Hunter relentlessly and after it became apparent their was little he could do to swing the fight in his favor, the corner threw in the towel, giving Khurtsidze the TKO win.

The MMA portion of the card featured several of Southern California’s favorite sons including Derion Chapman, Richard Leroy, Thor Skancke, Daniel Clark, Dmitry Gerasimov, Bronson Casarez, Christian Bizaretty, Adel Al Tamimi, Gabriel Lopez, and Matthew Spencer.

Christian Bizaretty withstood an early attack from Adel Al Tamimi to earn a late first round TKO. Bizaretty once on the ground controlled Al Tamimi and reined down elbows from the mount prompting the stoppage from referee John McCarthy.

The same can be said of Tapout LA’s Matthew Spencer. His opponent Gabriel Lopez was able to suplex Spencer in WWF fashion, dropping him on the back of his head. However once the slam was completed, Spencer quickly recovered a hook, and immediately took the back. Lopez fought of a few armbar attempts, and a late choke, but eventually Spencer’s forearm slipped under the chin and his only choice was to tap or to sleep, he chose the earlier.

Bronson Casarez fighting out of Diamond MMA in Upland CA, on 5 days noticed outworked a very game Dmitry Gerasimov in what we thought was the best fight of the evening. Both fighters kept a furious pace, and threw defense to the wind in a classic brawl. When the score cards were read Casarez was declared the winner, however one score card read 30-27 giving Casarez every round. If you watched the fight there is no way this is possible. The guy who won probably should have, however I scored the bout the other way.

Even Ray Charles would have saw the third frame for Gerasimov. Once again the question is raised. What fight was that judge watching? The controversy despite its ridiculous judgement cannot shadow an amazing performance from a young fighter who has a bright future ahead of him. Casarez now 5-1 as a pro is back on track after a long layoff. Gerasimov’s stock also rises. Once again his reputation of putting on entertaining fights will continue to keep him relevant. Eventually a decision has to go his way.

House of Champions Derion Chapman, and Sityodtong LA’s Richard Leroy engaged in a heated bout that had the crowd on their feet the entire time.  Early on Chapman’s speed seem to give the much larger Leroy difficulty. Utilizing his jab, Chapman peppered Leroy blackening his eye, and causing a leak early. Leroy stayed patient and started to land some nasty dirty boxing late in the first round. In the second frame the power differential became more obvious as Leroy rocked Chapman several times. Once Leroy was able to ground Chapman’s lighting attack, he was able to secure a choke late in the 3rd round to ensure the win. Chapman whose size may see him down a weight class in the future, will certainly be heard from again.

Crowd favorite Thor Skancke took on a very tough Daniel Clark in the co-main event of the evening. Normally extremely aggressive, Skancke seemed hesitant early and that opened the door for Clark, who secured it shut with some vicious punches. The win brings Clark’s record as a pro to the left side of .500 at 3-2. The impressive first round stoppage over a well known fighter will raise Clark’s stock dramatically, while Skancke will have to return to the gym to continue to refine his craft.

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