Monday, May 1, 2017

Redemption Found in the Sanctuary of a Cage

By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report
Photos By: John Walsh and Bob Fisher
Growing up on La Brea between Hollywood and Inglewood, Chase Gibson (4-2 MMA) wandered for much of his youth, pulled between the two worlds his parents separately inhabited. Somewhere in the middle, Gibson began a downward spiral, where he danced with many demons that would ruin most of his teenage years. The story seemed destined for a bad ending, when a mirror image opened a rather odd door to redemption.
That image was both literal and figurative. Cooper Gibson (6-2 MMA), Chase’s identical twin brother ended up finding a path that kept him out of trouble, and soon led him to gaining quite the name in the sport of mixed martial arts. “Cooper cleaned up his life before I did”, Gibson said. “Watching his success in the sport inspired me to start seriously training. “Not surprisingly, like his twin brother, Chase quickly took to the sport as a natural, but then old injuries and old demons came knocking again! “Early on in my training I had some previous injuries that came back, and I sort of used that as an excuse to start messing up again”, Gibson said. Quickly Gibson was able to right the ship, and as soon as the injuries subsided he was back on course.
The long road to redemption for Chase Gibson may have started somewhere near mid city, however oddly enough, he would finally satisfy that search locked in a cage. Facing some rather stiff competition, Gibson cruised through the amateur mixed martial arts ranks with a stellar 5-0 record. Undefeated as an amateur, Gibson made his pro debut and true to form he continued hs winning ways, finishing his opponent in the very first round by rear-naked choke. At this point Chase Gibson appeared to be on cruise control, but then the wheels fell off.
First a split decision loss to Andrew Natividad under the King of the Cage banner spoiled his undefeated streak, then a razor thin unanimous decision loss to Derion Chapman followed. Gibson quickly found himself on the wrong side of .500 for the first time in his career. “That was a tough place to be”, Gibson said. “Especially since I think I won both of those fights.” As unfamiliar as losing was, it certainly was not enough to let those demons back in. “It was a very rough time, but as rough as it was at no point in time did I say f&ck it! I just got back in the gym, and made some adjustments”.
One of those adjustments was learning how to cut weight properly. After the two losses, Gibson noticed a weakness in his game that he correlated to his weight cutting procedures. So he fixed the wheel. “I actually sought out people who do this for a living, and it turns out I was doing it all wrong” Gibson said. The results were obvious.
In his first bout under the CXF banner, Gibson needed only 1:05 seconds to lock up a Brabo choke over a very tough AJ Bryant. In his next bout Gibson picked up perhaps his most notorious win, when he knocked out Far Mohammed with a highlight reel head kick that quickly went viral on the internet. In his next bout Gibson outworked a very game Adam Calderon cruising to a unanimous decision victory.
The impressive win streak has earned Gibson a seat at perhaps the most prestigious table of his career. Standing across from him will be a very violent Serob Minasyan (6-8 MMA), between them the CXF Featherweight Title will await the winner. With so much at stake you can bet the CMMA team and Chase Gibson have been doing their homework. “He’s a tough strong wrestler”, Gibson said. “He has a decent shot, and he throws heavy, but I don’t think he has ever fought anyone like me.”
Even though a title hangs in the balance, for Gibson there is a lot more at stake than a shiny gold belt. Recently married, Gibson also found out he will soon be a father. “We found on my birthday.” Gibson said. With a child on the way, the win means more than any other before. And although it may add some anxiety, that uncertainty gets crushed by the motivation to feed his family.
For Chase Gibson, a win and a CXF title would certainly bring him some validation. “I think CXF is one of the best regional shows in the country by far, the challenges they put up are amazing, they have some great fighters here, and a win really means something.” However it would also go a long way to justify the faith this young man has put in himself.
Redemption can be quite elusive for the lost. Constantly searching to find yourself can often lead down a very dark path. The luckiest of us emerge in the light on the other side. Finding the path to the light is never guaranteed, and what works for some may not for others. For years Chase Gibson chased his redemption, only when he stopped running did he find it within.

CXF – 29 April 2017 – Quick Results

Photo courtesy of TheClinchReport.com
Terrion Ware defeated Jared Papazian to become the CXF Bantamweight Champion at California Xtreme Fighting’s CXF 7: Locked and Loaded.. Also on the event, Chase Gibson defeated Serob Minasyan to become the CXF Featherweight Champion. Click for results.
California Xtreme Fighting
CXF 7: Locked and Loaded
April 29th, 2017
Sportsmens Lodge
Studio City, CA
*All professional fights sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission.* 
Taylor Alfaro defeated Milton Arguello via Unanimous Decision
Edmen Shahbazyan defeated Dearmie Street via TKO at 3:16 of Round 1
Chris Saunders defeated Derion Chapman via Unanimous Decision
Gabriel Green defeated Matt Hagge via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:20 of Round 1
Richard LeRoy defeated Marlen Magee via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:11 of Round 1
Mike Jasper defeated Jonathan Rivera via TKO at 4:57 of Round 3 to retain the CXF Welterweight Championship
Chase Gibson defeated Serob Minasyan via Unanimous Decision to become the CXF Featherweight Champion
Terrion Ware defeated Jared Papazian via KO/TKO (Punch) at 0:20 of Round 3 to become the CXF Bantamweight Champion

Ramos edges Beltran, De Leon and Barboza remain unbeaten

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside • FightNews.com

Super featherweight Casey “The Wizard” Ramos (24-1, 6KOs) of Austin, Texas and two-time world title challenger Miguel Beltran, Jr. (31-6, 21KOs) of Mexico went the distance Friday night at the Burbank Marriott Convention and Event Center in Burbank, California in the UniMas Solo Boxeo main event. Beltran staggered Ramos with a left hook in round two but Ramos responded with a big left hook of his own. Ramos boxed smart as he landed big shots on Beltran. In round four, Beltran connected Ramos numerous times with the right hand. The fifth round saw Ramos suffer a cut on his right eye from a punch by Beltran.
Halfway through in the sixth Ramos and Beltran boxed more cautiously as they landed solid punches. However in the seventh Ramos and Beltran exchanged as Ramos landed the thudding right hand throughout the round. Ramos pressed in the eighth landing the right as Beltran boxed and countered. The final two rounds, it was Beltran going forward as Ramos held his own boxing from outside. Both finished the fight toe to toe in the center of the ring.
In the end, the judges scored the fight 97-93, 96-94, and 96-94 as Casey Ramos wins a unanimous decision.
Detroit super featherweight Erick De Leon (16-0, 10KOs) by way of Mexico stopped veteran Daulis Prescott (31-6, 24 KOs) of Columbia in a scheduled eight round co-feature bout. A left to the body followed by a right from De Leon sent Prescott to the canvas in the second round. Continuing to attack in round three De Leon hit Prescott with a low blow and he got some time to recover. Shortly after, the Colombian appeared to have injured his arm as he could not continue. Jack Reiss stopped the fight at 59 seconds of the third.
Opening up the Solo Boxeo telecast South El Monte super lightweight Arnold Barboza Jr. (15-0, 5KOs) scored a fifth round knockout over Markus Morris (10-2, 6KOs) of Minnesota. Barboza was cut above the left eye as blood trickled on the side of his face as the taller Morris kept his distance. However in round four Barboza knockdown Morris as he got up. Later in the round, Brbiza cornered Morris knocking him down for a second time. Morris was cornered once again in round five as Barboza went in for the finish knocking him down for the third time as referee Jack Reiss waived it at 46 seconds of the fifth.
In a walkout bout, Welterweight Artemio Reyes (24-2, 19 KOs) of Riverside, California won a unanimous decision over Hector Munoz (25-19-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico in a six rounder. Reyes outworked Munoz as he fought him on the inside for six rounds. Judges scored the bout 60-54, 59-55, and 59-55.
Super bantamweight Robert Ochoa (2-0, 1KO) of Rialto, California and Guadalupe Arroyo (2-4) went the distance in a four round bout. Ochoa and Arroyo traded away as Ochoa went to the body. Pressuring throughout the fight Ochoa attacked as Arroyo held his own standing and trading as both finished strong. Judges scored the bout 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37.
Jessy Martinez (6-0, 4 KO ), of Inglewood, California made quick work of Somner Martin (6-5, 4 KOs) in a scheduled six round welterweight bout. A short right hand by Martinez dropped Martin as he got up staggered but referee Jack Reiss waived the bout at 2:20 of the first round.
Super lightweight Askkat Ualikhanov (1-1) of Oxnard stopped Erick Fowler (0-2) of Houston, Texas in two rounds. Ualikhanov teed off on Fowler as referee Jack Reid’s stopped the fight at 1:49 of the second round.
In the opening bout from the Burbank Marriott Events Center in Burbank, California, super featherweight Dominic Serna (1-0, 1 KO) of Indio, California scored a third round knockout in his pro debut over Alex Acuna (1-1). A left hook to the body by Serna did it as Acuna was done. Time of the stoppage was 1:54.

Top Rank on UniMas Apr 28 – Quick Results



Top Rank on UniMas Apr 28 – Friday night saw Bob Arum and Top Rank in Burbank, California as they hit with an eleven fight boxing card at the Marriott that saw the main events air on UniMas in the United States.
The main event saw 27-year-old Texan Casey Ramos bounce back from the first defeat of his career. Ramos won a hard=fought unanimous decision victory over veteran Miguel Beltran Jr to go to 24-1 overall.

Top Rank on UniMas Apr 28 – Quick Results

Below are the complete results for the entire 11 fight offering from Top Rank. Check out this latest TBC report for highlights from the main events.

Friday, April 28th, 2017 – Marriott Convention Center, Burbank, CA
135 LBS 10 RDS: Casey Ramos def Miguel Beltran Jr via UD (96-94,96-94,97-93)
147 LBS 8 RDS: Arnold Barboza Jr def Markus Morris via KO in RD 5 @0:46.
130 LBS 8 RDS: Erick De Leon def Daulis Prescott via TKO in RD 3 @0:59.
147 LBS 6 RDS: Artemio Reyes def Hector Munoz via UD (60-55,59-55,59-55)
154 LB 6 RDS: Jessy Martinez def Somner Martin via KO in RD 1 @2:20.
140 LBS 6 RDS: Ashkat Ualikhanov def Erick Fowler via KO in RD 2 @1:49.
135 LBS 4 RDS: Dominic Serna Jr def Alexander Acuna via TKO in RD 3 @1:54.
118 LBS 4 RDS: Christian Robles def Jose Marin via UD (40-36,40-36,40-36)
140 LBS 4 RDS: Davionne Moody draw with Julio Rodas
135 LBS 4 RDS: Kevin Valle def Alex Silva via UD (40-35,40-35,40-35)
122 LBS 4 RDS: Robert Ochoa def Guadalupe Arroyo via UD (40-36,40-36,39-37)

Monday, March 27, 2017

Christopher Martin Shocks Daniel Franco, TKO in Three


By BoxingScene.com

LOS ANGELES, CA - Featherweight prospect DANIEL “TWITCH” FRANCO, (15-1-3, 10 KO’s) suffered his first loss on Thursday night against veteran CHRISTOPHER “S.D. KID” MARTIN, (30-8-3, 9 KO’s), with the Rancho Cucamonga, CA native being stopped in the third round at the EXCHANGE LA Nightclub in Downtown Los Angeles.
 
The heavy handed Franco started fast dropping Martin in the first round and dominating the action in the second stanza.
 
However, Martin valiantly fought back in the third round, dropping Franco to the canvas. Although badly hurt from the knockdown, Franco displayed the heart of a champion before being knocked down again as the fight was stopped. 


“No excuses, Martin did what he was supposed to do. I felt good in the first two rounds but got caught with a very good punch in the third. I congratulate him on his victory, he earned it,” said a disappointed Franco.
 
“This setback sets up a big comeback and I’ll be back in the gym as soon as possible to get better and learn from this experience.”
 
Said Ray Chaparro, “Daniel did fantastic the first two rounds and had Martin hurt. But he got caught with a great punch from a smart veteran and that changed the course of the fight,” about the third round stoppage in the scheduled eight rounder.
 
“We’ll regroup as a team, however and will be stronger going forward.” 

Martin TKOs unbeaten Franco in upset

Featherweight veteran Christopher “S.D. Kid” Martin (30-8-3, 9 KOs) scored a big upset, stopping previously unbeaten prospect Daniel “Twitch” Franco (15-1-3, 10 KOs) in the third round on Thursday night at the EXCHANGE LA Nightclub in Downtown Los Angeles. The heavy-handed Franco started fast dropping Martin in the first round and dominating the action in the second stanza. However, Martin roared back in the third round, dropping Franco to the canvas. Although badly hurt from the knockdown, Franco kept going and was knocked down again prompting the fight to be stopped.

“No excuses, Martin did what he was supposed to do. I felt good in the first two rounds but got caught with a very good punch in the third. I congratulate him on his victory, he earned it,” said a disappointed Franco. “This setback sets up a big comeback and I’ll be back in the gym as soon as possible to get better and learn from this experience.”

Said Ray Chaparro, “Daniel did fantastic the first two rounds and had Martin hurt. But he got caught with a great punch from a smart veteran and that changed the course of the fight,” about the third round stoppage in the scheduled eight rounder.

“We’ll regroup as a team, however and will be stronger going forward.”

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CXF – 25 February 2017 – Quick Results

 • SoCalUncensored.com

Jamie Yager defeated Jesse Merritt via Submission (Straight Armbar) in Round 2 in the main event of California Xtreme Fighting’s CXF 6: The Meryl Streep Showcase on February 25th, 2017 in Studio City, CA. Also on the card, Joshua Jones defeated Nick Vanderprool via Submission (Face Crank). Click for results.
California Xtreme Fighting
CXF 6: The Meryl Streep Showcase
February 25th, 2017
Sportmens Lodge
Studio City, CA
*All fights are sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission. Judges at cageside are  Doc Hamilton,Judo Gene Lebell, & Cecil Peoples.*
Jonathan Quiroz defeated Michael Jackson via Submission (Heel Hook) at 2:33 of Round1
Edmen Shahbazian defeated Selah Williams via TKO (Strikes) in Round 1
Sergio Perez defeated Mark Matsumoto via Submission (Armbar) in Round 1
Vince Cachero defeated Mark Alvidrez via TKO (Referee Stoppage) in Round 3
Keith Cutrone defeated Chris Kalmes via Submission (Armbar) in Round 1
Leon Shahbazian defeated Quinton McCottrell via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:26 of Round 3
Kyle Estrada defeated Michael Reyes via Split Decision
Joshua Jones defeated Nick Vanderprool via Submission (Face Crank) at 2:10 in Round 1
Jamie Yager defeated Jesse Merritt via Submission (Straight Armbar) in Round 2