Monday, August 22, 2016
Photo by: Hoy Los Angeles
Combate Americas held Combates OCHO at Exchange LA in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday night.
By: Hoy Los Angeles
John “Sexy Mexi” Castañeda derrotó por TKO al puertorriqueño Angel Cruz en el evento estelar de Combate Ocho que tuvo lugar en The Exchange de Los Angeles el jueves pasado.
Castañeda (11-2-0), quien reemplazó a Erick Sánchez dos semanas atrás, logró vencer a Cruz (5-3-) a los 2:25 del segundo round, luego de un primer asalto en el que las acciones fueron repartidas.
“Sexy Mexi” sacó ventaja de su nivel de lucha para llevar al suelo a Cruz y vencerlo con un gran nivel de golpeo a ras de piso.
Con esta victoria, el orgullo de Mankato, Minnesota, se mantiene invicto en Combate Americas luego de cuatro presentaciones y llega a una racha de seis victorias al hilo.
En la pelea coestelar, el veterano del UFC, Danny “The Gremlin” Martínez (20-7-0), supo sacar ventaja de su experiencia para llevarse una victoria por decisión unánime sobre Benjamin Vinson (8-4-1).
En una de las sorpresas de la noche, Benji Gómez supo mantener la distancia sobre el Heinrich Wassmer, al que le quitó el invicto con una victoria por decisión dividida.
Wassmer frenó su trepidante ascenso en la división mosca (4-1-0), mientras que Gómez vuelve a la senda de la victoria para tener un 6-5-0.
En una de las peleas que abrió la cartelera principal, Albert Tapia (4-5-0) protagonizó una verdadera batalla para imponerse al aguerrido Jonathan “Johnny Tsunami” Santamaría (3-4-0) por decisión mayoritaria.
Combate Ocho se realizó en un repleto The Exchange de Downtown LA y fue transmitido por UFC Fight Pass y Bein Sports.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Lightweight Casey “The Wizard” Ramos (22-0, 6 KOs) of Austin, Texas, remained unbeaten with a fifth round TKO over Hardy Paredes (18-13, 11 KOs) of Chile on Saturday night at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California. Paredes was credited with a knockdown in round two when he cuffed Ramos around the neck and threw him down. In round three, Paredes turned away after a headbutt and was promptly knocked down by Ramos. Ramos pummeled Paredes after that, and Paredes finally turned away in round five prompting a referee’s stoppage. Time was :58.
Unbeaten super middleweight Ulises Sierra (10-0-2, 6 KOs), of San Diego, needed just 28 seconds to demolish local favorite Jose Hernandez (12-2-1, 4 KOs) in a clash for the California State 168lb title.
Unbeaten welterweight Arnold Barboza Jr (13-0, 4 KOs) of South El Monte, California, dominated Texan Jon David Charles (9-8, 1 KO) over six rounds. Scores were 60-54 across the board.
Unbeaten 2008 and 2012 Olympian welterweight Egidijus Kavaliauskas (14-0, 12 KOs) of Lithuania scored a third round KO over Paterson, New Jersey’s Jeremy Bryant (17-7, 7 KOs). A Kavaliauskas left hook finished Bryant.
Unbeaten Top Rank super lightweight Maxim Dadashev moved to 3-0, 3 KOs with a fourth round TKO over Jason Gavino (3-3, 2 KOs).
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
By: Jonathan King The Clinch Report
Photos By: John Walsh The Clinch Report
Merriam-Webster defines the term 'Proving Ground' as "a place where things or people are tested or tried out for the first time." The sport of Mixed martial arts in many ways needs a proving grounds. A place for pedigreed fighters to face other well rounded scrappers in matches that are crafted to test each participant. A place where each win is earned, a place where the wheat is separated from the chaff. This is the CXF: Proving Grounds
The first bout of the triple-headed main event featured 3x Bellator MMA veteran Curtis Millender and 7x Glory Kickboxing veteran Casey Greene in a 5 round fight for the vacant CXF Welterweight Title. The intriguing matchup of strikers did not disappoint.
Early on in the fight Millender began to lead the dance working well behind his jab. Starching the charging Greene with every advance before circling away without damage. In the second round, the blood began to flow as Millender's trip hammer jab instigated a leak above the eye and the nose of Greene. However Greene kept charging, and seemed to get stronger as the fight wore on.
Battered, bloodied and down on the cards Greene came out in the fourth round a much different fighter. Perhaps sensing he needed a knockout, he stalked Millender who continued to score but more in retreat as he countered his aggressive opponent. In the fifth round the Saeksons Muay Thai product came out even more aggressive. Greene won the round on many scorecards however Millender's early investments were at that point already safely in the bank, and he cruised to a unanimous decision win.
Curtis Millender defeats Casey Greene for the CXF Welterweight Title via Unanimous Decision
The second title fight of the evening featured Emilio Chavez and Dominic Clark in a lightweight showdown to crown the 155 lbs king of So Cal. However the excellent matchup quickly became a one sided affair.
After a short feeling out process, Clark was able to duck under a Chavez advance scoring with the takedown. Once horizontal, Clark scooted Chavez to the cage and patiently looked for his opening. Chavez did an excellent job defending, however a untimely transition attempted exposed his back and Clark transitioned in a flash, taking his back and sinking both hooks. After softening Chavez up with a few shots, Clark was able to thread his arm under the neck and secured the tap at 4:35 seconds of the very first round.
Not only did Dominick Clark end up with the CXF Lightweight Title, but during his post fight speech he dropped to a knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend, and she said yes! Congratulations to the Clarks!
Dominick Clark defeats Emilio Chavez for the CXF Lightweight Title via Submission (RNC) 4:25 Rd: 1
The final title fight of the evening saw Alfred Kashakyan defend his CXF Bantamweight strap against a very tough Anthony Perales normally a flyweight, Perales took the bantamweight title fight on short notice and in the champions backyard. The fight started out rather slow, with both opponents clearly respecting each others skills. But it wouldn't take long for the crowd to be on there feet.
Perales tried to score with a takedown, however Kashakyan kept his footing and immediately went in pursuit of of his opponents chin. After a few brief exchange, Perales aggressively charged the champion missing with a combination who staggered the challenger with a left hook, right uppercut chaser that turned the lights out, leaving Perales unconsciously supine against the cage. The devastating knockout win should have Kashakyan on a short list of bantamweight prospects heading to the UFC.
Alfred Kashakyan defeats Anthony Perales Defending his CXF Bantamweight Title via KO (punches) :45 Rd: 1
Michael Quintero defeats Andril Vasylenko 3:28 Rd: 2 via Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Leon Shahbazian defeats Eric Johnson 3:48 Rd: 1 via Submission (modified Guillotine)
James Acosta defeats David Duran 4:17 Rd: 2 via Knockout (punches)
Georgie Garcia defeats Gary Michaelyan 2:14 Rd: 1 via Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Rob Gooch defeats Paul Amaro 1:17 Rd: 1 via Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Monday, June 20, 2016
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside • Photo by Jhay oh Otamias
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr. (22-0, 18 KOs) of Palmdale, California, stopped Joaquim Carneiro (23-9, 21 KOs) of Brazil in three rounds on Saturday night in the inaugural “LA Battle Club” event at the Los Angeles Badminton Club in El Monte, California. Diaz teed off on Carneiro in the opening round busting his nose with his inside attack. Connecting with uppercuts, Diaz battered the bloodied Carneiro in round two. The carnage was stopped at the end of round three with Carneiro was bleeding massively.
Former world champion Rico “Sauvecito” Ramos (24-6, 12 KOs) of Pico Rivera, California, won an eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Justin “The Vodou” Savi (28-6-2, 18 KOs) of Benin in a featherweight bout. A left hook by Ramos in the closing seconds of round one dropped Savi. Ramos then dominated and outworked Savi en route to a 79-72, 79-72 and 77-74 win.
Super welterweight Virgilijus Stapulionis (27-3-1, 19 KOs) of Lithuania won a ten round split decision over previously unbeaten Nathaniel Gallimore (13-1-1, 10 KOs) of Jamaica. Stapulionis was the aggressor while Gallimore boxed from the outside. The Stapulionis suffered a cut over his left eye in round three and Gallimore dropped Stapulionis with a right hand in round five. However a crushing right by Stapulionis hurt Gallimore badly in round six. Bleeding from both eyes in the later rounds, Stapulionis pressed as Gallimore kept his distance. The tenth and final round saw a bloodied Stapulionis and Gallimore battle to the final bell. In the end, the judges scored it 97-92, 96-93 for Stapulionis and 96-93 for Gallimore.
Pomona super welterweight David Lopez (2-0, 1 KO) won a unanimous decision over Rasheed Lawal (1-3, 0 KOs) of Nigeria in a scheduled four round bout. Lopez pressed the slick southpaw Lawal and landed some solid punches late in the fight to finish strong. All three judges scored the bout 39-37.
Burbank welterweight Damian Lopez won his professional debut with a second round stoppage over Jose Mejia (1-6, 1 KO) in a scheduled four rounder. A right hand by Lopez dropped Mejia in round one. Lopez continued to attack but Mejia survived the round. The second round saw Lopez continue his attack prompting the referee to step in and wave off the bout at 1:48.
Unbeaten welterweight Jessy Martinez (4-0, 1 KO) of Woodland Hills won a unanimous decision over Tavorus Teague (3-12-2, 2 KOs) over four rounds. Martinez outworked the tough journeyman Teague who kept pressing forward. Scores were 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37.
Jr middleweight Madiyar Ashkeyev (3-0, 2 KOs) stopped Hector Mercado (2-7-1, 0 KOs) in the final round of a scheduled six round bout. Ashkeyev landed power punches and was aggressive throughout the fight. The Kazakh-born Ashkeyev finished strong as a flurry of punches forced referee Zach Young to stop the fight at 2:32.
Super lightweight Eddie Diaz (2-4-2, 1 KO) won a majority decision over Mike Melikiyan (1-1, 0 KOs) in a four round bout. Judges scored the fight 40-36, 40-36, and 38-38.
In the opening bout, debuting super welterweight Enriko Gogokhia of Georgia stopped Steven McKinney (1-8, 0 KOs) in round two of a scheduled four round bout. A barrage of punches forced referee Raul Caiz Jr. to halt the fight at 2:32 of round two.
“LA Battle Club” was promoted by Bash Boxing and PR Sports Promotion. In attendance were lots of former world champions including James “Lights Out” Toney and Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan at ringside, and Robert Garcia and Chris Byrd working the corners.
By David A. Avila
EL MONTE, CALIF.-A couple of Southern California contenders returned to home turf as Joel Diaz Jr. won by knockout and Rico Ramos cruised to victory in their respective bouts on Saturday.
An international fight card showed its depth before a crowd of more than 1,000 at the Los Angeles Badminton Club in El Monte. The Bash Promotion lineup featured pro boxers from Brazil, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Ghana, Nigeria, Mexico and of course the U.S.
Joel Diaz Jr. returned to his Southern California roots and dominated the hard-hitting Joaquim Cordero (23-9) of Brazil every round until the third round of the super lightweight clash. While in the corner, it was decided that Cordero could not continue.
Diaz (22-0, 18 KOs) was formerly trained by Abel Sanchez but now trains with former heavyweight world champion Chris Byrd. Under Byrd, the Palmdale slugger has become more defensive-minded and showed patience in his attack. Still, his power beat down Cordero who was bloodied in the first round.
In a featherweight bout, former WBA World super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos (25-5) knocked down Justin Savi (28-6-2) in the first round and cruised the rest of the way. Now training in San Bernardino, Ramos was simply the sharper boxer and won by unanimous decision after eight rounds. Two judges scored it 79-72 and another 77-74 for Ramos.
A 10-round super welterweight fight saw Lithuania’s Virgilijus Stapulionis (27-3-1) survive a fifth round knockdown from Jamaica’s Nathaniel Gallimore and rally the rest of the way to win by split decision. Gallimore was in control the first half of the fight but took his foot off the gas pedal and allowed Stapulionis back into the fight. It proved to be Gallimore’s undoing. One judge saw Gallimore winning 97-92, but two others saw Stapulionis winning at 96-93 twice.
Pomona’s David Lopez (2-0) defeated Ventura’s Rasheed Lawal (1-3-1) by unanimous decision after four rounds of a super welterweight match.
Burbank’s Damien Lopez (1-0) won his pro debut against rugged Jose Mejia (1-6) at 1:48 of round two. Lopez battered Mejia throughout the fight until the Santa Paula, California fighter’s corner asked the referee to stop the fight.
Jesse Martinez (4-0) defeated Tavorus Teague (3-12-2) in a close welterweight match by decision.
Madiyar Ashkeyev (3-0) won by knockout of Hector Mercado (2-7) at 2:36 of the sixth and final round. Mercado was never floored but referee Zach Young saw enough damage and halted the super welterweight scrap.
Eddie Diaz (2-4-2) finally broke into the win column after back-to-back draws to win by majority decision over Hollywood’s Mike Melikian (1-1) after four rounds of a welterweight match up.
Enrico Gogokhia (1-0) won his pro debut by knockout over Steven McKinney (1-8) at 2:34 of the second round of their junior middleweight fight. A counter left proved the magic blow.
by Vadin Pushkin, ringside
Photo by Miguel Salazar
Los Angeles Badminton Club, El Monte, California - junior welterweight Joel Diaz Jr. (22-0, 18 KOs) beat up Joaquim Carneiro (23-9, 21 KOs) over three rounds.
Diaz busted up Carneiro with big punches until he was a bloody mess and the slaughter finally came to a close at the end of the third.
This was Diaz's second fight of 2016. He fought back on January 30th as part of the Kovalev-Pascal II undercard at the Bell Centre in Montreal and stopped opponent Abraham Gomez in two easy rounds. The 24-year-old only saw action twice in 2015 with knockout victories over Luis Arcio and Alejandro Rodriguez.
The return of former world champion Rico “Sauvecito” Ramos (24-6, 12 KOs) saw an eight round unanimous decision victory over Justin Savi (28-6-2, 18 KOs). Savi went down in the first round. The scores were 79-72, 79-72 and 77-74. This was Ramos' first bout back in the ring after getting knocked out in three by Claudio Marrero last July.
Virgilijus Stapulionis (27-3-1, 19 KOs) shocked the perfect record of Nathaniel Gallimore (13-1-1, 10 KOs) with a ten round split decision win. The fight had drama and fireworks, with Stapulionis badly cut and down in round five, but coming back to have Gallimore in serious trouble in the following round.
The scores were 97-92 and 96-93 for Stapulionis, while the third judge had it 96-93 for Gallimore.
Stapulionis has now won four straight since going to a draw with Eamonn O'Kane in September of 2014.