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HYEFIGHTER of the month: February 2010 Gapo Tolmajyan

HYEFIGHTER of the month: February 2010 Gapo Tolmajyan

Gapo Tolmajyan wins HyeFighter of the month honors in February 2010 for his KNOCKOUT win in the 4th round on February 12th, 2010

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Mixed Martial Arts: A Misconceived Perception of a Legitimate Discipline

by: Vania Asmerian – 02/20/10

Vania Asmerian

Vania AsmerianMixed Martial Arts fighters are commonly stereotyped as being violent, and are often labeled “angry, aggressive, and emotionally driven”. In order to examine where these misconceptions stem from, I have spent several weeks getting to know them to better understand what makes these combat sports athletes who they are and what they do. My time spent with them, has led me to the conclusion that not only are fighters falsely stereotyped, but also in fact, are no different then you or me: good people simply trying to achieve their goals. In addition, what I found most often goes unnoticed, is the heart it takes for these fighters to pursue their dreams. It is not only physically exhausting, but also mentally draining.

This underlying commonality led me to question the Hyefighters’ convictions, which in turn, drove my curiosity further. Why would anyone subject themselves to this level of affliction? What would drive a man to stand face to face in a ring or a cage with another man and choose to use brutal violence as a barometer for victory? For Hyefighter WEC lightweight Manny Gamburyan, it was an escape from his troubles in school. In the safety of the cage, he found refuge, a place to release his frustrations. He gained focus and learned to regain control of his entire being. “I was always getting into trouble, so finally my dad told me that I need to go train and took me to Gokor Chivichyan Hayastan Academy, in North Hollywood, and that changed my life.” For another Hyefighter, WEC lightweight Karen Darabedyan, training began at a very early time in his life, at the tender age of five, in many different techniques, such as karate, boxing, judo, stand-up and grappling. He, along with his fellow HyeFighters, such as Bellator featherweight Georgi Karakhanyan and Strikeforce light-heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi, are to maintain a strict diet, train intensively, and endure the strikes and blows that come with the sport. It is a lifestyle. As the mainstream market continues struggling to accept and follow MMA, I feel it is my responsibility to shine light on this art form and help tear town the “bruitish” stereotypes that surround the sport.

So, I dug deeper into the realms of the the daily life of an Armenian fighter. It was not all glitz and glamour. The twice-a-day tedious training takes a major toll on an individual’s body, both physically and mentally. The change in diet to cut weight, sometimes up to 20 pounds, is overwhelming at times, and quite difficult. The change in lifestyle is in itself tiresome. Yet, the rush of adrenaline and sweet taste of victory are an unmatched reward to the energy that goes into transforming into a professional fighter. Having a dream that comes to life is something that everyone strives for in this world. The pursuit of happiness has inspired many Armenian fighters to plot their paths to greatness, or downfall, depending on their level of commitment. I now thoroughly understand. My goal is to allow others to step into a fighters shoes and try to appreciate their chosen profession as an art form and not a form of attack.

Editor’s note: Vania Asmerian will be contributing regularly to HyeFighters.com

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HyeFighter Vardan Mnatsakanyan Falls Victim to Bad Officiating in Spain and Crowd Riots

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HyeFighters Leva Kirakosyan Wins The European Junior Lightweight Championship

Kirakosyan vs. Lawton

HyeFighter Leva Kirakosyan became a two-time European junior lightweight champion today with a dominant win over Scott Lawton in Stoke.

Kirakosyan (32-5, 22 KO) dropped Lawton (27-6-1, 6 KO) at 40 seconds of the first round, and Lawton was timid for the remainder of the round, playing defense the entire time. Near the end of the second round, Lawton was rocked against the ropes, and referee Soren Saugmann jumped in to give him a standing eight count. Lawton was clearly on bad legs, and the referee frankly could and even should have stopped it there. Instead, Lawton got to go back, with the bell ringing before he could take any more punishment.

Kirakosyan finished him off early in the third, putting him back on the ropes right away and unloading. When Lawton decided to drop his left hand, a thudding right snapped his head back, and Saugmann mercifully stopped the bout.

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HyeFighter Champion Arthur Abraham visits Glendale Prior to His March 6th Fight February 15, 2010

Arthur Abraham visits with fans and fellow HyeFighters in Los Angeles prior to his March 7th fight against Andre Dirrell.

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HyeFighters Gapo Tolmajyan Wins VIA KO in the 4th

With his young boxing career having been characterized by technical boxing prowess, HyeFighter Gapo “The Ghost” Tolmajyan has seemingly added the attribute of power punching to his repertoire. The Glendale fighter was dominant in defeating veteran journeyman Anthony Martinez via fourth-round knockout in a scheduled four-round lightweight bout on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula.

“Now he’s adjusting to the professional style of fighting,” said Tolmajyan’s trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan. “And now he’s got more con- fidence.” Tolmajyan caught Martinez with a devastating left uppercut to finish the fight at the 2:14 mark of the fourth round. Tolmajyan, who improved to 7-1 with his second career knockout, floored Martinez (21-34-3) in the third round, as well, doing the damage with a right hook. “He started sitting down on his punches,” said Tarverdyan of his prospect’s power surge. “From start to finish, it was a one-sided fight.”

While Martinez’ record is hardly impressive, Tolmajyan’s knockout was, as Martinez, who has been facing a steady stream of up-and-coming prospects, was not stopped in his previous six fights and only 10 of his losses have come via KO.

Tolmajyan’s original opponent dropped out of the fight and the Martinez bout came about roughly a week before Friday, according to Tarverdyan. Originally it was scheduled for six rounds, but the California State Athletic Commission changed it to four rounds due to the late notice of the bout. Tolmajyan was also scheduled to fight in January in Glendale, but an opponent never transpired, thus Tolmajyan’s win on Friday was his first bout since a June 12, 2009 majority decision victory in Glendale.

Tarverdyan said he was not concerned with the layoff, however. “We had a really tough training camp,” said the head of the Glendale Fighting Club. “He was ready.”

Tolmajyan had been sparring at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym, as well, leading into the bout.“Gabriel looked very good and very confident,” Tarverdyan said.

Tarverdyan sees a quick step up in competition on the agenda for the 23-year-old Tolmajyan, who has fought more than 300 amateur fights. “I want to put Gabriel up against guys with good records,” Tarverdyan said. “He could out box a lot of fighters. I’m confident that he’s a great boxer.”

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HyeFighters Featured in March 30th Issue of Ultimate MMA Magazine

The Hye Fighters Proudly Represent Armenia – from Ultimate MMA by Breanna Armstrong

“You have to have a lot of heart,” says Karen Darabedyan. “We fight with our hearts and leave everything in the cage. I think that is what it means to be a true Hye fighter.”

The WEC fighter is a member the Hye Fighters, an elite group of fighters who represent their country and culture at all times in the cage. Representing Armenia is their No. 1 goal.

Araz Araradian started the Hye Fighters Organization in August 2007. After becoming involved in the sport, Araz decided to create a Website that would showcase all Armenians who are professional fighters.

The site has every Armenian fighter’s updates with profiles on each fighter with links to their personal websites, which Araz created for each of them free of charge. There is also a feature of the Hye Fighter of the month.

Now, two years after the launch of the group driven by Arazs’ passion to promote these fighters, the Hye Fighters have been recognized beyond the fight industry and into their communities.

Since the site’s launch in 2007, Hye Fighters has grown significantly. They now have 16 pro MMA fighters, including StrikeForce’s light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi, WEC lightweight Karen Darbedyan, WEC lightweight Manny Gamburyan and Bellator lightweight Georgi Karakhanyan.

“The difference of Armenian fighters and others is the heart,” says Gamburyan. “The heart and the way that we represent ourselves is unreal.”

Gokor Chivichyan, Gamburyan’s trainer, says the group is very special to him.

“They are like a family to me,” says Chivichyan. “When they win, it’s my win. They train very hard and Hye Fighters has brought them together. They lift each other up and I see that and it makes me very happy.”

Beyond MMA
Hye Fighters also have nine professional muay Thai fighters, including WBC muayThai International Welterweight Champion, Edmond Tarverdyan and 2009 K-1 World MAX champion and WKN Intercontinental middleweight muay thai champion, Giorgio Petrosyan. There are 48 professional Hye fighter boxers as well.

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