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HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan Ready For WEC CHamp Jose Aldo

by Steven Marrocco on Apr 30, 2010 at 8:30 pm ET

Nothing would deter Manny Gamburyan.

The WEC featherweight told UFC/WEC matchmaker Joe Silva that WEC 48 opponent Mike Brown would have to put him asleep or break a limb to stop the fight. Short of that, there would be no letup, he said.

Gamburyan (11-4 MMA, 3-0 WEC) never came close to that type of danger and stopped Brown cold this past Saturday with a short, powerful right hand that likely set a featherweight title shot in motion.

The 28-year-old Gamburyan was fighting for more than just a victory at Sacramento’s ARCO Arena. April 24 carried special significance to his Armenian heritage. That day marked the country’s remembrance of the 1.5 million Armenians who were massacred under the Ottoman Turk Empire between 1915 and 1917. (Hence, his “genocide” comments in his post-fight interview.)

Gamburyan, a compact sparkplug of a fighter who made his way onto the national MMA stage by appearing on “The Ultimate Fighter 5,” was not about to lose on such an significant occasion.

“I’m an emotional guy,” he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) earlier this week. “It was a very sad day for me, but in a way this is revenge. I was looking at Mike Brown as a Turk. ‘So just go out there and just destroy him.'”

It took two minutes and 22 seconds for Gamburyan to stop Brown and seal a $65,000 bonus for “Knockout of the Night.” It was his third consecutive WEC victory and put him directly in line with current champion Jose Aldo, who defeated former champion Urijah Faber in dominating fashion in the night’s headliner.

“I told Joe Silva that I (was) going to leave everything in the cage,” Gamburyan said. “‘Everything. Whatever I have, I’m going to leave it in the cage. Do or die.'”

And while the Los Angeles native is proud that he came through on such an important day, he’s already moved on to the next chapter in his life.

“For me, it’s past already,” he said. “I have to look forward to my next fight right now. It’s Jose Aldo. I look at it that way.”

He’s unmoved by talk of Brown’s personal problems leading up to the fight. It wouldn’t have changed his approach one bit.

“He can have personal issues; I’ve got personal issues also,” Gamburyan said. “I’m from L.A.; I hang out with a lot of girls and this and that. But sometimes I get problems with stupid stuff also, so I don’t know what’s going on with him.

“He said he trained pretty hard. … But if he didn’t, he might have taken (me) lightly. But most definitely, I didn’t take him lightly. I [took] him really serious, and my plan was to finish him off to get a title shot.”

The WEC’s next event is slated for June 20 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is almost completely booked. But a late summer event, WEC 50, is rumored for Aug. 8, and Gamburyan is open to a meeting with Aldo then.

He’s not intimidated by all the press the Brazilian champion has gotten.

“I’d fight him in Brazil if they want,” Gamburyan said. “If I’m ready, I’m focused, (then) I don’t care where I fight him. We can fight in the backyard.”

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HyeFighter Boza Loses In Israel

If the event was billed as boxing’s most celebrated showcase that Israel has known, hometown girl Hagar Finer did not fail to meet expectations. Before a nationally televised audience and thousands of cheering spectators at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv, Finer retained her WIBF bantamweight crown by handily defeating Armenian born Latvian challenger HyeFighter Agnese Boza with a fifth-round knockout last night.

Both fighters began the match hesitantly, but the bout gained momentum in the second round. Finer lifted her arms in the air triumphantly at the bell, and justifiably so. She landed a number of crosses that kept Boza, who was at a distinct disadvantage against the taller Finer, on the defensive.

The Israeli solidified her control of the bout in the third round. Boza, who replaced Finer’s original opponent, American Stephanie Dobbs, was victimized by the champion’s devastating right hand. As time expired in the fifth round, Finer sent Boza to the canvas with a powerful right blow. Although Boza got back on her feet, the referee declared the bout over, as he ruled that the Latvian could not sustain the continue pummeling. Finer erupted in joyous celebration, embracing her trainer and manager Ra’anan Tal.

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HyeFighter Darchinyan to return May 20

WBC/WBA super flyweight champion HyeFighter Vic Darchinyan (34-2-1, 27 KOs) will be in action again on May 20 when he will clash with Filipino Richard Garcia (21-10-1, 5 KOs) at the Parramatta Leagues Club, Parramatta, Sydney, NSW, Australia. In his last ring outing – Garcia lost a twelve round points decision against Zolani Tete in an IBF elimination bout in 2010. Darchinyan scored a twelve round points victory over tough Mexican Rodrigo Guerro in March.

Darchinyan scored his best wins over Cristian Mijares, who he stopped in nine rounds in 2008, and Jorge Arce in eleven rounds in 2009. He is hopeful of a rematch with Nonito Donaire in August. The Darchinyan vs Garcia will be televsied nationally throughout Australia on Foxtel cable television network

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Q&Awith HyeFighter Susi Kentikian

Four days after her split decision win over Nadia Raoui, unbeaten WBA/WBO/WIBF female flyweight world champion Susi Kentikian is taking it easy visiting her grandfather Hayk from Los Angeles and enjoying her new pink WBO weomen’s championship belt.

Susi, have you looked at your fight on video yet?

“Yes, that was a very close result. And when I saw it on TV, I admit that Nadia made a super strong impression. But I didn’t feel her pressure in the ring.”

It was not a dominating victory this time – what do you attribute that to?

“In the last year I’ve boxed against four world champions and won four times. That says something about the matter. I wasn’t in top form, which I had expected of myself. Still the win was justified.”

Would you fight Nadia again?

“Of course. Nadia Raoui has earned a rematch. And I’m sure the fans would also like this. But now I have to recharge my battery again. In my life it always goes up and down – up to now that has only made me stronger. So I take the very nasty criticism with mixed emotions. I know I’ll be better next time.”

How do you like the new WBO female belt?

“Cool. I like pink. It looks kind of cute in comparison to the men’s belts. And it’s much more manageable and better suited to my body. Now it’s a lot lighter to carry all three world championship belts.”

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Grigor Aschugbabjan

Hyefighter Grigor Aschugbabjan(4-2), originally from Armenia, is the holder of the championship rider federations ISKA belt in Muay Thai and multiple other championships. He is extremely strong, well balanced, and fight with a lot of emotion and heart.

Record 4 – 2 – 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)
Wins 4 (T)KOs ( 100 %)
Losses 1 (T)KOs ( 50 %)
1 Submissions ( 50 %)
Association Maximus Team
Height 5’11” (181cm)
Weight 205lbs (93kg)
Style Muay Thai
Birth Date 1985-07-17
City Vienna
Country Armenia

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HyeFighter Vanes Martirosyan to fight at Yankee Stadium

Undefeated HyeFighter super welterweight and Glendale native Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (27-0, 17 knockouts) will defend his North American Boxing Federation and North American Boxing Organization titles against unbeaten “Mean” Joe Green (22-0, 14 KOs) on June 5 at Yankee Stadium as the co-main event of “Stadium Slugfest,”headlined by Miguel Cotto vs. Yuri Foreman, according to a Top Rank Promotions press release issued on Wednesday.

The co-main event and main event of the first boxing event to be held at Yankee Stadium since it opened in 2009 will be aired live on HBO Championship Boxing beginning at 7:15 p.m. PDT.

All of you Armenian fans in the Tri-State area should show up to support the Nightmare!!!!

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HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan Ranked #2 featherweight in The World

Manvel "The Anvil" Gamburyan

As per Sherdog’s world MMA rankings, our very own Manny Gamburyan has been ranked #2 in the world after his victory on Saturday night April 24th:

From Sherdog:
Featherweight

1. Jose Aldo (17-1)
Aldo’s first WEC title defense against Urijah Faber was supposed to be a test of the well-rounded skills of the young Brazilian dynamo. It wound up being a test of his humanity instead, as he brutally crushed “The California Kid” with low kicks for the duration of their 25-minute bout. After his dominant performance to cap the promotion’s biggest event, the trick for WEC brass will now be making challengers seem threatening to Aldo.

2. Manny Gamburyan (11-4)
After two bouts at 145 pounds — assumed to be his more natural weight class — Gamburyan had not set the world on fire, despite winning both. However, in his WEC 48 bout with former divisional king Mike Thomas Brown, the native Armenian had his coming-out party as a featherweight. He clobbered Brown in the first round to emerge as the likely next challenger for Jose Aldo.

3. Mike Thomas Brown (23-6)
Brown was a healthy favorite heading into his April 24 bout with Manny Gamburyan. There’s a reason that they fight ’em: Gamburyan caught Brown with a big right hand and pounced for the finish, knocking the former champ further down the pecking order at 145 pounds.

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HyeFighter Giorgio Petrosyan out of May 29th Fight

COSMO ALEXANDRE to replace HyeFighter GIORGIO PETROSYAN in Amsterdam. Giorgio Petrosyan is out of the May 29 Amsterdam Arena show. Stepping in to take his place against Nieky Holzken will be the It’s Showtime 77kg champion Cosmo Alexandre. *Unfortunately, Giorgio Petrosyan was forced yesterday to cancel his May 29 fight in the Amsterdam Arena against Nieky Holzken. Giorgio broke his hand for the second time in his March 13 fight in Milan against the Thai Khem Sitsongpeenong. He went into surgery right after the fight, in order to be back in shape again before his fight with Nieky. However, an x-ray scan showed that the healing process is not going the way the doctors hoped it would go and that’s why Giorgio had to cancel his fight.

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HyeFighter Karen Darabedyan vs. Will Kerr added to June’s “WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus”

by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Apr 26, 2010 at 5:15 pm ET

With the WEC’s first pay-per-view event now in the books, the organization has shifted its attention toward its return to Versus in June.

The newest addition to the recently announced “WEC 49: Varner vs. Shalorus” event is a lightweight feature between Karen Darabedyan (9-2 MMA, 1-1 WEC) and Will Kerr (8-2 MMA, 0-1 WEC).

News of the matchup was first reported by FiveOuncesOfPain.com, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed the booking with sources close to the event.

Featuring a 155-pound main event between fast-rising challenger Kamal Shalorus and former champion Jamie Varner, WEC 49 takes place June 20 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The main card airs live on Versus.

Kerr seeks his first WEC win after losing his November debut to Shalorus. A Connecticut-based fighter who fought primarily for the Northeast-based Full Force Productions organization prior to his entrance in the WEC, Kerr saw a five-fight win streak halted with the recent result.

Meanwhile, Darabedyan also looks to rebound after a recent loss. A training partner of WEC featherweight contender Manny Gamburyan, Darabedyan was submitted by Bart Palaszewski in a March matchup. The Californian controlled the action early before falling prey to the hold, and the loss snapped a seven-fight win streak.

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Eric Bradley

Eric Bradley

MMA RECORD

4-1 (3-0 at 170 lbs)

CREDENTIALS

Brazilian Jiujitsu PURPLE Belt under John Lewis

COLLEGE – Penn State University (State College, PA)

2x NCAA DIV I Wrestling All-American

– Senior Yr – Ranked #1 in the Country

2x BIG TEN Wrestling Conference Champion

National Collegiate Boxing Champion

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HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan KO’s ex Champ Brown

For as long as HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan has been competing professionally, fans and fellow fighters have raved about his judo skills, explosive takedowns and freakish strength. But following his first-round destruction of former WEC featherweight champ Mike Brown, Gamburyan should now get some additional kudos for his striking.

Leading up to the fight – one in which Brown arguably had little to gain and a lot to lose – the ex-champ talked of his need for a win and a desire to reclaim the belt. However, Gamburyan, a former UFC fighter who appeared on “The Ultimate Fighter 5,” is the one who looked like championship material in the main-card bout.

A patient Gamburyan continually circled and remained at a distance in the opening minute of the fight. As Brown engaged, Gamburyan tested his ability to counter. The trial resulted in virtually no error, and just two minutes into the fight, he found his mark and blasted Brown with a perfectly timed counter right. Brown dropped to the mat, and Gamburyan followed with additional punches to force the TKO stoppage at the 2:22 mark of the first round.

“I’m improving,” Gamburyan said. “All I’m doing is improving. … I promised you guys I would do genocide, and I did it.”

Gamburyan, who’s found new life since moving to the UFC’s sister promotion, improves to 11-4 (3-0 WEC) with the win. Brown, meanwhile, drops to 23-6 (5-2 WEC) with his second loss in three fights.

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Manny’s fellow HyeFighters watching here in LA…….

all pictures courtesy of Jay Canter:

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HyeFighter Kentikian wins a close one!!!

In an all action female world title fight, undefeated HyeFighter WBA, WBO and WIBF flyweight champion “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs) won a controversial split decision over previously unbeaten WIBA titleholder Nadia “The Beauty Beast” Raoui (11-1-1, 3 KOs). Kentikian was ahead 96-94, 96-95 on two cards, Raoui was ahead 96-94 on the other card.

Rounds 1 – 5

Round 6 – 12

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HyeFighter Koko Murat wins in Denmark

In a clash of unbeaten light middleweight prospects, HyeFighter Koko Murat (11-0-2, 4 KOs) won a close eight round majority decision over Nick Klappert (12-1, 8 KOs) at the MCH Arena in Herning, Denmark.

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HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan Training Before Brown Fight

George & Manny

5 days before what may arguably be the biggest fight of his career, Manny Gamburyan, along with George Bastermajyan, made the quick trek from Los Angeles to Sacramento.  April 24 is a very important day for all Armenians around the world, and this Saturday it will have even more meaning to Manny Gamburyan and the scores of Armenian fans that follow and support him.  We at HyeFighters.com would like to let Manny know that we always have, and always will support him and this Saturday will be no different. Tune in to WEC 48 pay per view and watch!!!

all pictures courtesy of Jay Canter:

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MMA HyeFighters Video Intro

Check out the intro clip of the HyeFighters movie/documentary that is in the works:

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HyeFighter Hovik Zakarian Fighitng in France

HyeFighter Hovik Zakarian

HyeFighter Hovik Zakarian will be seeing MMA action in France at the cage fighting championships on April 25th.

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HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan Fighting on April 24

by Erik Fontanez from Bleacher report:

World Extreme Cagefighting is set to make it’s Pay-Per-View debut this weekend with a stacked card full of exciting fights and explosive fighters.

From bottom to top, the card is something one can get anxious for.

It’s not only the fans that are stoked for this card, but also the fighters.

The move from the Versus cable network to Pay-Per-View is a huge turning point for the WEC and could be the beginning of a number of broadcasts for a premium, which translates to bigger purses and larger venues.

One fighter in particular, has seen the grand stage before—that fighter is Manvel “The Anvil” Gamburyan.

During a brief time in the UFC, by way of The Ultimate Fighter reality series, the Armenian born fighter competed in the 155-pound division.

Now, 10 pounds lighter, Gamburyan fights in the WEC’s featherweight division and has won both his fights since making his debut in the organization 10 months ago.

Bleacher Report MMA was recently able to sit and talk with Manny about his fight and how big of an impact it is for the WEC to move to PPV.

“It’s a big move, bro,” said Gamburyan. “I’m proud of them, you know? It’s was their goal. They got a lot of good fights out there like myself and Brown, Donald Cerronne and Ben Henderson in the main event. I’m a big fan of the sport, also. I really want to see Jose Aldo against Urijah Faber. It’s going to be fireworks.”

Gamburyan is scheduled to go against former featherweight champ Mike Brown; a tough test for any 145-pounder.

You think someone with a name like “Anvil” feels pressure going into the promotion’s first Pay-Per-View against such tough opposition?

Probably not.

“First of all, there is no pressure in my fights. I just look at a fight. Any fight is a fight, you know? I can’t take anything away from Brown. He’s a gamer. I respect him as a person. Right now he’s my enemy, but it doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy.”

What Manvel has over all the other combatants on this card is that it coincides with an anniversary that is close to his heart.

April 24th is Genocide Remembrance Day for the Armenian community and this adds additional fuel to the fire that burns inside of Manny Gamburyan.

“It’s a special day for me,” said Manny when talking about what it means to compete on this particular date. “Do or die, man. I’m a die out there, bro. I’m a do everything [so] I can win.”

With that win, Gamburyan can be next in line for a shot at the organization’s featherweight title.

Some may say that this fight is used to gauge if Manny is ready for the big show and a shot at the Aldo-Faber winner.

When asked if he agrees with that assessment, Gamburyan replied, “Oh yeah, definitely… I need the W, and a good W. If I can finish him, that’ll be perfect. I’m going to get a W. I guarantee, I’m going to get a W. Winner of me and him, I’m pretty sure is going to be next in line for a title shot.”

Who would that shot come against?

Of course, we won’t know until WEC 48’s featherweight title fight between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Urijah Faber.

As far as a preference is concerned, Gamburyan said, “I’d rather fight the unbeatable, Jose Aldo, but my prediction is Urijah Faber, in this one.”

Before he can get to the title fight, Manny will have to get through a tough obstacle in Mike Brown.

The former featherweight champ became the division king be defeating Urijah Faber and successfully defended against “The California Kid” in their rematch.

How does he plan to beat an opposition with such a great track record?

Intensity, that’s how.

“I’m going to be all over the place; be in his face for 15 minutes,” said Gamburyan about his plan of attack. “I’m working on my wrestling. I got tons of good wrestlers, Olympians, world champions, world class wrestling, big dudes. I got everything at my camp.”

The preparation has the young Armenian pumped and ready for action to the point of systematic annihilation of his opponent.

“Better be ready April 24th. I’m gonna do genocide!”

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5 HyeFighters on the SAME CARD

For the first time EVER, Armenian boxers and MMA fighters will be featured on the same card.  King of the West Promotion’s first event “Rage Against the Ropes” will feature 5 HyeFighters.  This event will be held at the Circus Disco located on 6655 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood CA. and will have a total of 16 Boxing & MMA bouts.  The HyeFighters scheduled to fight are:

Haik Tsaturyan - Making his MMA Pro Debut

Sevak Magakian MMA up and commer

Jared Papazian - MMA fighter who seems to be fighting once a month!!!

Vacho Avagyan - BOXING

Artur Bernetsyan - BOXING

This event promises to be a great show and I am certain other HyeFighters will be in attendance to support their brethren in battle.

You can purchase your tickets on line by clicking the button below:

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Suzy Kentikian Will Defend Her Titles on April 24

HyeFighters Suzy Kentikian, better known as the Killer Queen, the world champion of the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) and the Women’s International Boxing Association’s (WIBA), is set to defend her titles on April 24.

Her competitor will be WIBA candidate Nadia Raoui who represents Germany.

“I want to celebrate an outright victory. I am looking forward to having this meeting, and I will try to make a knock-out. It’s going to be a real two-sided fight, but my ammunition will be more powerful,” said Kentikian at a press conference in Hamburg.

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HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi Loses to Mo

Mo gets tagged over and over and over.....

Muhammed Lawal (7-0) won a five-round unanimous decision over HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi (28-3-1) for the Strikeforce light heavyweight title in Nashville Saturday night by scores of 49-45 on all three judges’ scorecards.

The former champion, Mousasi, never lost control of the fight. Mousasi countered with damaging punches to Lawal but the judges all scored the takedowns higher.

Here are the stats from the fight. You decide if Mo actually won!!!

WTF!!! Does that face look like a winner's face?

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HyeFighter Gor Harutunian Wins at PFC2 In France

HyeFighter Gor Harutunian Wins at PFC2 In France in strong fashion via triangle choke.

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HyeFighter Gevork Chilalyan Loses via DQ

HyeFighter Gevork Chilalyan’s professional MMA debut resulted in a loss via disqualification.

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Behind the HyeFighter – Georgi Karakhanyan

Georgi Karakhanyan

From Fight Hub TV:

With a highlight KO win over Bao Quach at Bellator 13, Georgi Karakhanyan certainly got the attention of every competitor in the Bellator Featherweight tournament. It was a explosive start to Bellator’s second season as Karakhanyan joined the likes of Toby Imada, Yahir Reyes and Nick Pace to mark his place in Bellator KO folklore. Behind ever fighter there is a story and Georgi is no different. He shared his back history with us as well as other struggles he had to go through to reach where he is today.

Marcos: For those who don’t know, tell us your background and what you did before you started fighting?

GK: I was born in Russia, but I am Armenian. I started doing karate at age five or six, it wasn’t anything serious but I stayed with it. I then started playing soccer and after soccer I got into Jui-Jitsu. I never had the idea of becoming a fighter but after six months of doing Jui-Jitsu I had my first pro fight and from then on out, I’ve been fighting.

Marcos: When exactly did you come to the United States?

GK: I moved here when I was 11. My family came to Riverside and that’s pretty much where I have grown up is in Riverside.

Marcos: How hard of a transition what that for you, did you struggle with it?

GK: No It wasn’t really a struggle, I liked it here in the US more than over there. Everyone was really cold over there (Russia) and here even if you don’t know anyone they still say hi and bye to you.

Marcos: Where did you start your BJJ training?

GK: I started in Riverside at a place called United Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under black belt Rommel Dunbar.

Marcos: Was he the one that said you should fight?

GK: He had some connections with Terry from King of the Cage and he had like two guys on one of his shows fight and he asked me if I would want to get on the show and I was like sure why not. All I did in that fight was use my Jui-Jitsu, that’s all I did.

Marcos: Would you say you have had a difficult up-bringing?

GK: You know I’ve had a normal life. My family wasn’t really rich but also not really poor, just really in the middle. I’ve had some struggles but it was nothing major, just a normal life pretty much playing soccer every day while growing up.

Marcos: How much was soccer part of your life and why did you stop?

GK: Yea I played professional for the San Diego Soccers, out of San Diego,CA. Umm, I look at it this way. If I was a really good soccer player I would be playing in Spain for someone like Real Madrid or Barcelona or in England for the major teams. That and there wasn’t a lot of money here so I couldn’t really make a living, so It was really something I just gave up on.

Marcos: So you sound like your a big soccer fan, who are some of your favorite soccer teams?

GK: My favorite team is Barcelona, and I always cheer for Argentina because of Lionel Messi.

Marcos: How did professional soccer prepare you for what your doing now?

GK: It helped me mostly with conditioning. When I was playing I had to run a lot and we did a lot of conditioning so when I train for fights conditioning is not a problem.

Marcos: Did you ever imagine when you started out that you would be picked up by a major fight organization like Bellator?

GK: Well lately I have been training really hard and waiting for something to come up. I was actually in talks with the WEC but this offer from Bellator was really good and the potential exposure I could get from the tournament. It was just a good deal overall so I jumped on it.

Marcos: You made it to the big leagues fairly quick when compared to other fighters who have been fighting for years, why do you think you have made it to a major organization as fast as you did?

GK: Man ::pauses:: wow that’s a hard question, I don’t know. I have no clue, ummm, wow, I really don’t know.

Marcos: With fighting as a profession how hard was it starting out? Did you have side jobs and were you lucky enough to be able to live at home and have the earnings from fighting as extra income?

GK: Yea I had a full time job, I was working and I had a full time job up until my fourth or fifth fight. I’m actually still working now, well I’m teaching but its more in line with my career.

Marcos: Tell me a bit more about that first job you had?

GK: ::laughs:: Umm its was a telecomm company so we built cell sites. I started as labor so I would wake up at 4 or 5 in the morning, go to the job site and there would be times were we would have to work 17 hour days just to climb the towers. After 7 months I got promoted to project coordinator and was moved into the office, so I was in there just fucking around.

Marcos: You must of been happy that you didn’t have to dig trenches anymore

GK: Oh man it was fucking heaven! It was heaven, especially in the summer.

Marcos: So you dug trenches and still had to go train right?

GK: Yea and then I would come home. Sometimes I would miss practices because of how late I would work and I would get home and just eat and sleep. A lot of the times though I would go straight from work to train.

Marcos: So where is this teaching job at?

GK: I teach at USKO a karate school in Riverside. I have been teaching there for two years. I help out the little kids and teach kids jiu-jitsu, kids karate and cardio kickboxing.

Marcos: Is your home base for training still at Millennia MMA in Rancho Cucamonga?

GK: Yea its still Millennia, but what I do is I go to North Hollywood and do my wrestling at SK Golden Boys and I also go to Gokor’s gym a lot but I still come to Millennia. I bounce around so yea..

Marcos: What’s your schedule like when you are in training camp?

GK: I’ll wake up around 9, then go to Millenia and go spar and do technique. Then I’ll do conditioning which is either cross fit or plyometrics. Ill get home and rest and then do some mitt work at USKO. When we are done I’ll teach and after that I will grapple some more or do mma and then the next day I will either do the same but go to SK Golden Boys or Gokor’s.

Marcos: How did you get introduced to Gokor and all of them up in North Hollywood?

GK: Actually through Myspace. This guy named Araz, he is the owner of HYE fighters and George Bastmajyan they invited me to a boxing event. I got to meet everyone and I met Karen Darabedyan (WEC fighter) and I just started to train with everyone there.

Marcos: What do your parents think about you fighting?

GK: Actually my dad supports me a lot but my mom never goes to my fights. she just stays home and prays, but they are very supportive.

Marcos: How did they react when you told them you were going to fight?

GK: I told my dad after my first fight because he didn’t know. I called him and I told him that I fought and he was pretty mad but they still support what I am doing.

Marcos: Is it still a struggle income wise to be a fighter or are you doing ok?

GK: I think Bellator is going to help me a lot but having a job on the side that’s inline with my career has helped also. Sometimes I might get injured or not have a fight come up, like last year I only fought one time, which sucked so its good to have a side job.

Marcos: Do you feel there is more pressure on you now that you have signed with Bellator?

GK: No, no, I don’t feel pressure. I’m just going to go there and fight. I know its going to be live and televised, but I don’t feel any pressure.

Marcos: What motivates you to keep on going and to keep fighting?

GK: I guess the challenge, to see how good I am and how far I can go. Everyone says this but I do it for the competition and to see who out there is better than me

Marcos: Finally, what do you want to do with your mma career, what are you goals?

GK: I just want to build a good name for myself and be a very well rounded fighter and hopefully open up a gym some day in Riverside Ca, where i can teach kids, law enforcement and just be successful.

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HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi: “I Will Finish Him”

I wonder what Gegard is thinking?

HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi has never faced an opponent like Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal before. Lawal is one of the hottest prospects in the sport, but he’s already one of its most colorful entertainers. He specializes in trash talking, in making outlandish claims in an effort to draw attention and get inside his opponent’s head. But Mousasi prefers to do his talking in the cage, and he refuses to allow Lawal to take him off his game. And, in the same token, Lawal has not even gotten to close to anyone with Mousasi’s pedigree, ability and power.

“I think it’s just more motivation to train better than ever. I’m in my best shape ever. I’ve never felt this good. When I get in the cage I’m going to be as professional as I can be,” says Mousasi. “I’m not going to let the promotion take control of the fight. I’m motivated to win this fight against any opponent that I have.”

Mousasi (27-2-1) is currently riding a 15-fight win streak. He captured the Strikeforce light heavyweight title with a stunning one-minute defeat of Renato “Babalu” Sobral last August. Long a favorite of hardcore MMA fans, the Armenian fighter is quickly becoming a superstar, and Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker couldn’t be happier.

“When we had the opportunity to sign Gegard Mousasi I was really excited. He’s a fighter that I followed in Japan for about two years,” said Coker. “He’s proved himself. I’m very proud for him to be our champion.”

Despite his trash-talk leading to the fight, Lawal believes Mousasi to be a dangerous opponent and has a great deal of respect for him. “I think he’s the smartest fighter in the game. He’s not physical, he’s more mental. He’s a quick thinker, a great improviser and he’s real smart,” said Lawal. “The most dangerous part about him is his brain.”

In Lawal, Mousasi faces a champion wrestler with dangerous striking ability. Mousasi has prepared for a war and says he’s in the best shape of his career. “I’ve improved a lot of aspects, and I’m going to be at my strongest for this fight,” says Mousasi. “There are a couple of things I’ve worked on, and hopefully I can show them in this fight.”

He’s also confident that Lawal won’t be able to knock him out. “I know for sure that I have a good chin because no one has ever knocked me out. I’m not even thinking about being knocked out,” he says. “That’s why I’m confident that he can’t hurt me. He’s not a submission artist, so I’m very confident in this fight.”

Mousasi’s eventual goal is to make the transition to heavyweight, but he says he’s not focused on the jump right now. “I have to perform well and win all my fights to make the jump to heavyweight. Basically, I’m planning on doing it maybe after two years,” says Mousasi. “But it’s not something I have in my plans right now. I’m just focused on doing well at light heavyweight.”

Mousasi’s only concern at the moment is King Mo, and he’s not taking him lightly. But he’s confident in his abilities and confident that he’ll be victorious on April 17. Not only that, but he boldly predicts that the bout won’t go to the judges.

“I don’t think this fight will go to a decision. He’s looking for the finish,” he says. “I think the most important thing is who has more will power and better stamina. I think that’s going to decide the fight.”

“I will finish him,” he says.

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Welcome to the HyeFighters: Eric Bradley

HyeFighters would like to welcome MMA fighter Eric Bradley to our family.

(Fundeklian on mother’s side)

MMA RECORD: 4-1 (3-0 at 170 lbs)

CREDENTIALS: Brazilian Jiujitsu PURPLE Belt under John Lewis

COLLEGE – Penn State University (State College, PA)

2x NCAA DIV I Wrestling All-American

– Senior Yr – Ranked #1 in the Country

2x BIG TEN Wrestling Conference Champion

LOVE the Armenian tattoo over his left chest!!!


Hear me out fight fans…

On the verge of breaking into a major fighting organization is a young man by the name of Eric Bradley.

[Who?]

Try not to worry too much about the fact that he is not yet a household name—he soon will be.

In fact, if you were to visit Bradley’s website you would learn the following:

Eric Bradley is a 28-year-old former wrestler from Penn State who was a two-time NCAA Division One Wrestling All-American. He was ranked No. 1 in the United States his senior year.

Bradley was also a two-time Big Ten Conference Wrestling Champion and a National Boxing Champion (with a record of 15-0).

Bradley holds a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (under John Lewis) and has been in several training camps with the likes of BJ Penn, Quinton Jackson, and John Hathaway.

Bradley was an alternate on the Ultimate Fighter 9, and best of all…he has really “crazy” hair.

[Huh?]

In other words, this kid has personality, and we all know that in the business of MMA, personality absolutely matters .

Pretty good, right?

Well, it gets much, much better.

This is my interview with him:

JR: Hi Eric.

Eric Bradley: Hello James Ryan.

JR: Thanks for agreeing to speak with me. Our friends over at Carried Out Fight Gear told me all about your remarkable story, and I just couldn’t resist the temptation to speak with you in person to learn more about your amazing accomplishments, and to share them with as many people as possible. I am extremely impressed on so many levels.

Eric Bradley: Thanks a lot, James. I really appreciate that. It has been a very long and rocky road, but I believe that is exactly why, when I finally get my big chance, I will have all of the strength that I will need to make it to the top.

The challenges that I have faced in my life have given me a deep determination to never quit, and to always follow my heart, no matter what.

JR: So, what happened while you were at Penn State?

Eric Bradley: Well basically, while wrestling in my freshman year at the Olympic training center in Lake Placid, NY, I injured my back pretty badly.

JR: Olympic training centre? That’s impressive! But injuries happen all the time in contact sports. What made this injury so different?

Eric Bradley: Well at first, it was just an irritating, chronic pain that I had for a while, but eventually, I decided to finally have it checked out.

JR: And?

Eric Bradley: The x-rays showed that there was a hairline fracture in my spine. I rested it for a while, but every time that I came back and started training, it only got worse.

I remember the head coach at Penn State at the time, Troy Sunderland, called me up one day and said that there was a training session over in Rec Hall. So I met up with our coaching assistant, Josh Koscheck, and we started scrapping pretty hard, but it didn’t take long before my back just eventually gave out.

JR: Yikes.

Eric Bradley: Ya, I think at that point I knew the problem was well beyond serious. After that, when I would step onto an uneven surface I would fall to the ground like I had just tripped over my own feet, but in reality, what was really happening was that a sharp pain was running down my spine straight into my legs.

When I returned to get my back checked out the doctors all told me that I would never be able to wrestle again.

They fitted for me this plastic body brace which I had to wear for six straight months. I only took it off to shower.

JR: How did it make you feel when the doctors told you that?

Eric Bradley: I was devastated. I even thought about leaving Penn State at that time because I obviously went there to wrestle, and just being around the place was making me more and more depressed by the day.

Not working towards my goal of winning a national championship was extremely hard.

I talked to my dad though, and he kept telling me to never give up.

So I called the boxing coach after clearing the idea with my doctor and after many emails, he finally agreed to give me a shot. Six months later, I won the national collegiate boxing championship in Las Vegas.

JR: That’s awesome about the boxing, but still, I can only imagine just how much you loved wrestling. It’s really unfortunate that you were never able to wrestle again.

Eric Bradley: On the contrary, James, after a two year absence I did in fact return to wrestling.

JR: Seriously? How is that possible?

Eric Bradley: Nothing short of a miracle. I was working as a coaching assistant for the Nittany Lions Wrestling Club and I would sometimes wrestle around on the mats with some of the local high school kids. Strangely, I noticed that I wasn’t feeling any pain in my back.

I spoke with the doctors and eventually convinced Coach Sunderland to give me another chance, so I began an adjusted training schedule and was back with the team in no time.

JR: Wow. Dare I ask how you made out in your first return match?

Eric Bradley: To my own amazement, I was awarded the Ridge Riley Award for being Penn State’s most outstanding wrestler on the night. I think it had a lot to do with my overcoming the amount of adversity that I did.

From there, I went on to win two Big Ten championships and I became a two-time All-American wrestler.

JR: Outstanding Eric! So, when did you make the decision to pursue MMA as an actual career?

Eric Bradley: I got a phone call from an agent in Los Angeles who brought me out to LA to train at Legends.

At the time, I was looking into going to grad school to purse a law degree, but when the opportunity presented itself, plus after seeing my former coach, Josh Koscheck, doing so well in the sport, I decided that I needed to get back into athletics.

After falling short of winning an NCAA championship at Penn State in wrestling, I really felt that I had unfinished business. Besides, I’ve never been one to pass up on an adventure.

It was cool though. My first introduction to jiu-jitsu was with Eddie Bravo, so right from the start I was getting some of the best coaching available in the sport.

JR: What is your relationship like with Josh Koscheck now? Do you keep in touch? Would you ever fight him in the Octagon if you had to?

Eric Bradley: Josh is great fighter, and he has used his wrestling to put together a style that is very difficult for his opponents to figure out.

We are still cool, and I have nothing but respect for him as a person and as a fighter.

As far as ever fighting him goes, whoever has the belt I am ready to step in with. Like Hunter S. Thompson said, “the only ones who know where the edge really is are the ones who have went over it.”

I have the confidence in my ability to see just how far I can go.

JR: What do you feel it takes to break into a major MMA organization, and how far are you from getting there?

Eric Bradley: I’m definitely ready to fight any of the top competition in this sport. In fact, I’ve been ready. I have total belief in my abilities both on my feet, and on the ground.

I’ve been trying to keep fighting regularly, but lately it’s been a string of fights falling though. Either way, I have been competing my entire life, so when the time comes, I will be ready to rock and roll.

JR: Falling through? Dude, what’s happening with your fights?

Eric Bradley: Well, the last two fights that I had scheduled, one of the promotions didn’t get the funding and they had to cancel the show.

JR: Bummer.

Eric Bradley: The other one…something happened with my opponent and they didn’t have anyone else for me to fight. It gets frustrating having to deal with going through all of the training for a fight and then not having one.

Right now I am working on getting a fight in May and then another in June. Hopefully from there I’ll make my way into the UFC. After I was an alternate for the Ultimate Fighter 9, my goal has been to fight in the UFC, particularly the August show that is taking place in Boston—the state that I was born in, and where I spent a lot of time growing up as a kid.

I would like to make my intentions clear because I really think that Boston would be my perfect debut, and I could definitely bring a lot of support from the local crowd.

JR: That would be cool. So Eric, why would a major MMA organization like the UFC want to sign you? What do you have to offer in terms of drawing power and your ability to compete with the best in the world?

Eric Bradley: As a fighter, I’m a lot like dynamite…I have a reputation for being very explosive, and I know that the UFC fans love exciting fights.

Really though, it’s hard to explain with words. I would sooner demonstrate my worth in the ring. All I need is a chance and I guarantee the UFC will be impressed enough to give me a shot.

After that, it’s up to me to find success.

Also, I’m a free spirit. I don’t comb my hair, which people seem to remember me by [laughs].

JR: [Laughs] You sound like Bill Murray in the movie Stripes talking about how chicks dig him because he rarely wears underwear. I noticed that you don’t have a nickname on your website. How about “The Dynamite Kid?”

Eric Bradley: [Laughs] Possibly.

JR: If I had to guess, I would say that you grew up surrounded by great people. Who has had the greatest influence on you in getting you to where you are today?

Eric Bradley: That’s a tough one…

There have been so many strong influences that have helped to keep my dream alive.

All the way from my parents, who have supported me and made me earn anything and everything that I have ever wanted in life…that probably played a big part in keeping the fire burning in me to be a champion.

My high school coach, Barry Chooljian, and college coach, Dave Hart, both moulded me into the type of athlete who never expects anything but victory.

I’ve bounced around a lot of MMA gyms, but I would have to say that my deepest roots are at the London Shootfighters and J-Sect in Las Vegas. Those guys are great!

Also, I’ve been training with Roy Nelson at The Country Club for the past few months, which has been a really fantastic experience.

JR: Eric, your story in very inspiring and I believe that you have great natural talents combined with an awesome work ethic. Both are crucial elements to being a successful fighter.

I can really empathize with what you went through with your injury, as I experienced very similar feelings after I broke my leg in seven spots during my own push for an Olympic dream.

I have to give you all the credit in the world for getting past the depression and finding success in boxing. It’s not easy. To then be able to wrestle again seems like the perfect reward for you for never giving up on yourself or your dreams.

Giving up is too easy sometimes. My father always taught me…never give up!

Sometimes life throws up road blocks and it’s the winners who find a way around them. You are a winner, my friend.

Eric Bradley: Thank you James.

JR: The pleasure was all mine, Eric. Rarely do I get to meet such an inspirational young man. You are a good role model for our young athletes, so please remember that as you move forward in your career.

Eric Bradley: I will.

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