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HYEFIGHTER of the month: May 2010 Ando Dermenjian

HyeFighter of the month - May 2010: Ando Dermenjian

With his 1st round submission win at the King Of The West event on May 6th, 2010, HyeFighter Ando Dermenjian has been selected as the HyeFIghter of the month for May 2010.

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2010 May – Fight Result Summary

May 2010 (9 Wins 6 Losses) 60% Win

KICKBOXING - WIN
May 1, 2010
Vardan Mnsatsakanyan beats David Thomas Marti in K1 action in Spain
BOXING - WINMay 1, 2010
Karo Murat beats Tommy Karpency via Unanimous Decision
MMA - WINMay 6, 2010
Ando Dermenjian WINS via Submission at 2:54 of round 1
MMA - WINMay 6, 2010
Haik Tsaturyan wins via Unanimous Decision
BOXING - LOSSMay 6, 2010
Vacho Avagyan gets KO'd in the 3rd
MMA - WINMay 6, 2010
Jared Papazian wins via Unanimous Decision
BOXING - WINMay 6, 2010
Artur Bernetsyan wins via KO in the 2nd
MMA - LOSSMay 8, 2010
Grigor Aschugbabjan loses to Daniel Tabera via Majority Decision
MMA - LOSSMay 13, 2010
Georgi Karakhanyan loses to Joe Warren via Unanimous Decision
BOXING - WINMay 14, 2010
Gabriel Tolmajyan WINS via Unanimous Decision over John Wampash
BOXING - WINMay 20, 2010
Vic Darchinyan beats Eric Barcelona via UD and claims a THIRD IBO Title.
BOXING - WINMay 21, 2010
Arsen Martirosyan beats Jeremy Parodi via Majority Decision to capture the WBC International super bantamweight title
MMA - LOSSMay 28, 2010
Karen Grigoryan loses to Alexander Sarnavsky via split decision
KICKBOXING - LOSSMay 29, 2010
Gago Drago loses to Leroy Kaestner via Split Decision in Amsterdam
KICKBOXING - LOSSMay 29, 2010
Atty Gol(Sarkis Antranik Gol) loses to Orono Von Petchpoon via Split Decision in Amsterdam
1stWIN - Vardan Mnsatsakanyan beats David Thomas Marti in K1 action in SpainKICKBOXING
1stWIN - Karo Murat beats Tommy Karpency via Unanimous DecisionBOXING
6thWIN - Ando Dermenjian WINS via Submission at 2:54 of round 1MMA
6thWIN - Haik Tsaturyan wins via Unanimous DecisionMMA
6thLOSS - Vacho Avagyan gets KO'd in the 3rdBOXING
6thWIN - Jared Papazian wins via Unanimous DeciaionMMA
6thWIN - Artur Bernetsyan wins via KO in the 2ndBOXING
8thLOSS - Grigor Aschugbabjan loses to Daniel Tabera via Majority Decision MMA
13thLOSS - Georgi Karakhanyan loses to Joe Warren via Unanimous Decision MMA
14thWIN - Gabriel Tolmajyan WINS via Unanimous Decision over John WampashBOXING
20thWIN - Vic Darchinyanvs beats Eric Barcelona via UD and claims a THIRD IBO Title. BOXING
21stWIN - Arsen Martirosyan beats Jeremy Parodi via Majority Decision to capture the WBC International super bantamweight titleBOXING
28thLOSS - Karen Grigoryan loses to Alexander Sarnavsky via split decisionMMA
29thLOSS - Gago Drago loses to Leroy Kaestner via Split Decision in AmsterdamKICKBOXING
29thLOSS - Atty Gol(Sarkis Antranik Gol) loses to Orono Von Petchpoon via Split Decision in AmsterdamKICKBOXING
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HyeFighters Drago & Gol Both Lose via Split Decision in Amsterdam

HyeFighters Gago Drago and Atty Gol, bot lost their matches in the Amsterdam Arena at the “It’s Showtime” event.

Both losses came by way of SPLIT Decisions.

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HyeFighter Karen Grigoryan Loses a Close One

On May 28 in Kiev, Ukraine M-1 Global held the Semi-Final round of fights for the Eastern European region of the 2010 M-1 Selection. The event was held in front of a capacity crowd at the National Circus of Ukraine. The event was also enjoyed by a worldwide audience watching the event live on M-1Global.com and our sister site Mixfight.ru in Russia.

In the Lightweight semi-finals Alexander Sarnavsky defeated HyeFighter Karen Grigoryan via split decision in a very close fight.

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2 HyeFighters in Action Tomorrow – Atty Gol & Gago Drago (NOT fighting each other)

On May 29, 2010 IT’S SHOWTIME will organize the most spectacular kickboxing event in The Netherlands for the 8th consecutive time. Over the years, the IT’S SHOWTIME event taking place in the Amsterdam ArenA has even become the biggest kickboxing event in the world.

The previous editions already had incredibly strong fight cards, but this year surpasses the previous editions again. This year almost the entire world elite under 70kgs will be present in the ArenA and even the new Brazilian IT’S SHOWTIME world champion 77 max Cosmo Alexandre, who will fight against none other than Nieky Holzken. But also the Japanese K-1 star Yoshihiro Sato can be admired in the ArenA. Sato will face the very strong, and perhaps strongest, Thai in this weight class: Pajonsuk.

Artur Kyshenko will fight in The Netherlands for the very first time in history. This Ukranian super talent will fight the reigning IT’S SHOWTIME world champion 70kg max, Murat Direkçi. Also, fan favorite HyeFighter Gago Drago will go to war with the very aggressive Leroy Kaestner.

Another great match-up is Melvin Manhoef vs Gokhan Saki. Both fighters are known for the high speed in their techniques, which will almost guarantee a knock-out!

Other than that, all the best heavyweight talents in the world will enter the ring in the Amsterdam ArenA. Daniel Ghita, Hesdy Gerges, Anderson ‘Braddock’ Silva, Mourad Bouzidi, Dzevad Poturak, Tomas Hron, Rico Verhoeven and even the best heavyweight in the world, BADR HARI, will fight on this event! The opponent of Badr Hari will be the rising young star Hesdy Gerges, who has defeated Ruslan Karaev in spectacular fashion!

There’s another title on the line on May 29. At this moment, the IT’S SHOWTIME world title 65 max is in possession of Orono vor Petchpoon from Thailand. HyeFighter Atty Gol is the man who would love to take this title away from the Thai, but will he succeed?

As if all this isn’t enough, the Amsterdam ArenA will be the place where a legend of the sport waves goodbye. Rayen Simson, who fought and won many battles across the world, will enter the ring on May 29 for his farewell fight. Typically Rayen, he does not want a ‘piece of cake’ for his farewell. Sahin ‘Kaas’ Yakut will give Rayen a very tough last fight.

May 29, 2010 IT’S SHOWTIME in the Amsterdam ArenA!

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HyeFighter Karen Grigoryan fighting at “M-1 Selection: Eastern Europe” lightweight grand prix

In the true class of the entire fight card may lie in the lightweight division as HyeFighter Karen Grigoryan (20-3-1) meets Alexander Sarnavsky (9-0), while Artem Damkovsky (7-3) faces Arsene Ubaidulaev (1-1).

In addition to his mixed martial arts background, Grigoryan also is accomplished in pankration, jiu-jitsu and combat sambo. A six-time M-1 veteran, Grigoryan defeated Magomed Magomedov via submission in the tournament’s opening round.

Meanwhile, while just 21 years old, Sarnavsky brings an impressive 9-0 record into the cage. The RusFighters Sport Club fighter has earned nine of the 10 wins via stoppage, including a February submission win via rear-naked choke over Maxim Kuptsov to book his spot in the semifinals.

In the other bracket, Damkovsky earned a unanimous-decision win over Shamil Abdulkerimov in February to advance, while Ubaidulaev also needed the judges to make it past Yuri Saakyan.

For additional information and an in-depth preview of the evening’s fight card, as well as to watch streaming video of all 20 quarterfinal matchups, visit M-1 Global’s official website.

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Interview with HyeFighter Gago Drago

Interview with HyeFighter Gago Drago by Siam Fighting Magazine.

By Serge TREFEU (2010) from  Siam Fighting Magazine

Serge TREFEU: Hello Gago how you go shape there. You have just fought for a championship of the World of Kickboxing against Portuguese Jose Reis.
You lost in points this fight can you return on this fight, of which think you of your opponent?
GAGO DRAGO: José is great fighter, the fight was hard, but I am not agree with decision, he get knock down in 4th round, many kicks to the head, but you know I think because it was his last fight and we were in Portugal, so they gave the victory to him, but its ok, you have to have some luck in this life, but its not for me…

S.T.: You have already gained champion’s belt of Europe WMTC (2004) but what is that you also gained world champion’s belt?
G.D.: I have world champion belt (Champions League), in 2008 my fight with Luis Reis in Portugal, but you know belts are not important for me, I want be strong, show hard and nice fights that people enjoy it, that make me happy.

S.T.: In K1 World Max GP on 2009 you meet Japanese Yuya Yamamoto in quarter of final, you lose the fight with a close decision, of which do you think of this fight?
G.D.: Against Yuya was hard fight, but again same story, he get the victory because it was close fight and we were in Japan, next time better.

S.T.: For go in the quarters of final of K1 World Max 2009 you had beaten one of the favourites of the tournament Japanese Sato, it was stronger that his Yamamoto and nevertheless you beat him, than think you of this fighter?
G.D.: Against Sato was harder fight, everybody thought I gonna lose the fight, so I show everybody that they are wrong!

S.T.: In K1 World Max 20008 in quarter of final you choose favourites of tournaments Japanese Masato (winner of the Tournament K1 World Max 2008) why to have chosen him?
G.D.: He was the best fighter on that moment, I always want to fight with the best fighters, so I chose him and it was very hard fight…

S.T.: You lose your fight in points against him in a very close decision, do you think of having gained this fight in front of him?
G.D.: No I think he wins correctly the fight, I made more damage, but he made more points…

S.T .: Your best performance to K1 World Max was in 2006 or you beat Albert Kraus then you lose against winning of tournament Buakaw, can you come back on this tournament 2006 and which adversary was the most difficult to fight Kraus or Buakaw?
G.D .: Buakaw was difficult, but with Albert was more emotional fight for me…

S.T .: For K1 World Max 2007 you have also make two big fights, first faced with Mike Zambidis for the eliminatory then against the winner of Tournament, Andy Sauwer, in quarter of final, you can speak to us these two big “war ” which you have make against these adversaries?
G.D .: Against Mike was very close fight, he win with points, I hope I can fight with him again, against Andy was mine unlucky day, I was in front with points, but second round I get knock out…

S.T .: To win Tournament K1 World Max it is a priority objective for you?
G.D .: It’s very difficult to win K-1 Max, but I gonna try it very hard…

S.T .: The winner of Tournament K1 World Max 2009 is Italian Giorgio Petrosyan, he is originally from Armenia as you, like you to meet it in 2010 and of what think you of him?
G.D .: (Laugh) No I don’t want to meet him, he is too strong and very clever!

S.T.: You often fight also in the great event “It’s Showtime”, you beat many champion in this event as Imro Main, Murat Direkci, Stefan Veselic and many others, that think of you of this organization? Prefer you fight in K1 in Japan or in Amsterdam in “It’s Showtime”?
G.D.: 60% It’s Showtime Amsterdam and 40% K-1 Japan

S.T.: Chahid Oulad El Hadj you met him twice (1 draw, 1 lose) in “It’s Showtime” of whom think you of your fights in front of him?
G.D.: 1st time I win they give draw, 2nd time was draw they give to him. Shit happens…

S.T.: On May 29th in “It’s Showtime” of Amsterdam you are going to meet your compatriot Leroy Kaestner from Team Aerts, you know your opponent?
G.D.: He is a good and storm fighter, very good boxer, it’s gonna be heavy fight!

S.T.: Until today what was your hardest fight?
G.D.: Against Stefan Veselic 1st time, I was just begin a class and he was world champion, I was really scared to fight with him…

S.T.: What is your best memory of fight?
G.D.: My victory against Veselic I get 2nd round knock down and 3rd round I knock him out!

S.T.: And the worst?
G.D.: My lost (KO in 2008) against Williem Dinder, wich I made right in Amsterdam Arena last year (KO in 2009)

S.T.: You like making the “Show” before rising on the boxing ring, why, it is in your nature to make the show or it is to evacuate the tension before the fight?
G.D.: No it’s just happening, mine music do something with me…

S.T.: What technique you most like making in fight?
G.D.: Turn kick

S.T.: What are your strong points?
G.D.: Mine heart

S.T.: And your weak points which you would more like to work?
G.D.: Mine emotions

S.T.: You are a boxer who does not move back, you like going to the “war” when you fight?
G.D.: Yes, it’s a fight not tennis, war in the ring!

S.T.: You fight more in rule K1 than Full Muay Thai, you also like fighting in Muay Thai?
G.D.: No I don’t like Muay Thai, because I cannot fight with elbows

S.T.: You already went in Thailand for you train and to fight?
G.D.: Yes, I was in January in Thailand, train hard and fought 2 fights, both win very nice

S.T.: Do you Know French fighters and of what do you think of French fighters?
G.D.: Yes I know many French fighters, Choplin, Villaume, Le Banner, very strong and great fighters!

S.T.: In your category who are for you the best world fighter?
G.D.: Buakaw Por Pramuk !

S.T.: There are opponents in particular that you would like to meet?
G.D.: Yes many, a lot…

S.T.: When you began the boxing what is what there are boxers who you one influenced for the continuation of your career?
G.D.: Jean-Claude Van Damme (Laugh)

S.T.: Until today in your career you made how many fights, victories and defeats?
G.D.: 86 fights, 70 win, 13 losses, 3 draws

S.T.: Can you speak to us about your gym with which you made a sparring and which is your trainer?
G.D.: My gym, in Alkmaar Holland, my trainers, Sieger (boxing), Charoon (kicking), Ozkan (condition)

S.T.: Do you make a good living thanks to the boxing?
G.D.: I make ok leaving, it’s ok

S.T.: You were born in Armenia but towards which age you came in Holland?
G.D.: I was 15 when I come to Holland, I always gonna stay Armenian, but some part of me is also becoming Holland…

S.T.: Your family has of to leave Armenia because of the war in the region, what is that you come back to your native country since your arrival in Holland?
You have family over there?
G.D.: Yes but my family is with me…

S.T.: Why you changed your name Gagik Haroetjunjan in Gago Drago, to have fighter’s name?
G.D.: My trainer gives this name to me when I start fight, he says it’s easier for people to say your name.

S.T.: At which age you began the boxing?
G.D.: I start training when I was 15 years old, I want to become strong, because at school a get always troubles…

S.T.: What is your objective for 2010?
G.D.: Make my year…

S.T.: You want to add anything?
G.D.: I would say big thanks to all my fans around the world, you are really great, I always gonna try to make you proud of me…

S.T.: Thank you for this interview and Good Luck for your fight of May 29th?
G.D.: Thank you also.

Certainly one of the fighters the most liked by the circuit K1 Max because his aggressiveness on the boxing ring is always impressive.

Since his arrival to K1 he lost every time against the winners of the Tournament in 2006 against Buakaw, in 2007 against Andy Souwer, in 2008 against Masato and in 2009 he defeated in quarterfinal against Japanese Yamamoto where many people saw him winning of this fight.

For K1 Max 2010 this warrior in the enormous heart will again be very present in front of redoubtable champion that his Petrosyan, Souwer, Kraus, Buakaw, Kyshenko, and certainly to create of big surprise!

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HyeFighter Vanes ready for Big Apple

HyeFighter USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan of Glendale, Calif. knows all about his next opponent, Mean Joe Greene of New York. “Years ago we were on the same USA Jr Olympic team,” said Vanes, who takes on Greene on Top Rank’s big Stadium Slugest card featuring Miguel Cotto vs. Yuri Foreman on June 5 at Yankee Stadium. “I was fighting at 145, he was around 160. We were friends, although we never fought. “As a pro, Greene has a difficult style. We’ve looked at lot of recent video of him,” said Martirosyan, a super welterweight. “I’ve been training with Freddie Roach for the last eight weeks at the Wild Card Gym. We’ve had a lot of sparring — 10 rounds yesterday for example. I’m in top condition and ready to fight.” Martirosyan is 27-0, Greene 22-0. The Martirosyan vs. Greene fight will be televised live on HBO (10:15 pm eastern) as a prelude to the Stadium Slugfest battle between Cotto vs. Foreman.

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HyeFighter Vanes Martirosyan Sparrs with Georges St. Pierre at Wild Card

HyeFighter Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan spent some time sparring with MMA superstar and UFC Champion  George St. Pierre at Freddie Roache’s Wild Card Gym in Hollywood CA.

Training at the Wild Card gym, GSP is looking to close some of the holes in his game focusing on his boxing under the tutelage of Roach.

“It is time to focus on my boxing,” St. Pierre said. “When I get to the other side of my career I don’t want to be one of those fighters who have been hit too many times, so they keep getting knocked out. If you have the opportunity to work with someone like Freddy, you take advantage.”

Meanwhile, Roach looks at the training sessions as a personal challenge to teach one of the best wrestlers in mixed-martial-arts the dynamics of boxing. He’s got nothing but praise for the UFC champ, as the French Canadian fighter is quick to pick up on the training.

“It’s a challenge for me as much as it is for him,” Roach said. “The footwork and the stances are different than what I’m used to working with. I’ve never looked at MMA the way some [in boxing] have. A fighter is a fighter and a good one is going to pick up knowledge from wherever they can and apply it as they can.”

“Georges is such a tremendous athlete, and he’s such a fast learner,” Roach said. “We were working at different distances and different angles than he’s used to fighting in MMA, but he picked it all up so fast.”

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HyeFighter Vardan Mnatsakanyan Training Video

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Sahak “Hak” Parparian

HyeFighter Sahak Hak Parparyan (age 21):

  • WFCA 82.5 Kg (180lbs)  European Champion
  • WFCA 86.5 Kg (190 lbs) World Champion

Fighting out of Holland and training with HyeFighter Gago Drago

-More information coming soon –

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HyeFighter Mousasi scheduled for Dream 15 in July

Japan’s largest mixed martial arts promotion is banking on just about every available big gun in its arsenal for July.

Officials for Fighting and Entertainment today announced a Dream 15 line-up that includes four ranked fighters: lightweight champion Shinya Aoki and contender Tatsuya Kawajiri; heavyweight Alistair Overeem and light-heavyweight HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi. Also scheduled for the card: eccentric karate stylist Katsunori Kikuno and middleweight brawler Melvin Manhoef.

Dream did not unveil specific match-ups for the July 15 in Saitama, Japan, but a few bouts come to mind, given that the event is being called “Fatal Rivals” and the early video promos reference famous feuds such as Antonio Inoki vs. Giant Baba in pro wrestling and Windows vs. Mac in computer operating systems.

Most notably, Kawajiri has been calling for a Dream title shot since Aoki won the belt in October. Buzz about an Aoki-Kawajiri showdown has been surfacing for the last several weeks.

One tempting grudge match seems unlikely. Mousasi wants to avenge last month’s Strikeforce title loss to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, but the former champion today said he hopes for a rematch on FEG’s annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza, which suggests that the bout won’t happen in July.

Also announced today: a bout between Dream “Super Hulk” champion Ikuhisa Minowa and a mystery opponent at next week’s Dream 14 event.

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HyeFighter Arsen Martirosyan captures the vacant WBC International super bantamweight title

HyeFighter Arsen Martirosyan captures the vacant WBC International super bantamweight title in Lyon, Rhône, France by beating previously undefeated Jeremy Parodi.

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HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi Hoping for King Mo Rematch on New Year’s Eve

HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi, who will likely fight at DREAM.15 in the light heavyweight tournament, expressed an interest in a rematch with Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal during a DREAM press conference Thursday.

An eight-man tournament recently scrapped for May 29’s DREAM.14 has been rescheduled as a four-man competition at DREAM.15. The news was first reported by Sherdog.com. DREAM.15, originally rumored for July 19, is now expected to take place July 10 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

“I don’t have a specific opponent that I want to fight,” Mousasi said. “I don’t know who is going to participate in the tournament but I would love to fight King Mo again. I hope on New Year’s Eve I will get my shot at him.”

The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion also gave his thoughts on surrendering his strap to “King Mo.”

“I think it wasn’t my takedown defense,” Mousasi said. “I was, in my life, somewhere else maybe. I fought his fight. I didn’t sprawl, I wasn’t sharp. maybe my condition should have been better. So, there are a lot of things that I could say that went wrong but basically it comes to: he fought his fight and he won. I didn’t fight my fight. It wasn’t that my wrestling wasn’t good enough or my sprawl wasn’t good enough, I think I just fought stupid.”

DREAM.14 will be the only cage event for the year and it is still a hot topic in Japan as of late. Mousasi also commented on if he thinks there is a significant difference between fighting in the cage and the ring.

“Yes there is,” he responded. “The cage is bigger so you have more space. For a wrestler, I think it is much better to fight in the ring than in the cage. The cage has more advantage for the stand up fighter. Maybe I should have trained the cage to stand up but those are new things that I have to learn and I think that I didn’t train that good enough. But there is definitely a big difference.”

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HyeFighter Darchinyan defeats Barcelona and Wins ANOTHER BELT!!!

Vic Darchinyan beats Eric Barcelona to claim IBO bantamweight world title

WBC/WBA super flyweight champion HyeFighter Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) stepped up to bantamweight to take the vacant IBO bantamweight belt against Eric Barcelona (51-18-4, 19 KOs) on Thursday night at the Leagues Club in Parramatta, NSW, Australia. Darchinyan dropped Barcelona three times en route to a 120-103, 118-105 and 116-108 win. Barcelona was also deducted two points from low blows. With this win, Darchinyan becomes the first boxer in history to win three IBO world titles.

Parramatta, Australia, 34-year-old Vic Darchinyan won a commanding 12-round unanimous decision over tough and durable Filipino Eric Barcelona. The Armenian southpaw dropped Barcelona three times en-route to his clear, 120-103, 118-105,116-108 points victory.

Now 35-2-1(27), “Raging Bull” Darchinyan also picked up the vacant IBO bantamweight belt. 28-year-old Barcelona, who retained his reputation as a fighter who is both as tough as they come and who has never been stopped, fell to 51-18-4(19)..

Darchinyan, who will now look for a big fight – possibly against this coming Saturday’s Vazquez-Marquez IV winner – had things his own way all night today. Barcelona, also a lefty, came to fight, and he came out pretty fast in the 1st-round, even catching the man who has won titles at flyweight and super-flyweight with a left hand to the head. Generally, however, it was all Darchinyan once he got into his groove and put the pressure on.

There hade been rumours before the fight that Darchinyan was nursing a sore left hand, yet he landed the shot a number of times to good effect. The first knockdown the southpaw banger scored, in the 5th-round, looked something like a slip, but the second knockdown came courtesy of a hard and nasty left hand.

Barcelona, who was also docked points for low blows – in the 6th and again in the final round – was game throughout and he tried to put pressure of his own on the star fighter. Even in the final couple of rounds, when he was hopelessly behind on the cards and knowing it, the Filipino was firing as best he could. His aggression saw him take another hard shot, though, and he suffered his third knockdown of the night in the 11th.

Looking to get himself a last-round KO, Darchinyan almost succeeded, wobbling the visiting fighter with another left hand to the head in the 12th. Barcelona survived to hear the bell, and though he can still claim to have never been stopped as a pro, before tonight he had never even been put down. Darchinyan’s power will hopefully be put to a much sterner test in his next outing.

A fight between Vic and the winner of Saturday’s “Once and Four All” would be a very interesting fight (providing the Vazquez-Marquez winner has enough left to be able to fight again!) as too would a fight between Darchinyan and the winner of the Yonny Perez-Abner Mares bantamweight title clash – which will be the co-main event on Saturday.

With a rematch against Nonito Donaire apparently off for now (maybe even for good), Darchinyan must look elsewhere for a big fight. Either of the two mentioned above would suffice!

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HyeFighter Gevor back with Universum and Ready to take on Sebastian Zbik

HyeFighter Middleweight contender Khoren Gevor (31-4, 16 KOs) has decided to remain with Universum. “I still have a lot of plans and am convinced that there is no better promoter with which to reach my goals,” said Gevor. “Universum was always a fair and dependable partner for me and has kept always to our agreements. I’m glad that we can go on together.”

Universum promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl commented, “After Khoren had signaled that he would like to continue with us, we didn’t hesitate. He has delivered great fights and further attractive fights, which have the stuff to be classics, are possible with him. We are pleased to be able to present on July 17th an explosive fight between Zbik against Gevor, which both boxers immediately agreed to.”

The 31-year-old Gevor had unexpectedly discontinued his exclusive contract with Universum in January, after Universum had implemented a house ban against one of his personal advisers. Both parties have resolved their differences and the ensuing litigation is now a moot point.

The July 17th fight will take place in the Sport And Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany. In his third try for a world title, Gevor will take on unbeaten WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (29-0, 10 KOs) in a bout to be carried live on ZDF.

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HyeFighter Gapo Tolmajyan Wins Again


HyeFighter Super featherweight Gabriel Tolmajyan (9-1, 3 KOs) won a four-rounder over John Wampash. The scores were 40-36 on all cards.

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HyeFighter Karakhanyan Loses Decision

In the evening’s first televised contest former Olympic wrestler Joe Warren displayed the value of a grappling base as his non-stop takedown attack allowed him to earn a victory over Georgi Karakhanyan on the judges’ cards.

Despite Warren’s control of the positioning, it was Karakhanyan who routinely threatened from the bottom. Guillotine chokes, knee-bars, arm-bars – Karakhanyan tried it all. But each time, Warren worked himself free and returned to the top. Karakhanyan made a case for himself with the action, but judges disagreed.

Warren (4-1 MMA, 2-0 BFC) was awarded the fight on all three judges’ cards, 30-27, and moves on to the tournament finals to face Freire. Karakhanyan (13-2-1 MMA, 1-1 BFC) sees a nine-fight win streak come to an end.

Here is how the fight went:

Round 1

Warren throws a hard right hand and powers forward for an explosive takedown.  On the canvas, Karakhanyan is looking for a heel hook as Warren peppers away at his ribcage.  Warren escapes danger and moves to Karakhanyan’s full guard.  Karakhanyan scrambles to his feet and Warren takes him back to the canvas in the blink of an eye.  Warren is working from the full guard of Karakhanyan, looking to land a few short strikes to the head and ribs.  Karakhanyan lands a solid hammerfist from the bottom.  Karakhanyan once again escapes to his feet and Warren immediately takes him to the ground.  Warren rises to his feet and comes down with a hard right hand.  Warren is back into the full guard of Karakhanyan.  Thirty seconds remain in the round.  Warren peppers away at the face of Karakhanyan with punches as the first round comes to a close.

Round 2

Warren starts the second round throwing a hard right hand and powering forward on Karakhanyan where he clinches him against the fence.  Karakhanyan hops up for a guillotine attempt but Warren slams his way out of it.  Karakhanyan scrambles back to standing position and Warren slams him to the mat once again.  Karakhanyan looks top spin out of danger and Warren takes his back.  Karakhanyan again works out of danger and looks to lock up an armbar.  Warren escapes the submission attempt and again circles around to gain Karakhanyan’s back.  Warren lands a few hard knees to the ribs of Karakhanyan on the canvas and Karakhanyan turns to face him.  Warren is smothering Karakhanyan on the canvas against the fence as Karakhanyan searches for a way out.  Karakhanyan spins around to face Warren and gets the powerful wrestler back into his full guard.  Warren lands a hard right hand from the top position.  Warren finishes out the second round in a dominant top position just like the first.

Round 3

Karakhanyan lands a solid leg kick at the start of round three.  Warren rushes forward and scoops up Karakhanyan for another big slam.  Warren is controlling Karakhanyan against the fence as Karakhanyan looks for a way to his feet.  Karakhanyan rises to his feet and lands a hard knee to the chin before of Warren clinching.  They separate and Karakhanyan launches a terrifying flying knee that connects flush to the face of Warren.  Warren secures another takedown.  Karakhanyan works his way back to his feet.  Warren locks up Karakhanyan from the hips and drags him to the mat.  Karakhanyan is doing everything he can to get back to his feet and gets back to a standing position.  Warren scoops Karakhanyan up for another takedown, but Karakhanyan locks up a guillotine on his way down.  The submission attempt looks tight but Warren lifts up Karakhanyan and slams his way out once again.  Back on their feet and Karakhanyan rushes forward throwing a flurry of strikes.  Karakhanyan connects with a solid flying knee as the final bell sounds.

Official Result

Joe Warren def. Georgi Karakhanyan via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan Speaks with Aaron Tru

HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan speaks with Aaron Tru of MMAPrime.tv about his victory over former WEC Champion Mike Brown as well as his desire to fight Jose Aldo for the Championship.

Manny talks about how he is “not afraid of Aldo” and how he is ready to “put on a clinic” during that fight if and when it happens.

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HyeFighter Karo Parisyan To Fight In Australia on July 10

HyeFighter Karo “The Heat” Parisyan is moving on with his fight career and will appear at Impact FC in Australia on July 10.

Karo has said that he has agreed to fight Brazilian Luis Dutra Jr. on the card Down Under. MMAjunkie.com reported earlier today that the former UFC welterweight’s potential Strikeforce contract fell through.

“I [haven’t] fought for a year-and-a-half, (so) it’s exciting,” Parisyan said. “Time to get on top again.”

The Armenian-American fighter declined to comment on his Strikeforce negotiations other than to say the potential deal was a six-fight contract.

However, “The Heat” did say he is waiting on “other stuff” which could keep him active beyond his summer fight.

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Nataline’s Fashion Legacy 3 Tickets Now on Sale

Hey guys, as many of you know, HyeFighter’s Media Editor, Peter Sark’s sister, Nataline Sarkisyan lost her battle with cancer on December 20, 2007 after her insurance company, Cigna, denied her a liver transplant that her doctors gave 65% chance of survival. She was supposed to pursue a career in Fashion and attend FIDM of Los Angeles. Those dreams came to an end but her family has been keeping her Legacy alive by putting together a Fashion Show for the past 2 years and raising money for scholarships under her non-profit they have set up. The Nataline Sarkisyan Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. This years event happens to be on what would have been her 20th Birthday, July 10, 2010 at Mercedes-Benz of Calabasas. Tickets are on sale now online and can be purchased for a discounted price of $35. They will be sold for $45 at the door on the day of the event.

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Thanks for all the support and hope to see you guys July 10, 2010.

For more information on Nataline’s Story check out the video below or visit www.NatalineSarkisyan.com

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HyeFighter Grigor Aschugbabjan Loses in Poland

Poland – HyeFighter Grigor Aschugbabjan loses his MMA match in Poland against Daniel Tabera via majority decision. The fight was very close and some in attendance disagreed with the decision.

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HyeFighter Artur Bernetsyan KO’s Nick Bernnie

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HyeFighters go four for five at Rage event

Bernetsyan, three others grab victory at Thursday’s King of West card; Avagyan falls in fight of the night.

By Grant Gordon from Glendale News Press

HOLLYWOOD, MAY 6, 2010 — Taking the latest step in what’s quickly becoming a promising career, Glendale boxer Artur Bernetsyan remained undefeated with a dominant knockout win late Thursday night as one of four fighters with local ties claiming victory at King of the West Promotions’ debut event, Rage Against the Ropes, at the Circus Disco in Hollywood.

“The whole point of fights like this is getting better,” said Bernetsyan’s trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan. “It’s step by step.”

Bernetsyan continued his ascent with a second-round knockout of Nick Brannie, while the Glendale-trained trio of Andy Dermenjyan, Haik Tsaturyan and Jared Papazian were victorious in their mixed martial arts bouts.

The only defeat to be had for a local fighter came when Glendale resident Vacho Avagyan was knocked out in the third round of his boxing bout with Richard Contreras in what was later named the promotion’s fight of the night.

The nine-fight card featured a mix of boxing and MMA and the debut presentation for King of the West, which is co-promoted by Roma Kalantaryan, the proprietor of the Main Event Sports Club in Glendale. The taped broadcast also featured commentary from undefeated Glendale boxer Vanes Martirosyan and World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight Karen Darabedyan.

Bernetsyan (3-0, 2 KOs), fighting out of Tarverdyan’s Glendale Fighting Club, had a gameplan to settle down and box and use his body punches. Both elements came to play in a dominant victory in the welterweight fight some 14 pounds north of the 130 pounds Bernetsyan generally fights at. His original opponent backed out at the last minute due to a death in the family.

Brannie (1-5) promptly stepped up and was soon knocked down.

Bernetsyan rocked Brannie late in the first round with a right hook right on the chin and the Armenian southpaw followed with a straight left that floored Brannie, who just made the count right as the bell to end the first round sounded.

Brannie came out swinging in the second, but for the most part, Bernetsyan resisted engaging in a brawl. Bernetsyan began working the body with a damaging left hook to the ribs that hurt Brannie. Shortly after a stream of body shots had worn down Brannie, Bernetsyan went upstairs with a right hook that ended the fight.

“He’s gonna be very durable,” Tarverdyan said of his prodigy. “He throws a lot of punches, he’s constant. He’s got great body punches.”

Two bouts prior to Bernetysan’s, Avagyan (2-1, 1 KO) made his return to the ring after nearly a year away and was winning a spirited bantamweight (122 pounds) boxing match before losing a slugfest.

Avagyan, also a southpaw, danced in and out, sticking and moving, using a straight left masterfully against Richard Contreras (1-0, 1 KO), who was making his pro debut.

Contreras threw his punches with authority, but Avagyan made him miss often, landing with single punches largely from the outside and flurrying on the inside before dancing back out of danger to take each of the first two rounds, 10-9, on the News-Press scorecard.

In the third, however, Avagyan had his knees buckled by a right uppercut and seconds later was on the canvas after a right cross. Avagyan returned to his feet and never took a step back, engaging Contreras and, at one point, seemingly starting to take over as the two squared up and traded punches, bringing the crowd to its feet. But just as Avagyan looked to have turned the tides, Contreras landed a savage right uppercut that crumpled the Glendale fighter, his left knee going out from under him. Avagyan staggered to his feet in an effort to beat the count, but the referee put a halt to the bout.

Contreras’ win was later named knockout of the night.

In the night’s first fight, a bantamweight (135) MMA bout, the 20-year-old Tsaturyan, fighting out of Main Event, won a unanimous decision against Chris Wolff (0-4).

“I was thinking I would have done better, honestly, but it was my debut, I was nervous,” said Tsaturyan, adding that his training partner, Dermenjyan, had relayed to him just how good winning one’s debut felt. “He told me about this feeling. As soon as they said, ‘Unanimous decision, Haik,’ I lost it. I can’t even remember what I was thinking.”

Tsaturyan earned scores of 30-27 twice and 29-28 for the decision, as he used multiple takedowns in each round, including an unconventional headlock takedown in the third, to secure the win. The only round in jeopardy was the first, in which the majority of the round was controlled by Tsaturyan, but he was floored by a left hook, only to quickly get back up.

“I wasn’t hurt, I lost my balance,” said Tsaturyan, who had Wolff in his guard after the knockdown and quickly worked up and pushed off his opponent. “It was a good shot, but I got up right away.”

Tsaturyan’s training partner, Dermenjyan (3-1), who trains out of Main Event, Team Hayastan in Hollywood and SK Golden Boys in Van Nuys, rebounded from his first career loss in his last fight with a first-round submission win over Jason Williams (1-2).

Having exhibited marked improvement in the third bout of his career, Dermenjyan went back to basics and worked for a takedown from the start.

“The win was very important, of course you always have to get the win after a loss,” said Dermenjyan, who earned submission of the night honors for his efforts. “I have to go back to my roots, which is wrestling.”

Dermenjyan burst forward with an overhand right that missed and shot in for a takedown, grabbing Williams’ ankle. During a subsequent scramble, Dermenjyan, actually bounced up and off the bottom ring rope. During a lockup later on, Dermenjyan was dealt a dose of knees to the face, one in particular that the Van Nuys fighter admitted “rocked” him.

After changing levels numerous times, Dermenjyan twisted Williams down to the ground. Williams tried to posture up and turned and Dermenjyan took his back, putting his hooks in, landing a solid punch and slipping in a rear-naked choke that solicited a tapout at 2:54 of the opening round, just six seconds before the bell.

Finally, in the night’s co-main event, Papazian (8-5-1) earned a unanimous decision against Jared Weathers (6-5).

Weathers repeatedly took Papazian down in the first round of their bantamweight bout, though he did little if any damage on the ground. In the second, Papazian’s takedown defense improved and, though Weathers did bring him down, Papazian did far more damage with strikes and secured a takedown of his own in the final seconds. In the final round, Papazian landed a straight right that knocked down Weathers and also got another takedown.

“I was getting frustrated in the first round, [I knew I had to] change things up,” said Papazian, who trains at Main Event and also at Glendale resident Alberto Crane’s Legacy Mixed Martial Arts in Encino. “It didn’t matter that he wasn’t doing anything on the ground, to the judges it looks like he’s winning.

“I wasn’t worried [about the decision]. Second and third, I knew I had it.”

Pictures by Peter Sark

Miscellaneous Pictures

Haik Tsaturyan vs Chris Wolff

Vacho Avagyan vs Richard Contreras

Artur Bernetsyan vs Brannie

Ando Dermenjian vs Jason Williams

Jared Papazian vs Tyler Weathers

Other Behind the scenes pictures

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Don King Signs HyeFighter Welterweight Prospect Vito Gasparyan


HyeFighter welterweight prospect Vardan “Vito” Gasparyan,11-2-5 (5), who is trained by and fights out of Justin Fortune’s gym, signed with Don King this week to a three-year, four fights minimum contract.

Gasparyan is an all-action fighter who has recently given work to Sergey Dzindiruk and Daniel Dawson as they prepare to fight each other May 14.

“If everything goes right, hopefully in a year or two, we’ll get a championship fight,” said Gasparyan. “I need about two-three eight-round fights and then we’ll be ready for a big step. Beginning of next year, I’ll be ready for a ten or 12-round good fight. Not a step-up or warm-up fight, but a big fight.”

“It’s a good contact, a good move. Once King gets us fighting, he will keep us very busy because Vito is an exciting fighter,” said Fortune. “When he turns his punch over, he’s a banger. But he’s not really a banger, a puncher. The more the fight goes, the more he beats you up. And he very effective, very accurate. Just tough as sh*t. He’s a mean motherf**ker. Reminds me a lot of myself.”

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