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2010 June – Fight Result Summary

June 2010 (9 Wins 4 Losses 2 Draws) 60% Win

MMA - WIN
June 4, 2010
Jared Papazian KO;s Ryan Bastianelli
BOXING - WINMay 5, 2010
Vanes Martirosyan beats “Mean” Joe Green via Unanimous Decision
KICKBOXING - WINJune 5, 2010
Sahak Hak Parparyan wins via Points
BOXING - WINJune 5, 2010
Hovhannes Zhamkochyan beats Michael Isaac Carrero via UD
BOXING - LOSSJune 5, 2010
Agnesa Boza loses via UD
MMA - LOSSJune 5, 2010
Grigor Aschugbabjan loses to Hracho Darpinyan Decision
MMA - WINJune 5, 2010
Hracho Darpinyan beats Grigor Aschugbabjan via Decision
MMA - WINJune 12, 2010
Roman Mitichyan beats Preston Scharf via UD
BOXING - WINJune 12, 2010
Artur Bernetsyan beats Ramon FLores via UD
BOXING - WINJune 13, 2010
Robert Dasoyan beats Bahtiyar Juraev via UD
MMA - WINJune 19, 2010
Araik Margarian beats Walid Seghir via Head Kick KO at 0:11 of Round 1
MMA - DRAWJune 19, 2010
Gor Harutunian earns a draw against David Baron
MMA - LOSSJune 20, 2010
Karen Darabedyan loses to Will Kerr via Armbar Submission in Round 1
KICKBOXING - LOSSJune 26, 2010
Armen Petrosyan loses to Marco Pique via points
KICKBOXING - DRAWJune 26, 2010
Vardan Mnatsakanyan & Andres Martinez Fight Ends in a Draw
4thJared Papazian KO;s Ryan BastianelliWIN - MMA
5thVanes Martirosyan beats “Mean” Joe Green via Unanimous Decision WIN - BOXING
5thSahak Hak Parparyan wins via PointsWIN - KICKBOXING
5thHovhannes Zhamkochyan beats Michael Isaac Carrero via Unanimous DecisionWIN - BOXING
5thAgnesa Boza loses via Unanimous DecisionLOSS - BOXING
5thGrigor Aschugbabjan loses to Hracho Darpinyan DecisionLOSS - MMA
5thHracho Darpinyan beats Grigor Aschugbabjan via DecisionWIN - MMA
12thRoman Mitichyan beats Preston Scharf via UDWIN - MMA
12thArtur Bernetsyan beats Ramon FLores via UDWIN - BOXING
13thRobert Dasoyan beats Bahtiyar Juraev via UDWIN - BOXING
19thAraik Margarian beats Walid Seghir via Head Kick KO at 0:11 of Round 1WIN - MMA
19thGor Harutunian earns a draw against David BaronDRAW - MMA
20thKaren Darabedyan loses to Will Kerr via Armbar Submission in Round 1LOSS - MMA
26thArmen Petrosyan loses to Marco Pique via pointsLOSS - MUAY THAI
26thVardan Mnatsakanyan & Andres Martinez Fight Ends in a DrawDRAW - K1 KICKBOXING
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HyeFighter Vardan Mnatsakanyan’s Win Taken Away

In an unfortunate turn of events, HyeFighter Vardan Mnatsakanyan’s TKO victory over Andres Martinez has been overturned and the fight is now deemed a draw because the fight’s governing body has determined that the cut which caused the fight to be stopped was a result of a head but as opposed to a punch.

Vardan’s management has filed an appeal to reinstate the win.  We will keep you updated as to any new developments.

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HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi vs. Jake O’Brien completes DREAM.15 light-heavyweight grand prix

HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi (28-3-1 MMA, 6-0 DREAM) and Jake O’Brien (13-3 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) have verbally agreed to meet at DREAM.15 in the promotion’s scaled-down light-heavyweight grand prix.

MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the fight Monday morning from sources close to the event, who said that while contracts have not been signed, the bout is expected to be finalized shortly.

DREAM.15 takes place July 10 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and features the opening round of the four-man tournament.

The bout is Mousasi’s first since a disappointing showing at April’s “Strikeforce: Nashville” event, in which he relinquished his belt to Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, who outwrestled him for five rounds en route to a unanimous-decision victory.

In 2008, the Dutch-Armenian fighter bested four fighters to win DREAM’s middleweight grand prix, though he later vacated the belt when he decided to jump to light heavyweight. He defeated Mark Hunt in the opening round of the Japanese promotion’s open-weight “Super Hulk” tournament before making the move to Strikeforce.

The 24-year-old Mousasi is currently training in Holland with Team Golden Glory and is expected to meet this week with M-1 Global executive Vadim Finkelstein to discuss the possibility of a European marketing deal.

O’Brien, meanwhile, is three months removed from a unanimous-decision victory over Toni Valtonen at Fight Festival 27 in Finland, which was his second consecutive victory since a submission loss to Jon Jones at UFC 100 brought his release from the promotion.

Once a heavyweight, the 25-year-old O’Brien racked up six consecutive victories before he made his UFC debut. He opened his UFC career with three additional wins, including an upset of veteran Heath Herring at UFC Fight Night 8 in August 2006.

The sometime bouncer trains out of Integrated Fighting Academy in Indianapolis along with UFC veterans Chris Lytle and Matt Mitrione.

The winner of O’Brien vs. Mousasi meets the winner of Melvin Manhoef and Tatsuya Mizuno. DREAM officials then will crown the tourney champion the organization’s first-ever light-heavyweight title-holder.

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HYEFIGHTER of the month: June 2010 Araik Margarian

HyeFighter of the month - June 2010: Araik Margarian

With an incredible KO win in RECORD time of 11 seconds in the 1st round at 100% Fights in Paris France, Araik Margarian has been selected the HyeFighter of the Month for June 2010.

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HyeFighter Vardan Mnatsakanyan TKO’s Andres Martinez

HyeFighter Vardan Mnatsakanyan wins his battle against Andres Marinez in Spain via a first round TKO due to stoppage form a cut.

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HyeFighter Armen Petrosyan Loses to Pique on Point in Italy

HyeFighter Armen Petrosyan loses to Marco “The Sniper” Pique at The Shock Muay Thai fight promotions in Palermo Italy.  The match was a very closely contended and both fighters give it their all.  But, at the end, more points were awarded to Pique as he was declared the winner of the fight.

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HyeFighter Abraham vs Froch MAY Take Place in Montreal on September 18


It looks like both the Abraham and Froch camps are still tussling over where the next phase of Showtime’s Super Six tournament will take place. News sources in London as saying the bout is “likely” to take place September 18th in Montreal. However as reported by fightnews.com, the Abraham camp says neither Montreal nor September 18th are certain.

“They are an unlikely, but still a possible scenario,” Chris Meyer, the managing director for Sauerland Event.

However, if this fight takes place in Montreal, I am certain that the large Armenian population in Montreal will be there to support the Armenian Champion from Germany.

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HyeFighter Gor Harutunian’s loss changed to a DRAW

HyeFighter Gor Harutunian loss to David Baron at the 100%-Fight promotion in France on June 19th was such a horrible decision that it has been over turned and declared a draw.

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Արազ Արարատեանի «HyeFighters.com»ը Լուսարձակի Տակ Կը Դնէ Հայ Մարտարուեստը

ԿԼԵՆՏԷՅԼ.- «Կլենտէյլ Նիուզ Փրէս» օրաթերթը իր Ուրբաթ, Յունիս 4ի թիւով անդրադարձած է 2007ին Արազ Արարատեանի կողմէ հաստատուած HyeFighters.com համացանցային կայքին, որ արդէն իսկ յատկանշական ներդրում բերած է մարտարուեստի զանազան մարզաձեւերու հետեւող հայ մարզիկները շրջանին եւ ինչու չէ նաեւ՝ ամբողջ աշխարհին ծանօթացնելու գործին մէջ:
Արազ Արարատեանի բնութագրումով, համացանցային կայքը եղած է սիրոյ արգասիքը եւ հետաքրքրականօրէն, կայքին հետ աճած է նաեւ հայ մարզիկներուն ազդեցութիւնը եւ ներկայութիւնը մարտարուեստին մէջ:
Ներկայիս, ամսական աւելի քան 10,000 իւրայատուկ այցելու կը հետեւի «HyeFighters.com»ի լուրերուն, իսկ կայքը, որ նախնական օրերուն միայն ժամանակացոյցեր ու տարրական տեղեկութիւններ կը հաղորդէր, դարձած է լսատեսողական տեղեկութեանց կարեւոր աղբիւր մը՝ միաժամանակ հանդիսանալով կարեւոր կապ մը սոյն մարզաձեւերու սիրահարներուն եւ մարզիկներուն միջեւ:
Մարզիկները եւս կը յայտնեն, թէ երբ այլ հայ մարզիկներու վերջին նորութիւններով հետաքրքրուին, իրենց առաջին աղբիւրը «HyeFighters.com» համացանցային կայքն է:
Հետաքրքրական է նաեւ այն իրողութիւնը, որ 1976ին Լիբանանէն Միացեալ Նահանգներ ներգաղթած Արազ Արարտեանը ոչ մէկ առիթով անձնապէս հետեւած է մարտարուեստի, եւ միայն վերջերս ան սկսած է հետաքրքրուելու այդ մարզաձեւով: Հետքրքրութեան խթանը հանդիսած են անոր զաւակները, երբ անոնք սկսած են հետեւելու Կլենտէյլի «Ֆայթինկ քլապ»ի փորձերուն:
Արարատեան նաեւ ձրիաբար պատրաստած է կարգ մը մարզիկներու համացանցային կայքերը՝ նպաստելով անոնց քարոզչական արշաւներուն:

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HyeFighter Araik Margarian Wins in 11 Seconds

It did not take long for HyeFighter Araik Margarian to secure a win on Saturday night at the 100% Fight promotion in Aubervilliers, France on June 19th.

Araik needed only 11 SECONDS in round 1 to knock out his opponent Walid Seghir with a kick to the head.

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HyeFighter Gor Harutunian Loses A Very Close Decision

HyeFighter Gor Harutunian loses a very close decision to David Baron at the 100%-Fight promotion in France.

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HyeFighter Karen Darabedyan Can’t Get the Win at WEC 49

HyeFighter Karen Darabedyan was caught with an armbar from William Kerr at WEC 49 and forced to submit at the 1:20 mark of round 1.

The play by play of the fight is below:
Darabedyan and Kerr clinch up after a brief exchange. Darabedyan gets the takedown but is in trouble when Kerr uses the cage to spin around for an armbar. Darabedyan is caught and taps out at 1:20 of the first round.

I am sure this was a very disappointing and painful loss to Darabedyan.  However, HyeFighters still believes Karen has all the right tools to make a comeback and fight to his fullest potential.

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HyeFighter Vardan Mnatsakanyan in K1 Action

HyeFighter Vardan Mnatsakanyan will be in K1 action against Andres Martinez on Saturday June 26, 2010 in Spain.

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HyeFighters Win At the Palladium

HyeFighters Roman Mitichyan & Artur Bernetsyan both win via UD

HyeFighters Roman Mitichyan and Artur Bernetsyan came away with hard fought wins at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday night June 12th, 2010.

HyeFighter Lightweight Art Bernetsyan (3-0) won a four round unanimous decision over wild-swinging Ramon Flores (3-7-1, 1 KO). Although Flores landed the occasional wild hook or cross, the more-polished Bernetsyan controlled the action. All three judges had Bernetsyan winning by scores of 40-36, 40-36, and 39-37.

HyeFighter Roman Mitichyan went toe to toe for 3 rounds withstanding some good punches and take down attempts to grind out a unanimous decision victory.

Bernetsyan – Rounds 1 & 2

Bernetsyan – Rounds 3 & 4

Artur Bernetsyan at The Hollywood Palladium - June 12, 2010

Artur Bernetsyan wins via Unanimous Decision at The Hollywood Palladium - June 12, 2010

Roman Mitichyan at The Hollywood Palladium - June 12, 2010

Roman Mitichyan wins via Unanimous Decision at The Hollywood Palladium - June 12, 2010

Miscellaneous Pictures from The Hollywood Palladium - June 12, 2010

Miscellaneous Pictures from The Hollywood Palladium - June 12, 2010

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HyeFighters Bernetsyan & Mitichyan Make Weight

Team Vanadzor - Roman "The Emporer" Mitichyan & Atrur "The Punisher" Bernetsyan

HyeFighters ROman Mitichyan and Artur Benretsyan make weight for their MMA and Boxing bouts on Saturday at eh Hollywood Palladium.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor Roman “The Emperor” Mitichyan and rookie boxer Artur “The Punisher” Bernetsyan are set for action in respective bouts tonight at MEZ Sports’ “Pandemonium at the Palladium” at the Hollywood Palladium.

The card is set to feature five boxing matches and four mixed martial arts fights.

Mitichyan (10-3) is scheduled to face Preston Scharf (11-8) in the event’s MMA main event, a 170-pound welterweight fight.

Bernetsyan (3-0, 2 KOs), who made his pro debut in January in Glendale, will fight for the fourth time this year.

He’ll take on Ramon Flores (3-6-1, 3 KOs) in a 135-pound bout. Flores was originally slated to fight Bernetsyan on May 6 at a King of the West card, but the former pulled out to due the death of his father.

Mitichyan, who also trains at the Main Event Gym and with Team Hayastan in North Hollywood, is a teacher at Glendale Fighting Club, where Bernetsyan trains under Edmond Tarverdyan.

Also scheduled to compete on the card is Burbank welterweight boxer Johnny Suarez (5-3-2) and, in the main event, heavyweights Andrey Fedosov (21-1, 17 KOs) and Lance Whitaker (34-6-1, 28 KOs) are set to face off in a 12-round boxing match.

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HyeFighter Gevor Off – HyeFighter Kentikian On for July 17

The fight between WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik and two-time title challenger HyeFighter Khoren Gevor is off. They were slated to meet on July 17 in Schwerin, Germany. “We needed to have our plans finalized for our promotional partners and Sebastian Zbik hadn’t signed the fight contract on time,” said Universum General Manager Stefan Braune. “Therefore we had to reorganize and we’re pleased that we’re able to present to the fans two additional great fights with local favorite Jürgen Brähmer and Susi Kentikian.”

The new TV main event will feature WBO/WBA/WIBF flyweight champion HyeFighter  “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs). Universum had hoped to put Kentikian in a rematch with Nadia Raoui, whom Kentikian recently earned a controversial win over. “Nadia was offered double her previous purse by my promoter, but for her that’s not enough. I would be happy to box her again immediately. It’s still there if Nadia wants it. I really want a rematch, but now I need to concentrate on another challenger, probably a Mexican.”

Also on the card is the previously announced WBO cruiserweight eliminator between Alexander Alekseev (19-1, 17 KOs) and Denis Lebedev (20-0, 15 KOs) with the winner to be mandatory challenger of Marco Huck.

Universum Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl commented, “Brähmer, Kentikian and a world title eliminator – for me this is the strongest program we have ever had in Schwerin ever. We are delighted with this Champions Night. I also hope that many from Hamburg will come to this beautiful city located just one hour away. Everyone will get their money’s worth!”

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Pride, Honor and an Undying Fighting Spirit: Armenians in MMA

by Sam Nassar Correspondent for the Bleacher Report:

With a past of oppression and sadness in their history, Armenians have shown themselves to have a fighter’s spirit that will not extinguish.

After near annihilation due to Genocide committed by the Ottoman Turks in 1915, the Armenian population had lost 1.5 million brothers and sisters in the slaughter.

With a strong pride and fighting spirit driving them on, Armenians regrouped and scattered to all corners of the world to start over.

It is no surprise that with such a proud nature and never-say-die attitude that many Armenians have excelled in the fighting arts.

Armenians have shown themselves to be relentless competitors who proudly put on a show for the fans.

Here are some of the top Armenian fighters competing in MMA today:

Roman “The Emperor” Mitichyan

Roman, a native of Vanadzor, Armenia, started his martial arts training with a background in wrestling, Sambo and Judo.

Roman came to the States in 1997 and eventually settled in Los Angeles in 2000.

Roman made his big break on the popular reality series the Ultimate Fighter during the sixth season.

Roman saw this as his chance to enter the UFC with a bang and made sure to impress the coaches during the early training sessions.

Unfortunately the “Big break” was not as expected; the break ended up being Roman’s elbow before he even had a chance to fight.

With a classic Armenian pride still intact, Roman declared that he would fight despite having an injury.

Unfortunately the doctor’s disagreed with Roman and recommended that he not be able to continue. Dana White decided to replace Roman with another fighter but kept the talented fighter in mind for the future.

Roman returned at the TUF finale beating Dorian Price by leg lock in only 23 seconds of the first round.

Roman’s second fight did not go as smoothly against talented grappler George Sotiropoulos losing to TKO strikes in round two.

Roman has since been cut by the UFC and working his way back in smaller shows hoping to compete in the UFC again soon.

Georgi “Insane” Karakhanyan

Georgi “Insane” Karakhanyan, born in Russia to Armenian parents, is a very talented fighter. Georgi eventually made his way to California, settling in Rancho Cucamonga and pursuing his fight career.

After working his way through several small shows, Georgi was given the opportunity to compete in the upstart Bellator promotion.

Georgi had a devastating win against Bao Quach, finishing him with a hard knee and knocking Quach into next week.

Georgi came up short against game wrestler Joe Warren who put Georgi on his back throughout the entire fight, forcing Georgi to defend rather than attack.

Georgi is a young and game opponent who proves that his tattoo is correct fighting with an “Insane” pace.

The future seems bright for this young, talented Armenian.

Karen Darabedyan

Karen started his martial arts training at the tender age of 5 sparking his interest early. Karen also had a background in boxing, wrestling and judo.

Karen went undefeated in his amateur boxing career with a 12-0 record.

Karen also had numerous titles in judo and grappling tournaments before entering MMA at age 18.

Training alongside other seasoned Armenian fighters like Karo Parisyan and Manny Gamburyan was pivotal in the success of Darabedyan.

Karen fought on local shows and worked his way up the Lightweight rankings amassing an 8-1 record.

Darabedyan got his big break with the WEC promotion making big waves in his first performance. Karen defeated former Lightweight champion “Razor” Rob McCullough via unanimous decision.

Karen’s next WEC outing against Bart Palaszewski did not go as smoothly, seeing Karen lose via armbar submission.

The young Armenian is still young and hopes to regroup with his next fight at WEC 49 against Will Kerr. We expect good things to come from this talented Lightweight.

Karo “The Heat” Parisyan

Karo is perhaps one of the most notable Armenians in MMA for several reasons.

Parisyan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, and he later emigrated to the US, eventually settling in North Hollywood, Calif. Karo was an innovator in the Sport of Mixed Martial Arts, bringing his Judo skills into MMA.

Judo is usually done with a Gi and centers on throws and chokes. Karo was successful in adapting the Judo style to MMA without needing a Gi.

Karo is one of the most successful students who trained under highly skilled Armenian coach Gokor Chivitchyan and “Judo” Gene Lebell.

Karo had early success in the King of the Cage promotion as well as adding a WEC title to his name by defeating veteran Shonie Carter.

Karo made an immediate impact when he made his UFC debut with a win over Dave Strasser.

Karo had a hard battle with George St. Pierre but came up short in that bout. Parisyan rebounded with wins over highly touted fighters such as Chris Lytle, Nick Diaz, Matt Serra and Nick Thompson.

Karo was offered a Welterweight title shot against then champion Matt Hughes, but regrettably had to pull out due to a leg injury.

Karo had his next and most exciting bout with TUF alum Diego Sanchez, which earned both one of the top 100 fights in UFC history.

After his loss to Sanchez, Karo had injuries, training problems and lackluster wins against Drew Fickett, Josh Burkman, and Ryo Chonnan.

Karo lost his fight with Thiago Alves by devastating knee to the head making it the first knockout against Parisyan.

Karo was caught with a banned substance in his system after his fight with Kim Dong-hyun.

Karo hasn’t seen any action since then pulling out of two scheduled fights and eventually being cut from the UFC. It is rumored that Karo will competing once again in July for the Impact FC promotion.

Manvel “The Anvil” Gamburyan

Manvel Gamburyan who hails from Gyumri, Armenia, was known best at first for being the cousin of popular Welterweight fighter Karo Parisyan.

However, Manny has a very distinguished MMA career of his own.

Manny’s family emigrated to the US in 1991 where he took up training under Gokor Chivichyan’s Hayastan (Armenia) grappling system.

Manny has shown himself to be a top judoka (judo player), winning several national titles as well as competing in the junior Olympics in Judo.

With his cousin guiding him into the world of MMA, Manny entered the arena of MMA in 1999. Gamburyan was given an incredible chance to compete being cast onto season five of the Ultimate Fighter series.

Manny trained under Coach Jens Pulver and was quickly recognized as a top competitor. Manny bulldozed through Noah Thomas, Matt Wiman, and top-rated Joe Lauzon.

Dana White had stayed by his position that Manny was too small for Lightweight, but once White saw how far Manny had gotten, he took back his words.

Manny came up short in the finale losing due to a dislocation of his shoulder against Nate Diaz which many thought was Manny’s fight to win.

Manny was still awarded a UFC contract having impressed Dana White with his performance. It seemed to be a smooth ride with Manny winning two fights in a row after the finale defeating Nate Mohr and Jeff Cox.

With momentum behind him Manny came up short against Rob Emerson and Thiago Tavares.

Manny was offered an opportunity to drop in weight to compete in the WEC’s Featherweight division.

With the drop in weight, Manny was facing opponents closer to his natural size giving him an even bigger advantage in his fights.

Manny has gone undefeated since arriving in the WEC, beating John Franchi, Leonard Garcia, and former champion Matt Brown.

After the punch heard around the world to Brown’s chin, Manny had silenced his critics. Manny is now in line for a fight with the dangerous Featherweight champion Jose Aldo.

Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi

Gegard is possibly the most popular Armenian fighter competing in MMA today with the most accolades.

Gegard was born in Tehran, Iran, to Armenian parents. His family eventually emigrated to the Netherlands, where Gegard took up an interest in fighting.

Gegard originally took up judo and added boxing to his game soon after. Mousasi became the boxing champion of the Netherlands and seeking a new challenge moved into kickboxing.

With a 3-0 record in kickboxing, Gegard sought out to challenge himself further by entering into MMA competition.

With a then 12-1-1 record in MMA,Gegard was quickly snatched up by top Japanese promotion PRIDE to compete for them. With two wins and a lone loss to Akihiro Gono Gegard, pressed on.

In 2008 Mousasi had a huge chance being invited to compete in the Middleweight Grand Prix for the Japanese DREAM promotion.

Mousasi faced off against some of the top Middleweights in MMA defeating Denis Kang, Dong Sik Yoon, and powerful striker Melvin Manhoef on his way to the finals.

Gegard shocked many who thought Renaldo “Jacare” Souza would be too much for him in the finals. With an up-kick from his back, Mousasi had knocked out his game opponent and won the Grand Prix.

When many fighters would have been basking in their accomplishments, Gegard was searching for the next challenge.

Gegard ventured to the US for the first time to destroy then Strikeforce Light-Heavyweight champion Renato “Babalu” Sobral. With another belt around his waist, Mousasi defeated Thierry Sokodudjou with TKO punches.

Gegard’s title reign in Strikeforce ended after a disappointing performance against “King” Mo Lawal this past April in Nashville. Count on Mousasi coming back better and more focused for his next fight.

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HyeFighter Vardan Mnatsakanyan Highlight Video

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HyeFighters Mitichyna & Bernetsyan on The Same Card

Saturday June 12, in the heart of Hollywood CA at the Hollywood Palladium another hybrid boxing and MMA card will feature HyeFighters Roman “The Emperor” Mitichyan and Artur “The Punisher” Bernetsyan in MMA and Boxing bouts respectively.

For tickets call: 877-598-8497 or online at livenation.com

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HyeFighter Vanes Martirosyan Wins At Yankee Stadium

In an intriguing battle of undefeated jr. middleweights, WBO #3/WBC #6/WBA #8/IBF #8 HyeFighter Vanes Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over WBA #9/WBC #12 “Mean” Joe Greene (22-1, 14 KOs). Martirosyan scored a knockdown in the final moments to punctuate a 96-93, 96-93, 98-91 win. Vanes retains his NABF and NABO belts.
photos courtesy of: Miguel Salazar

24-year-old undefeated contenders battled in the co-feature, with Armenian-born HyeFighter Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs) continuing his ascent in the jr. middleweight division with an entertaining ten round unanimous decision win over New York’s “Mean” Joe Greene (22-1, 14 KOs).

Greene (151 lbs) came out looking to pressure Martirosyan (153 lbs) in round one, landing hard right jabs and left hands under a tight guard. Martirosyan responded with right hands in close as the undefeated fighters warmed up. A Greene blow to Martirosyan’s beltline caused referee Steve Smoger to stop the action for a few seconds as the round came to an end.

The Nightmare went to Greene’s body in round two, landing several short left hooks to the body. Greene, intent on not yielding ground, responded with a big left hand. The good two-way action continued in round three, with Greene getting the best of Vanes in the early rounds.

Greene landed another big left hand in round four that caused Martirosyan’s left eye to swell. Martirosyan, in an attempt to go to the body, landed a low blow that again halts the action momentarily. The fighters traded combinations as the round came to a close.

The fighters took turns landing big shots in round six, with Martirosyan walking Greene down to the ropes and landing a right hand. Martirosyan credited Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach for providing the insight that can change a fight, including suggesting a right uppercut that Vanes did not think to throw but resulted in bloodying Greene’s mouth when it landed.

The difference in experience really began to show in rounds seven and eight, as Vanes Martirosyan began taking over the fight by pounding Greene with right hands and causing Mean Joe’s right eye to swell up. While Martirosyan had been tested steadily in the past few years against the likes of Andrey Tsurkan and former champion Kassim Ouma, Greene fought only once in 2009 and had never faced a top opponent.

The Nightmare sealed the victory in the final moments of the bout, landing a right hand behind Greene’s head in round ten that was counted as a knockdown. Judges Tom Schrek and Bill Costello scored the bout 96-93 each, while Julie Lederman saw it 98-91 for The Nightmare. After the bout, Martirosyan declared that he was ready for the best in the division, including the night’s big winner, Miguel Cotto.

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HyeFighter Papazian Gets His Redemption

Jared KO's Ryan Bastianelli in round 2 of their rematch. Photo courtesy of Leo Frincu

HyeFighter Jarred Papazian’s last fight of 2009 ended in a draw against Ryan Bastianelli.  Six months later, Jared was given the opportunity for a rematch against Ryan, which he took with no hesitation.

Friday night, June 4th 2010, Jared walked into the cage at Chumash Casino and made sure the outcome of this rematch would not be left in the hands of the judges.  Jared pressed the action from the beginning and ended the fight in spectacular fashion by knocking out Ryan in the second round.

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Hyefighters.com shines new light on combatants

Glendale’s Araz Araradian’s site has brought notice to Armenian fighters locally and beyond

Just as “Hye Fighter” literally means Armenian fighter, the multi-faceted brand that bears the name has become synonymous with the heartbeat of the Armenian combat sports scene.

When Glendale’s Araz Araradian started HyeFighters.com in 2007, the website’s sole mission was to grow awareness and support for the rapidly growing Armenian presence, as well as oft overlooked history, in the international landscape of boxing, kickboxing and one of the fastest growing sports in the world, mixed martial arts.                   ………continue to rest of story.

Thanks to the Glendale News press and Gabriel Rizk & Grant Gordon

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HyeFighter ‘Nightmare’ leads off huge month of fights

SIX GLENDALE HYEFIGHTERS SET FOR JUNE BOUTS

Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan will not only be squaring off with “Mean” Joe Greene in the biggest fight of his young career on Saturday night, but the Glendale boxer will also begin quite a stretch of local boxers and mixed martial artists taking to their respective rings and cages.

Martirosyan (27-0, 16-0 KOs) will face Greene (24-0, 13 KOs) live on HBO with the broadcast beginning at 7:15 p.m.

As it relates to local fighters, the month will close on June 20 with MMA fighter Karen Darabedyan (9-2) facing Will Kerr (8-2) at World Extreme Cagefighting’s first event in Canada. The card will air live on Versus at 6 p.m., but Darabedyan’s fight is currently scheduled for the unaired prelims, but could make air pending on the duration of the main card fights.

In between, MMA fighter Roman Mitichyan and boxer Artur Bernetsyan are part of a hybrid card on June 12 at the Hollywood Palladium put on by MEZ Sports.

And, tentatively scheduled, Art Hovhannesyan will box on June 18 in St. Louis against an as-of-yet undetermined opponent just six days after Vardan Gasparyan is set to box in St. Louis.

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