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HyeFighter Tolmajyan in Action on October 1st.

Get ready for exciting live, professional boxing, at the Chumash Casino & Resort in Santa Yenez, featuring top-ranked champions and contenders like Gabriel Tolmajyan. It’s a full card of action-packed bouts, to be nationally televised on the Showtime network on Friday October 1, 2010.

Tickets: $35, $45, $55, $70, $85

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HyeFighter Gamburyan Focused and Ready

Team Anvil is in Colorado, and has been there since the 23rd of September, getting acclimated to the altitude and getting ready for the title fight against Jose Aldo on Thursday the 30th.

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HyeFighter Agnese Boza Wins the Latvian Women’s Championship

We have another Armenian Champion!!!

HyeFighter Agnese Boza of Latvia, beat Ineta Lieknina to win the vacant Latvian female featherweight boxing title. The fight was stopped in the 3rd round. Congratulations!!!!!

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HyeFighter Mousasi Wins the Dream Light HeavyWeight Championship

Gegard Mousasi is the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion and former Dream middleweight champion, and now he’s the current Dream light heavyweight champion, beating Tatsuya Mizuno at Dream 16 to win his second title in Japan’s top MMA promotion.

Although Mizuno held his own on the ground at times, it was a relatively one-sided fight that lasted just over six minutes. Mousasi finished the fight with a rear-naked choke that caused Mizuno to tap out very quickly.

The Play by Play:

Mizuno effective to start, cracking a hard body kick, and an uppercut that snaps Mousasi’s head back. A hard low kick for Mizuno lands. Mousasi, ever relaxed, just dancing and ducking Mizuno’s punches.

Hard inside leg kick from Mizuno. Mizuno circling around the outside of the ring. Mousasi jumps in with a right hand, gets double underhooks, elevates and puts Mizuno on his back.

Mousasi in half guard, posturing up and pounding away with left hands. Mizuno trying to reclaim guard, but Mousasi continues to move, trying to pass to dominant position.

Mizuno nearly gets back to his feet, and Mousasi clips his legs out and sits up in his full guard.

Mizuno with an armbar attempt!

Mousasi yanks his arm out, and passes to side control, and gets to top crucifix. Mizuno rolls out, but gives his back. Mizuno gets to his feet, but Mousasi drags him to the mat.

However, Mizuno is working on a kimura from the bottom, Mousasi slips his arm out, and regains top position, pounding away on Mizuno in the corner of the ring. Mizuno’s head is trapped under the turnbuckle pad. Mousasi with hard, hard shots now.

Mousasi getting through with rights and lefts, and he passes to mount…. and we get a reposition to the center of the ring.

Bout restarts in the center of the ring. Mousasi punches, Mizuno turns his back, and the former Dream middleweight champ gets back control. Mizuno escapes, but Mousasi stays on top, punching away with his left arm, and getting back to full mount.  Mizuno rolls through to top position.

However, the minute Mizuno gets to position, Mousasi sweeps, and takes top position.

Mousasi gets full mount quickly again, and Mizuno turns his back. Mousasi sinks the rear-naked choke this time, and this is gonna be a wrap. Mizuno quickly taps, and that’s it.

HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi is the first ever Dream light heavyweight champion, choking out Tatsuya Mizuno at 6:10 of the first round.

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HyeFighter Jared Papazian Wins 5th In A Row

HyeFighter Jared “The Jackhammer” Papazian wins his fifth fight in a row defeating Kana Hyatt at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles via Unanimous Decision.

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HyeFighter Mousasi Makes Weight Ready for Title Fight

“HDNet Fights: DREAM 16” airs LIVE at 11:00 p.m. PT and 2:00 a.m. ET this Friday, September 24, 2010. That is TONIGHT on HDNET if you have it!!!

All fighters have made for Saturday’s DREAM 16 in Nagoya, Japan, including heavyweights James Thompson and Yusuke Kawaguchi, who were officially added to the card just before hitting the scale.

The event, which airs live on HDNet starting at 11pm PST / 2am ET, is headlined by Tatsuya Mizuno vs. HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi for DREAM’s light heavyweight title and also includes Jason “Mayhem” Miller vs. Kazushi Sakuraba, Shinya Aoki vs. Marcus Aurelio, and Satoshi Ishii vs. Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa.

The official DREAM 16 weigh-in results, via MMAFighting, were:

* Tatsuya Mizuno (92.5 kg/203.5 lb) vs. Gegard Mousasi (93 kg/204.6 lb)
DREAM Light Heavyweight Championship (vacant)
* Jason “Mayhem” Miller (84 kg/184.8 lb) vs. Kazushi Sakuraba (83 kg/182.6 lb)
* Shinya Aoki (69.7 kg/153.34 lb) vs. Marcus Aurelio (69.7 kg/153.34 lb)
* Satoshi Ishii (107 kg/235.4 lb) vs. Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa (88 kg/193.6 lb)
* Chase Beebe (64 kg/140.8 lb) vs. Hiroyuki Takaya (64 kg/140.8 lb)
* Michihiro Omigawa (65 kg/143 lb) vs. Cole Escovedo (65 kg/143 lb)
* Joachim Hansen (63 kg/138.6 lb) vs. Hideo Tokoro (63 kg/138.6 lb)
* Kazuyuki Miyata (65 kg/143 lb) vs. “Lion” Takeshi Inoue (65 kg/143 lb)
* “Wicky” Akiyo Nishiura (64.8 kg/142.56 lb) vs. Mitsuhiro Ishida (65 kg/143 lb)
* Yusuke Kawaguchi (115 kg/253 lb) vs. James Thompson (132 kg/290.4 lb)

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Meet “The Ultimate Fighter 12” cast members: HyeFighters Sako Chivitchian and Sevak Magakian

Sako Chivitchian (left) and Sevak Magakian (right)

Meet “The Ultimate Fighter 12” cast: Sako Chivitchian, the latest Armenian prospect

by Steven Marrocco on Sep 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm ET
The impulse that drove “The Ultimate Fighter 12” competitor Sako Chivitchyan to the working world also prompted him to risk everything for a career in MMA.

Chivitchyan (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a native Armenian and longtime Los Angeles resident, had trained from age 9 in judo as nephew to famed trainer Gokor Chivichyan and took his first fight at 15 years old at an underground night club in San Pedro, Calif.

He felt fighting was in his blood.

But at age 19, his outlook changed drastically after he and his friends were jumped by a gang in his home, and he ended up the victim of a gunshot wound to the leg.

Chivitchyan was unsure if he’d be able to train or walk again, let alone pursue a career in fighting. So he went to college and started working in real estate. He would make a good living and make his parents happy. Besides, MMA wasn’t exactly a growth industry in the early 2000s.

“When you do through an experience where your life flashes in front of you, you mature so much more,” Chivitchian told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “You become more responsible, and you know that you don’t have too much time.”

Meanwhile, he watched as MMA began to blossom, and he saw longtime friends and training partners Karo Parisyan, Manny Gamburyan and Roman Mitichyan carve a path in the sport. He knew he could do the same with his judo skills. It became harder and harder to sit idly by.

“The more it grew, the more I thought about it,” he said. “I knew I had to go back. One day, I decided I was going to sacrifice my personal life (and) my financial life, and chase my dream.”

So at 21, Chivitchyan put school and real estate on the backburner and returned to fighting, six years after that first fight.

Chivitchyan returned full-time to the Hayastan Studio in North Hollywood, Calif., and made his professional return in January 2009. By year’s end, he had racked up four victories.

He says his 5-0 record is deceptive because – like many of his teammates – several of his early fights weren’t sanctioned.

Chivitchyan brings one of the most impressive grappling resumes to the set of “TUF 12” – he is an 11-time national champion and won two junior Olympic championships in judo. He admits, though, that his striking game is a work in progress and says he works diligently in Muay Thai and boxing to round out his game.

He chuckles at the hot-blooded reputation his Armenian-American teammates have earned on the reality show. (Gamburyan and Parisyan came inches away from outside-the-cage fights on “The Ultimate Fighter 5” while Mitichyan had a heated confrontation with doctors who told him he couldn’t fight on “The Ultimate Fighter 6.”)

He doesn’t exactly promise to be different when he gets cooped up in the fighter house.

“We all have our switches in our head,” Chivitchyan said. “We’re a small country, and there’s not too many of us. So we’ve always got to back each other up and support each other. We’re a little hot tempered. We have a long history of being pressured our whole life.

“But we have good hearts. We’re all about respect. You respect us, we’ll respect you back. If you don’t respect us, we’ll go crazy on you. That’s it.”


Meet “The Ultimate Fighter 12” cast: Sevak Magakian, the next Armenian badass

by John Morgan on Sep 16, 2010 at 8:25 pm ET
Unlike his longtime training partner Karo Parisyan, Armenian lightweight Sevak Magakian (8-3) rally doesn’t care if you know who he is, bro.

Of course, like fellow teammates Manny Gamburyan and Roman Mitichyan, Magakian does want you to know it’s not advisable to challenge him.

“I told the guys, ‘Everybody be professional,” Magakian told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). “‘Don’t do something stupid.’ I scared them off. I said, ‘Don’t you [expletive] with me, or I’m going to [expletive] you guys up. If you do something crazy, I will cut your [expletive] throat right there.'”

Those first few minutes of social interaction are a fairly good indication of what you can expect from Magakian on this season of “The Ultimate Fighter 12.” He’s been training since childhood for this opportunity, and he plans on making the most of it.

“I started doing judo and sambo when I was 5 years old,” Magakian said. “I continued in sambo, and I became a black belt when I was 11 or 12 years old. I did pretty good there. I won a lot of championships, and I beat a lot of good guys.

“I moved down to the U.S. when I was 14 or 15, and I started training with the Hayastan team with Gokor Chivichyan and Manny, Roman and Karo.”

Like his teammates, Magakian remains proud of his Armenian heritage, and he says his ethnicity often forced him to defend his honor on the streets of Southern California.

“I was in trouble all my life,” Magakian admits. “I was always getting in fights.

“Being the Armenian group, some people look at you in a weird way. So you say, ‘What are you looking at?’ and it starts a fight. That’s pretty much it.”

Magakian’s aggression and sense of honor led him into trouble in high school, and it cost him a potential shot at competing in the collegiate ranks.

“There was like two weeks left from graduating, and they kicked me out of high school because I beat up the security guy,” Magakian said. “At the time, you couldn’t use cell phones in school, and he tried to take [my cell phone] away from me.

“He was a big guy, and I just knocked him down and walked straight to the office because I knew they were going to come after me. They expelled me right away.”

Due to his status in the U.S., Magakian also couldn’t compete at an international level, and the hunger for competition left him desiring something more.

“When I came here, I was training with Gokor,” Magakian said. “I did a lot of judo and stuff. I was a California champion, but I couldn’t go to the Olympics or big national things because I wasn’t a citizen, so I saw that Manny and Karo were fighting and Roman was fighting. I was looking at them and I thought, ‘Man, I have the skills. I can do this.’

“I started training with grappling and everything. I worked on my boxing, but I was pretty much a judo guy. It worked pretty good for me. I was like 20 or 21, and I said, ‘I want to fight. I want to try it to see.’ I fought, I beat the guy in probably 40 seconds. All of my wins are first-round submissions.”

Indeed, Magakian’s eight professional wins have come in just 14 minutes and 30 seconds of total work. Sure, he’s had a few losses along the way, too, but he’s confident his opponents respected the challenge he presented in each case.

Magakian insists he’s matured from his hot-tempered street-fighting roots. He’s joined on the show by his current training partner Sako Chivitchian (though he said producers won’t let the two communicate with each other in Armenian), and he’s received loads of instruction from Gamburyan, who made it to the finals of “The Ultimate Fighter 5,” as well as Mitichyan, who made a brief – yet memorable – appearance on “The Ultimate Fighter 6.”

In short, don’t expect Magakian to break his signature intensity until he’s secured his six-figure contract.

“[My teammates] told me to go out there and concentrate,” Magakian said. “Don’t make any friends. … Train as much as you can, and be careful. Eat well and sleep well so you can be ready for your next fight. You never know when you’re going to fight.

“I’m humble and down to earth. I don’t mess with anybody, but if you mess with me, I’m going to [expletive] you up. I’m just trying to be professional.”

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HyeFighter Karo Murat Is Stopped By Cleverly

The Championship fight between Wales rising star Nathan Cleverly 20-0(10) against fellow unbeaten HyeFighter Karo Murat 22-1(13) was electric from the get go as the crowd responded to both men’s entrance’s. From the first bell Cleverly neutralised his greater hand and foot speed picking his way through Murat’s high held guard. After three rounds Cleverly looked fantastic picking apart Murat who showed considerable resolve taking so many shots. Murat who is an Arthur Abraham hybrid looked to close the distance and though he did land some punches he had to take 3 or 4 to land one. Things got worse for Murat in the eighth when a slashing punch cut him across the nose. Finally Murat was retired at the end of the ninth round on the advice of the ringside doctor. It was vintage Cleverly all the way he later admitted he took a few chances because he believes in his own ability and wants to be exciting.With the win Cleverly became the mandatory for Jurgen Braehmer who has to face Cleverly next. The status of Braehmer is up in the air, because of a previous indiscretion he could be incarcerated. He’s currently appealing against this if he successful he has to face Cleverly next if not Cleverly will be named the new WBO Champion.

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HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan Ready For Jose Aldo

HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan Ready for his WEC Title Shot

HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan spoke with HyeFighters.com about his preparation and readiness to fight the fight of his life.  The WEC 145lb Title fight against Jose Aldo on September 30th Live on Versus form Colorado.

Listen to what he had to say!!!

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HyeFighters Viewing Party For The Ultimate Fighter 12

HyeFighters at The Ultimate Fighter 12 Premiere Watching Party

From the Glendale News Press:

LOS ANGELES — With a live crowd and a taped show at an energetic Capitol City Bar in Los Angeles, Sako Chivichyan and Sevak Magakian knew all the results before they aired for all the world to see.

That certainly didn’t prevent any nerves, though, as the aspiring Glendale mixed-martial-arts fighters looked on along with a gathering of friends, family and media late Wednesday night as the season premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter: Season 12” aired on Spike TV.

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Thanks to Peter Sark for the pictures…..check out his site for more!!!

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Victor’s Mixed Martial Arts – Budd Lake, New Jersey

Vrej “Victor” Altinbas is the proud owner of “Victor’s Mixed Martial Arts, which is located at one Old Wolf Road in Budd Lake, New Jersey. Victor’s Mixed Martial Arts opened in August 2008.
Victor has been a student of the martial arts since the age of eight. He began training in Karate in the coun try of Turkey. Victor’s wa s awarded with his first black belt in Hap Ki Do at the age of 19 from Master Duke Lee. Victor has been a dedicated student and instructor of various martial arts for over 34 years. Some of these martial arts include Hap Ki Do, Tae Kwon Do, Sambo,20Judo and Muay Thai. He also has a vast amount of knowledge in the sport of wrestling. He has had the privilege to study under many well known and respect martial arts masters, such as Martial Arts Legend and Black Belt Hall of Fame Instructor Gokor Chivichyan, Legendary “Judo” Gene LeBell as well as Grand Master Duke Lee and Grand Master Ian A. Cirus.

Victor has a vast amount of experience in Martial Arts and holds the following belts/accomplishments:
Hayastan Gi Rank Level 6, Purple belt, under Gokor Chivichyan
4th Degree Black Belt in Hap Ki do under Grand Master Ian A. Cirus
3rd Dan Black Belt in Hap Ki Do under Grand Master Duke Lee
2nd Dan Black Belt Tae Kwon Do under Grand Master Duke Lee Students of Victor’s Mixed Martial arts have demonstrated high skill level and subsequent victories in various Martial Arts tournaments included Mixed Martial Arts, Hayastan Grappling rank Black Belt, and Tae Kwon Do competitions.

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HyeFighter Vanes Martirosyan Opens Gym in Glendale CA


Undefeated HyeFighter  junior middleweight prospect Vanes Martirosyan has purchased Main Event Sports Club. The boxing and MMA club is located in Martirosyan’s hometown of Glendale, California. “I have always wanted to have my own gym. This gym was available and the price was right so we bought it,” Martirosyan said. “We want to help build future champions in boxing and MMA.” Anyone interested in training at the club is encouraged to stop by 747 Salem St in Glendale, California or call 8184214786. Classes start Monday.

You will also find a number of other HyeFighters training there.

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Viewing Party With HyeFIghters Sako & Sevak for UFC’s Ultimate Fighter 12

If you are in the southern California area on Wednesday September 15th, make sure you join cast members Sako Chivitchian and Sevak Magakian, along with other HyeFighters such as Manny Gamburyan, Georgi Karakhanyan, Karen Darabedyan, Roman Mitichyan, Jared Papazian and Eric Bradley at the Capital City Bar located at 1615 N.Cahuenga Blvd. in Hollywood ,CA 90028 to watch the premier of UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter 12.  This viewing party is open to anyone 21 & over and will be a great opportunity for the fans to come and show their support to our HyeFighters.

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HyeFighter Abraham’s Fight Against Froch Postponed

The all crucial Super Six fight between HyeFighter Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch has been postponed to a later date. The preparations of King Arthur up to now have gone without big problems, however his opponent from England has suffered a back injury according to his promoter Mick Hennessy. This forces the former WBC super middleweight world champion to take a two-week training break. Therefore, the fight originally scheduled for October 2 at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille in Monaco must take place at a later time.

“This is really very unfortunate. The whole world is feverishly awaiting this fight. However, you can’t do anything about injuries, which sometimes come in such a hard sport like boxing,” said Abraham’s Hall of Fame promoter Wilfried Sauerland. “Nevertheless, it’s just postponed not canceled. So Arthur Abraham will just beat “The Cobra” in November or December. We’re working hard on finding a new date.”

The exact date in which the Super Six fight can be fought will be announced as soon as possible. Already purchased tickets will remain valid for the new date.

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HyeFighter Darabedyan Can’t Secure the W

MMA: Darabedyan takes third straight upset loss in dropping close decision to Straus.
By Grant Gordon, via GlendaleNewsPress.com

GLENDALE — Karen Darabedyan’s recent misfortunes in the cage followed him to Texas on Saturday night.

The Glendale High graduate dropped his third consecutive fight, losing to Daniel Straus at Shark Fights 13 at the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, Texas via unanimous decision. The bout was streamed live on sherdog.com as part of the preliminary portion of the event, which offered its main card on pay-per-view.

After the final bell, Darabedyan raised his hands as a sign that he thought he had won the bout, but after the judges’ scorecards were read — incorrectly as 10-9 on all three — the Glendale resident was clearly surprised and disappointed with the result.

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HyeFighter Georgi Karakhanyan Wins at Bellator 28

HyeFighter Georgi Karakhanyan got back on the winning track after winning a hard fought Unanimous Decision over tough opponenet Anthony Leone at the Bellator 28 fights in New Orleans LA.

Fighters touch gloves and Georgi through out a left and a low kick to start. Leone comes back with a wilder one two and clinches with Georgi up against the cage.  Leone has Georgi up against the cage while Georgi lands a sold right knee to Leone’s hip. Georgi turns Leone into the cage but Leone grabs the position back. Leone drops down for a high crotch attempt to no avail and Georgi goes for a guillotine also to no avail and Georgi drops Leone down for a takedown with 3:10 left in the round.  Leone nearly getting stuck in a guillotine after dropping for a fireman’s carry.  Georgi working on top of Leone in Leone’s open guard. Battle for position going on at the 2:30 mark with Georgi landing a couple of rights and Leone pulling on Georgi’s head to prevent him from posturing up.  Georgi continues with the short shots from the top as Leone is working an active guard if not necessarily tremendously effective. Leone comes up from the bottom for a brief moment allowing Georgi to put on a guillotine from Leone’s half guard. Leone manages to sweep Georgi to get out of the guillotine but it wasn’t a clean sweep and poor technique puts Leone back on his back and Georgi on top.  With 45 seconds left to go Georgi hits a couple of big rights working from Leone’s half guard again. Leone looks like he’s going for a toe hold amidst a scramble but nothing substantial. The round ends with Georgi on top and the winner of a 10-9 round.

2nd sound underway

Georgi fakes a flying knee and turns it into a clinch with Leone up against the cage. Leone turns it back around and drops down for a double taking Georgi down less than 40 seconds intot he round.  Leone working from Georgi’s guard as Leone looks to pass to half guard. Leone gets a triangle attempt and a right for his trouble. The subsequent scramble sees Leone attempt another toe hold but Georgi escapes with Georgi back on top at the 3:00 mark.  Georgi working from half guard but Leone very active on the bottom and manages to pop out and end up in Georgi’s full and then open guard.  Two soft rights from Leone as Georgi looks to move up the cage. 2:00 left in the round and Leone is now in Georgi’s half guard up against the cage and quickly transitions to his back with 1:35 left. Georgi pops out the back though and moves into top position with both fighters struggling for position against the cage. Less than a minute to go and now the fighters have more space with Georgi in top position. Leone tries to get up and shoots for a single leg. He transitions that to a double and brings Georgi down again and ends up in his full guard. Then round ends with Leone in Georgi’s closed guard

Round Three:

Leone immediately starts the round going for the single and pushes Georgi up against the cage. Both fighters waiting for a spot to open up against the cage and finally Leone just seems to give up on the takedown but still has Georgi up against the cage. Leone drops down for a takedown but again to no avail at least not immediately.  3:35 left in the round and Leone has now moved to a wide base with a double leg attempt, but Georgi with strong takedown defense again. Leone stands back up and brings Georgi away from the cage for a moment allowing Georgi to land a knee. But Leone puts him back against the cage and finally gets the take with 2:30 left.  Leone in Georgi’s guard but Georgi with a sweet transition elevating Leone to move into top position with 2:00 left in the round.  Georgi bringing Leone up against the cage still in top position landing some smaller punches looking to improve his position. There’s a struggle between both fighters as Leone keeps fighting from being on his back while Georgi forces him down.   In the battle and scramble Georgi ends up on Leone’s back but just as quickly Leone jumps out in a scramble and the end result sees Georgi back on top once again.  The round ends with Georgi on Leone’s back.

29-28, 30-27, 30-27 in favor of Georgi Karakhanyan

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HyeFighter Georgi Karakhanyan Makes Weight for Bellator 28

by MMAjunkie.com Staff on Sep 08, 2010 at 6:40 pm ET

Bellator Fighting Championships today hosted official fighter weigh-ins for Bellator 28, and all 18 event competitors successfully made weight.

The weigh-ins took place at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in New Orleans, the same venue that hosts Thursday’s FOX Sports Net-broadcast event.

Louisiana native and MMA veteran Rich Clementi (155.6 pounds) and fellow headliner Carey Vanier (156) both made weight without issue.

While Bellator has become famous for its intriguing eight-man tournaments, Bellator 28 takes a rare night off from bracketed affairs in order to provide several proven stars and up-and-coming prospects an opportunity to earn their way into future Bellator events.

UFC veterans Clementi and Matt Horwich each look to find success under the Bellator banner while recent tourney participants HyeFighter Georgi Karakhanyan and Eric Schambari also look to claim victory.

The full weigh-in results included:

  • Georgi Karakhanyan (145.4) vs. Anthony Leone (146)
  • Matt Horwich (185.6) vs. Eric Schambari (184.2)
  • Rich Clementi (155.6) vs. Carey Vanier (156)
  • Marcus Andrusia (155.4) vs. Eric Larkin (155.4)

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Tonny Canales (151.8) vs. J.C. Pennington (154.8)
  • Kelvin Doss (232.8) vs. Tony Roberts (229.6)
  • Brock Kerry (135.8) vs. Jonathan Mackles (135.6)
  • Charlie Rader (170.8) vs. Josh Rafferty (169.2)
  • Scott O’Shaughnessy (155.8) vs. Gabe Woods (155)
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HyeFighter Mnatsakanyan Wins WUFC Belt

HyeFighter Vardan Mnatsakanyan wins the Championship of the WUFC Tournament in Portugal.

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HYEFIGHTER of the month: August 2010 Vardan Gasparyan

HyeFighter of the month: August 2010 - Vardan Gasparyan

HyeFighter Vardan Gasparyan TKO’s Jessie Davis at 2:43 of round 2 at the Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri .

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2010 August – Fight Results Summary

August 2010 (2 Wins 0 Losses 0 Draws) 100% Win

BOXING - WIN
August 7, 2010
Vardan Gasparyan TKO's Jessie Davis in Round 2
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HyeFighter Karo Parisyan Welcomed Back to UFC, Offered Dennis Hallman at UFC 123

9/02/2010 1:38 PM ET By Ariel Helwani

Less than a year after Dana White tweeted that Karo Parisyan would never fight again in the UFC, “The Heat” has been welcomed back to the organization and offered a fight against Dennis Hallman at UFC 123 in Auburn Hills, Mich.

MMA Fighting confirmed the news with two sources close to the situation, as well as Parisyan himself Thursday afternoon.

Both Parisyan and Hallman have yet to sign the bout agreements, which have been issued to both fighters, but both fighters have verbally agreed to the welterweight bout.

Parisyan (19-5-0, 1 NC) only competed once outside the organization since he was unceremoniously fired two days before UFC 106 last November when he pulled out of a fight against Dustin Hazelett. He submitted Ben Mortimer at Impact FC 1 in July.

Parisyan told MMA Fighting he “worked hard” over the past few months to get back in the good graces of White and the UFC, until he was finally offered another shot. He said he agreed to a new three-fight deal with the organization.

The 28-year-old has experienced a rough two-year stretch. He first pulled out of a UFC 88 bout against Yoshiyuki Yoshida due to what he described then as a “last-minute back injury.”

Shortly thereafter, he publicly discussed dealing with frequent panic attacks, which he said were affecting his training and also affected his performance in a loss to Thiago Alves at UFN 13.

The Armenian fighter briefly enjoyed a successful return to the Octagon when defeated Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94, but that result was overturned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission when he was suspended for nine months due to testing positive for the painkillers oxymorphone and hydromorphone. As a result, his win was then changed to a no-contest.

Since returning to the UFC, Hallman (42-13-2, 1 NC) is 1-1. He most recently defeated Ben Saunders via unanimous decision at UFC 117 in August.

UFC 123, headlined by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida, takes place Nov. 20, and will mark the UFC’s first event in Michigan since 1996.

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