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HYEFIGHTER of the month: November 2010 Giorgio Petrosyan

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HyeFighter Abraham Loses to Froch

Carl Froch turned in the most dominant performance of his career, recapturing the World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight world championship Saturday night with a unanimous decision against an overwhelmed Arthur Abraham in the final Group Stage 3 fight of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME.

The 33-year-old Froch (27-1, 20 KOs), of Nottingham, England, handed the Armenian-born Abraham (31-2, 25 KOs) of Berlin, Germany, his second consecutive loss. The judges scores were 120-108 twice and 119- 109 in favor of Froch, who rebounded from his only career loss back in April to Mikkel Kessler.

With a tournament record of 2-1, Froch earned two points for the win for a total of four and will face Glen Johnson in the Semifinals. Johnson and Abraham are tied with three points but Johnson wins the judges’ scorecard tiebreak to grab the third seed. That leaves Abraham in fourth and a Semifinal date with tournament point leader Andre Ward.

“He’s an old wise fox,” Froch said of the 41-year-old Johnson. “He knows what he’s doing. He’s a great, great fighter. If Glen Johnson is watching I just want to say I look forward to that fight.”

The standings after the Group Stages are as follows:


Record Fighter Points
3-0 Andre Ward 6
2-1 Carl Froch 4
1-0, 1 KO Glen Johnson* 3
1-2, 1 KO Arthur Abraham 3

* Johnson wins tiebreaker based on total judges’ scorecard points.

SHOWTIME play-by-play announcer Steve Albert was duly impressed by Froch’s performance. “This has been a stunning display by Froch,” he said, after which analyst Steve Farhood replied. “And this has been a stunningly flat display by Abraham.”

“I knew I was going to be this dominating,” Froch told Farhood and the SHOWTIME viewers after the fight. “There were so many times I wanted to put my punches together and put my shots together but I just listened to my corner and they kept saying stand back and let him come. So that’s what I did.

“There were a few times when it got into a bit of a brawl but I didn’t want that. That would have been too dangerous and silly because Arthur Abraham is a big puncher and a very strong man. He knows what he’s doing. I knew if I executed my game plan it would be an easy night’s work and I proved that tonight. “He landed a few stiff jabs in there. He tried to get a little dirty but the ref did a great job stopping that. I had some great sparring with (ShoBox alum) Edwin Rodriguez. That really helped me.”

Abraham was contrite and short following the bout. “I’m not sure what happened,” he said. “Nothing worked tonight. He was the better man tonight and he won. Everything I meant to do did not work.”

Saturday’s fights will re-air on Sho2 on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. It will be available On Demand from Nov. 30 to Dec. 27.

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HyeFighter Vic Darchinyan Trains and Spars at Local Glendale Gym

HyeFighter Vic Darchinyan spent Thanksgiving morning at Main Even Gym in Glendale CA where he trained for his upcoming fight and even made time to spar with a number of the Main Event Gym’s students.

A good number of fans and admirers showed up to watch the open workout session and then they were all treated to a nice surprise when Vic agreed to light sparing with a number of the gym’s young students.  The sparing sessions were more instructional and highly appreciated by all.

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HyeFighters WIN in K1 and MMA in Armenia

HyeFighters Gor Harutunian of France (MMA) and Vardan Mnatsakanyan of Spain (K1) both emerge victorious in their title matches at the PROFC Tournament in Armenia which was hosted by the ArmFighting federation of Armenia.

HyeFighter Gor Harutunian won his match against Russian fighter Mikhail Malyutin to capture the first PROFC Lightweight World Championship.

HyeFighter Vardan Mnatsakanyan of Spain KO’d Eteria Avtandil of Georgia in the 2nd round of their K1 rules Kickboxing match to capture the PROFC Kickboxing championship title the same night.

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HyeFighters Fighting in Armenia

On November 21st, the first MMA fight tournament will be held in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.  Team Armfighting (Armenia) will fight against the Serbian Top Team (Serbia) and Peresvet FT (Russia, Rostov-on-Don) will fight against Pro Team Peresvit (Ukraine) in front of an anticipated crowd of  thousand people.

Mikhail Malyutin (Russia) and HyeFighter Gor Harutunian (France) will fight for the lightweight ProFC title in the main event of the evening. HyeFighter Vardan Mnatsakanyan from Valencia Spain will also be fighting in a K1 title match against Eteria Avtandil of Georgia.

HyeFighters would like to wish all of the HyeFighters good luck in their bouts!!!!

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HyeFighter Parisyan Ready for his UFC Return Fight

It didn’t look like Karo Parisyan would ever fight in the UFC again.

Dana White had said as much on Twitter after Parisyan withdrew last minute from a UFC 106 bout against Dustin Hazelett last November: “Karo Parisyan has f—ed over the UFC, the fans and his opponent again!!! He will not be fighting saturday or ever again in the UFC!!”

A year later, Parisyan has been granted another chance. He fights Dennis Hallman on Saturday at UFC 123. The preliminary bout is a long ways from Parisyan’s time as a title contender, but it’s also a good distance from his struggles with panic attacks.

“For the last three fights, I’ve walked in cages feeling that I was going to die,” Parisyan said during a recent interview on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “It’s Time” show with Bruce Buffer. “If anybody has gone through a panic attack, a full-blown panic attack with your mind racing where you feel like putting a bullet in your brain just to escape it, it terrifies you. You’re shaking off of it. I’ve walked in and fought Thiago Alves like that. I told myself I will never, ever walk in a cage or do anything where it counts in my life if I’m feeling like this again.”

After success as a young MMA fighter, Parisyan said he began having panic attacks when he had to support a family and the sport became his career. Now, though, he believes he has the issue under control.

“I’m better. I’m in a better place,” Parisyan said. “I feel mentally way better than I was a year and a half ago. I’ve just changed my entire life around.”

In addition to suffering panic attacks, Parisyan was accused of painkiller addiction. He tested positive for painkillers following his January 2009 bout against Dong Hyun Kim, but he said that was not the result of an addiction.

“Listen, I’ve never been addicted to anything as such,” Parisyan said. “Maybe I might have abused it to a certain point, where it kind of gave me a chemical imbalance in my brain and added to my problems and didn’t make anything better.”

Considering Parisyan’s issues, it could be seen as remarkable that for the most part he kept winning in the UFC.

“There have been fights where I’ve been half [in-shape], but I’ve still beaten the guy,” he said. “There have been fights where I haven’t been in shape at all, but I’ve still beaten the guy. … Thank God I do have that competitive [drive], that pride and I do have a big heart.”

Against Hallman, Parisyan plans to be “pure and healthy,” perhaps for the first time in a while. Prefight jitters are unavoidable, though. Parisyan said he just has to overcome them and start climbing back up the ladder again.

“I think I just got to get in there and fight and get that W under my wing,” he said. “Just feel that old Karo back.”

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HyeFighter Mousasi expects Le Banner at “Dynamite!! 2010,” Kyle in 2011 Strikeforce return

HyeFighter Gegard Mousasi (30-3-1 MMA, 8-0 DREAM, 2-1 SF), who’s won 17 of his past 18 fights during a busy four-year stretch, may have two more bouts on the horizon.

Mousasi, the current DREAM light-heavyweight champion and former Strikeforce title-holder, expects to meet famed kickboxer Jerome Le Banner at December’s DREAM “Dynamite!! 2010” event, he recently told MMAjunkie.com.

Then, he plans a February return to Strikeforce to fight fellow light-heavyweight contender Mike Kyle (18-7-1 MMA, 2-2-1 SF).

DREAM “Dynamite!! 2010” takes place Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. No fights officially have been announced, but Mousasi is hopeful for an MMA-rules bout with Le Banner (3-1-1 MMA, 0-0 DREAM).

“I don’t know if I’m fighting him yet,” Mousasi said of Le Banner. “They haven’t confirmed. They asked me, and I said yes, so now if he said yes, the fight is on.”

Mousasi specifically wants to fight the heavyweight, who’s a French knockout artist with a 76-19-1 pro-kickboxing record, as a wake-up call to overseas fans. But he admits such a bout may have little interest in the U.S.

“If I fight Jerome LeBanner in the U.S., [he] wouldn’t be considered a good MMA fighter,” Mousasi said. “But in Europe because he’s a popular K-1 fighter, it’s fighting a big fight. It doesn’t matter if it’s MMA or K-1, so it’s good for me (and) my name in Europe if I could beat him. And he’s big and strong, so it’s a challenge for me to get him down. I know that once I can get him down, I can win. But that’s the challenge.”

Le Banner weighs approximately 260 pounds, and just two years ago, Mousasi won DREAM’s 185-pound title. But he’s bulked up since then and won light-heavyweight titles with both DREAM and Strikeforce. And currently, he said he weighs about 222 pounds.

“It’s too short a time to put a lot of weight on, so maybe two or three kilos more, but that’s it,” said Mousasi, who heard Satoshi Ishii also could be a potential opponent for the year-end DREAM event. “But I don’t consider weight to be that big of a deal. As long as my technique is better, it will make up for his strength.”

So when is his return to the States?

“February,” he said. “I’m fighting Mike Kyle in Strikeforce. February – that’s what I heard.”

Strikeforce hasn’t officially announced any shows past the Dec. 4 “Henderson vs. Babalu” event in St. Louis. So has Mousasi begun preparations for the bout?

“No, you never know how things will go,” he said. “Maybe I get another [opponent]. But that’s the fight that they want. He’s a tough opponent. He’s already beat the champion (Rafael Cavalcante). But I don’t know for sure that I’m fighting him, but most likely it’s going to be him.”

The game plan? Beat Kyle, get another Strikeforce title shot, and the reclaim his belt. Then, Mousasi said, he would consider a move to heavyweight – a plan he’s discussed frequently for the past couple years.

“I’m going to train a little like (UFC welterweight champ) Georges St-Pierre (with) wrestling, jiu-jitsu, judo and kickboxing and then put them all together in my own gym where I train,” he said. “I’m train to improve myself in all aspects, not just one area.

“I’m a standup fighter, but when I see all my fights, I finish them on the ground. My best strength is ground and pound, so I want to always be on top. If I want to have the advantage with my ground and pound and control, I need to be a good wrestler to take them down and be in top position. Even if I don’t fight a wrestler, I’m going to improve my wrestling because I want to be the guy that takes them down.”

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HyeFighter Sevak Ohanjanian Fighting For Muay Thai Championship

This Sunday HyeFighter, Sevak Ohanjanian, will be fighting in the Championship match on International Fight Showdown (IFS’s) promotion at Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel, in the city of Buena Park, California.

Fight Night is on Sunday November 14, 2010; Door Opens at 12:00 PM and Show begin at 1:00 PM
Location: Knott’s Berry Farm Resort Hotel

This tournament started over 2 months ago, with 16 fighters and Sevak has advanced to the finals by defeating 3 fighters in the last 2 months.  Sevak teaches, trains and fights out of GFC in Glendale CA, and is sponsored by RevGear.

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K1 History Made by HyeFighter Giorgio Petrosyan

24 year old HyeFighter sensation Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan made history on Monday November 8, 2010 by becoming the first K-1 Max fighter to win the tournament in consecutive years.

Giorgio was born in Armenia and raised in Italy and made 2 nations very proud by once again becoming the baddest K-1 Middleweight in the world.  To capture this title he had to fight 3 times on the same day all going the distance of 3 full rounds against the former K-1 Max Champion Albert Kraus in the Qarter-Finals, against the current Super Welterweight World Kickboxing Champion Mike Zambidis in the Semi-Finals and to top the night of in the Final against former Muay Thai world champion Japans own Yoshihiro Sato.

If this this does not test your limits, I do not know what will.  Both fighters were exhausted from a very long day of fighting, injuries and trying to stay focused throughout.  Sato falling to the ground after the last sound of the bell.

Petrosyan dragging himself to his corner.  They left it all in the ring. Only the strong survive in these tournaments.  HyeFighter Giorgio Petrosyan is truly the toughest standup K-1 middleweight in the world.

The Road to Victory for Giorgo Petrosyan on November 8, 2010

Quarter-finals: Albert Kraus (Netherlands) vs. Giorgio Petrosyan (Italy)
Winner: Giorgio Petrosyan by 3 round unanimous decision.  Advances to Semi Finals.

Semi-finals: Mike Zambidis (Greece) vs. Giorgio Petrosyan (Italy)
Winner: Giorgio Petrosyan by 3 round unanimous decision.  Advances to Final.

Final: Giorgio Petrosyan (Italy) vs Yoshihiro Sato (Japan)
Winner and 2010 K-1 World Max -70KG Champion: Giorgio Petrosyan by 3 round decision (3-0)

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Custom HyeFighters Medallion Now Available

HyeFighters would like to thank VII AD Designs for creating this exclusive Echmiadzin Octagon Medallion and presenting one to each HyeFighter he meets.  Sevan, the proprietor of VII AD designs is making arrangements to ensure ALL HyeFighter’s around the world receive this piece.  Look at the album below to see who has already received theirs.

This beautiful Echmiadzin Octagon Medallion is now available to the public on VII AD’s website (click here), Get yours today, and support the HyeFighters all over the world. Use the code HYEF at the time of purchase for an additional discount!!

Exclusive piece created for all HyeFighters, now for the public. Show your support and wear to any and all HyeFighter events or any MMA event. This piece is an octagon shaped pendant that includes one of the holiest churches in Echmiadzin. Limited edition piece.

* Handcrafted 925 sterling silver
* Faith bail
* 36x20mm
* 5.5 grams
* Includes 24″ 3mm stainless steel ball chain

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HyeFighter Giorgio Petrosyan Repeats as K1 Tournament Champion

Fighting and Entertainment Group’s (FEG) K-1 promotion blew up the Ryogoku Kokugikan earlier this morning (Nov. 8) featuring its “World Max 2010 Finals” in Tokyo, Japan.

In the final fight of the evening, reigning champion HyeFighter Giorgio Petrosyan defeated Yoshihiro Sato to claim his 2nd MAX GP crown. Petrosyan was dominant throughout the tournament, combining his traditional technical mastery with a willingness to go punch for punch when needed.

Early reports are praising Petrosyan’s semi-final encounter with Mike Zambidis, calling it the fight of the night and Petrosyan’s stiffest test yet in K-1. Petrosyan won 3 fights to win the tournament title, quarter finals against ALbert Kraus, semi finals against Mike Zambidi and Yoshihiro Sato in the finals.  Amazing work for one night!!!!

Fellow HyeFighter Gago Drago was also on in the tournament and advanced to the Semi Finals by defeating Mohamed Khamal, but fell short against the ultimate finalist Yoshihiro Sato, who was in turn defeated by Petrosyan.  All in all it was a great outing for our HyeFIghters from Holland and Italy!!!

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2010 October – Fight Results Summary

October 2010 (15 Wins, 3 Losses, 1 Draw) 79% Win

1stSasha Yengoyan and Erik Avlastimov fight to a DRAW in BelguimDRAW - BOXING
1stGapo Tolmajyan beats Yogli Herrera at Chumash Casino via UD WIN - BOXING
2ndEric Bradley beats Nader Tannir in Newark NJ at the Brick City Fighting Championship WIN - MMA
2ndLevan Kirakosyan loses to Stephen Foster via KO LOSS - BOXING
3rdGiorgio Petrosyan beats Vitaly Hurkou at the K1 MAX Grand Prix via UD WIN - KICKBOXING
3rdGago Drago KO's Su Hwan Lee in the 2nd at the K1 MAX Grand Prix Final 16 in Korea. WIN - KICKBOXING
9thAra Muradyan wins via Decision WIN - MMA
9thKaren Mikaelyan Loses via TKOLOSS - MMA
10thGrigor Aschugbabjan beats Tukasz Dziatowy via UDWIN - MMA
16thArtur Bernetsyan beats Rennell Griffin via UD WIN - BOXING
16thEduard Tovmasian loses on points LOSS - KICKBOXING
16thAraik Margarain wins via UD WIN - MMA
16thFabien Papazian wins via UD WIN - MMA
17thKaren Tevosyan beats Yauheni Abdurazakau via UD WIN - BOXING
18thGevorg Khatchikian beats Honore Tubane via TKO stoppage in the 4th WIN - BOXING
23rdArmen Petrosyan wins in Rome WIN - KICKBOXING
29thGennady Martirosyan TKO's Vitor Sa in R3 for the WBO European middleweight title WIN - BOXING
29thYuriy Barashian TKO's Yuri Potanin in R6 WIN - BOXING
29thStepan Zeytunnyan beats Allen Medina in ColoradoWIN - BOXING
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